Automotive Journalists from around the world recognize the BMW's 118d diesel hybrid as the Worlds Best with consideration for its low emissions, fuel consumption and advanced powertrain. [xfloat=left]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/2008_BMW_118d_5-door_diesel-hybrid_hatch.jpg[/xfloat]Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Mar. 20, 2008 The 2008 BMW 118d is a two or four-door hatchback powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder diesel engine that is not available in the US. Included with the BMW EfficientDynamics 118d is Auto Start-Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration (iGR) and Intelligent Alternator Control (IAC), Electric Power Steering (EPS) with Servotronic and Optimum shift indicator. Woodcliff Lake, NJ - The selection committee for the 2008 World Car of the Year Awards announced today that the European BMW 118d Advanced Turbo-Diesel-Hybrid was named as the 2008 World Green Car of the Year. "We are honored to receive the 2008 World Green Car Award for the BMW 118d," said Mr. Purves. "As a company we have been committed to reducing fuel consumption and emissions of our vehicles, while at the same time improving performance. This commitment is the driving force of our Efficient Dynamics platform and the philosophy behind BMW's vehicle designs and development of technologies such as the Advanced Diesel implemented in the 118d. This honor will inspire BMW's continuing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint." The jury of world renowned automotive journalists selected the BMW 118d as top choice from a list of three finalists that included the Smart ForTwo CDI and Volkswagen Passat 1.9 TDI. To be eligible for the 2008 World Green Car award, vehicles had to be available in at least one major market during 2007. The vehicle or the green technology could be in production or an experimental prototype with potential near-future application, provided that it was released for individual or press fleet evaluations in quantities of ten or more during 2007. Tailpipe emissions, fuel consumption and use of a major advanced power plant technology (beyond engine componentry), aimed specifically at increasing the vehicle's environmental responsibility, were all taken into consideration. BMW 118d - Specifications Column1Column2*Fuel Consumption (mpgUS) Urban/City43.6 Extra-Urban/Highway58.8 Combined52.3 CO2 emissions119g/km Performance Aero Drag (Cd).30 Top speed (mph)130 mph Acceleration 0-62 mph (sec)9.0 * NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) Standard advanced safety technology Airbags - for Driver and Passenger, front and side Airbags – Side Curtain airbags front and rear Alarm system with remote control Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) Automatic Stability Control (ASC + T) Brake Force Display - brake light intensity geared to brake force (two stages) Central locking switch in center of dashboard Child locking system, rear doors Cornering Brake Control (CBC) Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, fuel cut-off and interior lighting Deformation zones front and rear, door reinforcements and bumpers that regenerate to their original shape in impacts up to 2.5 mph Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) Electronic immobilizer First Aid kit and warning triangle Foglights, front Lights on warning Mechanical lock-out for prevention of petrol refueling in diesel cars Park Distance Control (PDC), rear Passenger seat occupancy sensor, front Run-flat tires with Tire Puncture Warning System (TPWS) Seat belts - inertia reel at the front with pyrotechnic belt latch tensioner, belt force limiter and belt restrainer Seat belts - Rear seat belt system with three three-point seat belts Seat belts - three with inertia reel, rear (two when four seat configuration is specified) Side impact protection Windscreen washer jets, heated Windscreen wipers with adjustable intermittent intervals The awards are administered by a non-profit association, under the guidance of a Steering Committee of pre-eminent automotive journalists from Asia, Europe, and North America. There is no affiliation with, nor are the awards in any way influenced by any publication, auto show, automaker, or other commercial enterprise.