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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety today named the all-new 2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan a “Top Safety Pick”, continuing the company’s long-standing commitment to offering class-leading safety with each new model. In order to earn “Top Safety Pick”, a car must receive a rating of “good”, the Institute’s highest rating, in all of four tests – 40 mph frontal offset impact, side impact, rear impact protection/head restraint and rollover protection – and must be equipped an electronic stability control system like BMW’s Dynamic Stability Control.

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Event Photos from 2012 Bimmerfest

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BMW enthusiasts and tuners gathered for the 2012 Bimmerfest event yesterday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

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Starting as of July 2012 production, the next generation Navigation Professional system (609) will be available on the 5 Series Sedan, 5 Series Gran Turismo, 7 Series Sedan and ActiveHybrid 3. Although the link above doesn’t mention the F30, it will also be available on the F31 touring and should be available on the F30 3 series as of July.

This new system offers faster processing and an enhanced design over the current system and incorporates several great new features:

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New render of the upcoming BMW 4 Series Coupe (F32), which is said to be highly reflective (percentage) wise of the actual appearance of the final F32 coupe design.

The F32 is due to be revealed in the first half of 2013 and should come as a 2014 model year.

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One of the more exciting items from the full BMW M Performance Parts catalog for the F30 3 series are the M Performance Brakes. These are Brembo 4-piston aluminum fixed calipers on the front axle and 2-piston aluminum fixed calipers on the rear axle. They come in red, yellow, or orange and feature the M logo on the calipers.

The internally-vented lightweight sports rotors measure 370 x 30 mm (diameter x thickness) on the front axle and 345 x 24 mm on the rear axle. Unlike the … CONTINUED

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Here are the official ordering and pricing guides for the 2013 3 Series Sedan (F30) [download PDFs below]. The pricing listed in the guide is effective July 1, 2012.

The 2013 328i sedan sees an increase of $1600 and the 2013 335i sedan will cost $400 more than the 2012 models. The new models will include the 328i and 335i xDrive models. The 328i xDrive starts at $38,500 and the 335i xDrive is priced at $44,800.

Production of the 2013 3 Series will begin in July.

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Here are the official pricing guides for the 2013 3 Series Coupe (E92) and Convertible (E93) [download PDFs below].

The pricing listed in the guides are effective July 1, 2012. All models see a $200 price increase over the 2012 model year prices (as of September 2011). Production of the 2013 3 Series will begin in July.

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Enclosed are the complete set of changes for the 2013 F30 3 series, as well as the 2013 E92/E93 3 series, as of July production. The F30 model line expands with the 328i and 335i xDrive and the F30 M Sport Line has been announced and priced.

The M Sport line is priced at $3,850 for the 328i and $3,200 on 335i model. See the full package details and all 2013 changes inside.

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Just in: the base price of the 2013 328i xDrive Sedan is $38,500 and the 335i xDrive Sedan base price is $44,800. Production of the F30 xDrive models will begin in July. More details inside, and pricing guide to come.

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From the summer, BMW xDrive will be available for the first time in conjunction with three petrol engine variants of the new BMW 3 Series Sedan. A fourth model is expected to be available from autumn, the BMW 320d. Furthermore, with the BMW 330d, the first model of the latest generation will be offered with the straight six-cylinder diesel power unit. Another model in preparation is the highly efficient BMW 320i EfficientDynamics Edition.

New BMW 3 Series Sedan with BMW xDrive as from the summer.

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