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From its inception, the new BMW X3 has occupied the top slot among the competition by virtue of its compelling driving pleasure, convincing versatility and commanding presence anchored in high-calibre design and no-compromise premium quality.
Now this successful Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) is about to extend its lead even further on the efficiency front. Autumn 2011 will see additions to the model range in the shape of the BMW X3 xDrive20i and the BMW X3 xDrive35d. All-new engines featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology endow both models with a further optimised performance to fuel consumption ratio. Added to which, the BMW X3 exudes even more appeal thanks to a fine-tuned range of standard equipment and special options.
At its introduction, the X3 offered something no one else could—a luxury-compact with the versatility and all-road capability of a sport-utility, combined with the quality, performance and handling of a BMW.
Compared to the large domestic and Japanese sport-utility vehicles then dominating the market, the X3 offered a smaller, more nimble, yet in many ways equally versatile alternative.
The X3 also introduced drivers to xDrive, BMW’s “intelligent” all-wheel-drive system that offers near-instantaneous torque apportioning with changing road conditions. Many competitors have since entered the segment pioneered by the BMW X3 but none have been able to match the dynamic handling and performance that mark this Sports Activity Vehicle® as an authentic BMW.
Munich, 06/20/2008 -- For the second time in succession, the BMW 5 Series seizes first place in the J.D. Power study "Customer Satisfaction Index" (CSI) in the luxury vehicle segment. Moreover, the independent study on car customer satisfaction in Germany puts the 2008 BMW X3 in first position in the off-road category. In addition to this double success achieved by current models, BMW was able to win the brand ranking in vehicle quality and desirability. With this result, the premium car manufacturer once again underlines the exceptional status both its products and the BMW brand enjoys amongst German automobile purchasers.
Capacity will increase to 240,000 vehicles by 2012
Spartanburg, USA, 03/10/2008 -- The BMW Group is investing US$ 750 million in an expansion of its Spartanburg plant. The move will raise production capacity from 160,000 to 240,000 units by 2012 and boost the company's total investment in the plant to US$ 4.2 billion. The plant will grow in size by 140,000 m² - or 60 per cent - to 370,000 m², and 500 new jobs will be created on site.
The expansion will also lead to a hike in purchase and export volumes into and out of the NAFTA region, which will contribute considerably to the BMW Group's natural hedging strategy.
The Volkswagen Touareg clinches the number-two ranking among luxury off-roaders
Wolfsburg, 20 February 2008 - The readers of OFF ROAD, a German trade journal, have given the SUV of the Year prize to the Volkswagen Tiguan. Attracting 17.4 % of the votes, the VW Tiguan emerged as the readers’ choice among the 20 nominated vehicles, ahead of its second and third-placed rivals the BMW X3 and the Land Rover Freelander. In the exceptionally prestigious category of Luxury Off-Roaders, the Volkswagen Touareg won the number-two ranking amidst a field of eleven rivals for the award in this category.
Index Monitors Most Popular Lease Vehicles in America
MIAMI, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- LeaseTrader.com, the company that helps consumers facilitate car lease transfers, announces its monthly Index for November, with the BMW 3 Series topping the list of America's most preferred leased vehicle.
The BMW 3 Series offers excellent luxury and space while delivering a quiet and comfortable driving experience. The car is among BMW's best all-time selling models because of its combination of power, agility, luxury and high performance. Starting with the 3 Series, BMW continues to set the standard for upscale high performance luxury vehicles catering to people who think driving should be an exciting experience.
AURORA, ON, Dec. 7, 2007 /PRNewswire - FirstCall/ -- Magna International Inc. (TSX: MG.A, NYSE: MGA) confirmed that, as announced by BMW Group earlier this week, its Magna Steyr unit will be responsible for serial development and production of the MINI Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV). At current exchange rates, Magna expects its annualized sales associated with the program to be in excess of US $1 billion, once the program reaches full production. The MINI SAV will be the second new vehicle program produced by Magna Steyr for BMW Group. Magna Steyr has been the sole production source of the BMW X3 since the launch of the vehicle in 2003, and expects to continue to produce the BMW X3 until the end of the current vehicle program.
Vehicles Bestowed Highest Rating of "Good" for Frontal Offset, Side Impact and Rear Crash Protection Performance
Woodcliff Lake, NJ - November 15, 2007-- BMW of North America today announced that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded the 2008 BMW X3 and X5 the top rating of "Good" in each of its series of crash tests, earning both vehicles the Institute's coveted TOP SAFETY PICK Award.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – At its introduction, the X3 offered something no one else could—a luxury-compact with the versatility and all-road capability of a sport-utility, combined with the quality, performance and handling of a BMW. Compared to the large domestic and Japanese sport-utility vehicles then dominating the market, the X3 offered a smaller, more nimble, yet in many ways equally versatile alternative.
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