BMW i3 Wins the UK’s First Car of the Year Awards

At the first ever UK Car of the Year Award the BMW i3 has come top in not only the Best Supermini category but has also walked away with the top-prize of Car of the Year.

Casting their votes in this award were 27 UK’s motoring journalists who collectively have written for most of the major papers and online news sites.

Nearly Half the Judges Voted to Make the i3 Car of the Year!

Nearly Half the Judges Voted to Make the i3 Car of the Year!

 

In the Supermini of the Year award, the BMW i3 beat out the Hyundai i10 and Renault ZOE, while in the Car of the Year award it was pitted against the winners from all the other categories which included:

  • Audi A3
  • Skoda Octavia
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • Porsche Cayman
  • Jaguar F-type

Uwe Dreher, BMW UK Marketing Director, commented on the win: “For the BMW i3 to be voted as the first ever UK Car of the Year is real testament to the years of research and development that have gone into making BMW’s first electric production car. The BMW i3 has pushed the boundaries in every way from sustainable production, to its unique construction and revolutionary ownership proposition. The judging panel clearly recognise this and we are delighted to be given such an independent accolade.”

In Its First Year the UK Car of the Year Award Went to an EV. Will This Happen Next Year Too?

In Its First Year the UK Car of the Year Award Went to an EV. Will This Happen Next Year Too?

The BMW i3 isn’t the first electric car to be given an award such as this. The Nissan LEAF was awarded both European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year in 2011 and then also picked up Car of the Year Japan in 2011/12.

In 2012 the Chevrolet Volt picked up the European Car of the Year after gaining a slew of awards in 2011 such as Green Car of the Year, World Green Car and North American Car of the Year.

Is this just the first of many awards for the i3? What other awards do you think it will win in the coming months? Let us know below:

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  • Dennis Pascual

    Aside from driving in the “wrong side” of the car, the UK version of the i3 is not entirely similarly equipped as the US bound one… Sadly, I wonder how a US equipped i3 would’ve fared in this award had it been the one tested. nnIn either case, Congratulations to BMW