The generation game - 3 Series through decades
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.