Who Says You Can't Have It All? Not the Europeans . . .
Mick Jagger once sang that “you can’t always get what you want,” and, to a degree, he was right. As a petrol head and committed environmentalist, I’ve found I’ve had to make compromises. After going crazy in my friend’s Porsche Boxster, I develop a painful pang of guilt of all the resources I wasted in the name of fun. No, really. Likewise, after driving greenly in my Toyota Yaris on a long drive (achieving 50 mpg for anyone who’s interested), I feel like I’ve watched a Russell Brand stand up show (i.e., I feel like my soul is damaged due to the absence of fun). But now it seems like Mr. Jagger’s words are out of date. Apparently, you CAN get what you want . . . .
What if I told you that you could have a premium saloon car with 2-zone air conditioning, rear park distance control, professional radio and multi-function leather steering wheel? And have world renowned driving dynamics, emit less than 110gm/km (the same as a Toyota Yaris diesel) achieve 69 miles per imperial gallon in mixed driving (on the Euro test, no EPA numbers available) AND still get from 0 to 62mph in 8.2 seconds? Are you interested? Well BMW thought you might be.
The East Kilbride News reports that BMW will unveil the “all things to all men” 320d model at the Frankfurt Motor show. It will use BMW’s efficient dynamics package which includes, Auto Start Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration and Michelin Energy saver tyres. Due to its low emissions, the 320d is expected to be a big hit with fleets. But private motorists can drive this car and only pay £35 per year in car tax.
Now for the bad news (at least for you good folks in the United States): don’t expect this car on your shores any time soon. The reason (as I’m sure you’ve already figured out) is due to the 1995cc, single turbo charged, oil burning engine. That’s right, it runs on that evil, fuel of Satan, diesel. So, while Europeans are hooning around in this Teutonic oil burner, I suggest that you lobby your representatives (and BMW) to demand cars like this in the United States—all in the name of the environment, of course.
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