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      01-20-2012, 11:43 AM   #1
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2012 3 Series (F30) and X3 Win Best in Segment in What Car? 2012 Awards
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The new BMW 3 Series Saloon retains the title What Car? ‘Best Compact Executive Car’ 2012 for seventh year.

12.01.2012

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The new BMW 3 Series Saloon has lived up to the legacy of its predecessor having been crowned What Car? ‘Best Compact Executive Car’ 2012, for the seventh consecutive year with the 320d SE.

The BMW 3 Series Saloon reigned supreme in the Compact Executive category, recognised for remaining ahead of the competition in every way. With its EfficientDynamics package making this ‘3’ the most economical car in its class it appeals to both business and retail customers. However, it was not just the BMW 3 Series’ outstanding economy that stood out for the judges; it was commended for being smooth and refined whilst still offering that sheer driving pleasure.

Chas Hallett, What Car? editor-in-chief, said: “The new BMW 3 Series is great to drive, with sharp steering and a well judged chassis. But the biggest gains are in efficiency; it delivers 60mpg and CO2 emissions so low that it falls into the cheapest 13 per cent company car tax band for diesels. It’s a convincing winner of our Executive Car of the Year award.”

Tim Abbott, Managing Director of BMW UK, said: “It is a testament to the quality and refinement of the BMW 3 Series to win this prestigious award for seven consecutive years. To have this consistent recognition, across the generations, for all of the hard work that goes into producing BMW’s core model is a great honour.”

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Continuing the success of the ‘3’, the BMW X3 took home the accolade of What Car? ‘Best SUV’ 2012 having fought off stiff opposition in a very competitive sector. The BMW X3 xDrive20d was awarded the top honour in recognition of its exceptional blend of efficiency, practicality and quality. While CO2 emissions of just 147g/km and a combined consumption of 50.4mpg ensure that running costs are kept to a minimum.

Chas Hallett, What Car? editor-in-chief, said: “There’s more competition than ever among SUVs, but the BMW X3 wins the category award by offering lots of space, excellent fuel efficiency and a beautifully finished cabin. It’s a great family car, really – and its running costs are around those of a regular hatchback.”

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      01-20-2012, 01:33 PM   #3
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I want 4cyl Diesel here in US. Now!
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ummmmmmmmmmmmm Y AM I SEEING NAVIGATION ON THE 6.5" SCREEN??? WHAT THE ........???????
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Now, if people would just get over the bumpers and slight design intricacies, maybe we can all stop missing the forest for the trees.
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ummmmmmmmmmmmm Y AM I SEEING NAVIGATION ON THE 6.5" SCREEN??? WHAT THE ........???????
Note, this is a video from UK....

Other regions have option for what is called "Business Nav" without a screen upgrade that is cheaper than the "Professional Nav" that comes with the 8.8" screen.

In the US, we only get the Professional Nav.
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I do wish they went into more detail about the handling, response, etc. though.
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Almost perfect. If they had just made the nose a little meaner looking.
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Am I the only one who thinks it's funny for a "Car of the year 2012" to be announced in... JANUARY of 2012?

When you see movie previews in Janauary and they say it's been named one of the best movies of 2012, well shit, it's only JANUARY.
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Am I the only one who thinks it's funny for a "Car of the year 2012" to be announced in... JANUARY of 2012?

When you see movie previews in Janauary and they say it's been named one of the best movies of 2012, well shit, it's only JANUARY.
"2012" Awards, as in 2012 models.
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not liking the car so far.... merc C and to some degreeaudi A4 look more aggresive and stylish.... looks like BMW hired designers from USA - the same guys who were desiging roud looking american cars in the 90
in feb will go see it at my dealer, pehaps it will change my opinion....
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Hmm

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Top spot yet again, can't say how much they deserve this, well done!!!!
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The new 3 series is so nice on the outside but wow BMW dropped the bucket on the inside looks so cheap and so not refined kinda makes me sad
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