It’s official: the BMW i3 is the 2014 World Green Car of the Year. It’s also the 2014 World Car Design of the Year.
Announced earlier today at the New York International Auto Show, the luxury german plug-in has managed to walk away with not one, but two of the prestigious ‘Car of the Year’ awards.
Chosen by a team of sixty-nine World Car Awards’ jurors, representing a wide selection of automotive journalists from around the world, the BMW i3 was praised for its ground-up design, fresh-approach to route planning, and green construction materials.
Of particular interest to the jurors in the Green Car of the Year award was the way in which the BMW i3 allows users to plan a route beyond their car, letting them plan the ‘last mile’ of their journey from within their car, even if that means leaving the car plugged in charging at a public spot while they continue their journey on public transport.
Previous award recipients have included the Tesla Model S, Honda FCX Clarity, Chevrolet Volt, Mercedes-Benz S 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, and Volkswagen BlueMotion.
For the World Car Design of the Year, judges said that the i3’s unique design and boxy shape enabled it to retain lots of interior room and efficiency without compromising BMW’s iconic dynamism.
Previous award recipients of World Car Design of the Year include the Jaguar F-Type Coupe, Range Rover Evoque, Aston Martin Rapide, Chevy Camaro and Fiat 500.
Congratulations to BMW on the double-whammy for it’s first mass-produced electric car. Here’s to many more awards, and hope that the i8 — The i3’s bigger brother — gets considered next year.
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