BMW i8 Plug-in Hybrid Roadster Earns Award as Best Production Preview Model
The BMW i8 is the third model in the BMW i Series that focuses on developing cutting-edge and emotionally appealing mobility concepts, according to BMW. In a statement, the German premium automakers says the i8 offers genuine sports car performance, with fuel consumption that is no higher than expected from a small car. The i8 plug-in hybrid is equipped with a performance electric motor combined with a powerful internal combustion engine that produces up to 354 horsepower, which allows acceleration from 0-60 mpg in 4.5 seconds and also provides up to 87 mpg, according to BMW. The model's lithium-ion battery can be recharged relatively quickly from a home outlet.
In addition to the award for the best Production Preview vehicle, the other segment categories and concept models receiving awards this year included the best Concept Car: Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis--a concept for the next-generation Hyundai Genesis; and the best Truck/SUV Concept: Ford Atlas Pickup--a concept that foreshadows the next Ford F-150. Concept vehicles in the running for an award debuted at the most recent North American auto shows in Detroit, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.