Posts Tagged ‘2012 bmw 3-series’


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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.

The F30′s official launch to … CONTINUED

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We have now posted up the complete 2012 BMW F30 3 series sedan order guide. It features full details of all standard equipment, features, options, and packages, as well as how the 2012 3 series sedan can or cannot be configured with each of these.

Check out the full scans (and PDF version) inside. Happy ordering!

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We recently asked our members to submit any questions relating to the F30 you may still have. We had the chance to get some answers for you from BMW during our F30 test drive in Barcelona last week, and here they are below.

If your question hasn’t made it to the list it’s probably because we don’t have an answer (yet).

Will the U.S. receive any diesel models?
There’s no official yet word on this. BMW feels that the Active Hybrid 3 attracts different buyers than a diesel … CONTINUED

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We’re attending the press drives for the BMW F30 3 series in Barcelona, Spain and to kick off the test drives, BMW has released a new set of high resolution photos of the F30 on location.

The photo sets inside feature: all model lines on location at the Circuit de Catalunya Formula 1 track, a 328i Sport Line, and a 320d Modern Line.

We’ll post our first drive impressions of the F30 soon, so stay tuned!

At a glance:

The new 3 Series Sedan: sixth generation … CONTINUED

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German publication Autobild had a chance to get some personal time with the F30 3 Series Sport Line model. They’ve posted a set of photos which show some of the F30′s details and features. See inside.

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Undoubtedly, the most important debut for BMW in 2011 was the new F30 3 series Sedan. BMW pulled the wraps off and published the first info on the new 3 back in October.

As with any new model, some of you have questions that haven’t been answered by the official materials. We’ve been trying to cover and answer most your questions so far but, despite our efforts and our guide of the different design lines HERE) you may still have unanswered questions regarding the new F30 3 … CONTINUED

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The 2012 3-series sedan product planning and strategy bulletin and ordering guide has been released (scans below).

Retails sales will launch on February 11, 2012. The first two months of production will be used to produce dealer’s initial stock – two 328i and one 335i. Here’s a breakdown of the ordering info available so far:

STANDARD EQUIPMENT on both 328i and 335i sedan will include:

8 speed auto transmission (6 speed manual is a no charge option)
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We’re coming to you live from the 2012 3-series F30 reveal event in Munich and to say that it’s been an exciting reveal would be an understatement!

BMW rolled out all three F30 lines at the event. We’ve posted a huge gallery below of each of the F30 Sport, F30 Modern, and F30 Luxury line models. Enjoy!

Be sure to catch all the F30 details at our 2012 3 Series Official Info Thread

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The sixth generation of the BMW 3 Series Sedan, the world’s best-selling premium car, sets new benchmarks in terms of sporting prowess, elegance and comfort. The pioneering history of the 3 Series serves as inspiration for the new sports sedan, whose powerful styling represents a fresh interpretation and conscientious development of traditional BMW design cues. The new BMW face, with flat headlights reaching along as far as the BMW kidney grille, emphasises the elegantly dynamic design of the new BMW 3 Series. The sixth generation of … CONTINUED

Official BMW New Vehicle Press Release
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As we’ve been alluding to, the 2012 F30 3 series will be revealed mid-next month (Friday, October 14 to be exact) via online reveal, and live at a BMW press event. Autobild has posted the engine range that will be available for the F30 at launch, as follows:

Gasoline:
316i – 134hp
320i – 181hp
328i – 242hp (2.0L inline 4 cylinder twinpower turbo N20 motor) (US bound)
335i – 302hp (3.0L inline 6 cylinder twin turbo) (US bound)

Diesel (all turbocharged):
316d – 113hp
323d
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We last spied the F30 hybrid back in February for the first time out in heavy camouflage. It has now shed its heavy camouflage and taken to the Nurburgring for track testing. One can tell this is a hybrid version by the typical “Rescue” stickers on its doors and rear bumper (which is always present BMW’s hybrid 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 which is scheduled to … CONTINUED

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Despite the myriad of F30 3 series sedan test mule spy photos we’ve posted thus far, there has yet to be a direct F30 versus E90 3 series spotting, until now. Although it’s only one view for now, it gives us the best idea yet of how the new 2012 3 series F30 sedan will compare to the outgoing E90 3 series with respect to size, proportions, rear styling, and stance. Thanks to F30post member CSL-Fanatik.

Based on shape, the F30 appears more evolutionary than revolutionary a … CONTINUED