BMW i3 has won the UK Car of the Year award thus becoming the first car ever to receive this honor.
The judges were so impressed with the electric vehicle from Bavaria that they gave it the title of best car on the island for 2014.
The judges were given the task of picking the best out of a bunch of cars. The i3 was on the top in the Supermini class, while in the Executive segment, the 5 Series claimed the same position.
The award aims “to provide an independent set of awards for the car industry, highlighting the best vehicles in the market in a range of categories for UK buyers”, the official press release said.
Guy Bird, one of the judges said, “‘Game-changing’ is such a cliché but that is what i3 is. From the eco-focused technology that underpins it, to the modern and functional design and material choices – including the most original production car interior this century – the i3 is far more than just a new car.”
“Indeed, with its connected drive approach seeking to make links with other forms of transport and the surrounding infrastructure, rather than simply impose itself upon its environment, the i3 represents the start of a whole new way of thinking about getting from A to B,” he added.
“For the BMW i3 to be voted as the first ever UK Car of the Year is real testament to the years of research and development that have gone into making BMW’s first electric production car,” Uwe Dreher, BMW’s UK Marketing Director said.
“The BMW i3 has pushed the boundaries in every way from sustainable production, to its unique construction and revolutionary ownership proposition. The judging panel clearly recognize this and we are delighted to be given such an independent accolade,” he later added.
The car weighs around 1,200 kg (2,645 lbs), courtesy its CFRP-predominant body. It features an electric motor that churns out 170 HP and 250 Nm of torque. It can go up to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 7.2 seconds.
The 22 kWh battery helps the car run for around 100 miles (160 km). The i3 is priced at £25,680 OTR in the UK.