Company's best-selling model.
The folks over at Donut Media have made an impressive 1:30-minute video, highlighting the most important models from the rich BMW 3 Series history.
The successor of the 02 Series was launched in May 1975 and in its first generation it was only available as a two-door coupe and a convertible with four- and six-cylinder engines. In 1982 it was replaced by the 3 Series E30 – probably the most successful generation in the vehicle’s history. It brought the four-door sedan and estate body styles to the range and was the first to use a diesel engine. The first M3 was based on the E30 and featured a four-cylinder engine with 235 horsepower (175 kilowatts), while the 325iX was the first 3 Series to use all-wheel drive.
In 1991 BMW launched the 3 Series E36, available in sedan, coupe, convertible, station wagon, and hatchback body styles. In its final year of production, the model registered record sales of 376,900 cars and was replaced by the E46, designed on an entirely new platform. After a brake of 18 years, xDrive system was offered again for the six-cylinder 325xi and 330xi models. 2002 was a record selling year for the 3 Series with 561,249 deliveries worldwide.
3 Series E90/E91/E92/E93 was revealed in 2005 and a year later it gained a turbocharged petrol engine. In 2007 the next generation of the high-performance M3 was ready, featuring a massive V8 engine and available in sedan, coupe, and cabriolet body styles.
The current sixth generation of the 3 Series is on sale from 2012 as a sedan, station wagon, long wheelbase sedan (only in China), and five-door hatchback. The coupe and convertible variants split from the range and are sold as the 4 Series. This is the first 3 Series in the history to use entirely turbocharged petrol and diesel engines.
Source: Donut Media