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      12-05-2014, 11:54 AM   #1
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The BMW i8 Wins Top Gear Car of the Year

December 5, 2014


The BMW i8 has been named as Top Gear magazine’s global Car of the Year 2014. The plug-in hybrid performance vehicle beat off some stiff competition from a host of other premium and luxury manufacturers to win the overall award.

The editorial team of Top Gear commended the BMW i8 for its breadth of abilities. Its 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine combined with an electric motor gives searing acceleration and driver enjoyment but all wrapped in a package that takes BMW’s EfficientDynamics philosophy to the extreme courtesy of CO2 emissions less than 49g/km and a 135mpg combined cycle figure.

Charlie Turner, Editor in Chief at Top Gear magazine, said: “The BMW is a milestone in the annals of automotive history and a glorious statement for an exciting and positive future. The i8 delivers – and then some. It’s the kind of car we should celebrate, a beautiful vision of the future, delivered now. It is a resounding success for the BMW i8 and the whole team were unanimous in naming the BMW i8 as Top Gear magazine’s Car of the Year.”

Top Gear magazine is one of the most influential global motoring and lifestyle magazines and, in addition to the original UK publication, has 31 international editions. Its website has 5.5million users a month while its YouTube channel has 3.9million subscribers and its Facebook page has nearly 24million fans.

Dr Ian Robertson, BMW AG Management Board member for Sales and Marketing BMW, said: “We always knew the BMW i8 was going to be a game changing vehicle and the strength of orders shows just how desirable this car is for customers. Prestigious awards such as this one from Top Gear magazine prove that it has global recognition within the industry too. In 2015, both the i3 and the i8 will play their part in ensuring we build on our market leading position as the world’s best-selling and most innovative premium car manufacturer.”

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Guess I'm 2 for 2 for the past two years. Last year's winner was the Fiesta ST (over the P1).
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Guess I'm 2 for 2 for the past two years. Last year's winner was the Fiesta ST (over the P1).
Nice! You clearly are a man of taste...

How many miles on each so far?
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      12-05-2014, 12:40 PM   #4
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BMW can't make them fast enough to satisfy demand.
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BMW can't make them fast enough to satisfy demand.
Bless their little hearts.

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The i8 surely is awsome, saw a protonic blue the other day - amazing.
Funny enough, i heard BMW did make some money of this, about 6% on each sold car.
But this tech will reach the more conventional series within a few years.
As a Hero model, it's just perfect marketing for BMW imo.
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Well it sure deserves it.
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Nice! You clearly are a man of taste...

How many miles on each so far?
3900 on the i8 and around 8k on the Fiesta.

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Well deserved for a real nice car!
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December 5, 2014


The BMW i8 has been named as Top Gear magazines global Car of the Year 2014. The plug-in hybrid performance vehicle beat off some stiff competition from a host of other premium and luxury manufacturers to win the overall award.

The editorial team of Top Gear commended the BMW i8 for its breadth of abilities. Its 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine combined with an electric motor gives searing acceleration and driver enjoyment but all wrapped in a package that takes BMWs EfficientDynamics philosophy to the extreme courtesy of CO2 emissions less than 49g/km and a 135mpg combined cycle figure.

Charlie Turner, Editor in Chief at Top Gear magazine, said: The BMW is a milestone in the annals of automotive history and a glorious statement for an exciting and positive future. The i8 delivers and then some. Its the kind of car we should celebrate, a beautiful vision of the future, delivered now. It is a resounding success for the BMW i8 and the whole team were unanimous in naming the BMW i8 as Top Gear magazines Car of the Year.

Top Gear magazine is one of the most influential global motoring and lifestyle magazines and, in addition to the original UK publication, has 31 international editions. Its website has 5.5million users a month while its YouTube channel has 3.9million subscribers and its Facebook page has nearly 24million fans.

Dr Ian Robertson, BMW AG Management Board member for Sales and Marketing BMW, said: We always knew the BMW i8 was going to be a game changing vehicle and the strength of orders shows just how desirable this car is for customers. Prestigious awards such as this one from Top Gear magazine prove that it has global recognition within the industry too. In 2015, both the i3 and the i8 will play their part in ensuring we build on our market leading position as the worlds best-selling and most innovative premium car manufacturer.

* Title photo by garage queen 335is
Wow. Impressive
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Congrats to BMW. That blue is amazing.
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Thank you for the photo feature
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Hope the (so-called) writer from Autoweek sees this.
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Well deserved! With the i8, BMW has designed a hybrid that doesn't look like, or drive like, a Prius. I'll be interested to see what they come up for the intervening models between the i3 and i8.
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BMW really knocked it out of the park with the i3/i8 didnt they?
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