Midrand. The BMW 530d has added another accolade behind its name after winning Class O of the 2012 Total Economy Run (TER) whilst its entry level sibling, the new BMW 120d, also won Class M of the 2012 TER with only nine months on the market.
The 2012 TER took place in White River, Mpumalanga, from 26 to 28 July 2012. For the past 36 years, the TER has been regarded as the only legitimate and unbiased barometer of fuel efficiency in passenger vehicles in South Africa.
The BMW 530d competed with three other vehicles in its class and recorded a fuel consumption figure of 6,6 l/100km. On the other hand, the BMW 120d also competed with three other vehicles in its class and recorded a fuel consumption of 5,2l/100km.
Representing a brand-new generation of straight-six turbodiesels, the BMW 530d was named the joint winner of the 2011 Wesbank South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) Car of the Year. The 3.0-litre in the BMW 530d develops maximum output of 180 kW with peak torque of 540 Nm. This kind of power accelerates the new BMW 530d to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds and gives the car a top speed of 250 km/h. This is thanks to a new 8-speed automatic transmission and state of the art BMW EfficientDynamics technologies such as Brake Energy Regeneration and the on-demand operation of ancillary units which draw power from the engine.
Thanks to the inclusion of BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, the 2.0-litre diesel engine in the BMW 120d with an output of 135 kW and torque of 380Nm extends to its lead over the competition in the area of fuel efficiency. The BMW 120d reaches 100 km/h from a standing start in 7.2 seconds, and has a maximum speed of 228 km/h.
The secret to the BMW 530d and BMW 120d’s incredible fuel economy lies in the standard BMW EfficientDynamics technologies found on every BMW, such as Brake Energy Regeneration with recuperation display, ECO-PRO mode, intelligent lightweight construction, on-demand operation of ancillary units, Electric Power Steering (EPS), detachable air-conditioning compressor and tyres with reduced rolling resistance.
With EfficientDynamics, BMW has established a close connection between driving performance, fuel consumption and weight. Maximum performance at minimum consumption is the goal for each engine and each vehicle BMW develops.
The all encompassing nature of EfficientDynamics means that BMW has had a much greater impact on fuel and emissions reduction than it would have had with a niche ‘green’ car. In fact, BMW is now best in class when it comes to climate protection and performance.
Today, BMW’s European fleet has an average carbon emission of just 156 g/km. This corresponds to a fuel consumption of 5.9 litres per 100 kilometres. These low emission values are achieved despite an average performance of 132 kW. These figures are, in fact, lower than those of many manufacturers of mainly small cars.