New BMW 530d named 2011 WesBank / SAGMJ Car of the Year Finalist

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Midrand – The all-new BMW 530d was chosen as one of the finalist for the Wesbank South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) 2011 Car of the Year competition. The luxury sedan will compete with nine other finalists for the country’s top motoring accolade, which will be awarded in March 2011.

Since 1972, the BMW 5 Series has delivered a unique combination of engine performance, handling and everyday drivability and practicality. Through five previous generations – each of which was named as arguably “The Best Car in the World” at some stage in its lifespan – the BMW 5 Series has been the epitome of the executive express. Now in its sixth generation, no vehicle in the BMW 5 Series range sums up these attributes better than the BMW 530d.

With the longest wheelbase in its segment and double wishbone suspension, linked to optional Rear Wheel Steering, Adaptive Drive and Dynamic Drive Control with four modes – Comfort, Normal, Sport and Sport Plus – the BMW 530d represents the purest dynamic competence of BMW and offers comfort and sportiness in equal doses, depending on the mood of the driver.

Representing a brand-new generation of straight-six turbodiesels, 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. Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle, in turn, is just 6.2 litres/100 kilometres, with CO2 emissions of 162 grams per kilometre.

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.

ConnectedDrive safety features such as Lane Change Assistant and Lane Departure Warning, BMW Night Vision, Speed Limit Info, Head-up Display and a collision warning with brake activation function in combination with Active Cruise Control incorporating Stop & Go ensure that the BMW 530d achieves a 5-star Euro-NCAP rating as well. In fact, the BMW 5 Series also recently scored the highest safety rating ever awarded by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Apart from a host of innovative technologies and emissions saving features, the BMW 530d also stands out thanks to class-leading design both inside and out. With this unique combination of features, the outcome is a vehicle that offers substantially improved driving dynamics, comfort, safety and efficiency – ensuring that the new BMW 530d not only exceeds its predecessors’ illustrious accolades, but comfortably leads the competitive field in every area.

Further detailed information on the all-new BMW 5 Series is available at

www.bmw.co.za/5