BMW leads on CO2 emission cuts and wins numerous awards

The BMW Group has cut its average CO2 emissions per car by more than any other automotive manufacturer, for the second year in a row.

According to an independent report published by the European Federation for Transport and Environment, the BMW Group achieved a 10.2 per cent cut, while the average reduction across the industry was 3.3 per cent.

BMW Group’s average vehicle emissions in 2008 dropped to 154g/km, down 10.2 per cent from 172g/km in 2007. With the introduction of further efficient BMWs in 2009 this figure is expected to drop again.

BMW’s EfficientDynamics programme is responsible for this reduction, due to incorporating a wide variety of fuel-saving and emissions-reducing measures across the whole vehicle range as standard.

EfficientDynamics technology includes Auto Start-Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration and Active Aerodynamics, amongst a range of other features.

Not only has BMW been most effective in reducing emissions, the brand also has a number of other green news successes to report.

The UK fleet industry presented the BMW Group with Fleet Car Manufacturer of the Year in recognition of the car manufacturer that had shown the greatest improvement in CO2 emissions, had expanded its range of low emission vehicles or offered alternative fuel vehicles.

The Industry Innovation Award was also presented to the BMW Group, because it had introduced new technologies that had such a significant impact on fuel consumption and emissions. It’s the second year in a row that the BMW Group has been award top honours in this category.

As if all that isn’t enough, BMW has also been named the “Most sustainable car company in the world” in the latest Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the fifth year in a row. Since its inception in 1999 BMW is the only automotive organisation to have featured every year on the index.

BMW has also previously been the recipient of the Green-Car-Guide Green Manufacturer of the Year Award.

But there’s more – the BMW 730Ld has been named the 2009 Chauffeur Car of the Year, with the judges highlighting its ‘exceptional’ fuel economy, running costs and luxury as the new benchmarks in its class.

With CO2 emissions of just 180g/km and a combined consumption figure of 40.9mpg, the BMW 730Ld beat competition such as the Lexus LS600h.

However as well as green awards, the BMW Group model range has also been voted the most reliable in the UK.

Research into nearly 900,000 cars operated by the country’s biggest 50 leasing companies has found that BMW Group’s model range is the most reliable in Britain – for the second year in a row.

The FN50 reliability survey, undertaken by Fleet News and financial consultants Grant Thornton and covering 840,000 cars, asks leasing companies to assess reliability according to the number of breakdowns per model on their fleet. As the majority of the surveyed vehicles are used for business and so are subjected to higher than average mileage and are in constant use in all conditions.