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BMW eyes fleet business with new addition to 5-series

Date: 05 July 2011

BMW claims the arrival of its new 520d Efficient Dynamics saloon in September will raise the bar in its class for both efficiency and driving pleasure.

With its sights set on the UK fleet market, the manufacturer says the car, which is priced from ££30,435, is 10% more fuel-efficient than any of its rivals while retaining the 184hp and 380Nm of torque developed by its 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine.

BMW claims the new model achieves fuel economy of 62.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 119g/km, which results in a company car BIK band of 13%.

As well as auto start-stop, optimum gearshift indicator, brake energy regeneration and active aerodynamics, the 520d Efficient Dynamics saloon now has a longer final drive ratio to reduce engine revs at motorway speeds and low rolling resistance tyres on Streamline alloy wheels.

It also features BMW's new Eco-pro mode, which allows the driver to switch to more economical and comfortable driving at low speeds by adjusting the engine mapping, throttle sensitivity, automatic gearshift points and the amount of power used by electrical kit such as climate control and heated seats.

BMW is also introducing two versions of a new aluminium 2.0-litre 4 cylinder twin-turbo unit to its Z4 Roadster.

The engines will appear in sDrive 20i and sDrive28i derivatives of the Z4, replacing the sDrive 23i and sDrive 30i models.

The 20i develops 184hp at 4800rpm and 270Nm torque from 1250rpm. The 28i develops 245hp from 5000rpm and 350Nm from 1250rpm.

This autumn the brand will also introduce its most economical compact SUV in the form of the BMW X1 xDrive20d Efficient Dynamics.

Powered by a 163hp 2.0-litre 4 cylinder diesel unit the model has claimed combined cycle consumption of 62.8mpg and CO2 below the 119g/km threshold - placing it in the 13% BIK band.

Prices start at £25,715 for the model, which goes on sale in September.

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