Success in 2020: BMW wins numerous titles and awards

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BMW Group model range of electrified vehicles
BMW Group model range of electrified vehicles © BMW
Dec. 29. 2020
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Munich - The ceremonies may have taken place digitally this year, but BMW’s joy in receiving a number of prestigious awards for its current range of models, design philosophy and technology was very real despite the switch to virtual.

The Munich-based premium carmaker earned praise once again in 2020 both in Germany and abroad with an array of title wins and top rankings in expert assessments and public votes. These distinctions ranged from awards for new models and prizes for BMW’s current design language, its latest technological innovations and its brand presence, to special accolades recognising the brand’s exceptional quality, reliability, safety and customer satisfaction record.

The models crowned by specialist publications, market observers, other institutions and readers’ polls as the best vehicles of the year for 2020 span the full breadth of the brand’s product range, from the compact class to the luxury segment. Added to which, the worldwide spread of awards endorses the “Power of Choice” approach with which the BMW Group has addressed the mobility needs of customers around the globe. The latest BMW models with electrified drive systems, the brand’s vehicles powered by conventional combustion engines and the high-performance cars from BMW M GmbH all made a compelling case for themselves with their characteristic driving pleasure and advanced technology.

Winning efficiency: BMW models with electrified drive systems. BMW’s success in 2020 again underscores its leading position as a maker of vehicles with electrified drive systems. Among the brand’s biggest winners was the BMW 330e Sedan (fuel consumption, combined: 1.8 – 1.5 l/100 km; electric power consumption, combined: 14.8 – 13.9 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions, combined: 41 – 35 g/km). In Germany, the plug-in hybrid model was presented with the “Goldenen Lenkrad” by “Auto Bild” and “Bild am Sonntag” and the “Auto Trophy” by “Auto Zeitung”. Back at the start of the year, British magazine “What Car?” had named the BMW 330e Sedan “Best Executive Car” and “Best Plug-in-Hybrid”, and added an “Electric Car Award” to the collection in August 2020. The plug-in hybrid also earned the “Best Company Car” prize from both “Autocar and “Parkers” magazine.

Several BMW models in the premium compact segment earned international recognition in 2020. The new BMW 1 Series was given the title of “Premium Lower Medium Car of the Year” by British publication “Company Car Today” and also won a “Great British Fleet Award” (likewise in the UK) as the “Best Lower Medium Fleet Car”. In the “Used Car of the Year Awards” conducted by “What Car?”, the previous-generation BMW M140i was voted “Best Used Hot Hatch” of the year.

At the “Festival Automobile International” for 2020 in France, it was a new vehicle concept for the compact segment that stole the show: the new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé was anointed the “Most Beautiful Car of the Year”.

The BMW 5 Series also added to its sizeable collection of trophies and titles. In the “Best Cars 2020” rankings compiled by “auto, motor und sport”, the 5 Series took its third victory in a row. “What Car?” handed the BMW 5 Series its “Best Luxury Car” honour and identified the BMW 5 Series Touring as the “Best Used Estate Car” and “Best Used Tow Car”. Further evidence that the BMW 5 Series has become an even more appealing proposition following its latest model update came with victory in the “Auto Trophy” presented by Germany’s “Auto Zeitung”, the “Best Executive Car” title in the contest held by British magazine “BusinessCar” and the “Connected Car of the Year” prize at the “Automobile Awards 2020” in France.

In China, the BMW 5 Series was voted “Best Locally Produced Executive Car” by the local edition of “auto, motor und sport” and the “Best Middle Class Premium Vehicle” by the magazine “We-cars”. Another three national awards went to the long-wheelbase version of the BMW 5 Series Sedan developed exclusively for the Chinese market.

BMW’s current range of luxury-segment models have snapped up some major international awards. Chinese portal “shujincm” named the BMW 8 Series luxury sports car “Selected Premium Car 2020”. And the 8 Series also won a “Luxury Cars in Quality” prize at the “J.D Power Awards” in the US.

The sumptuous BMW X7 SAV tasted success in the “Best User Experiences 2020” competition held by US magazine “Wards”. The X7 was also crowned “Premium SUV of the Year” by Chinese portal “iauto-ilife”.

The worldwide popularity of the BMW X models was likewise reflected in numerous title wins decided by juries and readers in 2020. British magazine “BusinessCar” lauded the BMW X1 as “Best Premium Medium SUV”. The BMW X3 won the “Auto Trophy” from Germany’s “Auto Zeitung” in its class, as well as the “Best Medium SUV” prize from Spanish newspaper “El País”, France’s “Automobile Award 2020” as “SUV of the Year” and the title “Best Locally Produced SUV and Off-Road Vehicle” from “auto, motor und sport” in China.

The BMW X5 was anointed “Best Big SUV” by “El País”, “Best SUV of the Year” in China by the “” portal and “Best Buy Award 2020” in der category “Mid-Size Luxury SUV” by US magazine “Kelly Blue Book”. Staying in the USA, the BMW X6 was a double winner in the “J.D Power Awards”: the Sports Activity Coupé was successful in the categories “Luxury Cars in Quality” and “Best SUV to Buy in 2020”. Added to which, the Spanish edition of German motoring magazine “Auto Bild” ranked the BMW X6 as “Best SUV” of the year.

The current crop of BMW M cars also powered their way impressively to the top step of the podium several times over the course of 2020. Readers of German magazine “Auto Bild Sportscars” named the BMW M2 CS (fuel consumption, combined: 10.4 – 9.4 l/100 km; CO2 emissions, combined: 238 – 214 g/km) as their favourite car in its class. British magazine “Evo” rated the special-edition model as its “Car of the Year”. And the BMW M2 Competition (fuel consumption, combined: 10.0 – 9.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions, combined: 227 – 209 g/km) was the standout model in its class at the “sport auto Awards”.