The BMW 3 Series has taken the sales crown for the compact luxury sports sedan segment for the year 2012. BMW sold 99,602 3 Series in 2012 compared to 81,697 C-Class sold by Mercedes Benz. The 3 Series figures include sales of the E92, E93, F30 and F31 models.
BMW managed this feat even with some supply constraints on the F30 3 Series experienced during earlier parts of 2012.
Here is the full list of the segment’s sales figures.
BIMMERPOST moderator Dackelone (David) recently had a chance to get up close and personal with this beautiful BMW Individual F30 335i M Sport currently on display at the BMW Welt in Munich.
David was able to get into the Welt late at night and virtually had the place to himself, except for the workers setting up for a huge New Year’s Eve party. The rest of what he saw can be seen in the full album.
Unfortunately, we don’t know what BMW Individual color the exterior or … CONTINUED
Watch the beautiful BMW 3 Series 330d touring (F31) M Sport model in motion.
The 2013 Car and Driver’s Annual Lightning Lap Competition (#7) at the Virginia International Raceway has concluded and the results are in.
The F10 M5, F13 M6 coupe and the F30 335i sedan were tested and turned in the following times:
Full List by Times
Ferrari 458 – 2.49.9
Lexus LFA – 2.55.1
Chevy Camaro ZL1 – 2.57.5
Merc C63 Black Series – 2.58.0
Porsche 911 S – 2.58.9
Ford Shelby GT500 – 3.00.6
Chevy Camaro SS 1LE – 3.01.5
Jaguar XKR-S – 3.02.1
Porsche … CONTINUED
2012 was a busy year for BMW and saw the company introduce many models. These include the LCI 7 Series, 6 Series Gran Coupe, ActiveHybrid 5, F10 3 Series Sedan, F11 3 Series Touring, M135i hatchback, M Performance Automobiles, M6 Coupe and Convertible, and M6 Gran Coupe.
BMW revisits the 2012 year in this review video.
Watch the F30 3 Series assembly process at the BMW Rosslyn Plant in South Africa. See the F30 in Body Shop, Paint Shop, Assembly, and Final Assembly.
The F30 is currently produced in three different BMW plants – Munich (Germany), Regensburg (Germany) and Rosslyn (South Africa).
How do you find out where your F30 (or any other BMW model) was built? The answer is located in your car’s VIN number. The 11th digit of your VIN indicates the plant of assembly.
F30 production video, 3 series production video, … CONTINUED
Here is more detailed information for “Wave 2″ of the BMW M Performance Parts for the F30 3 Series, including full MSRP pricing and BMW dealer labor hours.
See a photo gallery from Hilary’s Helpers Charity Rally, coordinated with the help of Active Autowerke, and which saw attendance from the BIMMERPOST community, as well as enthusiasts owning other makes.
YOUR BMW COULD STAR IN A COMMERCIAL.
We’re making a new BMW commercial and your car could be the star.
All you have to do is share your photos of your 3 Series with us on Twitter or Facebook and we might just pick your photo.
We need photos of 3 Series from every year between 1992 to 2012 [E36 to F30]. Front shots, side shots, shots of you and your car; any shot of your 3 in all its glory. Just so long as the car … CONTINUED
Release via 3D Design:
In recent months the F30 chassis has captured enthusiast’s imaginations, and has renewed our love for the BMW brand. The car’s excellent reception in the BMW community has resulted in numerous tuner specimens and a uncharacteristically aggressive kit from the BMW Performance division. 3D Design has worked diligently to create an aero package worthy of the M-sport kit.
The 3D Design M-sport sport kit consists of a urethane front lip, an optional carbon fiber front lip (in development), and a carbon fiber … CONTINUED
BMW today announced the release of a second major wave of BMW M Performance Parts designed and tested for the new BWW 3 Series and current 5 Series Sedan models. On sale now through all Authorized BMW Centers, BMW M Performance Parts are accessories which have been carefully developed in collaboration with BMW M GmbH to ensure an authentic transfer of racing-derived M technology into everyday driving. In addition to the first wave of new 3 Series and 5 Series M Performance Parts which became … CONTINUED
BMW TwinPowerTurbo technology again takes two of Ward’s 2013 10 Best Engines Awards. The 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder (N20) and 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-6 (N55) are both repeat winners.
“Nearly every BMW now sold in the US features TwinPower Turbo technology,” said Ludwig Willisch – President and CEO of BMW of North America, LLC. “In such a competitive market, to take two spots highlights the benefits of the BMW EfficientDynamics philosophy. It also shows that while we look for improvements in efficiency, we are still committed … CONTINUED
With the 4 Series Coupe Concept being revealed to overwhelmingly positive reactions, the question on many a fan’s mind is what the production version may be priced at when it hits the market in late summer of 2013. With its 4 Series badging, the coupe has now been slotted above the 3 Series in the lineup and the presumption is that the 4 Series price premium above the 3 Series will increase more than ever (the coupe has always been priced higher than the sedan). … CONTINUED
It’s been known for a while that BMW’s intention with the F32 4 Series coupe was to distinguish it from the F30 3 Series sedan more than a 3-Series-based-coupe-model has been with previous 3 Series generations. With the reveal of the 4 Series Coupe Concept, there’s little doubt that this has been accomplished.
In addition to the unique styling elements you can see on the F32 concept, the F32 is longer, wider and lower than the F30, giving it a squat aggressive look. We’ve put together … CONTINUED
Car and Driver has released its 2013 10Best Cars list and making its 22nd straight appearance is the 2013 BMW 3 Series Sedan (F30).
Here is what Car and Driver has to say about the newest 3 Series.
For months now, some F20 1 Series and F30 3 Series owners have been reporting a rust issue with their front seats. For some, it’s just a nuisance and a bad feeling about the build quality of their BMWs, but for others it’s a serious defect.
One Korean F30 3 Series owner was so fed up with the issue that he has destroyed his F30 in protest. Driving to the BMW offices in Korea, he smashed his front windshield and spray painted his 3 … CONTINUED
The 2012 Essen Motor Show is underway and BMW has trotted out many of its models showcasing BMW M Performance Parts. Of particular note is the debut of the F31 3 Series Touring with M Performance Parts.
The F31 and F11 generally share the M Performance Parts from the sedan versions [recent F30 gallery] – including black kidney grilles, front bumper splitters (carbon fiber for the F11), carbon fiber mirror caps, rear diffuser, side skirt trim, M Performance brakes, M Performance exhaust system [recent sample video] … CONTINUED
From BMW’s November 2012 sales numbers, here are some updated sales stats for the 3 series.
10,776 3 Series were sold in November 2012, representing a 42.4% increase over November 2011.
88,857 3 Series have been sold year-to-date in 2012, an increase of 3.5% over same period last year.
It appears that 3 Series sales are doing just fine, contrary to what some naysayers may claim.