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Published on November 19th, 2019 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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BMW wins two trophies at AutoBild’s Golden Steering Wheel 2019 Awards

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BMW managed to secure two titles in the recent coveted 2019 Golden Steering Wheel awards organized by one of the biggest and most prominent automotive publication, Auto Bild

The new BMW 1 Series and the luxury BMW 8 Series were the models to bring back home the two trophies. Oliver Zipse, BMW chairman, and Adrian van Hooydonk, senior VP for BMW Group Design, were present at the ceremony gala to receive the two awards.

Adrian van Hooydonk and Oliver Zipse (BMW) in Berlin, 12. November 2019 Berlin, 12.11.2019 © Niels Starnick / Bild am Sonntag
Adrian van Hooydonk in Berlin, 12. November 2019 Berlin, 12.11.2019 © Niels Starnick / Bild am Sonntag

In this year’s edition, a total of 58 models competed in seven categories. The finalists were judged based on the choices made by Auto Bild and Bild am Sonntag readers, as well by a jury of highly qualified automotive expert, including Walter Rohrl and Hans-Joachim Stuck.

The Golden Steering Wheel award (translated as Goldenes Lenkrad in German) is one of the most prestigious automotive industry accolades, having a history that traces back to the year 1976. Before choosing the rightful winner, the finalists were heavily scrutinized by the expert jury at the Lausitzring proving grounds near Dresden.

BMW 8-Series rear

After the list of finalists was decided out of the initial list of 58 contenders, the jury made its final decision on which car shall receive the prestigious trophy. Thus, the all-new BMW 1 Series was able to grab the first position in the Compact Cars category. Readers and automotive experts also unanimously picked the BMW 8 Series as the most beautiful car of the year.

The new 1 Series managed to win the hearts of readers and experts, already proving to be a very successful proposition in the compact segment. Sitting on the front-driven architecture entitled FAAR, the new F40 generation of the compact BMW boasts an array of technical enhancement which help deliver an outstanding ride quality for such a vehicle. The actuator contiguous wheel slip limitation is a technology sourced directly from the BMW i3 electric vehicle and it helps the driver to achieve a maximum grip when touching down the gas pedal.


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