At a press conference at the Geneva International Motor Show, the top three finalists for the World Car of the Year, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year awards were announced yesterday.
The overall winners in all categories will be declared at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, April 17, 2014.
World Car of the Year
From an initial entry list of twenty-four new vehicles from all over the world, then a short list of finalists, the top three contenders for the overall 2014 World Car of the Year title have been revealed (in alphabetical order by manufacturer):
BMW 4 Series
Video from BMW providing an overview and general look at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show BMW exhibit, with a focus on the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and 2 Series Active Tourer, both of which are making their world debuts at the show.
4 Series Gran Coupe Official Thread
2 Series Active Tourer Official Thread
Registration has opened for BMW i3 test drives throughout the U.S. Follow this link to register.
Exceptional luggage for an exceptional automobile.Louis Vuitton, the pioneer of the art of travel, has created a tailor-made set of luggage for the most progressive sports car – the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid.
The innovative collection of luggage comprises two travel bags, a business case and a garment bag. To ensure optimal use of space, the luggage items have been tailormade to fit perfectly into the interior of the revolutionary BMW i8.
“BMW and Louis Vuitton share both a profound appreciation of tradition and a commitment to constant further development,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “The use of CFRP in the revolutionary BMW i8 sports car is indicative of an intelligent lightweight construction philosophy. And Louis Vuitton has demonstrated a similar … CONTINUED
The BMW USA website now shows an availability of July 2014 for the BMW i3 hybrid electric sports car.
Many BIMMERPOST members change their wheels for cosmetic reasons, but also to reduce unsprung weight. If BMW has its way, we could soon be seeing a massive reduction in BMW wheel weights by way of carbon fiber wheels. The i8 has already been announced with a CFRP wheel option, which saves 3kg / 6.6lbs per wheel, but Autoexpress appears to be reporting on CFRP wheels for standard non-i models.
According to BMW’s lightweight construction manager, Franz Storkenmaier, “we save 25 percent in weight compared to a forged alloy wheel with the hybrid wheel [with alloy spokes and a carbon fiber rim] and another 10 percent if it’s completely carbon.” Now BMW just has to convince European regulators that they’re strong enough to be safe on … CONTINUED
The BMW i8 looking beautiful in white, with one of the cars sporting a different look by way of its body colored bumper styling elements and black kidney grilles.
BMW, along with Tesla, is doing what looked impossible a few years ago. Electric cars are finally becoming desirable. Maybe it took the power of a couple of premium brands to help them on the way. Or maybe it’s the radical looks and carbonfibre structure of the BMW i3? Either way, EVs are here to stay. And if the BMW i3 is anything to go by, they’re here to be enjoyed, rather than endured.