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30 Jun 2012 | Foreign News : Munich

Slightly over two-and-a-half years after its production launch at BMW Plant Leipzig, the BMW X1 has already been delivered to more than 300,000 customers.

A further chapter has been added to the success story of the BMW X models. In a matter of two-and-a-half years, the BMW X1 has notched up worldwide sales of more than 300,000 units. Since its market launch in autumn 2009, the first – and for a long time only – vehicle of its kind in the premium compact segment has conquered a steadily expanding fan base and scooped up a host of awards.

Immediately after its market launch, the BMW X1 was voted off-roader of the year in the “Crossover” category by readers of “OFF ROAD” magazine. Almost simultaneously, Italian magazine “Quattroruote” proclaimed it “New car of the year 2010”. The BMW X1 was also instantly awarded the “Auto Trophy” by the German publication “Auto Zeitung”, and in the following year picked up the “Design Trophy” from the same magazine, the “red dot award” for outstanding product design, and the “Auto Bild Design Award” in the “SUV, Van and All-Wheel-Drive” category. In the “Wertmeister 2010” (Value Champions) rankings, also published by “Auto Bild”, the BMW X1 came top of its class by virtue of its high product quality and popularity. The highest possible score of five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test, moreover, confirmed the outstanding occupant protection and comprehensive safety features provided by the BMW X1.

In a competitive environment now also inhabited by other premium carmakers, the BMW X1 remains compelling for its agile handling, exemplary efficiency and extraordinary versatility. With a choice of five diesel and three petrol engines and an output ranging from 116bhp to 245bhp, it offers the most wide-ranging engine portfolio in its segment. Boasting the most favourable ratio of driving enjoyment to fuel efficiency is the BMW X1 sDrive20d EfficientDynamics Edition with output of 163bhp and average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 4.5L/100km (62.8 mpg imp) combined with CO2 emissions of 119g/km.

As well as engines featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and the optional eight-speed automatic transmission, the highlights of the BMW X1 also include BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive.

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