On-sale details of BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics saloon confirmed
15 September 2009

The BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics saloon will emit 109g/km and average 68.9mpg when it goes on sale in January 2010, it was announced at the Frankfurt motor show.

It is powered by a 161bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine with 265lb ft of torque, giving it a 0-62mph time of 8.2sec and a top speed of 137mph. Acceleration from 50-75mph in fifth gear takes 9.6sec, according to BMW.

See the BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics saloon up close

As a result of its emissions, it will cost £35 a year in VED road tax and attract a 13 per cent benefit-in-kind rating.

Changes made to achieve these economy figures include a modified engine construction, a longer rear axle transmission ratio, lowered suspension and the use of specially designed aerodynamic alloy wheels with Michelin EnergySaver tyres.

It also has a dual-mass flywheel with springs between the two parts to help smooth out any engine vibration through the drivetrain, plus centrifugal pendulum absorbers to improve smoothness further. BMW says the improvements these bring should encourage the driver to use a higher gear more often.

Standard BMW Efficient Dynamics features are also fitted, such as stop-start, brake energy regeneration and electric power steering.

No prices have been announced, but BMW says it will mirror the 320d SE's, with which it shares an almost identical spec, apart from having smaller, 16-inch alloy wheels.

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21 August 2009

What ever way you look at it, these are impressive figures considering the performance of this car.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

21 August 2009

13% benefit in kind means that this will be a sure fire hit with company drivers like me. The lsit price is high compared to the competition (although look at a Mondeo or Insignia and they are getting worryingly close now), but with such low tax the monthly tax cost gets close to that of a Focus 1.6 TDCi.

Combine that with the performance and badge snobbery rife in office car parks and our motorways are going to be even more full of 3 series travelling at Mach 2.

I might have to join them!!

21 August 2009

Very impressive CO2 and MPG, but the current 320D is 177bhp so this mode,l although sharing the same name, is down on power.

Hopefully they can apply the same techonolgy to the 16d or 18d to push them down into the sub 100g bracket for free tax.

21 August 2009

its never the cleanest 3 series overall if its a diesel. if bmw claimed it as cleanest and not autocar then they could be taken to court and sued for misinformation. its just bad form if auto car have called that shot. all that can be said is that it is the lowest co2 emmiter, which in no useful meaning suggests it is clean.

21 August 2009

Incredible figures from this car, well done BMW

21 August 2009

[quote beachland2]its never the cleanest 3 series overall if its a diesel. if bmw claimed it as cleanest and not autocar then they could be taken to court and sued for misinformation. its just bad form if auto car have called that shot. all that can be said is that it is the lowest co2 emmiter, which in no useful meaning suggests it is clean.[/quote]

That's a bit drastic isn't it? Surely 'cleanliness' is a purely subjective term when it comes to emissions, it can mean different things to different people, it entirely depends what you consitute as 'clean'. Plus, with a modern diesel engine with particulate filters/urea injection etc your argument is even less convincing.

Anyway, ignoring people with groundless hate campaigns, I think this is a brilliant effort. With the mass dampers etc, it's clear that BMW are really getting down into the grass roots of why cars aren't efficient, and why people don't drive them efficiently. Their next generation of cars are going to be amazing. Really shows up all the companies (ford, volvo, VW, vauxhall etc etc) who've jumped on the marketing bandwagon and just modified ECU's, lengthened gearing, stuck on a pretty badge, and charged people extra for the priviledge of having reduced performance, and no extra parts.

21 August 2009

[quote Vidge 123]

 

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Incredible figures from this car, well done BMW 

[/quote] Good old Microsoft false false true! Shame the embedded operating system inside every contemptible iDrive system is developed by the same company... [quote nbranfor]

Really shows up all the companies (ford, volvo, VW, vauxhall etc etc) who've jumped on the marketing bandwagon

[/quote] In fairness, BMW are driving that bandwagon. The reason we have overwrought, undersprung, too-flash cars the majority of people aspire to owning rather than actually need is the fault of consumerism and the German makers' incessant pandering to it. If they were true innovators, the direction they are taking now is the direction they should have taken ten years back.

21 August 2009

[quote beachland2] its never the cleanest 3 series overall if its a diesel. if bmw claimed it as cleanest and not autocar then they could be taken to court and sued for misinformation. its just bad form if auto car have called that shot. all that can be said is that it is the lowest co2 emmiter, which in no useful meaning suggests it is clean.[/quote]

The above whaffle misses one thing. The word "clean" is an absolute, the word "cleanest" is a relative term and can quite justifiably be used in this context. The full article in detail may have been hard to read from the high horse on which this person is sat.

21 August 2009

The use of the word clean in this context is like the government saying safe. What is clean? What is safe?

In this case BMW is succeeding in making its cars become 'cleaner' by emitting less CO2, it is not green. No car is, unless power by electricity and then you get into the where did the electricity come from debate.

What amazes me, and credit where it is due .... is that BMW have so quickly taken these technical solutions to the CO2 emission 'problem' to the market to the benefit of themselves in terms of sales and their consumers in terms of lower tax etc.

I suspect the government is not happy that by being clever BMW will increase their sales and take more of the company car market whilst they get less tax revenue.

Why can't other car companies do this?!? Do BMW have a surplus of engineers and the rest of the industry has pitiful amounts in comparison??

21 August 2009

Just as other manufacturers were closing on BMW in the performance/economy stakes, BMW move the goal posts! Yep our motorways will be full of them, but so what, it's a great car (not perfect) and appeals exactly to its' target market.

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