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Innovative Design For Those Who Are Driven

BMW will tell you it isn’t so, but the new 3 Series is the start of a softening of Chris Bangle’s most angular design language. The car you see is not an evolution of an existing car but a ground up model, an energetic attempt to re-invent the most popular BMW model with unarguably good looks that match its top class driving dynamics.

The first thing you notice is that the car has dropped the current teardrop headlamps and done away with the aircraft carrier trunk lid. Next to go are the cut lines and the aggressive mix of concave and convex panels. It’s still recognizably a BMW though. The big news underneath is the new multitude independent suspension (borrowed from the 5 series) is designed to combine unrivalled ride comfort, with taut handling. On top of that you can expect Dynamic Drive (that’s adjustable anti-roll bars), Active Steering(TM), and a four wheel drive system as options. The fifth generation BMW 3 Series superstar shines brighter than the predecessor with a torque loving, direct injection, and environmentally conscious engine. (Don’t rule out a hybrid just yet – by 2009 BMW’s partnership with DaimlerChrysler and GM will have born a fruit, enabling the Germans to catch up with Lexus.) Additionally, the new 3 Series features increased passenger room and enhanced safety features.

Step inside the cabin of the 2006 BMW 3 Series, you’ll find the interior has an instinctive feel to it; every switch and readout is ergonomically placed for a reason, where you will look for it. The surrounding materials are made from high quality wood, leather and plastics enhancing the appeal of this sports machine. The seats offer ample support to the lower back and thigh while enhancing the body’s disposition for spirited driving. And the intuitively placed center display rewards the enthusiast spirit by enabling the driver to easily read every dial and be in touch with the engine.

Turn the key and put the car in gear, you’ll find the car engineered to move. The smooth delivery of speed is exhilarating. The engine pulls like a conditioned sprinter all the way up to its 6800 redline. The real joy is experiencing the sound of the engine. The loud, visceral scream is clean and mechanical, distinct from any muffler or aftermarket accessory. Additionally, the optional Active Steering(TM) reduces steering inputs at high speed and increases inputs at low speeds, enhancing the overall tactile responsiveness of the car. The 2006 BMW 3 Series features the first magnesium block engine to reduce engine weight. The new inline six-cylinder produces 215 horsepower in the 325; and 255 horsepower in the 330i. Linear velocity is smooth due to BMW’s revolutionary Valvetronic(TM) system that helps the engine breathe more efficiently even at low RPMs. To experience more fully, simply find an open road and press the accelerator.

In terms of handling and cornering, the 2006 BMW 3 Series also features a perfect 50:50 front to rear weight distribution, making it extremely responsive in turns and at the limits. The rear wheels provide the thrust while the front steers the vehicle with exceptional feedback. The new suspension with double-joint aluminum control arms in front and a five-link fully independent system in the rear is borrowed from the larger 5 Series. Additionally, the new 3 Series also features BMW’s most sophisticated Dynamic Stability Control(TM) with more sensors to monitor and enhance the ride.

For those of you who prefer the stick shift, the 2006 BMW 3 Series transmission and gears have also been refined; a six speed manual, an optional six speed automatic, or the six speed electro-hydraulic Sequential Manual Gearbox(TM) (SMG) are three very promising choices. The SMG is a manual with no clutch pedal, a welcome relief for the enthusiast drivers who prefers sporty shifting but dislikes using the clutch in toe-to toe traffic.

Additionally, the 2006 3 Series builds on BMW’s lineage on passive and active safety by adding advanced, intelligent safety systems. The passive safety begins with BMW’s rigid “safety cage” that surrounds the occupant with deformable energy absorbing tubes. In case of an extreme crash, impact energy is absorbed and routed around the passenger cabin. Sensors throughout the car measure crash severity and deploy airbags as needed. Six airbags are on hand to shield occupants from harm, two in front and the rest as part of the side curtain that protects from the A-pillar in front to the C-pillar at rear. All BMW 3s are also equipped with Dynamic Brake Control(TM) which is designed to help you stop more quickly during emergency braking. Brake sensors determine how forcefully you step on the brake pedal and apply maximum braking power to stop the car if needed.

As BMW’s most successful model, the 3 Series was first introduced in 1977, and now accounts for 40 percent of all sales worldwide. Gradually, the car has formed a loyal following. To meet enthusiast driver’s individualistic needs, the 2006 3 Series is available in nine iterations: 325i sedan, 325xi sedan, 325Ci coupe, 325Ci convertible, 325xi sports wagon, 330i sedan, 330xi sedan, 330Ci coupe and the 330Ci convertible, with MSRP ranging from $30,900 to $44,900. Although not available as a Hybrid yet, the 2006 BMW 3 Series averages 20 mpg city, 30 mpg highway to successfully reinvent a top automotive performer.

Used Cars in Germany

Germany is one of the best car manufacturer countries besides Japan, Italy, France, U.K and USA. There are a lot of common names such as Audi, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Volkswagen, Opel and Porsche. The history of German Automobiles began in 1870 when Karl Benz and his colleague Nikolaus Otto set to start to make some experiment for car engines and the design of the vehicle that being the origin of modern cars.

Nevertheless, the German automotive industry has experienced the decline period when the “Great Depression” occurred during the late 1920s and early 1930s. And that was the saddest day for the history of the automotive world in Germany. After the “Great Depression” ended, only about a dozen German car manufacturers that survived. Ford Cologne factory, Opel and Daimler Benz were the small group which survived, and also Horch, Dampf Kraft Wagen, Audi and Wanderer.

To raise the living standards of German citizens, the Nazi Party that was in charge at that time made policy on transport in order to the Nazi party gained a good reputation from the German citizens that called Motorisierung. This policy took over the Volkswagen car company to made cheap cars and affordable for all social groups in Germany but did not reduce the quality of its vehicle.

Approximately, six million new cars produced each year in Germany, meanwhile about 4.9 million vehicles produced each year by the German brands abroad. In last decades, Japan car manufacturers such as Toyota, Nissan and Mitsubishi always being a strong contender for the German automakers. One reason why Japan cars are being a strong contender for German automakers is because of the price relatively cheap than European or the U.S brands.

If you are looking for quality and prestige but you don’t have enough budgets to buy a new one, buying used cars Germany is the right option for you. There are a lot of options to choose used cars Germany from various brands, such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes Benz.

Here are the good choices for you to buy used cars Germany from the three most popular German automakers:

Mercedes Benz

Being a pioneer in the modern automotive world, Mercedes-Benz is the most famous product brand than other German automakers. For example, there are two Mercedes-Benz products that are affordable and have good quality:

  • Mercedes Benz R-Class is an SUV with various combination concepts between the luxury of minivan and SUV. The R350 powered by V6 3500cc engine while R500 Series powered by V8 5000cc engine. Mercedes Benz R-Class equipped with many features such as safety, multimedia and comfort.
  • Mercedes Benz M-Class is one of the most wonderful and deluxe SUVs ever in the world. And it became “Best New Sport Utility Vehicle” in the 2006 Canadian Car of the Year awards. This car powered by 3500 cc 3.5 liters V6 front engine with 92.9 mm bore, 10.7 compression ratio, 86.0 mm stroke, double overhead cam, four valves per cylinder and variable valve timing/camshaft. This car also equipped by stability control and Blue Tec diesel technology.

BMW

Founded in 1916 with the name; Bavarian Motor Works (BMW). Over the years, BMW is well known as one of the best car and motorcycle manufacturers in the world. There are two BMW products that are affordable yet have good quality:

  • BMW 125i Convertible is a mini sedan car that has good performance of speed and handling. It becomes the king of convertible mini sedan. This car powered by 2996cc V6 front engine.
  • BMW X3 is a compact luxury SUV with very good performance because this car uses four-wheel drive (4WD) that allows you to use it in many different roads. Since 2006, BMW X3 used in Dakar Rally competition. This car powered by 3001cc V6 with twin turbo charged diesel engine.

Audi

Audi is also well known as one of the top reputation saloon car manufacturers. The four rings logo symbolized as four car manufacturers merged; DKW, the Audi, Horch and Wanderer. There are two Audi products that are affordable and have good quality as well:

  • Audi A4 is an innovative car for longer use with great design and engine. It’s the winner of “Golden Steering Wheel” award in 2008 as the best vehicle in its class. This car powered by 3196cc V6 front wheel drive.
  • Audi TT is the car with exciting appearance, both design and interior. This car powered by 1999cc 4 cylinder engine, and four-wheel drive (4WD). Maybe this car is the best in selecting used cars Germany, because Audi TT has been honored with a lot of awards; Car of the Year 2006, Drive Car of the Year 2006, Coupe of the Year 2006, World Design Car of the Year 2007andAutobild Most Beautiful Car2007 as well as being a finalist for World Car of the Year.

BMW Provides Excellence

The Bavarian Motor Works company is headquartered in Munich, Germany and represents German engineering at its finest. BMW is the parent company of Rolls Royce and is the owner of the MINI brand. Since the company’s inception in 1916, the company has been a standard bearer for luxury and performance, a tradition that has carried through two world wars, the present and promises to carry on into the future.

British Motor Works began this storied history with the production of aircraft engines rather than car engines. The first noteworthy engine produced was the BMW IIIa inline-6 aviation engine. The success of this engine late in World War 1 along with significant advances made in a number of other prototype inline-6 engines is said to have influenced the design logo for BMW. The circular blue and white BMW logo is said portray the movement of an airplane propeller, to signify the white blades cutting through the blue sky. It was officially adopted by BMW in 1929. Whatever the significance on the logo, after World War 1, the Versailles Armistice Treaty was enacted and BMW was forced to cease production of aircraft motors. They turned instead to production of motorcycles and car engines. The thirties brought a new era to Germany and rearmament began in earnest. The treaty was dissolved and BMW began producing aircraft for the Luftwaffe. Several successful aircraft engine designs were produced by BMW during World War 2 including the BMW 801 air cooled radial engine and the revolutionary 003 axial flow turbo jet.

Although BMW had gone back to producing aircraft engines, it never completely dropped the motorcycle and car engine line. By 1959, they were beginning to experience financial difficulties and was contemplating halting production of car engines altogether. A last ditch attempt to salvage the automotive was decided upon, and the decision was made to explore the economy car market. The venture enjoyed enough success to put the manufacturer back on its feet.

Gradually BMW began to move toward the luxury car market and by 1980 its success in the arena had been established. BMW had established itself as a car manufacturer known for high end quality, as well as indulgence and was now a solid rival to its chief competitor, Mercedes-Benz.

BMW acquired the Rover brand in 1994 in order to compete in the SUV market; however it was unable to make any progress in halting the sliding sales of the Rover. BMW broke up the Rover Company and sold the MG division to a Phoenix consortium while Ford acquired the Rover label.

BMW retained the rights to the classic mini and subsequently began a redesign of the car. The new MINI, spelled with all capital letters to distinguish it from the classic mini, was introduced in 2001 and was an instant success. The popularity of the MINI in the United States shows that BMW has the ability and vision to move outside the boundaries of current car production and promises to introduce some of the most exciting cars seen to date. As the company prepares to celebrate its centennial anniversary, one can only imagine what it may think of next.