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Now that the F30 3 series has been officially introduced to the world at the 2012 Detroit NAIAS, expect a lot more public sightings. Spotted just this morning in Toronto were three F30 3 series – a black 335i Sport Line model on the back of a trailer and a Melbourne Red and Havana Metallic F30 at the BMW Canada HQ in Richmond Hill.

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Remember, because these are preproduction cars, we still see the development license plate base attached to these F30s. As … CONTINUED

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For BMW, the BMW 3 Series is the focus of attention at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The sixth generation of the BMW 3 Series Sedan is world’s best-selling premium car. Have a look at the wide range and the different lines, together with BMW Group Chief Designer Adrian van Hooydonk.

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We haven’t seen the long wheelbase F30 since our most recent spy photos from last July, but it’s now been revealed in China. Seen here is a 335Li, which will be manufactured in China for sale only in China (like all new F30s for the Chinese market) and provides for more spacious backseat area with more legroom. The BMW 3-series Li will debut at the Beijing Autoshow in April 2012.

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Here’s some great news for the 3 series touring fans in the US – the US market will receive the F31 3 series touring! BMW’s decision to bring the 5 Series GT to the US and nip the F11 5 series touring in return had us all a bit worried whether the 3 series touring to be unveiled later this year would share a similar fate.

Fortunately, Paul Ferraiolo, Manager, Product Planning & Strategy of BMWNA, confirmed with us during 2012 Detroit NAIAS that the next … CONTINUED

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From a dealer presentation event for BMW Performance Parts come the first views of the BMW Performance parts for the F30 3 series. Both the M Sport and non-M Sport accessories are seen here.

Parts we can see include carbon fiber splitters, carbon fiber front lip, gloss kidney grilles, 19″ wheels, performance racing stripes, and painted rear bumper diffuser.

On the standard F30, you can see the BMW Performance sideskirts and gloss black wheels with red pinstripes.

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Here’s another highlight of the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), the Active Hybrid 3.

Seen here in Modern Line configuration, the Active Hybrid 3 combines BMW’s smooth 3.0l N55 inline 6 and an electric motor for a maximun output of 335hp and 450Nm. It does 0-62kph in less than 5.9 seconds and returns 37 miles to the gallon. To further improve mpg there’s also an intelligent navigation system to optimize your routes for a hybrid. Unlike other hybrids the Actibe Hybrid 3 doesn’t compromise boot … CONTINUED

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Our live coverage from the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) continues. From the NAIAS show floor, here are the first photos of the US M Sport 335i (F30) in Estoril Blue II debuting in North America.

Compared to our earlier coverage on the European spec M Sport package, you can see several differences for the US: For one there are the obvious orange reflectors which are integrated subtly. The US version also has no fog lights which makes for a sportier appearance (the reason for … CONTINUED

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We’re here live at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) where the star of the BMW display this year, the 2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan (F30), has just made its North American debut.

On display so far is a base model (no lines) F30 328i in arctic silver, a 335i luxury line, and a 328i sport line. We’re told that the M Sport will be hitting the floor a bit later so we’ll try to snag some photos when it makes its appearance.

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Here’s the first glance of the BMW display at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) which begins this upcoming Monday! As you can see here, the 2012 F30 3 series will be by far the main attraction at this year’s exhibit. Stay tuned as we bring complete coverage from the show next week! Photo courtesy of Autospies.

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Here is a BMW 328i (F30) video review by Autoblog.nl. It may not be in english, but there is English captions/translations throughout the video. Includes some nice driving action and even a decent smokey burnout from the 4-cylinder (N20) equipped 328i.

Overall, they are impressed with the vehicle (no surprise) and echo the praises of most other reviews.