BMW’s cleanest and greenest 3 Series ever has just completed a
record-breaking journey from the UK to Munich and back - on one tank
Filled up at the Channel Tunnel, the new BMW 320d EfficientDynamics
Saloon made it to Munich, then as far as Lille on the return leg
– a staggering total of 1,013 miles on a single tank of fuel
– before needing to be refuelled.
To put it in a UK geographic context, the distance achieved would
have meant being able to drive from Land’s End to John
O’Groats, and still having 200 miles range left in the tank.
Just as impressive was that the intrepid driver - motoring journalist
and TV presenter Tom Ford - didn’t use efficient driving
techniques such as coasting, or drive deliberately slowly for the
trip, coverage of which appeared in yesterday’s Sunday Times newspaper.
Although switching the air con and radio off as a concession to fuel
saving, Tom managed a reasonable motorway pace all the way there and
back, proving that in the real world, the new BMW 320d
EfficientDynamics Saloon delivers what its promises on paper –
an official combined figure of 68.9mpg and CO2 emissions of only 109g/km.
On the way to Munich, Tom achieved highs of 75.9mpg, and didn’t
dip below 65mpg for the entire trip. With an average speed of 59.3mph,
the car achieved 68.9mpg overall.
He said: “I was prepared for this car to fail in the real
world. I was wrong.Although I did try and be careful and drive in a
feather-footed manner, I did cruise at a reasonable 65ish mph on the
autoroutes and autobahns, so faster than the usual economy run pace.
“Think about it in the context of everyday motoring:
comfortably more than 1,000 miles on one tank of diesel means just 12
fills a year for the average motorist - and even driven normally I
still think you're looking at 750-800 miles per fill. BMW's
EfficientDynamics: it does what it says on the tin.”
The BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon develops 163hp between 3,500rpm
to 4,200rpm and 360Nm of torque from 1,750rpm to 3,000rpm. This
equates to a zero to 62mph time of 8.2 seconds and a top speed of
137mph ensuring that while it might be extremely efficient, it still
offers sporting performance - a fact not lost on Tom.
He said: “It's difficult to tell the difference between this
model and a standard 320d in terms of driving performance which is
brilliant. It means that as well as the obvious financial advantages,
this special 320d is a car for the environmentally conscious who still
want a car that drives superbly.”
For drivers choosing the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon, there is
no VED to pay for the first year of purchase due to its low CO2 figure
and a 13 per cent benefit-in-kind company car tax rating and sporting
ability thanks to its 163bhp. For a business buying one, the sub
110g/km emissions mean 100 per cent first year writing down
allowances, allowing the model’s full first year depreciation
against to be offset against Corporation Tax.
The BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon comes with the existing suite
of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies, including Auto Start-Stop,
Brake Energy Regeneration and Electric Power Steering for optimum
performance. However it also achieves its class-leading emissions with
the addition of innovative engine construction, a longer transmission
ratio, lowered suspension and the use of specially designed
aerodynamic alloy wheels with Michelin EnergySaver tyres.
The BMW Group is one of the most successful manufacturers of
automobiles and motorcycles in the world with its BMW, MINI and
Rolls-Royce brands. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 24
production facilities in 13 countries and has a global sales network
in more than 140 countries.
The BMW Group achieved a global sales volume of approximately 1.29
million automobiles and over 87,000 motorcycles for the 2009 financial
year. The pre-tax profit for 2009 was euro 413 million, revenues
totalled euro 50.68 billion. At 31 December 2009, the company employed
a global workforce of approximately 96,000 associates.
The success of the BMW Group has always been built on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy. As a result
of its efforts, the BMW Group has been ranked industry leader in the
Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for the last five years.