Facelifted BMW 3-Series debuts

By AFP | 8 May 2015

MUNICH: German carmaker BMW's most popular model has received a subtle exterior nip and a tuck but a serious internal update for 2015.

The new sedan and estate car has been tweaked to look lower, wider and more dynamic - thanks to new bumpers and headlights.

The chassis and suspension system have also received some serious attention so that the car remains fun to drive, even in the face of increasing competition from the like of Jaguar.

BMW 3 series 2015 (3)

The most noticeable change for 2015 however, will be found under the owner's right foot.

That's because each of the three- four- and six-cylinder gas and four-cylinder diesel engines offered for the new car are new powerplants, with new levels of performance or efficiency, depending on whether economy or excitement is at the top of your list.

BMW said Wednesday it was confident about the outlook for 2015 after getting off to a good start in the first three months.

“The BMW group continued to perform well during the first three months of 2015, with sales volume, revenues, profits all rising to new highs,” the automaker said in a statement.



BMW said it “reaffirms its targets for the full year. (We) can look ahead to the rest of the year with confidence.”
In the period from January to March, group revenues grew significantly by 14.7 percent to 20.917 billion euros ($23.5 billion). Underlying or operating profit rose by 20.6 percent to 2.521 billion euros and net profit came in at 1.516 billion euros, up 4.0 percent on the year.

Unit sales climbed by 8.1 percent to 526,669 units, “thus setting a new record for the period,” the statement said.
“We have got off to a good start in 2015,” said chief executive Norbert Reithofer. “We are aiming to achieve solid growth in 2015, and hence new record figures for sales volume and profit before tax,” he said.

Economic conditions in some regions “will, however, continue to pose challenges. The situation on the Russian automobile market, for instance, is likely to remain difficult. The ongoing process of normalisation of the Chinese automobile market is also likely to continue, resulting in less dynamic growth,” Reithofer cautioned.