BMW 3 Series Car InsuranceMarch 06, 2014
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BMW 3 Series: Fun Facts
- The BMW 3 Series was first manufactured in 1975.
- The 3 Series comes in five styles: sedan, coupe, convertible, wagon and the new hatchback Gran Turismo model.
- Car and Driver magazine has placed the 3 Series on its Ten Best list 22 times, from 1992 through 2012 — longer than any other car.
- The correct nickname for a BMW car is a “bimmer”; only the motorcycles are called “beemers.”
BMW 3 Series Safety Info
The BMW 3 Series is not just sporty; it’s safe. The 3 Series sedan was named a 2013 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Not only does the 3 Series include standard safety features such as anti-lock brakes and airbags, but it also includes an impact sensor that in a crash, disconnects the alternator, fuel pump and starter from the battery, then turns on hazard lights and interior lights and unlocks the doors. BMW says its vehicles surpass all governmental safety laws around the world. Its engineers are currently developing active safety technology that slows the car down before a crash occurs, instead of just reacting to the crash.
BMW stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke — bet you didn’t know that! — and was founded in Germany in 1916. The company began making cars in 1928. The BMW Group now encompasses three premium automobile brands: BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce. BMW of North America, LLC was established in the United States in 1975, with the introduction of the very first BMW 3 Series.
About the BMW 3 Series
When you think of BMW, you probably picture a 3 Series. It’s the very first model introduced in the United States, and today accounts for about 30 percent of BMW’s worldwide sales. The BMW 3 Series is an upscale, sporty midsize car renowned for its speed and handling. The line includes two high-performance sports cars: the M3 coupe and convertible.
BMW has been involved with racing since the 1930s, beginning with European motorcycle races like the 1939 Isle of Man TT. Today, purpose-built BMW cars participate in Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) racing — which some call “NASCAR with a German accent” — as well as the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). You can spot the 3 Series racing in various touring car series.
BMW Environmental Impact
Want a greener 3 Series with all of BMW’s legendary performance? In 2012, BMW introduced a hybrid version of the 3 Series sedan with an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway. BMW calls its hybrid 3 Series “a hybrid that looks, drives and acts like a sports car.” However, Car and Driver magazine, while calling it ” an extremely well-balanced sports sedan,” criticized the hybrid 3 Series’ performance. “We kept wondering who on earth wants a 335i that drives a bit like a Prius,” the test-drive review says. The starting price for the 2014 model of the ActiveHybrid 3 is just under $50,000.