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Saturday, June 27, 2009

AutoAlert: BMW's Sustainable Efforts

Now one can enjoy the luxury of performance and environmental protection at the same time. The debut of BMW 's latest offering 316d which utilise the same powerplant as the 116d made further in-roads into the low CO2 market segment. This vehicle only emits 118 gram of greenhouse gas per kilometer while sipping 4.5 liter of fuel per 100km(52mpg U.S.) traveled making it the greenest BMW yet. A detuned version of the 4-cylinder 2.0 liter diesel engine makes a significant difference for most European tax-payers that will have to fork out less for cars emitting less than 120g/km of CO2. In France one gets a €700 bonus while registration Tax in Spain is waived and the lower VED B tax band in the UK.

The good news doesn't stop here apparently, there are rumors flying around that this Bavarian based company will launching a new engine line that will feature three and four cylinders and comparatively small displacements according to channel 4. The channel quote that BMW chief engineer Holger Winkelmann as saying the German automaker will soon launch the "most advanced small engine range ever."

According to him, BMW will be utilising its know-how on turbocharging, direct injection, variable valve timing and intake technology found in its current line-up of engine to achieve the target. Chances are there will be engines as small as 1.35 liters and up to 1.8 liters. Power output would range from 163 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque up to a high-performance unit with as much as 321 horsepower.

Source: Channel 4, Autoblog Green


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