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] and 20″ wheels (different styles for the F31 and F11). The F31 also features side body pinstripes.
We’ll have photos from the event soon, but for now have a look at this walk-through video of BMW’s section.
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.
This video demonstrates the Adaptive High Beam Assistant in the 2012 BMW 328i.
Currently, only the F30 and F01/F02 (7 Series) LCI (facelift) possess this new High Beam Assistant where the system is variable, and not just “ON/OFF”.
In the first of the 3 clips in this video, both left and right headlights are used for high beam as if you have manually pushed the stalk. The second and third clip show motorway driving and this is where High Beam Assist becomes more variable. At most times, only the left xenon goes to full whilst the right remains dipped. The beam is also shifted left depending on oncoming (and incoming) traffic.
Have a look and listen to what the Remus Quad Exhaust System for the 2013 F30 328i looks and sounds like.
Check out the first photos of the AC Schnitzer 3 Series (F30/F31) M Sport (zmm) package aero kit.
- ACS front splitters
- ACS roof spoiler
- ACS rear diffuser
On this episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman stages a rematch between the all-new Cadillac ATS and the BMW 3-Series (335i). But this time, he trades the smaller engines and manual gear boxes for more power and automatic transmissions. And just to throw a wrench in things, he brought along the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C350.
Does the bigger engine and auto gear box of the ATS have what it takes to redeem itself against the titans of the segment?
In the “Auto Trophy 2012″, the new BMW 3 Series was chosen as the most popular mid-range automobile, while the BMW 1 Series Convertible came out top in the “Convertibles up to 30,000 euros” category. The “Best Advertising” award also went to BMW – here readers of the automobile magazine “Auto Zeitung” showed a clear preference for the BMW 5 Series Touring campaign. The outstanding BMW result was rounded off with numerous other top 3 placements for the BMW 5 Series, the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé, the BMW 7 Series and the BMW X1.
The award ceremony for the “Auto Trophy 2012″ was held yesterday at the Meilenwerk in Düsseldorf. Representing the Munich-based premium automobile manufacturer and there to receive the trophies presented by TV … CONTINUED
Follow the BMW european delivery journal of a group of self-termed Asian guys you don’t know.
The group of friends and relatives took delivery of a F30 328i M Sport at The BMW Welt earlier this month, then proceeded on to Paris and Amsterdam, with an obligatory stop at the Nurburgring.
Sixth generation, fifth triumph: the new BMW 3 Series has won the 2012 “Golden Steering Wheel” award presented by “Auto Bild” and “Bild am Sonntag”. The latest version of the sports sedan came out top among mid-range and top-range automobiles, thereby winning this important international automobile award for the fifth time in the history of the model. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, was there to receive the coveted trophy at a festive gala in Berlin yesterday. Third place in the “Convertibles and Coupés” category went to the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé. BMW was also awarded the “Golden Advertising Steering Wheel”. The jury voted the current BMW xDrive marketing campaign winner of this prize, which was presented to BMW … CONTINUED