BMW Built Its 10 Millionth 3 Series Sedan
When it came time to replace the 2002 in 1970s, BMW probably didn’t have expectations of creating an automotive icon, much less an entire class of car that would still be relevant over 40 years later. Now, after starting production in 1975, BMW is celebrating the construction of its 10 millionth 3 Series sedan. BMW has now built a total of over 14 million 3 Series.
The 10-millionth 3 Series sedan was completed at BMW’s Munich plant, and is an Imperial Blue 320d. The Munich plant was originally built in 1922 and is the only plant that has produced all six generations of the 3 Series. The plant currently produces 1,000 cars per day, about half of which are 2016 BMW 3 Series.
“The success story of the BMW 3 Series started here in Plant Munich and is now reaching a very special highpoint here as well,” said BMW Munich plant director Hermann Bohrer. “The fact that this landmark vehicle was produced at our plant is a particular honor for us and makes me very proud indeed of my team.”
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Why it matters
Though the sedan wasn’t introduced until the second generation, it has become by far the best-selling of the 3 Series many body styles and a staple in BMW’s lineup. It’s meteoric rise in popularity brought about direct competitors, including the Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan and later the Audi A4.
It’s also proven to be an extraordinarily versatile platform. Between the many permutations created by its engine options and drivetrain configurations, the 3 Series sedan has served as an efficient daily driver, provided blinding performance in M3 form and even found racing success in the World Touring Car Championships.
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