2011 Bmw 730Ld receives the 2011 Professional Driver Car of the Year award

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 9, 2011

The BMW 730Ld was recognized as the Professional Driver Car of the Year for 2011, to reclaim the crown it lost to the Jaguar XJ last year. It was also named the Chauffeur Car of the year, beating the new Audi A8L and the Jaguar XJ. For the second straight year, the 530d Gran Turismo was named the winner of the Executive Car of the Year category, doing better than the Jaguar XF and the new Audi A6.

The Private Hire Vehicle of the Year category was won by the Skoda Superb while the VW Sharan triumphed in the MPV category, beating Ford’s Galaxy.

Professional Driver editor Mark Bursa said that the BMW 730Ld provides a combination of “comfort, rear-seat luxury and driveability.” The 7-series has received upgrades since 2009; its fuel economy was boosted to now rate at above 40mpg when combined.

Bursa added that BMW offers an enhanced manufacturer-backed chauffeur program that appeals to chauffeurs since it becomes more affordable for them on a lease basis than either the Jaguar XJL or the Mercedes S-class.

He added that the competition was “very close,” explaining that the new Audi A8L is praised for its comfort and appearance but that Audi’s chauffeur program possibly edges BMW’s. Audi is the only automaker to offer a like-for-like licensed replacement car not only in London but at any location in the UK. But then, the BMW luxury saloon beat all of them since it’s “simply the best car on the day,” according to Bursa.

The BMW 7 Series continues to set the new standard in fuel efficiency, driving dynamics and luxury. In its debut, the 5th generation model brings a fresh offering for the whole world to see.

The luxury car arrives in November with three different powerful engines. Eventually, customers lining up for the new BMW will have a choice between an all-new diesel and two gasoline-powered engine units.

BMW showcases its highly promising diesel variant and is out to bring an impressive drivetrain performance. Apparently, the BMW 730d is equipped with a 3.0Litre 6-cylinder engine that can deliver as much as 245hp at 4000rpm. On the other hand, the powerful 540Nm torque at 1750rpm-3000rpm guarantees a smooth and real-time driving performance.

The 5th generation’s 2,993cc engine is considered as the most practical BMW 7 Series to date. The emission figure shows an impressive 192g/km and 39.2mpg for the combined consumption. Surprisingly, the new model can rev up its engine from 0—62mph in 7.2 secs. and up to 152mph at top speed.

The new BMW 730d is the only luxury vehicle that can match the Mercedes Benz’s C320CDi when it comes to low CO2 emission and fuel consumption. The BMW 7 Series is in fact, more compact and more lightweight than other cars in the segment.

Aside from the fact that the BMW 730d is 5kg lighter than the previous generation, the 185kg 6-cylinder engine has a virtually flawless combustion system. Thanks to its 3rd generation common-rail direct injection technology, the piezo injectors can operate as much as 1800 pressure bar at its peak.

Moreover, the luxury diesel is meant to be the best-selling car in the UK with projected sales of up to eighty five percent. Overall, the new diesel variant is built to deliver outstanding performance even off road.

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BMW 730Ld is the Professional Driver chauffeur car of choice

The BMW 730Ld Saloon has been crowned Car of the Year at the Professional Driver Car of the Year Awards 2011, while also taking the title of Chauffeur Car of the Year. Not to be outdone, the BMW 530d Gran Turismo retained its title of Executive Car of the Year for the second year in a row.

The BMW 7 Series was commended for its unrivalled mix of passenger luxury, low running cost and driver satisfaction making it the ideal chauffer car both for the driver and the driven. Its exceptional quality and improved fuel consumption, along with an excellent manufacturer-backed chauffeur programme clinched the title.

The 5 Series Gran Turismo was praised for its abundance of rear leg room, command driving position, its sheer versatility and high quality. Its unique interior packaging matched with the choice of powerful yet economic drivetrains and an outstanding satellite navigation system, earned the 5 Series Gran Turismo its title as the judges applauded it as a car made for chauffeuring.

Mark Bursa, editor of Professional Driver magazine and chair of the judging panel, said: “The BMW 730Ld offers an exceptional mix of comfort, rear-seat luxury and driveability. Since 2009, the 7 Series has been improved, with better fuel economy now above 40mpg combined. And crucially, it's part of a beefed-up manufacturer-backed chauffeur programme that makes it much more affordable for chauffeurs on a lease basis than either the Jaguar XJL or the Mercedes S-class”

Stephen Chater, BMW Group Corporate Operations Manager, said: “We are delighted to win these awards showing the 7 Series and 5 Series Gran Turismo to be class leading competitors in the chauffeur market. They highlight everything that BMW believe in; building cars of the highest quality that, thanks to EfficientDynamics, are amongst the most efficient in their sector.”

A total of 33 cars were entered for the Professional Driver Magazine Car of the Year Awards, which were judged by more than thirty judges from the chauffeuring and private hire sector and the motoring media.

The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo and the BMW 7 Series are available on the BMW Chauffeur Programme, offering competitive contract hire rates, enhanced specification packages and predictable running costs.

To make these vehicles appeal to the driver as well as the driven, tailored benefits include BMW Service Inclusive, which lasts for 5 years or 60,000 miles and covers all of the vehicle's basic servicing requirements. As part of the programme, professional drivers are also covered in the event of an immobilisation which cannot be repaired at the roadside. Should this occur a replacement vehicle which is PCO licensed for London, can be provided, giving operators peace of mind that clients will always be catered for to the highest standards. London PCO licensed demonstrators are also now available, so customers can put the vehicles to the test with their clients.

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