The one-millionth vehicle, a BMW 3 Series Sedan, rolled off the assembly line at BMW’s South African manufacturing plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria, earlier today. The production anniversary was celebrated during a visit by member of the Management Board of BMW AG responsible for production, Harald Krüger.
“Globalization has been an inherent part of our corporate strategy for more than four decades. Established in 1973, plant Rosslyn was BMW Group’s first foreign plant and represents a cornerstone of our global production network with presently 30 sites … CONTINUED
Part II of Rick F’s BMW trip journal of the Virginia Fort Valley and fortified houses.
For the fifth straight year, the BMW 3 Series (4 Series included) was the best selling premium car in 2014 in the United States.
Here are the 2014 stats:
142,232 3-Series / 4-Series sold in U.S. in 2014
3-Series / 4-Series made up 42% of U.S. BMW sales
3-Series / 4-Series was America’s 16th-best-selling car in 2014
3-Series / 4-Series sales reached highest level since 2007 (when 142,490 were sold)
3-Series hasn’t been outsold in premium category since 2009
The runner up was the Lexus RX with … CONTINUED
We’ve been reporting since last Summer that the 335i would be replaced by the 340i to coincide with the F30 3 Series LCI facelift and changeover from the N55 engine to the new inline 6 turbo B58 engine.
And now the 340i has officially appeared on BMWUSA’s official production map for the 2016 model year. As the schedule indicates, production of the 340i begins in July-August 2015, with the Munich plant starting production in July and Rosslyn plant in August.
Its sibling, the F32 435i coupe … CONTINUED
This Autocar article claims that several years down the line, all BMW 3 Series models and upwards will become plug-in hybrid cars, ditching the gasoline or diesel only powerplant and requiring a complete rethink of the make-up of its cars from first principles.
Have a look at the latest spy photos of the F30 3 series sedan M Sport.
Until now, adaptive LED headlights have only been available on the 4 Series, but as we can see, it will soon be available on the F30/F31 LCI models. Alongside the LED headlights, the F30/F31 LCI will also feature LED tail lights.
As seen before, these prototypes show a restyled front bumper, deeper inset headlights (from the beefier bumper design) and shapelier kidney grilles. The M Sport bumper seen for the … CONTINUED
Here’s a video from BMW looking back at the E36 3 Series, produced from 1990 to 2000.
The F30 LCI facelift is rendered here in what is expected to be a mild revision to the styling. To recap, here’s our latest info on the F30 LCI:
Until now, adaptive LED headlights have only been available on the 4 Series but it will soon be available on the F30/F31 LCI models. Alongside the LED headlights, the F30/F31 LCI will also feature LED tail lights.
Prototypes show a restyled front bumper, deeper inset headlights (from the beefier bumper design) and shapelier kidney grilles. The … CONTINUED
Check out the first project of its kind – turning the F30 3 series into an F80 M3 body, using all factory original parts.
The F30 LCI facelift test mules continue their testing on public roads and we’ve got the latest photos to show you.
Rick F. shares his Fall Colors and Haunted Houses trip photo documentary with us. Words by Rick:
BMWs are great for spirited riding or driving—and if you use that ability to visit scenic and historically interesting places, then you have an unbeatable combination. With that goal in mind, I set off in late October to find out whether Pennsylvania or West Virginia had the best Fall Colors. Along the way, I encountered no small number of historical haunted houses, just in time for Halloween.
My … CONTINUED
The Worlds most successful premium sedan. now with plug in hybrid drive.
The BMW 3 Series Plug in hybrid prototype.
Outstanding flexibility, which means it can be integrated in a wide range of different vehicle concepts, makes rapid deployment of this plug-in hybrid drive technology in the BMW model range a feasible and realistic proposition. The BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype provides a first taste of the extra- efficient driving pleasure which the world’s most successful premium sedan will offer.
Combining a four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo petrol … CONTINUED
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! While you chow down your turkey, we have the latest F30 and F31 LCI facelift prototypes to show you. Until now, adaptive LED headlights have only been available on the 4 Series, but as we can see, it will soon be available on the F30/F31 LCI models. Alongside the LED headlights, the F30/F31 LCI will also feature LED tail lights.
As seen before, these prototypes show a restyled front bumper, deeper inset headlights (from the beefier bumper design) and shapelier kidney grilles. … CONTINUED
BMW NA has issued a recall for certain 4-cylinder powered 20i and 28i models for potential brake power assist problems. Here is the recall information from the NHTSA.
The affected models/years are as follows:
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V-627 (14V627000)
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 8,988
BMW of North America LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Sports … CONTINUED
With this video promo BMW USA is announcing that you can now equip select BMW models in the online builder with some of the M Performance Parts catalog to get a visual preview of the parts installed on the car.
For now, only certain models have this feature available and only some M Performance Parts have been built into the builder currently.
A great F30 photo journal capturing moments from a 10 day roadtrip from Vancouver through the Oregon Coast, Mt. Hood & Columbia Valley.
A BIMMERPOST member shares his European Delivery and Honeymoon trip with us.
By Chowbow: Wanted to share our European Delivery / Honeymoon experience for my wife’s F31 – we’ve seen many threads on here and thought we’d share ours too. Some background and comparison info: we currently have an E36, E46, and E90, and this would be our first Euro Delivery. As the E46 is getting pretty high up in mileage and my wife wanted something new, we went shopping. We had planned to go … CONTINUED
Documentary on the E30 3 Series and its devotees.