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      01-07-2012, 06:58 PM   #1
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First Look at BMW F30 Dominating the Display at 2012 Detroit Auto Show NAIAS

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BMW Press Release from earlier this month:

2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan to Premiere at The North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 9th

December 20, 2011

Additional Featured BMW Vehicles Include: 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (World Auto Show Premiere); 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 (North American Premiere) and The First Two BMW i Concept Vehicles – BMW i3 Concept and BMW i8 Concept

The newly-redesigned 2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan will make its World Auto Show Premiere at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday, January 9 at the BMW Stand from 11:40 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. at COBO Center, One Washington Boulevard Detroit, MI 48226. Also premiering in Detroit will be the BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (World Auto Show Premiere) and the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 (North American Premiere). Additionally, the automaker will showcase the first two concept cars from its visionary and sustainable new BMW i brand – the BMW i3 Concept, or Megacity Vehicle, and the BMW i8 Concept, which can be seen in its previous form as the Vision EfficientDynamics in the new film, “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” starring Tom Cruise.

The sixth generation BMW 3 Series Sedan will be the first BMW to be available in three lines: sport, luxury or modern, in addition to the base model, it features powerful styling meant to represent a fresh interpretation of traditional BMW design cues – with greater visual flair. The BMW 335i comes equipped with a muscular TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder engine, while the BMW 328i will feature a new TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder variant which offers both a dynamic driving experience and reduced fuel consumption. The all-new BMW 3 Series Sedan arrives in U.S. showrooms in February 2012.

The 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 is the world's first-ever full hybrid among the compact sports sedans of the premium segment. The 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 brings together BMW’s 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder engine, an electric drive system and an eight-speed automatic transmission for the first time. Both vehicles boast an exceptional balance of performance and fuel economy.

The first two vehicles from BMW’s new visionary and sustainable brand, BMW i – the fully electric BMW i3 Concept and the hybrid-electric BMW i8 Concept – will be showcased in Detroit. The BMW i3 and i8 Concept vehicles represent the first purpose-built electric and electric-hybrid vehicles to be made primarily of carbon fiber when they become available in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
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Good news: the front bumpers don't have the massive license place wart!
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Is that a base model there in silver? Do you guys think you could possibly take some pictures of it, and comment on the interior if you get a chance (does the silver trim seem cheap looking compared to the brushed aluminum in the sport line)?
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      01-07-2012, 09:45 PM   #4
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Good news: the front bumpers don't have the massive license place wart!
YES. I have been holding my breath ever since the first photos showed that plate bracket. I was still holding it even after the recent Bimmerpost thread that "confirmed" the bracket was a separate piece. I was worried that they might be wrong, and that the US bracket might just be a smaller US-plate-sized bracket that fit between the bumper "warts"... glad to see that is not the case.

BTW... welcome to the forums! (not that it means much since I am fairly new myself)
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m-sport bumper is a must, it looks awful without it!
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m-sport bumper is a must, it looks awful without it!
I disagree. The regular Sport Line bumper looks great to me. (That is NOT what's in that silver one in the center of the picture.).

I think the M Sport bumper looks horrible - it looks like a big mouth on the front of the car.
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      01-07-2012, 11:19 PM   #7
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I disagree. The regular Sport Line bumper looks great to me. (That is NOT what's in that silver one in the center of the picture.).

I think the M Sport bumper looks horrible - it looks like a big mouth on the front of the car.
The M-sport bumper looks a lot like the standard bumper on the e90
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Hmm...Feb 2012 would be the earliest we can see the F30 in person rather than photo/videos. Do you think your view on the F30 design will change once you get to see it for yourself? Or will it not change? I saw the F20 in photos and in person and it did'nt change a thing about my view on it (it looks ugly), but the F30 looks alright so far...in photos, will that hold up once I get to see it in person?
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m-sport bumper is a must, it looks awful without it!
I don't agree. it looks good with or without
Even without any bumper at all it looks fantastic !

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Sort of looks like a 7/8 size 5 series. For automatic drivers the new 8 speed transmission should be a big upgrade over the 6 peed, which was getting dated.
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Got tickets for opening day, I'll see if I can borrow a decent camera for some pics!
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Got tickets for opening day, I'll see if I can borrow a decent camera for some pics!
Lots of pics, please, and don't forget the interior. I'm heading up there next week. Thanks, man.
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What are those wheels on the silver one??? They are hideous! They look like they belong on a Kia or or low end Ford or GM model or ... instead of a Bimmer.

The only thing I can figure out is they must be the Style 393 wheels that are standard on the 328i and the photo just isn't that good, so the details of the wheel are all washed out (because the 393's are actually decent looking wheels in other pics).
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What are those wheels on the silver one??? They are hideous! They look like they belong on a Kia or or low end Ford or GM model or ... instead of a Bimmer.

The only thing I can figure out is they must be the Style 393 wheels that are standard on the 328i and the photo just isn't that good, so the details of the wheel are all washed out (because the 393's are actually decent looking wheels in other pics).
They do appear to be 393
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So if those are the base wheels, are these the non-package upgrade wheels? They look pretty nice.

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Got tickets for opening day, I'll see if I can borrow a decent camera for some pics!
Could you scan/post any of the press materials you are given? Also, if they have a US catalog (like the one we've seen here from the UK), it would be great if you could share.

I'm hoping bmwusa.com gets updated soon with things like owner's manuals and a configurator. I have an ED order in, but in many cases, I don't know what I ordered.

One other request: if you see a sport line in the new Glacier Silver, would you please snap photos of it and the interior? My order is Space Gray with black trim on the dash and black leather with red stitching. I'd prefer silver, but can't quite work out how it'd look with that interior combo.

Thanks!
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They do appear to be 393
Yeah, that's what I was pretty sure of, but was in a hurry earlier and didn't have time to look for pics. As I commented, those 393's look fine in the pics you attached where you can see the lines in them, etc. It's just in the OP picture where they look smooth and boring that they appeared so cheap and ugly
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So if those are the base wheels, are these the non-package upgrade wheels? They look pretty nice.
The ones on the white car look like 392 - base 17" wheels for Sport Line.
We won't see this in the US.
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The ones on the white car look like 392 - base 17" wheels for Sport Line.
We won't see this in the US.
Bummer. I just wish the bmwusa configurator would go live so we could see all the possible combinations.
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Bummer. I just wish the bmwusa configurator would go live so we could see all the possible combinations.
The ordering guide shows the combos we are limited to in the US.
328i Base (no Line) wheel is 393
335i Base (no Line) wheel is 396

Looks like the 19" 401 is only available on a 335i with a line.
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