BMW 3-Series News

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    BMW has announced the recall of 7,600 model year 2012 3-Series models, built between October 19, 2011 and March 18, 2012. At issue is compliance with federal safety standards that limit the downward travel of a vehicle’s front seat headrest to 25 millimeters or less. Testing by BMW has revealed that certain 2012 3-Series models are equipped with headrests that can be raised to a height that exceeds this limit, forcing the automaker to issue a stop sale and recall of the affected vehicles. In the event of a crash, with a headrest is the full upright position, downward movement in excess...

  • BMW's latest M Performance accessories for 3 and 5 Series sedans.
    BMW Announces M Performance Bits For 3 And 5 Series Sedans

    In years past, upgrading a car for better performance usually meant going to the aftermarket for lighter wheels, bigger brakes, enhanced aerodynamics and additional horsepower. Manufacturers have since gotten smart, and many now offer in-house performance part divisions to keep customer dollars...

  • BMW's ad for its lane departure warning system.
    Sometimes Your Head's Just Not In The Right Place: Video

    We’ll warn you in advance that the video below is NSFW, courtesy of a pair of bared female buttocks about seven seconds in. It’s tasteful nudity, but if that kind of stuff offends you, it’s probably best if you just skip this video. While this commercial wouldn't even get a second...

  • 2013 BMW 3-Series Touring wagon spy shots
    2013 BMW 3-Series Touring Spy Shots

    It’s still very much in the air whether the wagon variant of the new 2012 BMW 3-Series will be sold in the U.S., but we should know very soon as it appears prototypes for the next-generation 3-Series Touring model are nearing completion. These latest spy shots show a prototype with the least...

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    BMW 3-Series Long Wheelbase Set For 2012 Beijing Auto Show

    April is a typically busy time of the year for new model announcements as the month plays host to two major international auto shows, one in New York and the other alternating between Beijing and Shanghai each consecutive year. So, on top of all its announcements at this week’s 2012 New York...

  • BMW diesels used to support the 2012 London Olympic Games
    First Wave Of BMW Olympic Support Vehicles Arrive In London

    BMW will be supplying a fleet of some 4,000 vehicles, primarily 3-Series and 5-Series sedans, to provide VIP transportation and logistical support for the upcoming London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. While critics pan the move for its impact on traffic and air quality, BMW is quick to point...

  • BMW's Automatic Climate Control

    Air conditioning is one of those luxuries we've learned to take for granted. Few, if any cars are sold without it anymore, and it's a vital piece of equipment if you live in a hotter climate. A cool driver is a happy driver. There's much more to it than that though, says BMW. That's why the 2012 BMW 3-Series has an advanced climate control system that both improves air quality inside the cabin, and uses thermal management to ensure whether hot or cold outside, the temperature inside remains just right. Air circulation filter Cars have had air recirculation for quite some time now. It's useful...

  • 2012 BMW 328i on the dyno. Captured from video via Bimmerpost/F30 Post.
    2012 BMW 328i Turbo Four Dyno Video: More HP Than Claimed?

    Dyno videos are usually worth little more than the fire and sound produced by the car as it revs--variability in conditions, equipment, and setup can make translating the results to general terms difficult or impossible. But a new dyno video of the 2012 BMW 328i raises an interesting possibility...

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    Coming Soon: Three-Cylinder BMW 3-Series Models?

    BMW’s 3-Series has long been known for its silky-smooth inline-six engines. In these fuel-conscious times, however, the Munich-based automaker is replacing some of its inline-six engines with 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder powerplants in 3-Series and Z4 models. If Britain’s...

  • 2013 BMW 3-Series  -  First U.S. Drive, February 2012
    2012 BMW 3-Series: First U.S. Drive, Full Review

    BMW has given the 3-Series its most radical set of changes in many years, and because we—and sport-sedan owners and enthusiasts in general—so often use the 3-Series as a benchmark, maybe even the archetype for sport sedans, it’s time to take note. Which is what we did this past...

  • BMW Connected reads incoming emails.
    Super Bowl Ads: BMW Proves Germans Have A Sense Of Humor

    Germans—and Bavarians in particular—aren’t known for their sense of humor. Oktoberfest aside, where everyone seems to be having a beer-fueled good time, Germans just don’t seem to laugh as much as other nationalities. In fact, we'd be hard pressed to name a German stand-up...

  • 2012 BMW 3-Series Sedan Sport Line
    Dinan Announces Tuning Software For BMW's N55 Engine

    BMW’s N55 engine was a remarkable achievement, even for a company as adept as building engines and cars as BMW. The first BMW engine to combine turbocharging, direct injection, Valvetronic and Cylinder-bank Comprehensive Manifold (CCM) technologies, the N55 earned “Ward’s 10 Best...

  • 2013 BMW 3-Series Long Wheelbase

    Since last summer’s report of a long-wheelbase 2012 BMW 3-Series undergoing tests in Germany, we’re anticipating the China-only model will debut in April at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show. From what we can see in the spy shots, the result is well-proportioned. Also, opposite the deck lid’s requisite long-wheelbase “Li” badge should be that of BMW Brilliance Automotive, implying the longer 3s will be assembled in China through BMW’s joint venture with the Chinese automaker. As we mentioned in our earlier article, the estimated four-inch stretch is all for the...

  • 2012 BMW 335i live photos, 2012 Detroit Auto Show
    2012 BMW 3-Series Video Overview

    We've already given you all of the details on the new 2012 BMW 3-Series, including our first drive impressions from Spain, but if you haven't yet gotten familiar with BMW's newest midsize, this video from the Detroit Auto Show gives you the highlights. Along with the three new main trim lines...

  • 2012 BMW 3-Series sedan first drive
    Adrian van Hooydonk Takes Us Through The New BMW 3-Series: Video

    BMW Group Chief Designer Adrian van Hooydonk is the man ultimately responsible for the look of BMW’s new, sixth-generation 3-Series. Since the 3-Series is the world’s best-selling premium vehicle, and since van Hooydonk himself calls it “the core of our brand,” getting the...

  • 2012 BMW 335i live photos, 2012 Detroit Auto Show
    2012 BMW 335i, 2013 ActiveHybrid 3 Live Photos: 2012 Detroit Auto Show

    The new 3-Series is here, and it's really quite good, as we found out behind the wheel in Spain late last year. Despite the long Internet lead time, the 3-Series drew a massive crowd at the Detroit Auto Show yesterday. If you're a fan of sporty sedans, it's easy to see why: the 335i with the sport...

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    2011 U.S. Luxury Market Recap: It's Good To Be German

    If the automotive industry is a barometer for the overall economy, there was a glimmer of hope on the horizon in 2011. For most mainstream manufacturers, 2011 sales were up, but it was a mixed bag for players in the the luxury segment. If we had to recap 2011 luxury car sales in five words or less...

  • 2012 BMW 3-Series sedan first drive
    BMW Details The Design Process Behind Its New 3-Series: Video

    While the design of the new 2012 BMW 3-Series may not be beautiful, it’s safe to say that the new lines are a welcome change over the previous model and so far have been well received. More an evolution than a complete design turnaround, the F30 3-Series has grown a little while also picking...

  • 2012 BMW 3-Series sedan first drive

    It's hard to complain about driving anything on the Circuit de Catalunya, simply because you're on the Circuit de Catalunya. Some cars, however, will shine in such circumstances, while others will reveal their weaknesses. The 2012 BMW 3-Series shines. Well, it shines once you turn off all the electronic nannies, anyway. With the sport control setting in Sport+ mode, the eight-speed automatic transmission comes alive--to a point--the throttle response sharpens, and the traction control is disabled. But dynamic stability control, or DSC, remains active. DSC is great on a wet road. It's not...

  • Alpina's B3 GT3 coupe
    Alpina Shows Off Track-Ready B3 GT3: 2011 Tokyo Motor Show

    To commemorate both its return to motorsport and its championship in the German GT series, Alpina is producing a limited run of BMW Alpina B3 GT3 coupes. Limited to just 99 cars, the B3 GT3 seeks to blend elements of the championship-winning B6 GT3 race car with design elements familiar to Alpina...

  • 2012 BMW 3-Series Sedan Modern Line
    2012 BMW 3-Series Sedans Priced From $35,795

    The 2012 BMW 3-Series sedans are out, and today, they've been priced. The 2012 328i starts from $35,795 including destination fees, and the 2012 335i starts from $43,295. These new prices represent rises of $320 and $370, respectively, but include more standard equipment, such as a 6.5-inch center...

  • 2012 BMW 3-Series Sedan Luxury Line
    2012 BMW 3-Series Ordering Guide Released To Dealers

    If you can’t wait to get your hands on a newly redesigned 2012 BMW 3-Series sedan, we’ve got good news and bad news for you. Since we’re the glass-is-half-full type, we’ll give you the good news up front: 328i and 335i sedans hit production this week, and are being built as...

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    BMW Reducing Reliance On German Production

    In the not too distant future BMW is very likely to build most of its cars outside of Germany. The automaker currently builds about 62 percent of its cars in Germany, down from 70 percent in 2002, but once plants in China come fully onboard this figure will approach the 50 percent mark. Now factor...

  • 2013 BMW 3-Series Touring spy shots
    U.S. Will Get Next BMW 3-Series Wagon After All: Report

    While station wagons have their die-hard fans in the United States market, their appeal isn’t universal and they never seem to sell in quantities sufficient to satisfy automakers. Thus, when new wagons are introduced for global markets, there isn’t a guarantee that we’ll see them...

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