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Press release from yesterday follows...

With the Green Car of the Year Award 2015, the BMW i3 has added a further trophy to an impressive raft of honours in its first year on the market. It was chosen for this award, presented by Green Car Journal at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2014, as the first dedicated all-electric vehicle in the premium segment. This latest honour, which adds to a long tally of awards the BMW i3 has picked up over the past months, is a further endorsement of this model’s unique sustainable mobility concept. More than 12,000 BMW i3s have already been sold since November 2013. The presence of more and more of these vehicles on the roads of cities all over the world is clear proof that it is now possible to successfully mate zero tailpipe emissions with premium-class driving pleasure, and that this groundbreaking combination is here to stay. One year after its launch, the BMW i3 is already the third best-selling all-electric automobile on the market.

Early adopters of the BMW i3 in Germany praise its sporty performance in particular. This is based on a 125 kW/170 hp electric motor, which offers highly responsive acceleration, and advanced chassis engineering. These drivers mainly use their BMW i3 for everyday urban driving and for commuting to work. For the most part they charge the lithium-ion battery overnight, at home. These first customers’ main reasons for buying the first electric vehicle from the BMW Group are its integrated sustainable mobility concept and BMW’s acknowledged technological expertise. Stand-out features of the BMW i3 in the eyes of its first German customers are its carbon-fibre (CFRP) passenger cell, renewable interior materials, mature powertrain engineering, state-of-the-art connectivity, and styling which these customers perceive as “futuristic”.

Demand for this electric vehicle, which can optionally be supplied with a range extender, is outstripping expectations. Both in number and diversity, the string of awards the BMW i3 has picked up – starting before the market launch and continuing on an upward trend ever since – is quite exceptional. In Germany, no sooner had pre-launch sales begun than the BMW i3 won the Green Steering Wheel 2013 award – one of the categories in the Golden Steering Wheel competition hosted by Auto Bild and Bild am Sonntag – and was voted best car in its class in auto, motor und sport’s Best Cars 2014 awards.

It also won two readers’ awards from Auto Zeitung magazine, plus the Auto Trophy 2013 and the Green Mobility Trophy 2014.

On the international stage, too, the successful market launch of the BMW i3 was accompanied by very positive ratings in opinion polls and independent expert reviews. Highlights to date include the UK Car of the Year Award, the Next Green Car Award, the Green Car of the Year Award, the Fleet Hero Award and a class win in the Sunday Times Top 100 Cars list (all of these in the UK), the Special Jury Award in the Swiss Car of the Year Award and a win in the French Trophées de l’Argus awards. In April 2014, a jury of motoring journalists from across the world named the BMW i3 World Green Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year.

The BMW i3’s groundbreaking and individualistic exterior and interior design also earned it many other accolades, including the German Design Award, the iF gold product design award and the Automotive Interiors Expo Award, while the French edition of GQ magazine named BMW i Head of Design Benoit Jacob “Designer of the Year”. In further tributes, Auto Bild voted the BMW i3 Design Innovation of the Year, and readers of Auto Bild Klassik named it Classic of the Future.

The latest honour, the Green Car of the Year Award 2015, presented at the LA Auto Show, is a further tribute to the BMW i3’s all-round sustainable mobility concept. The evaluation by Green Car Journal was based on the BMW i3’s zero emissions at the point of use, its innovative lightweight design and the high percentage of sustainably produced materials used in its manufacture. Green Car Journal specialises in reporting on sustainable, efficiency-enhancing technologies and pioneering trends in the automotive industry and has been hosting the Green Car of the Year Award annually at the LA Auto Show since 2005. This year’s show is open to the public from 21 to 30 November.
 

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I don't like BMW, not sure why, perhaps it is the historic typical owner stereotyping.
Perhaps the green element will push that type of owner over to audi or merc
 

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I don't like BMW, not sure why, perhaps it is the historic typical owner stereotyping.
Perhaps the green element will push that type of owner over to audi or merc
I never used to like them until I owned my first, they may be often driven by idiots but BMW do make a very good car and I always had very good service from them.
 

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Yes I'm sure they are well made, just got that thing about them, odd how it is strong enough to guarantee I will never buy one :)
 

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Yes I'm sure they are well made, just got that thing about them, odd how it is strong enough to guarantee I will never buy one :)
Being a Ford man and having had bad experiances with company Vauhall's in the past I never thought I would own a GM but one drive of the Volt and we were sold. One car can change your opinion
 

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I've never considered a Nissan, they've never made a car that appeals to me that I could live with. But the LEAF has impressed me overall and the company in general too.

The MINI got me knowing BMW and it convinced me about them as a "good" car company (?!) who have a lot of passionate car people working for them at many levels.
 

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I suspect like most companies, there's a share of switched on, superb helpful employees, and those with a shoddy attitude.

I have a leaf, and the local nissan dealer have been pretty decent - though as the order was done through a leasing company I've only seen them for service and a few odd bits and bobs.

I made my first ever visit to a BMW garage a few weeks back and were surprised. Whilst one initial salesman was what I'd regard as a bit "smarmy", once I spoke to the i experts (2) they were superb. Helpful, friendly, not condescending or over polite. Ditto for one of the other (corporate) sales people... and the i3 I tested was great. overall quite surprised!
 

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I suspect like most companies, there's a share of switched on, superb helpful employees, and those with a shoddy attitude.

I have a leaf, and the local nissan dealer have been pretty decent - though as the order was done through a leasing company I've only seen them for service and a few odd bits and bobs.

I made my first ever visit to a BMW garage a few weeks back and were surprised. Whilst one initial salesman was what I'd regard as a bit "smarmy", once I spoke to the i experts (2) they were superb. Helpful, friendly, not condescending or over polite. Ditto for one of the other (corporate) sales people... and the i3 I tested was great. overall quite surprised!
Our BMW guys (Dick Lovett Dealership) were excellent too. A least one of them drove an I3. Nissan are not good.
 

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Just answered the door to a delivery of wine & chocolates from BMWi, apologising for the number of times our car has been back to the dealer.

I know in the grand scheme of things it's a meaningless gesture and I've paid for it, but it does at least give the impression that they care about customer service.
 

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Just answered the door to a delivery of wine & chocolates from BMWi, apologising for the number of times our car has been back to the dealer.

I know in the grand scheme of things it's a meaningless gesture and I've paid for it, but it does at least give the impression that they care about customer service.
How have they treated you apart from that?
 

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How have they treated you apart from that?
BMWi have been great - they call frequently to check on how things are going and I believe they really do take the whole thing seriously.

The dealer is doing a pretty good job as well - the sales process was hassle free and well supported. They have a trained 'i' technician who deals with the car and we always get an i3 loan car, bypassing the normal waiting list for courtesy cars. The only downside is that the whole thing is new and a learning experience for everyone involved. Being an early adopter means you discover problems that nobody has any idea about, but that was fully expected and the same with Nissan.
 

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Wine and chocolate and the apology for the number of times mine has had to go back to the dealer as well. Bit of a bolt out of the blue since in nearly 10,000 miles and 5 months they've requested it back for one day for a software update. Nice:cool:
 

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Just answered the door to a delivery of wine & chocolates from BMWi, apologising for the number of times our car has been back to the dealer.
Ditto here. We've only been in once (for the software update), but maybe it's anticipating the KLE? module replacement to come.

I've no complains at all about the BMW service at Stockton.
 

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I did find on my first BMW (a 118d M sport) that the first dealer tried the hard sell "you must deside now as we can't hold the deal" approach and no matter how many times I said I had to confirm with my wife they would not drop it. Eventially I told them if they said it again I would get up and leave, guess what they fetched the dealer principal who said exactly the same thing. I can still see the look on their faces as I got up and walked through out door:D. I drove to Stevenage and started again telling the sales man the deal I had on the table and what had just happened, he was very careful in his approach and infact I subsequently brought two more cars from them.

BMW dealers are not all saints but the good ones IMO are very good
 

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Wine and chocolate, what else do you need?!? ;) :p
Depends if it is a quality peg bay Oaked chard and willies cacao or Aldi Pinot and dairy milk.
 
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