You would have to live under a rock to be unfamiliar with the BMW 3 Series. The first 3 Series model was produced in 1975 and has become a pillar for the German automaker. Over the course of almost four decades, BMW has been producing its compact car for mass consumption all around the world. From 2000 to 2010, BMW sold more than 6.5 million vehicles across the globe and more than 1.2 million units in the United States alone.
In today’s installment of Video of the Day, we take a look back at all six generations produced by BMW. Throughout the years, the 3 Series has evolved with new features and styling tweaks but never deviating from its roots. The second generation 3 Series saw the addition of the M performance model, a rounder body, and the introduction of the iconic kidney grille. The 3 Series was also first available as a sedan and convertible back in 1983, and two years later ,an inline-6 diesel engine was added as an option. For the third generation, dubbed E36, the 3 Series received a new front-end and double headlights. The fourth generation E46 welcomed available all-wheel drive and better weight dispersement. The fifth gen E90 and sixth gen F30 models are rounder in appearance and BMW claims its latest rendition is more agile, sporty, dynamic–and fuel efficient–than ever.
Check out the video below to see the full history of the BMW 3 Series through the years as told by the German automaker itself. Do you have a favorite 3 Series generation or model? Both? Tell us in the comment section below.