The BMW 3 Series established the compact sports sedan segment and laid the foundation stone for the world’s most successful premium model series.
If there is such a thing as a typical BMW, then it is without a doubt the BMW 3 Series. In the medium-size class it is considered the embodiment of the sports sedan and has maintained this leading role for many years unchallenged at the top of the premium segment. Since debuting in the year 1975, more than 12 million customers worldwide have purchased a BMW 3 Series, even though the car cannot be associated with any typical customer segment. So the reasons for this remarkable success are manifold.
Then as now, the BMW 3 Series concept was unique – a compact and elegant body … CONTINUED
Here are some great airstrip meet photos from a recent Bimmerpost members meet in Jacksonville, Florida.
We’re excited to bring you the first spy photos of the 3-series Gran Turismo (GT) which will be released with the next generation of 3-series vehicles. With a sleek trunkline and frameless windows, the 3-series GT looks to be much lower and sleeker in shape than the 5-series GT and appears to be generally sportier in nature. The 3-series GT will offer a simple hatch function rather than the twin trunk arrangement on the 5er GT. Spotted here is a 6 cylinder turbo version (335i or 335d).
Some previous insight by Scott26: BMW intend to offer both turbocharged Petrol and Diesel Four and Six Cylinders and a Hybrid variant with the 3-series GT as well as xDrive. The customer can specify a 3 series GT 20d xDrive … CONTINUED
Active Autowerke held its 30th anniversary spring social this past weekend. Attendance was high and the rides were stunning. A slew of photos and a video from the enthusiast gathering have been posted inside.
Car and Driver renders the F30 3-series sedan, one of the better ones that we have seen. We’ll know soon enough as official F30 pics and details should be released by late this year, and its its world public debut just a few months later at the 2012 Geneva autoshow in March of 2012. The F32 coupe will be unveiled a year later in 2013.
Follow our complete F30/F32 coverage at: http://www.bimmerpost.com/3-series/f30/
The BMW 320d EfficientDynamics has made the Top Three Finalist for the 2011 World Green Car Award! Its competition will be the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf. The finalist group was just announced at the Geneva autoshow and the winner will be picked at this year’s New York International Auto Show on Thursday, April 21, 2011.
These are the first pictures of a early hybrid prototype for the next generation 3 series from BMW, as indicated by the “Rescue” stickers on its doors (which has been present on past hybrid BMW test vehicles).
The F30 3-series will be the first 3-series hybrid from BMW and will adopt much of the technology from the upcoming hybrid F10 5-series. The F30 hybrid will be released some time after the diesel and petrol F30 versions are released next year.
Besides serving as proof of an upcoming F30 hybrid, the photos provide us more views of the tail lights when lit.
Follow our full F30 coverage at http://www.bimmerpost.com/3-series/f30/
It appears that one of the BMW Vision Efficientdynamics car’s more overt and distinguishing design features – the squared-off angel eye lights, will appear on the upcoming F30 3-series. This is the first we have seen this angel eyes design on a production BMW.
We first began seeing the squared-off angel eye lights on the VED concept car, a design concept which flowed down in less radical form to subsequent concept cars such as the Gran Coupe Concept and the 6-series Coupe Concept (all pictured below). Although the squared-off angel eyes unfortunately did not make production on the 6-series coupe, the F30 spy photo below shows clearly the new shape of the F30′s LED angel eyes.
We’re looking forward to seeing the new design and shaped lights … CONTINUED
On the heels of Jaguar revealing its aspirations for a potential F30 3-series fighter, Hyundai’s CEO is now also dropping hints about a potential F30 competitor. John Krafcik recently said to Automotive News that “The Genesis Coupe is in the same segment, really, as the 3-series coupe” and “One of the things we’re thinking is: Should we do something that’s a sedan version of that?”
If it came to fruition, the Genesis sports sedan would share the same RWD platform now used for the Genesis sedan and coupe, but styling would be closer to the Genesis Coupe’s sportier looks than the Genesis sedan’s large sedan styling. According to Automotive News’ news, the vehicle has been in Hyundai’s pipeline since 2006 and is internally codenamed the “RK.”