For 30 years now, German motoring magazine “Auto Zeitung” has conducted a readers’ survey to decide the winners of the “Auto Trophy – World’s Best Cars” award. And BMW is celebrating a quadruple success in this year’s anniversary poll. The BMW 3 Series emerged triumphant in the midsize class, the new BMW 5 Series topped the rankings in the executive class, the new BMW X3 beat all its rival “SUVs from 25,000 – 50,000 euros” and the BMW i3 was the winner of the “Electric Cars” category.

The Auto Trophy – World’s Best Cars award is one of the most renowned in the automotive industry and, with its three decades of history, has one of the longest traditions. The latest edition of the survey was based on feedback from readers of both Auto Zeitung and – for the fourth time – the magazine’s international partner titles and online portals. The respondents chose their favorite models across 16 vehicle classes and two special categories to decide the winners of the Auto Trophy 2017.

The BMW i3 notched up a particularly resounding victory in the “Electric Cars” category, accounting for 35.6 per cent of the vote. Launched four years ago as the first premium car designed from the outset with an all-electric drive system, the i3 has been the highest-selling electric vehicle in Germany since 2014. The winner of the Auto Trophy 2017 in the midsize class was the BMW 3 Series with 17.7 per cent of the votes.

The BMW 5 Series claimed yet another victory for the Bavarians with 26.3 per cent of the votes in the “Executive Class” category. To top everything off, the new BMW X3 rounded off Munich’s quartet of Auto Trophy winners. The third generation of the midsize Sports Activity Vehicle had won over the readers of Auto Zeitung, proving more popular than the rest of cars in the “SUVs from 25,000 – 50,000 euros” category with 20.6 per cent of the vote.