The generation game - 3 Series through decades

05 December 2011 - 23:41 By Motor Mania

JULY 1975

BMW premiers its new two-door sedan. It quickly gained fans, thanks to its performance, agility and sporty look.

The cars were christened the 316, 318 and 320.

1982 - SECOND GENERATION

The convertible, four-door sedan, Touring and the legendary M3 are introduced.

The vehicles have a fresh look and emphasis is put on space.

BMW also introduce the first diesel engine to the range.

1990 - THIRD GENERATION

The introduction of the 3-Series Compact and new six-cylinder petrol and turbodiesel engines. A new M3 makes its appearance as does the new convertible. Also making their debut are the 318tds and 325tds.

1998 - FOURTH GENERATION

The 320d gave birth to the brand's first direct-injection diesel engine.

Wanting to reduce emissions and increase power, BMW introduce in 2001 VALVETRONIC ... technology that does exactly that.

The 3 Series coupe and convertible also come with a diesel engine.

2005 - FIFTH GENERATION

Emphasis is on EfficientDynamics - low fuel consumption and emissions.

The 335i comes with two turbochargers and Double-Vanos. By last year all the engines met the EU5 exhaust standard.

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