BMW’s 118d with EfficientDynamics, a compact hatchback powered by a 4-cylinder diesel putting out 143 hp, was named the World Green Car of the Year at the New York Auto Show yesterday. Marketwatch reports that “The diesel-powered hatchback claims mileage of more than 50 miles per gallon.”
Car Keys explains, “It does this thanks to a range of EfficientDynamics technology including brake energy regeneration, auto stop/start and power-saving electric steering assistance.”
Easier Motoring adds, “To be eligible for the 2008 World Green Car award, a vehicle had to available in at least one major market during 2007.” The 118d is sold in Europe. It also had to travel more than 47 miles per gallon, feature technologies specifically designed to increase fuel economy or decrease emissions, and meet or exceed strict new tailpipe emissions requirements in Europe and the U.S.
BMW’s diesel engines have been gaining profile in the U.S. automotive press recently, with reports of a BMW besting a Prius in mileage testing. Though the 118d is not yet projected for the U.S. market, many automakers are bringing new diesels here, though it remains to be seen whether Americans will buy them.