The 2007 BMW 120d 1-Series 5-door is scheduled to hit the markets in spring 2007, boasting fuel efficient features, encouraging economical motoring. Since its launch in September 2004, the BMW 1 Series has proved a popular choice. In the UK with 51,492 sold to date and in excess of 200,000 worldwide. A gearshift change indicator and lower rolling resistant tyres are successfully combined with technologies such as Brake Energy Regeneration, Automatic Start-Stop function and Electric Power Steering in order to cut fuel consumption and emissions without compromising the power boost. BMW's most economical car, the 118d posts the lowest ever CO2 emissions of any BMW recording 123 g/km, while other engines from the new 1-Series range feature lower emissions by up to 21 per cent as well as economy improvements of up to 24 per cent.
The new fuel saving technology on the 1-Series includes the Brake Energy Regeneration which makes use of an Absorbent Glass Mat battery and an Intelligent Alternator Control in order to recycle previously lost energy, in turn saving fuel. The Automatic Start-Stop function cuts fuel consumption by automatically switching the engine off when the vehicle is not moving and the driver puts the car into neutral. A 90 per cent energy saving is ensured by the use of Electric Power Steering which uses an electric motor that works only when required, such as turning a corner. As far as engines are concerned, there is the 130i which integrates the world's lightest six-cylinder production engine that has a limited top speed of 155 mph and achieves the zero to 62mph in 6.0 seconds. The 120i's new four-cylinder engine with High-Precision Direct Injection and Bi-VANOS technology achieves zero to 62mph in 7.7 seconds before going on to a top speed of 139mph.
Regarding safety, all BMW 1 Series have six airbags as standard, the Brake Force Display function on the rear lights to highlight sharp braking and Run-flat tyres with Tyre Puncture Warning System. The new design of the 1-Series features a larger kidney grille for improved airflow to the engine, while the lower front spoiler has also been reprofiled to create a larger air intake and the spoiler protrudes further for a more pronounced, sporting look.
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