BMW releases a new commercial of the top seller 3 Series. Featured on the Travel Channel, among other stations, the new 3 Series video features the 2011 models, including the facelifted 3 Series Coupe and Convertible.
Successor to the BMW New Class, the 3 Series has been produced in five different generations and in no less than five different body styles. It is BMW’s best selling automobile and it first appeared in 1975.
The first model, E21, was produced from May 2, 1975 (1977 in the USA) through 1983. Originally a replacement for the BMW 2002, the first 3-Series was a two-door sedan model only. A factory authorized cabrio version was also built by Baur. The series was superseded by the BMW E30 platform.
The E90 is the currently available generation, which debuted as a sedan (E90) and wagon (E91) for the 2006 model year, coupe (E92) and cabriolet (E93) for the 2007 model year. It is completely re-engineered from the E46, including changes to engine.
The 3 Series has been on Car and Driver magazine’s annual Ten Best list 19 times, from 1992 through 2010, making it the longest running entry in the list. 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. BMW emerged as the brand winner at the International Engine of the Year Awards for 2007 with its award in the 2.5 to 3.0 liter segment won by the 3.0 litre twin turbo engine, which is found in the BMW 335i.