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Recently, BMW added a fourth, even more efficient diesel variant to the 1-series lineup in Europe. The new 116d joins the 118d, 120d, and 123d. The 116d uses the same 2.0L four cylinder engine as its more powerful siblings but this one only produces 116 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. That means this car isn't the 6.7 second 0-60 speed demon the 123d is, but it still gets up to 60 mph in a very usable 10.2 seconds. More importantly, the combined mileage is boosted to 53.5 mpg (US) and CO2 emissions drop to just 118 g/km, below the magic 120 g/km mark. The 116d is now the most fuel efficient BMW car available, and UK drivers will only have to pay £35 in road tax with one of these. The 116d is available in both 3- and 5-door hatchback forms and goes on sale in March. Considering the only slightly less powerful MINI Cooper D achieved a real world 47 mpg in the ABG garage and the 123d got 37 mpg, 45-50 mpg is very plausible for the 116d.

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BMW's most fuel efficient car announced

BMW is pleased to announce the launch of the new 116d – the marque's most fuel efficient and least polluting vehicle. With a combined consumption figure of 64.2mpg and a CO2 emissions figure of 118g/km, the BMW 116d even trumps the current World Green Car of the Year, the BMW 118d.

Available in both three- and five-door guises, the BMW 116d is powered by a four-cylinder diesel engine producing 116hp. The 1,995cc powerplant with its 260Nm of torque from 1,750rpm ensures it is capable of a zero to 62mph time of 10.2 seconds (10.3 seconds for the five-door) before going on to a top speed of 125mph.

The BMW 116d costs just £35 a year to tax courtesy of a Band B Vehicle Excise Duty rank, while its 13 per cent Benefit-in-Kind rating also ensures it makes economical sense for the business user. The new three-door BMW 116d costs from £17,605 OTR, while the five-door 116d is priced from £18,135 OTR. Both models go on sale in March 2009.

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