“I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of the team in Munich,” Dr. Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing BMW said.

“The BMW i8 represents the future with its unique lightweight construction and unrivalled connectivity. To win this award for the second year in a row shows that our BMW i products are truly leading the world," Ian added.

Under electric power alone, the i8 can be driven up to 37 kilometres and once out of juice, the turbocharged 1.5-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine comes into play. The hybrid powertrain develops 362bhp of power and allows the i8 to accelerate from zero to 100kmph in 4.4 seconds.

First shown as a concept car in 2009 and then in full production form in early 2013 with sales beginning for the European car market later that year, the i8 finally arrived in the Indian market in February this fiscal. Priced at Rs 2.29 crore, the hybrid sports car has been positioned in a class of its own although its nearest rivals come in the form of the Audi R8 and a select versions of the Porsche 911.