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BMW 3-Series to gain eco-technology

BMW is to fit the 3-Series with its tax-beating Efficient Dynamics technology from September

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BMW is to fit the 3-Series with its tax-beating Efficient Dynamics technology from September as well as launching a host of new derivatives with the new systems.

The green Efficient Dynamics technology, which includes a stop-start system and brake-energy regeneration, means the 320d saloon drops from a company car benefit-in-kind tax band of 20% (153g/km) to the diesel minimum of 18% with an output of 128g/km. The 18% banding applies to the 320d coupe and estate too, as well as the saloon and estate versions of the 118d.

Fuel consumption improves by between 16% and 19% on the 3-series models fitted with the Efficient Dynamics technology.

Also included in the changes for the 2008 model year is the introduction of a more powerful 1-Series diesel badged 123d. The range topping diesel is powered by a 204 PS twin-turbo 2.0 litre engine capable of 54.3 mpg and also sits in the 18% tax band with an emissions figure of 138g/km. It too will be fitted with the eco-tech system that includes a stop-start function and brake energy regeneration.

At the other end of the manufacturer’s range, BMW is adding a 183g/km diesel engine to the 6-Series coupe and convertible for the first time. A 635d will join the range when it is facelifted later this year powered by the 286 PS 3.0 litre twin-turbo diesel already fitted to the 3-and 5-Series. (BusinessCar: June 27/26).