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Encyclopedia > BMW 3 Series
BMW 3 Series
Five generations of BMW 3 Series sedans (left to right: E21, E30, E36, E46, and E90)
Manufacturer BMW
Production 1975–present
Assembly Leipzig, Germany
Munich, Germany
Regensburg, Germany
Rosslyn, South Africa
Kaliningrad, Russia
Predecessor BMW 2002
Class Compact executive car
Related BMW M3, BMW X3

The BMW 3 Series is a compact executive car manufactured by the German automaker BMW since May 1975. It was the successor to the 2002 coupe. The 3 Series was for some time the smallest car line manufactured by BMW (exempting the BMW-owned MINI), although that place was in 2004 taken by the BMW 1 Series. The 3 Series is BMW's best selling automobile, accounting for nearly 40% of all automobiles sold by the company in 2005.[1].The 3 Series is the best selling foreign luxury sedan in the United States — 98,000 vehicles were sold in 2005.[2] Image File history File links Gnome-globe. ... Download high resolution version (1276x338, 272 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Automakers, also known as carmakers, automobile manufacturers, motor manufacturers, or the automobile industry are companies that design and manufacture automobiles. ... For other uses, see BMW (disambiguation). ... Leipzig ( ; Sorbian/Lusatian: Lipsk from the Sorbian word for Tilia) is, with a population of over 506,000, the largest city in the federal state of Saxony, Germany. ... For other uses, see Munich (disambiguation). ... Regensburg (also Ratisbon, Latin Ratisbona) is a city (population 151. ... Kaliningrad (Russian: ; Lithuanian: Karaliaučius; German  , Polish: Królewiec; briefly Russified as Kyonigsberg), is a seaport and the administrative center of Kaliningrad Oblast, the Russian exclave between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea. ... See also BMW 2002tii The BMW New Class was a line of compact sedans launched with the 1962 1500. ... Car classification is subjective since many vehicles fall into multiple categories. ... Alfa Romeo 159, a compact executive car mainly sold in Europe Infiniti G35, an entry-level luxury car for sale in North America and Japan Compact executive car (British English, Mittelklasse in German) or entry-level luxury car (American English) is a car classification which respectively describes large family cars... The BMW M3 is a high performance version of the popular compact BMW 3-Series automobile, made by BMW M. M3 models have been derived from the E30, E36, E46 and E92 3-series. ... The BMW X3 is a compact luxury crossover SUV (though BMW advertises it as an SAV, or Sport Activity Vehicle) produced by the German automaker BMW. It is based on the BMW 3-Series automobile platform. ... Alfa Romeo 159, a compact executive car mainly sold in Europe Infiniti G35, an entry-level luxury car for sale in North America and Japan Compact executive car (British English, Mittelklasse in German) or entry-level luxury car (American English) is a car classification which respectively describes large family cars... For other uses, see BMW (disambiguation). ... BMW 1602—1. ... For the new MINI, see MINI (BMW). ... The BMW 1 Series (code name E87) is a Small-luxury car / small family car produced by the German automaker BMW since 2004. ...

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Social and marketing significance

From its sporting origins, the 3 Series success has led BMW to become one of the most recognized brands in the world, in league with Coca-Cola, IBM, The Four Seasons, and American Express.[citation needed] Being an accessible prestige-badge car, the 3 Series' reputation grew from its humble beginnings, winning numerous awards and honors throughout the automotive world. By the early 21st century, the E46 3 Series was the best-selling car of its segment (premium middle class cars),[1]as commonplace in Asia and America as in Europe, while maintaining its prestigious brand and image.


The 3 series has also maintained BMW's racing heritage. The M version of the 3 series, M3, debuted in the 1980's as an industry first "track ready" luxury sports car (FIA Group A racing).<ref<[1]</ref> Marketed as a daily driver and a track ready race car, the M3 grew in popularity quickly. This has furthered the 3 series brand awareness as a class-leading "sport sedan". BMW M GmbH (previously: BMW Motorsport GmbH) is a subsidiary of German car manufacturer BMW AG established in May 1972 with just eight employees. ... The BMW M3 is a high performance version of the popular compact BMW 3-Series automobile, made by BMW M. M3 models have been derived from the E30, E36, E46 and E92 3-series. ...


History

In the late 1960s, performance car enthusiasts in the U.S. had limited options.[citation needed] There were small 2-seater sports cars like the British MG. And there were Detroit-made muscle cars with big V-8 engines offering a lot of power, but little else. Few Americans had ever heard the name BMW. MG may refer to: Mel Gibson, actor Match Game, U.S 1970s Game Show Champion Air IATA airline designator Myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disease MG (car), British automobile manufacturer, now part of Chinas Nanjing Automobile Group mg (editor), Emacs-compatible Unix text editor Machine gun Madagascar (ISO 3166-1... Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor... The Pontiac GTO started the muscle car trend. ...


Then in 1968, an article appeared in Car & Driver magazine, raving about an unassuming little automobile: the BMW 2002. This was a car Americans had never seen, and a glimpse of what Europeans already enjoyed. It accelerated like a muscle car, but it was light and fuel-efficient. It was agile like a sports car, but it had four quite comfortable seats and legroom. The 2002 embodied for Americans an entirely new concept: the sports sedan. And it laid down track that BMW has been running on ever since. Historically, BMW got its start in the American market in New York City, thanks to an Austrian named Max Hoffman. See also BMW 2002tii The BMW New Class was a line of compact sedans launched with the 1962 1500. ...


Max Hoffman, often referred to as the "father" of the import car business, was a famous New York Car Dealer/Importer who is largely responsible for the US sports car resurgence of the 40's and 50's. He imported sports cars to the US and made them available after WW II. Hoffman helped sponsor amateur sports car racing in the US and encouraged the European manufacturers to respond to the emerging US sports car market. Hoffman influenced BMW product marketing (as well as other German made cars )in the US for many years.


The success of the 2002 led to the founding of BMW North America in 1975. And shortly thereafter a new model was introduced that furthered this concept of performance and practicality – the BMW 3 Series. This new model was a direct descendant of the 2002. The 3 series is the most successful of BMW models, a trend that will likely continue well into the future.


Through model evolution, the 3 series has expanded upwards and outwards – but for BMW, the 3 Series remains the defining car and the benchmark against which all future designs will be judged.


3 Series vehicles can be largely differentiated by the underlying platform:

BMW E21 is the platform designation for the first BMW 3-Series automobile, produced from 1975 to 1983. ... BMW E30 318i BMW E30 325es with diving board bumpers E30 318i Lux Convertible E30 Convertible built April 1993 The E30 automobile platform was the basis for the 1982 through 1991 BMW 3 Series entry-level luxury car / compact executive car. ... 318is Coupé 1995 316i Compact 1996 M3 Coupé E36 convertible E36 Wagon Georgia State Patrol 318i The E36 automobile platform was the basis for the 1991-1999 BMW 3 Series entry-level luxury car / compact executive car. ... The E46 automobile platform is the fourth generation of BMWs highly successful 3 Series entry-level luxury car / compact executive car. ... The E46 automobile platform is the fourth generation of BMWs highly successful 3 Series entry-level luxury car / compact executive car. ... The BMW E90 automobile platform is the fifth generation of the BMW 3 Series range of entry-level luxury/compact executive cars. ... The BMW E90 automobile platform is the fifth generation of the BMW 3 Series range of entry-level luxury/compact executive cars. ... The BMW E90 automobile platform is the fifth generation of the BMW 3 Series range of entry-level luxury/compact executive cars. ... The BMW E90 automobile platform is the fifth generation of the BMW 3 Series range of entry-level luxury/compact executive cars. ...

E21

E21
Early BMW 3 Series
Production 1975–1983
Body style(s) 2-door coupe
2-door convertible
Layout FR layout
Platform BMW E21
Engine(s) 1.6 L 75 hp (56 kW) M41 I4

1.6 L 90 hp (67 kW) M41 I4
1.8 L 90 hp (67 kW) M10B18 I4
1.8 L 98 hp (73 kW) M42 I4
2.0 L 109 hp (81 kW) M64 I4
2.0 L 125 hp (93 kW) M10B20 I4
2.0 L 122 hp (91 kW) M20B20 I6
2.3 L 143 hp (107 kW) M20B23 I6
2.0 L 110 hp (82 kW) M43/1 I4
Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,600 × 1,200 pixels, file size: 655 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Cars can come in a large variety of different body styles. ... 1995 Buick Riviera coupe A coupé (from the French for cut) or coupe is a two or four-seater car with a fixed roof and two doors. ... Saab 900 Convertible 1962 Rambler American 1981 AMC Eagle 4-WD convertible Convertible can also refer to a convertible security A convertible (sometimes called cabriolet in British English) is a car body style with a folding or retracting roof (aka soft top or top in USA, hood in UK). ... In automobile design layout is the place where both the engine and driven wheels are. ... Sketch of FR layout In automobile design, an FR, or front-engine, rear wheel drive means a layout where the engine is in the front of the vehicle and drive wheels at the rear. ... An automobile platform is a shared set of components common to a number of different automobiles. ... BMW E21 is the platform designation for the first BMW 3-Series automobile, produced from 1975 to 1983. ... The BMW M10/M12 was an I4 piston engine produced from 1961 to 1987. ... The straight-4 or inline-4 is an internal combustion engine with four cylinders aligned in one row. ... The BMW M10/M12 was an I4 piston engine produced from 1961 to 1987. ... The straight-4 or inline-4 is an internal combustion engine with four cylinders aligned in one row. ... The BMW M10/M12 was an I4 piston engine produced from 1961 to 1987. ... The straight-4 or inline-4 is an internal combustion engine with four cylinders aligned in one row. ... The BMW M10/M12 was an I4 piston engine produced from 1961 to 1987. ... The straight-4 or inline-4 is an internal combustion engine with four cylinders aligned in one row. ... The BMW M10/M12 was an I4 piston engine produced from 1961 to 1987. ... The straight-4 or inline-4 is an internal combustion engine with four cylinders aligned in one row. ... The BMW M10/M12 was an I4 piston engine produced from 1961 to 1987. ... The straight-4 or inline-4 is an internal combustion engine with four cylinders aligned in one row. ... The M20 was an I6 piston engine of BMW. The 12-valve, belt driven SOHC design was introduced in the 1976 BMW 520/6 and 320/6. ... The straight-6 (also inline 6, I-6, or I6) is an internal combustion engine with six cylinders aligned in a single row. ... The M20 was an I6 piston engine of BMW. The 12-valve, belt driven SOHC design was introduced in the 1976 BMW 520/6 and 320/6. ... The straight-6 (also inline 6, I-6, or I6) is an internal combustion engine with six cylinders aligned in a single row. ... The BMW M10/M12 was an I4 piston engine produced from 1961 to 1987. ... The straight-4 or inline-4 is an internal combustion engine with four cylinders aligned in one row. ...

1.8 L 100 hp (70 kW) M42 I4
Main article: BMW E21

The E21 line was produced from 2 May 1975 (1977 in the USA) through 1983. Originally a replacement for the 2002 coupe, the first 3-Series was a 2-door model only. The New Class sedans would be replaced by the 5 Series. A factory authorised cabrio version was built by Baur. The BMW M10/M12 was an I4 piston engine produced from 1961 to 1987. ... The straight-4 or inline-4 is an internal combustion engine with four cylinders aligned in one row. ... BMW E21 is the platform designation for the first BMW 3-Series automobile, produced from 1975 to 1983. ... May 2 is the 122nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (123rd in leap years). ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... BMW 1602—1. ... 1995 Buick Riviera coupe A coupé (from the French for cut) or coupe is a two or four-seater car with a fixed roof and two doors. ... BMW 1602—1. ... The BMW 5 Series is a mid-size luxury car / executive car manufactured by BMW since 1972. ... Baur is a Karosserie or coachbuilder in Stuttgart, Germany, which has been building BMW convertibles since the 30s. ...


Models:

  • Europe
    • 1981-1983 315 - 1.6 L M41 I4, 75 hp (55 kW)
      • 1.6L SOHC engine 75 bhp (56 kW) 0-100 km/h: 13.4 sec., top speed: 171 km/h MT
    • 1975-1979 316 - 1.6 L M41 I4, 90 hp (66 kW)
      • 1.6L SOHC engine 90 bhp (67 kW) 0-100 km/h: 12.3 sec., top speed: 179 km/h MT
    • 1980-1983 316 - 1.8 L M10B18 I4, 90 hp (67 kW)
    • 1975-1980 318 - 1.8 L M42 I4, 98 hp (72 kW)
    • 1979-1983 318i - 1.8 L M42 I4, 105 hp (77 kW)
    • 1975-1979 320/4 - 2.0 L M64 I4, 109 hp (80 kW)
    • 1975-1979 320i - 2.0 L M10B20 I4, 125 hp (92 kW)
    • 1979-1982 320/6 - 2.0 L M20B20 I6, 122 hp (89 kW)
    • 1978-1982 323i - 2.3 L M20B23 I6, 143 hp (105 kW)
  • Rest of world
    • 1976-1979 320i - 2.0 L M43/1 I4, 110 hp (82 kW)
    • 1980-1983 320i - 1.8 L M42 I4, 100 hp (75 kW)

The BMW M10/M12 was an I4 piston engine produced from 1961 to 1987. ... The straight-4 or inline-4 is an internal combustion engine with four cylinders aligned in one row. ... Single overhead cam (also SOHC) refers to the internal combustion engine design where one camshaft is located above the valves. ... The BMW M10/M12 was an I4 piston engine produced from 1961 to 1987. ... The straight-4 or inline-4 is an internal combustion engine with four cylinders aligned in one row. ... Single overhead cam (also SOHC) refers to the internal combustion engine design where one camshaft is located above the valves. ... The BMW M10/M12 was an I4 piston engine produced from 1961 to 1987. ... The straight-4 or inline-4 is an internal combustion engine with four cylinders aligned in one row. ... The BMW M10/M12 was an I4 piston engine produced from 1961 to 1987. ... The straight-4 or inline-4 is an internal combustion engine with four cylinders aligned in one row. ... The BMW M10/M12 was an I4 piston engine produced from 1961 to 1987. ... The straight-4 or inline-4 is an internal combustion engine with four cylinders aligned in one row. ... The BMW M10/M12 was an I4 piston engine produced from 1961 to 1987. ... The straight-4 or inline-4 is an internal combustion engine with four cylinders aligned in one row. ... The BMW M10/M12 was an I4 piston engine produced from 1961 to 1987. ... The straight-4 or inline-4 is an internal combustion engine with four cylinders aligned in one row. ... The M20 was an I6 piston engine of BMW. The 12-valve, belt driven SOHC design was introduced in the 1976 BMW 520/6 and 320/6. ... The straight-6 (also inline 6, I-6, or I6) is an internal combustion engine with six cylinders aligned in a single row. ... The M20 was an I6 piston engine of BMW. The 12-valve, belt driven SOHC design was introduced in the 1976 BMW 520/6 and 320/6. ... The straight-6 (also inline 6, I-6, or I6) is an internal combustion engine with six cylinders aligned in a single row. ... The BMW M10/M12 was an I4 piston engine produced from 1961 to 1987. ... The straight-4 or inline-4 is an internal combustion engine with four cylinders aligned in one row. ... The BMW M10/M12 was an I4 piston engine produced from 1961 to 1987. ... The straight-4 or inline-4 is an internal combustion engine with four cylinders aligned in one row. ...

E30

Main article: BMW E30
BMW E30
BMW E30
Manufacturer BMW
Production 1982–1991
Predecessor BMW E21
Successor BMW E36
Class Entry-level luxury car / Compact executive car
Body style(s) 2-door coupé
2-door convertible
4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
Platform FR, [AWD]
Engine(s) I4, I6
1.6-3.2 L, 73-236 kW
Related BMW M3

The E30 was sold from 1982 through 1991 in sedan form, through 1993 in convertible form. The E30's introductory price of US$18,210 was nearly double that of the E21 just 7 years earlier, but the availability of a six cylinder engine and 4-door body style (in 1984) earned sales. The torquey "eta" six in the 325e produced 121 hp (90 kW), but met the strict emission standards of the time. The E30 was the most powerful compact BMW offered in the United States since the 2002 Tii. BMW E30 318i BMW E30 325es with diving board bumpers E30 318i Lux Convertible E30 Convertible built April 1993 The E30 automobile platform was the basis for the 1982 through 1991 BMW 3 Series entry-level luxury car / compact executive car. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Automakers, also known as carmakers, automobile manufacturers, motor manufacturers, or the automobile industry are companies that design and manufacture automobiles. ... For other uses, see BMW (disambiguation). ... BMW E21 is the platform designation for the first BMW 3-Series automobile, produced from 1975 to 1983. ... 318is Coupé 1995 316i Compact 1996 M3 Coupé E36 convertible E36 Wagon Georgia State Patrol 318i The E36 automobile platform was the basis for the 1991-1999 BMW 3 Series entry-level luxury car / compact executive car. ... Car classification is subjective since many vehicles fall into multiple categories. ... A 2002 Lincoln Town Car, an example of a flagship luxury sedan A luxury vehicle is a vehicle which provides a great abundance of ease and comfort. ... A Ford Mondeo, a large family car. ... Cars can come in a large variety of different body styles. ... The Peugeot 406 Coupé, designed by Pininfarina 1990 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC coupé, noted for its large, angular design 1997 Rover Vitesse Coupe, club coupé Rover P5 Coupe, a traditional four-door coupé Mercedes CLS, a modern four-door coupé Gala-Coupé of Leopold II, Brussels 1970s Sunbeam Alpine fastback coup... Saab 900 Convertible 1962 Rambler American 1981 AMC Eagle 4-WD convertible Convertible can also refer to a convertible security A convertible (sometimes called cabriolet in British English) is a car body style with a folding or retracting roof (aka soft top or top in USA, hood in UK). ... A notchback full-size luxury sedan. ... Estate car body style (Saab 95) A station wagon (United States usage), wagon (Australian usage, though station wagon is widely used) or estate car (United Kingdom usage) is a car body style similar to a sedan car but with an extended rear cargo area. ... An automobile platform is a shared set of components common to a number of different automobiles. ... Sketch of FR layout In automobile design, an FR, or front-engine, rear wheel drive means a layout where the engine is in the front of the vehicle and drive wheels at the rear. ... The straight-4 or inline-4 is an internal combustion engine with four cylinders aligned in one row. ... The straight-6 (also inline 6, I-6, or I6) is an internal combustion engine with six cylinders aligned in a single row. ... The BMW M3 is a high performance version of the popular compact BMW 3-Series automobile, made by BMW M. M3 models have been derived from the E30, E36, E46 and E92 3-series. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... See also BMW 2002tii The BMW New Class was a line of compact sedans launched with the 1962 1500. ...


The lineup was joined in 1985 by the high-output 325i and 325is. Though the engine displacement was reduced to 2.5 L, output was up to 168 hp (125 kW) as the company focused on performance rather than economy. The rev limit for the new motor was raised from 5000 rpm to 6500 rpm, as a shorter stroke was employed with the new motor. The liter (spelled liter in American English and litre in Commonwealth English) is a unit of volume. ... This article is about a unit of measurement. ... For other uses, see Watt (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Revolutions per minute (disambiguation). ...


The 325is was an upgrade from the standard 325i, as some new features were added to the car as standard. These included the full electrics package, BMW sports seats, black roof-liner, BMW M-technic II body kit, BMW 14 inch BBS wheels and a Close Ratio gearbox. Other features also found on the 325is were options, however over time, some have been mistaken for standard features. These options include a Limited Slip Differential (LSD), leather interior, sunroof and BMW 15 inch BBS wheels. Options differed on vehicles produced in the United States.
An all wheel drive version, the 325ix, joined the lineup for 1986. The four-cylinder 318 was dropped in 1985, but was brought back with a new, 1.8L DOHC motor (M42B18) for 1991. Four wheel drive or 4x4, is a type of four wheeled vehicle drivetrain configuration that enables all four wheels to receive power from the engine simultaneously in order to provide maximum traction. ... A double overhead cam (also called a dual overhead cam, DOHC, or twincam) engine is a type of internal combustion engine where the camshafts that operate the intake and exhaust valves are mounted above the cylinders, and where there are separate camshafts for inlet and exhaust valves. ...


In 1989, BMW introduced the touring version of the E30. It was very popular during its production up to 1994. It was available with a 1.6, 1.8, 2.0 or 2.5 liter engine. The 325i touring was also available with 4WD.


The most powerful American BMW E30 in 1989 came in the form of the M3. It used a 192 hp (143 kW) S14 straight-4 with a 4-valve head adapted from the M88 six and Bosch fuel injection. The BMW M3 is a high performance version of the popular compact BMW 3-Series automobile, made by BMW M. M3 models have been derived from the E30, E36, E46 and E92 3-series. ... The BMW S14 is a 2. ... The straight-4 or inline-4 is an internal combustion engine with four cylinders aligned in one row. ... In automotive engineering, an engine is referred to as multi-valve (or multivalve) when each cylinder has more than two valves. ... The BMW M88/3 is an I6 piston engine. ... Bosch is the colloquial short name for the German company Robert Bosch GmbH, as well as the last name of: Hieronymus Bosch (1450-1516) - Dutch painter Robert Bosch (1861-1942) - German industrialist Carl Bosch (1874-1940) - German chemist and engineer Juan Bosch (1909-2001) - Dominican politician and writer Orlando Bosch... // Multi Port Fuel injection is a means of metering fuel into an internal combustion engine. ...

  • External Links
    • M42Club.com is a model-specific forum and community for the E30 318i/iS.

E36

E36
E36 BMW 3 Series
Production 1991–1999
Body style(s) 2-door coupe
2-door convertible
4-door sedan
4-door station wagon
2-door hatchback
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive
Platform BMW E36
Engine(s) 1.9 L, 138 hp (103 kW) I4
2.8 L, 190 hp (142 kW) I6
Transmission(s) 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase 106.3 in (2700 mm)
Length Sedan & 1996-98 Coupe: 174.5 in (4432 mm)
Coupe & Convertible: 165.7 in (4209 mm)
Width 1992-95 Sedan: 66.8 in (1697 mm)
Coupe & 1996-98 Sedan: 66.9 in (1699 mm)
Convertible: 67.3 in (1709 mm)
Height Sedan: 54.8 in (1392 mm)
Coupe: 53.8 in (1367 mm)
Convertible: 53.1 in (1349 mm)
Fuel capacity 13.7 US gal
16.4 US gal
Related BMW M3
Main article: BMW E36

Also known as the "Dolphin shape." The E36 was sold from 1991 through 1999. It employed the "Z-axle" multilink suspension in the rear which had been proven in the Z1. DOHC engines were used across the range, with VANOS variable valve timing introduced in 1993. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2000x1104, 184 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): BMW 3 Series Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used... Cars can come in a large variety of different body styles. ... 1995 Buick Riviera coupe A coupé (from the French for cut) or coupe is a two or four-seater car with a fixed roof and two doors. ... Saab 900 Convertible 1962 Rambler American 1981 AMC Eagle 4-WD convertible Convertible can also refer to a convertible security A convertible (sometimes called cabriolet in British English) is a car body style with a folding or retracting roof (aka soft top or top in USA, hood in UK). ... A notchback full-size luxury sedan. ... Estate car body style (Saab 95) A station wagon (United States usage), wagon (Australian usage, though station wagon is widely used) or estate car (United Kingdom usage) is a car body style similar to a sedan car but with an extended rear cargo area. ... Renault Megane hatchback, a proper hatchback which has shown huge success in Europe Peugeot 306 hatchback, with the hatch lifted and the parcel shelf tilted for access Hatchback is a term designating an automobile design, containing a passenger cabin with an integrated cargo space, accessed from behind the vehicle by... In automobile design layout is the place where both the engine and driven wheels are. ... A front-mounted engine describes the placement of an automobile engine in front of or on the front axle. ... Rear-wheel drive (or RWD for short) is an engine/transmission layout used in automobiles. ... This article is about the class of vehicles. ... An automobile platform is a shared set of components common to a number of different automobiles. ... 318is Coupé 1995 316i Compact 1996 M3 Coupé E36 convertible E36 Wagon Georgia State Patrol 318i The E36 automobile platform was the basis for the 1991-1999 BMW 3 Series entry-level luxury car / compact executive car. ... “Gearbox” redirects here. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The BMW M3 is a high performance version of the popular compact BMW 3-Series automobile, made by BMW M. M3 models have been derived from the E30, E36, E46 and E92 3-series. ... 318is Coupé 1995 316i Compact 1996 M3 Coupé E36 convertible E36 Wagon Georgia State Patrol 318i The E36 automobile platform was the basis for the 1991-1999 BMW 3 Series entry-level luxury car / compact executive car. ... A multi-link suspension is a type of suspension design typically used in independent suspensions, using 3 or more lateral arms, and one or more longitudinal arms. ... The BMW Z1 is a two-seat roadster developed by BMW Technik GmbH and produced from July 1988 to June 1991. ... A double overhead cam (also called a dual overhead cam, DOHC, or twincam) engine is a type of internal combustion engine where the camshafts that operate the intake and exhaust valves are mounted above the cylinders, and where there are separate camshafts for inlet and exhaust valves. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Variable valve timing, or VVT, is a generic term for an automobile piston engine technology. ...

BMW E36 coupe
BMW E36 coupe
Dashboard of a 325is
Dashboard of a 325is

The four-door E36 was sold from Autumn, 1991, in the United States but the E30 coupes were retained until well into 1992. The E36 convertible was delayed until 1994. The hatchback 318ti Compact was introduced in 1995, was very popular in Europe, but it was not very successful in North America. The BMW Compact was identical to the regular E36 sedan from front bumper to A-Pillar. Everything else was unique, namely its rear semi-trailing arm suspension, based off the old E30, instead of the Z-Axle Multilink employed in all other E36's. The Z3 and M Coupe have similar rear suspension setups as well. The "Touring" station wagon was sold in Europe from 1995, but was not offered in the United States. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1080x670, 164 KB) Summary created by Mazurka Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): BMW E36 ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1080x670, 164 KB) Summary created by Mazurka Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): BMW E36 ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 217 KB) A 1993 BMW 325is. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 217 KB) A 1993 BMW 325is. ... Renault Megane hatchback, a proper hatchback which has shown huge success in Europe Peugeot 306 hatchback, with the hatch lifted and the parcel shelf tilted for access Hatchback is a term designating an automobile design, containing a passenger cabin with an integrated cargo space, accessed from behind the vehicle by... The 318ti is a member of BMWs 3 Series. ... 1995 BMW 318ti 1997 BMW 318ti California Edition 1995 BMW 318ti Sport competing in an autocross event The BMW Compact was a compact car / small family car, basically a truncated hatch-back version of the BMW 3 Series, produced by the German automaker BMW between 1994 and 2004. ... Estate car body style (Saab 95) A station wagon (United States usage), wagon (Australian usage, though station wagon is widely used) or estate car (United Kingdom usage) is a car body style similar to a sedan car but with an extended rear cargo area. ...


The 2.5 L M50B25 used in the 325 models was replaced in 1996 with the 2.8 L M52B28, creating the 328 line. Another 2.5 L engine, the M52B25, was reintroduced for 1998 but the cars were sold as 323 rather than 325. The BMW M50 is an I6 piston engine. ... The BMW M52 is an I6 piston engine. ... The BMW M52 is an I6 piston engine. ...


The 4-door 3 Series models were replaced after 1998 in the US, while the 2-door models lasted through 1999.


Models:

  • Europe
    • 1991-1994 316i - 1.6 L M40B18 I4, 102 hp (76 kW)
      • 1.6L SOHC engine 102 bhp (76 kW) 0-100 km/h: 11.8 sec., top speed: 186 km/h MT
    • 1995-1999 316i - 1.6 L M43B16 I4, 102 hp (76 kW)
      • 1.6L SOHC engine 102 bhp (76 kW) 0-100 km/h: 11.8 sec., top speed: 186 km/h MT
    • 1991-1999 318i - 1.8 L M40B18 I4, 115 hp (86 kW)
    • 1995-2000 318iS/ti - 1.9 L M44B19 I4, 140 hp (103 kW)
    • 1991-1995 320 - 2.0 L M50B20 I6, 150 hp (112 kW)
    • 1992-1997 M3 - 3.0 L S50B30 I6 286 hp (213 kW)
    • 1995-1998 323 - 2.4 L M52B25 I6 170 hp (127 kW)
    • 1994-1999 320 - 2.0 L M52B20 I6 148 hp (110 kW)
    • 1994-1999 324 - 2.4 L M52B24 I6
    • 1991-1995 325 - 2.5 L M50B25 I6 189 hp (141 kW)
    • 1995-2000 328 - 2.8 L M52B28 I6 193 hp (144 kW)
    • 1995-2000 M3 - 3.2 L S50B32 I6 321 hp (239 kW)
  • US
    • 1992-1995 318iS - 1.8 L M42B18 I4, 134 hp (100 kW)
    • 1995-1999 318ti - 1.8 L M42B18 I4, 134 hp (100 kW)
    • 1992-1995 325 - 2.5 L M50B25 I6, 189 hp (125 kW)
    • 1995 M3 - 3.0 L S50B30US I6, 240 hp (179 kW)
    • 1996-1999 M3 - 3.2 L S52B32 I6, 240 hp (179 kW)
    • 1996-1999 328 - 2.8 L M52B28 I6, 190 hp (142 kW)
    • 1996-1999 318 - 1.9 L M44B19 I4, 138 hp (103 kW)
    • 1998 323 - 2.5 L M52B25 I6, 168 hp (125 kW)

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E46

E46
BMW 3-Series Sport (previous generation, update)
Production 1998–2005
Body style(s) 2-door coupe
2-door convertible
4-door sedan
4-door station wagon
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / All-wheel drive
Platform BMW E46
Engine(s) 2.5 L 170 hp (127 kW) I6
2.8 L 193 hp (144 kW) I6
3.0 L 225 hp (168 kW) I6
Transmission(s) 5-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase 107.3 in (2725 mm)
Length Sedan: 176.0 in (4470 mm)
Wagon: 176.3 in (4478 mm)
Convertible & Coupe: 176.7 in (4488 mm)
Width Sedan & Wagon: 68.5 in (1740 mm)
Convertible & Coupe: 69.2 in (1758 mm)
Height Sedan: 55.7 in (1415 mm)
2000-02 325i Wagon: 55.5 in (1410 mm)
2000-02 325xi Wagon: 56.3 in (1430 mm)
Convertible: 54.0 in (1372 mm)
Coupe: 53.9 in (1369 mm)
xi Sedan: 56.5 in (1435 mm)
Fuel capacity 16.6 US gal
Related BMW M3
BMW X3
Main article: BMW E46
BMW 330Ci
BMW 330Ci
Updated E46 wagon (US)
Updated E46 wagon (US)
BMW 320i (previous generation, pre-update)
BMW 320i (previous generation, pre-update)
BMW 3 Series Compact (last generation of its type, now replaced with the 1 Series )
BMW 3 Series Compact (last generation of its type, now replaced with the 1 Series )
2004 BMW 3-Series Convertible
2004 BMW 3-Series Convertible

The E46 chassis began to replace the E36 specification for 1998. Only the 4-door sedans were updated that year. The E36 coupé and touring models lasted one more year until the E46 replacements arrived for model year 2000. The 2.8 L cars were called 328 while 2.5 L cars got the confusing 323 name. The new M54 engines appeared for 2001; with the new 3.0 L 330 replacing the 328, BMW renamed the 2.5 L car the 325. Also in 2001, the compact 3-door version appeared on the European market, but it was replaced in 2004 by the 1 series. During the second half of 2005 the E46 sedan and touring were phased out in favour of the new E90. The E46 coupé and convertible remained in production well into 2006. The E46 Coupe & Convertible used a "ci," standing for coupe/injection, instead of "i". The E46 all-wheel-drive (AWD) cars used the "xi" designation to show the cars included BMW's X-Drive system Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... 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Models:

  • Europe and other markets
    • 1998-2001 316i - 1.6 L, M43TUB16, 105 hp (77 kW)
      • 1.6L DOHC engine 105 bhp (78 kW) 0-100 km/h: 11.3 sec., top speed: 188 km/h MT
    • 2001-2005 316i - 1.8 L N42B18, 116 hp (87 kW)
      • 1.8L DOHC engine 132 bhp (98 kW) 0-100 km/h: 10.2 sec., top speed: 204 km/h MT
      • 1.8L DOHC engine 132 bhp (98 kW) 0-100 km/h: 11.4 sec., top speed: 199 km/h AT
    • 1998-2001 318i - 1.9 L, 118 hp (87 kW)
    • 2001-2005 318i - 2.0 L N42B20, 143 hp (105 kW)
    • 2005-2006 318Ci - 2.0 L N42B20, 150 hp (110 kW)
    • 1998-2000 320i - 2.0 L M52B20 T, 150 hp (110 kW)
    • 2000-2006 320i - 2.2 L M54B22, 170 hp (125 kW)
    • 1998-2001 323i - 2.5 L M52B25 T, 170 hp (125 kW)
    • 1998-2001 328i - 2.8 L M52B28 T, 193 hp (142 kW)
    • 2000-2006 325i - 2.5 L M54B25, 192 PS
    • 2000-2006 330i - 3.0 L M54B30, 231 PS
    • 2000-2003 M3 - 3.2 L S54B32, 343 PS
  • US
    • 1999-2001 323i - 2.5 L M52B25 T, 170 hp (127 kW)
    • 1999-2001 328i - 2.8 L M52B28 T, 193 hp (144 kW)
    • 2001-2005 325i - 2.5 L M54B25, 184 hp (137 kW)
    • 2001-2005 330i - 3.0 L M54B30, 225 hp (168 kW)
    • 2003-2005 330i ZHP - 3.0 L M54B30, 235 hp (173 kW)
    • 2001-2005 M3 - 3.2 L S54B32, 333 hp (248 kW)

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  • 1998-2001 320d - 1951 cc, 136 hp (100 kW)
  • 2001-2006 320d - 1995 cc, 150 hp (110 kW)
  • 1998-2003 330d - 2926 cc, 184 hp (135 kW)
  • 2003-2006 330d - 2993 cc, 204 hp (150 kW)

E90

E90
E90 3-Series
Production 2005–present
Body style(s) 2-door coupe
2-door convertible
4-door sedan
4-door station wagon
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / all-wheel drive
Platform BMW E90
Engine(s) 2.5 L 184 hp (137 kW) I6

3.0 L 215 hp (160 kW) I6
3.0 L 230 hp (172 kW) I6
3.0 L 255 hp (190 kW) I6
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3.0 L 300 hp (220 kW) I6
Transmission(s) 5-speed automatic

5-speed manual
6-speed automatic
The straight-6 (also inline 6, I-6, or I6) is an internal combustion engine with six cylinders aligned in a single row. ... “Gearbox” redirects here. ...

6-speed manual
Wheelbase 108.7 in (2761 mm)
Length Wagon: 178.2 in (4526 mm)
Convertible: 180.6 in (4587 mm)
Coupe: 180.3 in (4580 mm)
Sedan: 178.2 in (4526 mm)
Width Wagon: 71.5 in (1816 mm)
Convertible & Coupe: 70.2 in (1783 mm)
Height Wagon: 57.3 in (1455 mm)
Convertible: 54.5 in (1384 mm)
328i Coupe: 54.1 in (1374 mm)
328xi Coupe: 54.9 in (1394 mm)
335i Coupe: 54.2 in (1377 mm)
i Sedan: 55.9 in (1420 mm)
xi Sedan: 56.1 in (1425 mm)
Fuel capacity 16.6 US gal
Related BMW M3
BMW X3
Main article: BMW E90

The E90 is the new body style available from MY2006 to present, and is available as the sport sedan (E90), sport wagon (E91), sport coupe (E92), and sport coupe convertible (E93). The E90 series is completely re-engineered from the E46, including changes to motor choices, transmission, the passenger compartment comfort, suspension technology, as well as a host of High-Tech features and options. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The BMW M3 is a high performance version of the popular compact BMW 3-Series automobile, made by BMW M. M3 models have been derived from the E30, E36, E46 and E92 3-series. ... The BMW X3 is a compact luxury crossover SUV (though BMW advertises it as an SAV, or Sport Activity Vehicle) produced by the German automaker BMW. It is based on the BMW 3-Series automobile platform. ... The BMW E90 automobile platform is the fifth generation of the BMW 3 Series range of entry-level luxury/compact executive cars. ...


Currently, four engine options are offered, two being part of the new 'N' series of BMW inline engines featuring a host of new technologies. Technological innovations such as lightweight magnesium/aluminum construction, electric water pump, Valvetronic (steplessly variable valve timing), and Double-VANOS variable valve timing all contribute to produce a lighter and more powerful motor than its predecessor, but yield a 15% increase in fuel economy. The E90 also marks BMW's return to Turbo Technology with the introduction of the E92 coupe. The N54 engine produces 300 bhp (220 kW) and 300 ft·lbf (410 N·m) torque.


The E90 series also marks another first for BMW -- a retractable hard top convertible.


Note: For the US market, the MY 2006 325i and 330i are both powered by the same 3.0 L N52 engine, but the 330i features revised engine software and improved intake and exhaust systems to produce an additional 40 hp (255 vs. 215). MY2007 marks a motor change to increase the power from the motors, therefore a change to the badging of the vehicles. Canada also gets a 323i model which has a detuned 2.5 L gasoline-injected inline-six producing 200 hp (149 kW). The new 335i uses a twin-turbo powerplant, also seen on the 5 series models.


The 3-Series is manufactured at plants in South Africa and Germany.


Models:

  • 2005- 316i - 1.6 L gasoline inline-four, 115 hp (85 kW)
    • 1.6L DOHC engine 0-100 km/h: 10.9 sec., top speed: 196 km/h MT
  • 2005- 318i - 2.0 L gasoline inline-four, 129 hp (95 kW)
  • 2005- 318d - 2.0 L diesel inline-four, 122 hp (90 kW)
  • 2005- 320i - 2.0 L gasoline inline-four, 150 hp (110 kW)
  • 2006 320si - 2.0 L gasoline inline-four, 173 hp (126 kW). Limited production (2600 units worldwide).
  • 2005- 320d - 2.0 L diesel inline-four, 163 hp (120 kW)
  • 2006- 323i - 2.5 L (Canada, S Africa), gasoline inline-six, 174 hp (128 kW)
  • 2006- 325i - 2.5 L gasoline inline-six 218 hp (160 kW)
  • 2006- 330i - 3.0 L gasoline inline-six, 258 hp (190 kW)
  • 2006- 325d - 3.0 L diesel inline-six, 197 hp (147 kW)
  • 2006- 330d - 3.0 L diesel inline-six, 231 hp (170 kW)
  • 2006- 335d - 3.0 L twin-turbo diesel inline-six, 286 hp (213 kW)
  • 2007- 328i coupe - 3.0 L gasoline inline-six, 230 hp (169 kW) (271 N•m)
  • 2007- 328xi coupe - 3.0 L gasoline inline-six, 230 hp (169 kW) (271 N•m)
  • 2007- 335i coupe - 3.0 L twin-turbo gasoline inline-six, 306 hp (225 kW) and (400 Nm) 300 ft·lbf (410 N·m)
  • 2007- 328i sedan - 3.0 L gasoline inline-six, 230 hp (169 kW) (271 N•m)
  • 2007- 328xi sedan - 3.0 L gasoline inline-six, 230 hp (169 kW) (271 N•m)
  • 2007- 328xi touring - 3.0 L gasoline inline-six, 230 hp (169 kW) (271 N•m)
  • 2007- 328i sportwagon - 3.0 L gasoline inline-six, 230 hp (169 kW) (271 N•m)
  • 2007- 328i Hardtop Cabriolet - 3.0 L gasoline inline-six, 230 hp (169 kW) (271 N•m)
  • 2007- 335i sedan - 3.0 L twin-turbo gasoline inline-six, 306 hp (225 kW) and (400 Nm) 300 ft·lbf (410 N·m)
  • 2007- 335xi sedan - 3.0 L twin-turbo gasoline inline-six, 306 hp (225 kW) and (400 Nm) 300 ft·lbf (410 N·m)
  • 2007- 335i Hardtop Cabriolet - 3.0 L twin-turbo gasoline inline-six, 306 hp (225 kW) and (400 Nm) 300 ft·lbf (410 N·m)
  • 2008- M3 coupe and sedan

In US: A double overhead cam (also called a dual overhead cam, DOHC, or twincam) engine is a type of internal combustion engine where the camshafts that operate the intake and exhaust valves are mounted above the cylinders, and where there are separate camshafts for inlet and exhaust valves. ... The BMW M3 is a high performance version of the popular compact BMW 3-Series automobile, made by BMW M. M3 models have been derived from the E30, E36, E46 and E92 3-series. ...

  • 2006 325i - 3.0 L I6, 215 hp (160 kW). Sedan Only.
  • 2006 325xi - 3.0 L I6, 215 hp (160 kW). Sedan and Sport Wagon available.
  • 2006 330i - 3.0 L I6, 255 hp (190 kW). Sedan Only.
  • 2006 330xi - 3.0 L I6, 255 hp (190 kW). Sedan Only.
  • 2007- 328i - 3.0 L I6, 230 hp (172 kW). Sedan, Sport Wagon, Coupe, and Convertible available.
  • 2007- 328xi - 3.0 L I6, 230 hp (172 kW). Sedan, Sport Wagon, and Coupe available.
  • 2007- 335i - 3.0 L I6, 300 hp (220 kW). Sedan, Coupe and Convertible available.
  • 2008- 335xi - 3.0 L I6, 300 hp (220 kW). Sedan and Coupe available.
  • 2008- M3 - 4.0 L V8, 414 hp (309 kW). Coupe
  • 2009- M3 - 4.0 L V8, 414 hp (309 kW). Convertible
  • 2009- M3 - 4.0 L V8, 414 hp (309 kW). Sedan

Awards

The 3 Series has been on Car and Driver magazine's annual Ten Best list 17 times, from 1992 through 2008, making it the longest running entry in the list [2]. The E90 was named "Best New Sports Sedan" in the 2006 Canadian Car of the Year awards. Also, it was awarded the World Car of the Year at the New York Auto Show in 2006. Cover of Car and Driver from age of psychedelic lettering Car and Driver is an American automotive enthusiast magazine. ... Main article: Car and Driver Car and Driver magazine annually nominates a list of what it considers the Ten Best cars and Five Best trucks. ... Canadian Car of the Year winners, as chosen by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada: // 1987 Car of the Year Pontiac Bonneville 1988 Car of the Year Lincoln Continental 1989 Car of the Year Ford Taurus SHO 1990 Car of the Year Nissan 300ZX 1991 Car of the Year Lexus... The World Car of the Year (WCOTY) (French: Prix mondial de la Voiture de l’année) is an automobile award selected by a jury of 48 international automotive journalists from 22 countries. ... The New York International Auto Show is an annual auto show held in the last week of March. ...


Racing

The E36 320d won the 24 Hours Nürburgring in 1998.


The E46 3-Series is the car that won Andy Priaulx and BMW Team UK the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) in 2005. The E90 3-series repeated this feat in 2006. This is a highly advertised achievement of BMW. The WTCC is one of the FIA's three World Championships (along with Formula One and the World Rally Championship). The 3-Series' rear-wheel drive layout and its proven dynamics have both been attributed to its victory, though in Touring Car Racing, as almost every other motor sport, much of the skill is with the driver and their team tactics. Andrew Priaulx (born Guernsey, 8 August 1976) is a racing driver. ... The World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) is an international Touring Car championship organized by the FIA. The first WTCC, which was open to Group A Touring Cars, was held in 1987 concurrent to the long-running European Touring Car Championship (ETCC). ... The 2005 World Touring Car Championship season was the 2nd World Touring Car Championship season. ... The Fédération Internationale de lAutomobile, commonly referred to as the FIA, is a non-profit association established on June 20, 1904 to represent the interest of motoring organisations and motor car users. ... F1 redirects here. ... The World Rally Championship (WRC) is a rallying series organised by the FIA, culminating with a champion driver and manufacturer. ... Rear-wheel drive (or RWD for short) is an engine/transmission layout used in automobiles. ... Touring car racing is a general term for a number of distinct auto racing competitions in heavily-modified street cars. ...

Most of the time, the 3-Series cars in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) and other touring car championships have been penalised for being rear wheel drive and thus having better grip. In midway of 2002 European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) season, FIA decided to make new rules to compensate front-wheel drive layouted car and added extra 15 kg ballast to front-wheel drive cars (Alfa Romeo 156) and rear-wheel drive cars (BMW) was reduced 15 kg. The 320si has been penalised in the WTCC for this reason to keep the sport competitive with the rest of the grid (Ford Focus, Chevrolet Lacetti, SEAT Leon, Alfa Romeo 156) being front-wheel drive. Despite these ballast weight penalties, the 320si's of the British, German and Italian/Spanish teams continually win races and points with their skilled drivers. Today the WTCC series has a rolling start to eliminate the better grip that rear-wheel drive cars have in starts. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2288x1613, 367 KB) Information File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Auto racing World Touring Car Championship ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2288x1613, 367 KB) Information File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Auto racing World Touring Car Championship ... Andrew Priaulx (born Guernsey, 8 August 1976) is a racing driver. ... Andy Priaulx leads the WTCC field during race 10 of the 2006 season The 2006 World Touring Car Championship season was the 3rd World Touring Car Championship season. ... The British Touring Car Championship is a touring car racing series held each year in the United Kingdom and Ireland. ... The European Touring Car Championship was an international touring car racing series organized by the FIA. It had two incarnations, the first one between 1963 and 1988, and the second between 2000 and 2004. ... Front-wheel drive is the most common form of engine/transmission layout used in modern passenger cars, where the engine drives the front wheels. ... The Alfa Romeo 156 (known internally as the type 932) is a compact executive car introduced by Italian automaker Alfa Romeo at the 1997 Frankfurt Motor Show[2]as the replacement for the 155. ... Ford Focus is the name of a series of compact/small family cars made by the Ford Motor Company and sold in most Ford markets worldwide. ... 2004 Daewoo Lacetti The Chevrolet Lacetti is a compact 5-door hatchback made by South Korean GM Daewoo. ... The SEAT León is a model of car manufactured by the Volkswagen Group and sold under the SEAT brand. ... The Alfa Romeo 156 (known internally as the type 932) is a compact executive car introduced by Italian automaker Alfa Romeo at the 1997 Frankfurt Motor Show[2]as the replacement for the 155. ...


The BMW 3-Series is currently used in both the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge Touring Car Series and the Grand American Road Racing Series. In the final 2006 Grand Am standings, BMW finished second in the manufacturer's standings in both the Grand Sport and Street Tuner classes, and Turner Motorsport prepped E46 BMWs won the driver's and team championships.


Notes

  1. ^ a b Investor Relations/Annual Report 2005. bmwgroup.com. Retrieved on 2007-07-27.
  2. ^ Best-Selling Luxury Cars 2005. forbes.com. Retrieved on 2007-07-27.

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