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BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

There's a lot of competition to be seen as the world's greenest automaker – just look at the branding efforts surrounding the Toyota Prius or the Chevrolet Volt for examples – but if you look at the way an automaker designs, builds and recycles its products, then BMW is the top dog.

At least that's the case if you're consulting the Dow Jones Sustainability Index World, which has declared BMW Group to be the "most sustainable automobile company worldwide." If this sounds familiar to you, well, perhaps you were reading the site last year – or perhaps it's because BMW has won the title for five years in a row now. In fact, BMW reminds us it is the only automaker that has been listed on the Index since it was created in 1999. Guess the DJSI likes BMW's responsibility – the Germans call it Verantwortung – a lot. You can check out the official press release after the jump, or sample BMW's soon-to-debut Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept by checking out our high-res gallery below.

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[Source: BMW]


BMW Group named most sustainable automobile company worldwide for fifth consecutive year.
The latest Dow Jones Sustainability Index World once again ranks the BMW Group as super sector leader.

* 04.09.2009

Munich. The SAM Group today published its latest evaluation for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI). For the fifth consecutive year, it rated the BMW Group as the leader in its industry, making it the world's most sustainable automobile manufacturer. The BMW Group is the only company in the automobile industry to have been listed in this important sustainability index family every year since it was established in 1999.

"We are delighted that the BMW Group is super sector leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index World for the fifth consecutive year.This proves once again that we are well on our way to establishing sustainability as the guiding principle for all our processes. We refined our sustainability strategy in the first half of 2009 – this was the next logical step and another important milestone," said Dr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG.

The Board of Management of the BMW Group declared sustainability one of the company's core strategic principles back in 2000. At the BMW Group corporate sustainability is firmly entrenched throughout the entire value chain: from the development of fuel-saving and alternative vehicle concepts through clean production processes to green recycling practices. The BMW Group also accepts responsibility for its roughly 100,000 employees and is involved in social projects outside of its plants.

In recent months the BMW Group has taken further important steps towards further improving sustainability. Each and every proposal today is measured against the corporate goal of sustainability. At the highest management level a Sustainability Board was established in summer 2009. This board, which comprises the entire Board of Management, determines the strategic alignment for sustainability issues. Twice a year it meets to discuss and adopt the strategies and activities proposed at operational level.

Further information on BMW Group's sustainability activities are available at: www.bmwgroup.com/responsibility

The SAM Group analyses the economic, environmental and social performance of approximately 2,500 companies and selects the best in each industry for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. General sustainability criteria are considered as well as industry-specific challenges such as climate change. The Dow Jones Sustainability Index was the first global sustainability index to be created, in 1999, and has since been published each year by the SAM Group, based in Zurich, in cooperation with Dow Jones Indexes and STOXX Limited. More information is available at www.sustainability-indexes.com

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      • 5 Years Ago
      The word "green" still means only one thing = $

      • 5 Years Ago
      Ya. Dow Jones is the second place (after DownloadSquad.com) I check for car news. Then I check Martha Stewart Living and the FDA websites for automotive rankings. And to finalize my car-buying decision, I consult Major League Baseball.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hilarious all time, crazypants! =(
      • 5 Years Ago
      BMW: Sustainably building cars that destroy the environment.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Point being? My $30,000 G8 GT hits top speed in 5th and cruises in 6th. 6th is purely there for the highway....

        Most manufacturers set their cars up this way, no different than anyone else. Especially with GM using a 6speed auto of some sort in all their vehicles now (old w-body carryovers not withstanding).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Whoops, I meant is, not has!
        • 5 Years Ago
        No one wants a Chevy Equinox. Noone cares that the 2WD version gets good fuel economy.
        ( It's the engine no one wants when they're shopping for this vehicle. )
        People buy SUV/CUV's because they want a minivan without being called a minivan driver.

        If you want to argue fuel efficiency, I think you need to look beyond the obvious "Tall final gear and or final drive."

        Porsche, for example, with their PDK, gears such that the top speed is achieved in 5th gear instead of 6th. 6th is used for highway driving.

        At this point, we're arguing fuel economy and not fuel efficiency. I think you need to redefine your statement. It makes no sense.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You must be kidding. My neighbors X5 gets 12'ish around town. My 08 M3 gets 13.9.

      Porsche's 997 gets 19/26. Who is green?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The average American consumer is so blinded by MPG numbers that they don't realize a cars biggest impact on the environment is during production and disposal.

        Toyota has capitalized on this ignorance and sold a generation of scientifically uneducated morons cars which trash the environment for 3 extra MPG.

        When the truth finally gets it's pants on, and brands like BMW are recognized for what they do, the same MPG morons crawl out of the woodwork and beat the idiot drum in support of dishonest Toyota propaganda. Absolutely pathetic.
        • 5 Years Ago
        right, my McLaren only gets 8 mpg and my lambo murci only gets 7mpg, I should totally bitch about it and forget that I'm driving a performance car with a v8 and my neighbor drives a truck!

        same goes for the said Porsche they might be listed at 20 mpg (just like the bimmer) but you're not going to get that unless you actually practise driving like a hyper-miler.

        with that said DOW Jones is a mag for those working at wall street it isn't any different than Forbes, it doesn't mean anything to most car enthusiasts because they already know what they want, they're only for thos who "want to do something for the environment."

        the cars "mentioned" in his article are mostly those referring to new technologies like the efficient dynamics concept

      • 5 Years Ago
      I've always believed the life-cycle contributions BMW makes to car design and development is a lot more worthwhile than the likes of Toyota's hybrid initiative. Glad to see them getting this recognition for the effort they put into genuine solutions, rather than marketing misdirection. I hope this inspires the other germans, namely Audi and Mercedes, to do some original thinking for once. I don't like BMW cars any more than their Audi or Mercedes counterparts, but from an originality point of view, it is always BMW leading the way in areas of significance. Mercedes don't bring ground-breaking luxury like they used to, and Audi is only good at the superfluous - flashy LEDs and more pointless power.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, this is why all of the European automakers pay the annual fine for not meeting US CAFE standards, every year, right?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Correct me if i'm wrong, but i believe the US is missing a large part of BMW's small capacity and diesel engine options? I wouldn't know, I don't live there, but i'm aware of the diesel stigma, and I've no doubt it's holding them back in that particular region.
        • 5 Years Ago
        by "all the European automakers" you seem to mean the big german luxury brands, plus italian sportscars. Which amounts to how much market share exactly...?

        Granted, american consumers are always hungry for big cars with big engines (which is evident since the fines are proportional to the amount of offending cars sold), but just because the manufacturers get fined it doesn't mean they're lacking technology. It's quite obvious that a V10 Touareg is going to leave CAFE standards gasping for air.

        But take ANY mass-produced american engine, and you'll find an european counterpart which offers the same, if not higher, power figures for less fuel consumption.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Does ANY engine include the 2.4 gdi engine that gets 32 mpg in the 2010 chevy equinox?

        Show me a euro-spec gasoline engine that tops THAT.
        • 5 Years Ago
        er, Alfa Romeo's 1750 TBI engine... 200 hp, 300 NM, and, after google's conversions, 39 MPG highway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I dont get what the big deal is. This is almost the exact same car from the movie AI. The movie was dumb and the car will wind up looking like a Kia by the time production is completed
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think everyone has completely missed the point on this. I believe the "greenness" applies to "All" aspects of the company and "Birth to Grave" sustainability for all of BMW group. I for one have recycled a 3er and was left with about 15 lbs of stuff that could not be recycled. That's pretty good!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      most sustainable is great, but it doesn't equal greenest, at least not with the meaning that is commonly used in the automotive industry. The latter title belongs to Fiat.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Amazing Design. Bold Direction. Superb Concept.
      Good Job BMW.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Flea: But take ANY mass-produced american engine, and you'll find an european counterpart which offers the same, if not higher, power figures for less fuel consumption."

      So your definition of ANY is different than the rest of the world's correct? One minute with google brought forth an example that doesn't fit your rules. First I was going to bring up the M5 and its laughable 13.5 avg mpg(11/17) against the LS7's 18 avg mpg(14/24), but I figured you would cry foul at the LS7's handbuilt status and the fact that it is in a lighter vehicle. Fair enough. To knock off part of that arguement I then looked to the CTS-V and the 556hp LSA. Guess what, 12/18 mpg... better fuel economy with more power.

      I decided to keep with the BMW theme(guess it doesn't matter though, as you said to pit ANY engine against a european counterpart) and take a look at the current M3 with its 414hp V8 and stellar 14/20 city/highway mpg and the 400hp L99 out of the Camaro SS. How does 16/25 sound? Now it doesn't achieve a higher horsepower number, but the torque really isn't even remotely close. There is also the 426hp LS3 with its 16/24 rating, and that is in the Camaro.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i knew that was comming lol
        but does the american engines rev to 8300rpm?
        i think flea meant that the euros would beat the americans when they're both trying to achieve high mpg's and not performance like the examples u wrote
        • 5 Years Ago

        I like all cars regardless of their origin and can appreciate each for what they are. I'm just tired of the constant American bashing and people's unwillingness to accept that the domestic companies can produce competitive products. Are they all there yet, hell no, I will be the first one to admit that, but don't throw a blanket statement over the whole industry because of your(his) bias. He stated any domestic engines vs european engines, so I gave examples of similarly powered vehicles.

        And yes, I, at least off the top of my head cannot name a single domestic engine that spins to 8300rpm. Different manufacturers have different engine philosophies, which lead to different driving dynamics and vehicle personalities. I am thankful for this and appreciate the choice it allows me as a consumer. Keeping with my example of the LSx engines, they don't spin to 8300rpm, but they don't need to either. They make plenty of power and provide a decent return on economy the way there are.

        Lastly, I don't think that is what flea had in mind with his comment, but kimosen already found another example towards your interpretation of flea's point. Again, my issue was mainly with the elitist use of ANY in his post.
      • 5 Years Ago
      this puzzles me, bmw offers only 2 diesels here in america while most of there other cars get just average gas mileage? although i prefer diesels to hybrids, honda and toyota are continually making there cars more efficient, as well as ford.

      but i do agree with Z Monster, since when is Dow Jones the new CarandDriver?
      • 5 Years Ago
      BMW has diesels, hybrids, tested hydrogen, etc. They just departed F1 racing, stating they are moving in a green direction as a philosophy.

      I don't believe they intend to get top mpg awards. I DO believe their philosophy for decades has been to build the most well balanced vehicles, for driving enthusiasts.

      That balance will now emphasize environmental aspects, to a greater degree.

      That requires design, technology, management philosophy, market research, reputation and achievements.

      GM & Chrysler ran themselves into the ground, failing on several fronts.

      BMW so far is doing well. I would like to see a 123d 5 door in the US.
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