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      03-24-2016, 10:04 AM   #1
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NEW YORK – March 24, 2016

At a press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show, Bridgestone Corporation, and Autoneum, the BMW 7 SERIES was declared the 2016 World Luxury Car.

The BMW Group is no stranger to the World Car Awards – now in their 12th year. BMW cars have previously won the World Green Car title two years in a row (2015 – BMW i8; 2014 – BMW i3) and in 2008 for the BMW 118d with Efficient Dynamics. In 2006, the BMW 3‐Series was the World Car of the Year while in 2014, the BMW i3 won World Car Design of the Year.

The World Luxury Car category was created in 2014 to acknowledge higher‐priced premium models selling in more limited numbers worldwide.

This year’s winner was chosen from an initial entry list of eight prestigious cars from all over the world, then a short list of three finalists: the winner as well as the Audi Q7 and the Volvo XC 90.

“We are delighted and honoured that the BMW 7 Series has been recognised as the World Luxury Car of the Year. Since it launched last autumn, the response from both the media and our customers has been extremely positive, with people especially appreciative of the way the 7 Series combines superb modern luxury with the outstanding driving dynamics BMW is famous for. With its many technical innovations, including gesture control and laser lights, there can be no doubt that the new BMW 7 Series is an outstanding flagship for the brand, setting new standards in its class.”

The World Car jurors observed that, “This is the flagship model for the Bavarian car maker, and so it simply has to be the epitome of what the brand represents in terms of technology, design and performance. And the new 7 Series certainly delivers. It is very much the new face of BMW in the new family design – and yet it is a classic BMW all at once. It drives phenomenally well courtesy a new range of engines, and has a sporty drive dynamic that the rivals in the segment cannot claim as their USP. This comes from a 130 kg drop in weight thanks to the new ‘Carbon Core’ frame. 25 new features, of which 13 are segment firsts! Inside the cabin, BMW has taken things up a notch on luxury, pampering the owner with not just very comfortable and well designed seating, but with loads of technology, entertainment too. The new 7 Series brings in new features like the ambient ‘sky lounge’ sunroof, the ambient air package and the all‐new gesture control.”

Vehicles in all award categories are selected and voted on by an international jury panel comprised of 73 top‐level automotive journalists from 23 countries around the world. Each juror was appointed by the World Car Steering Committee on the basis of his or her expertise, experience, credibility, and influence. Each juror typically drives and evaluates new vehicles on a regular basis as part of their professional work. Through their respective outlets they collectively reach an audience of many millions world‐wide. The international accounting firm KPMG tabulates the jurors’ ballots.

Previous World Luxury Car winners were the Mercedes‐Benz S Coupé (2015) and the Mercedes‐Benz S‐Class (2014).

The Road to World Car began in Frankfurt on September 15, was followed by a four and a half day stop in Los Angeles for test‐drives of the North American, Japanese and Swedish contenders in November, continued in Geneva with the Top Three in the World announcement, and finally ended today with the declaration of the winners in five categories at the New York International Auto Show.

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Congratulations BMW

So the 9 series will need a waterbed in it to take the crown next time round
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Congratulations BMW

So the 9 series will need a waterbed in it to take the crown next time round
In cabin hot tub would be cool
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Congratulations BMW

So the 9 series will need a waterbed in it to take the crown next time round
In cabin hot tub would be cool
BMW is about functionality and performance, so a toilet in center console would be proper, maybe with ///M logo and a turbo to flush faster...
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Congratulations BMW

So the 9 series will need a waterbed in it to take the crown next time round
In cabin hot tub would be cool
BMW is about functionality and performance, so a toiled in center console would be proper, maybe with ///M logo and a turbo to flush faster...
The toilet would most likely be an electric/ gas hybrid, so "iPerformace 330e Toilet with Twin-Scroll Flush Mechanism" seems appropriate. Don't forget an ///M badge on every single surface.
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I think the s class is still the king. I went to a merc dealer and sat in one and it's just on anither level. I sat in a c class also and is just magnificent. I wish bmw WOuld learn from Mercedes
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I think the s class is still the king. I went to a merc dealer and sat in one and it's just on anither level. I sat in a c class also and is just magnificent. I wish bmw WOuld learn from Mercedes
I would have to strongly disagree.


The Mercedes C interior is crap. I've test driven c400 with full leather and it still doesn't feel as luxurious and well crafted as my old e92.1.

The leather and plastics look and feel cheap in real life.



That horrible transmission in the c class just needs to GO!
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The toilet would most likely be an electric/ gas hybrid, so "iPerformace 330e Toilet with Twin-Scroll Flush Mechanism" seems appropriate. Don't forget an ///M badge on every single surface.
Add a driver that comes out of the steering wheel, a lawyer for insane speeding tickets and season tickets to your favorite sporting team. That is the BMW 9 series xD
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I think the s class is still the king. I went to a merc dealer and sat in one and it's just on anither level. I sat in a c class also and is just magnificent. I wish bmw WOuld learn from Mercedes
I have to disagree. My sister purchased a C-class and I feel the interior leaves a lot to be desired. The seats are comfortable and the leather is superior. However, the center stack and center console arent ergonomic, the switched arent either, the nav system is difficult to use, and last but MOST DEFINITELY not least... The shifter being on the steering column kills it for me
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I have to disagree. My sister purchased a C-class and I feel the interior leaves a lot to be desired. The seats are comfortable and the leather is superior. However, the center stack and center console arent ergonomic, the switched arent either, the nav system is difficult to use, and last but MOST DEFINITELY not least... The shifter being on the steering column kills it for me
^^what he said... except it applies to the S-Class too. Taste is subjective, but my money (literally) is on the G12. I drove the 2016 S-Class (both sedan and coupe) and although fantastic cars in their own right, they just felt odd to me -- and I can't tell you how many times I inadvertently hit the gear selector while steering. Why'd they put it there?! Then I drove the G12 7 Series, and have since ordered one. I prefer the G12's approach to luxury. It's restrained... modern.

But let's face it. There are Merc people and BMW people and neither faction is going to change their minds about which car is best. Not unlike Boeing vs. Airbus / Mac vs. Windows / iPhone vs. Android etc. In the end the competition makes us all winners because the manufacturers have to keep upping their game to compete.
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If the M760i has a 600hp V12, what would an M7 have?!
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Pretty sure the release dates of these cars are staggered from the manufacturer on purpose in order to win these types of awards.
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I think the s class is still the king. I went to a merc dealer and sat in one and it's just on anither level. I sat in a c class also and is just magnificent. I wish bmw WOuld learn from Mercedes
MB C & E interior is crap against BMW 3 & 5. S class is nice but to another level nice. It has more curves. Driving MB with shifter behind steering wheel feels like driving a mini van.
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MB C & E interior is crap against BMW 3 & 5. S class is nice but to another level nice. It has more curves. Driving MB with shifter behind steering wheel feels like driving a mini van.
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Odd choice in staging for this photo. They talk a lot about the car but you can barely see it behind them!
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