In the fall of 2013, BMW separated their 3 Series sedan, coupe and convertibles by creating a new family of cars: the 4 Series. The newly formed lineup now hosts the coupe, convertible and Gran Coupe models, while the 3 Series retains the sedan and touring variants. A long wheelbase sedan (F35) sold in China is also part of the 3 Series pack.

Since the 4 Series Convertible and 4 Series Gran Coupe only launched in Spring 2014, the sales figures are a bit skewed at the moment, but nonetheless interesting to see.

In 2015, the German market accounted for 473,366 3 Series sales, while the 4 Series sold to 110,838 customers. Within their respective series, the BMW 3 Series Sedan’s sales are 270,549 while the BMW 4 Series Coupe has 58,430 units sold last year. Despite a short lifecycle, the F36 4 Series Gran Coupe accounted for 4 percent of overall 3 and 4 Series sales, and 21 percent of sales within the 4 Series family. This value is almost twice as high in the period July to December.

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The cabriolet accounts for 27 percent while the coupe sales clocks in at 53 percent.

Although the 3 and 4 Series represent a total of seven body styles, about half of the customers chose the BMW F30 3 Series sedan.

Niche models for BMW are starting to slowly pay off and we might see future spin-offs in other series as well.

[Source: Bimmertoday]