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Six Wins for BMW Group in Sportiest Cars of 2008 - (Europe)

June 11th, 2008


Readers of sports car magazine “sport auto” have voted BMW the sportiest brand of the year.

BMW notched up an impressive six class victories in the readers’ vote with the 123d Coupé, 335d Sedan, 335i Sedan, M3 Sedan and 335i Coupe taking honours in their respective categories.

Not to be outdone, the MINI John Cooper Works was easily declared sportiest small car, rounding off an impressive performance for the BMW Group.

The results mean that BMW Group emerged from the “sport auto” readers’ vote as the most successful manufacturer – just as it did last year.

In total models from BMW and MINI climbed the winner’s rostrum in 11 of the 14 categories reserved for serial production cars.

With the evaluation categories divided up into price segments, body and engine versions, there were a total of 230 models, including 146 serial production vehicles.

The excellent result comes on top of recent international awards for the BMW Group. Last month the manufacturer collected six prizes for five engines at the renowned “International Engine of the Year Awards”. For the second year in a row, the overall prize went to the 6-cylinder Twin Turbo engine – which provides fascinating driving dynamics in models such as two of the prize-winners mentioned below, the BMW 335i and the BMW 335i Coupé.

An overview of how BMW Group models finished in “The sportiest car of 2008”:

MINI John Cooper Works: Winner – small cars
BMW 130i: Second – compact cars
BMW 123d Coupé: Winner – diesels up to 35,000 euros
BMW 335d: Winner – diesel over 35,000 euros
BMW 335i: Winner – sedans up to 45,000 euros
BMW M3 Sedan: Winner - sedans up to 90,000 euros
BMW M5: Second – sedans over 90,000 euros
BMW Z4 Roadster 2.5si: Third – convertibles/roadsters up to 40,000 euros
BMW M3 Convertible: Second – convertibles/roadsters up to 80,000 euros
BMW 335i Coupé: Winner - coupés up to 45,000 euros
BMW M3 Coupé: Third - coupés up to 90,000 euros

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