March 6, 2002
New BMW 7-Series sedan wins ‘Best Engineered Car for 2002’
Detroit, Michigan – A reader survey by Automotive Engineering International has selected the BMW 7 Series as the “Best Engineered Car of 2002.” The announcement coincided with the opening of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International) 2002 World Congress, March 4 – 7, in Detroit, Michigan.
BMW engineers integrated many new technologies into the fourth-generation BMW flagship in an effort to set new standards in performance and efficiency, as well as luxury, design, and safety. Advances include a powertrain featuring a throttle-less family of engines and the world’s first six-speed automatic transmission. Other engineering firsts include: engine intake manifold with continuously variable intake-tube length; aluminum brake calipers and brake booster; electromechanical parking brake; and MOST-based navigation and multimedia systems.
One of the most significant advancements is called iDrive, which enables a drastic reduction in and reorientation of controls with an innovative human/machine interface. Engineers divided the vehicle’s control environment into two areas; all primary driver controls are clustered around the steering wheel, while functions such as basic climate and audio controls are in their customary places.