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Old 01-09-2012, 07:32 AM
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Post Bimmerfest is Live from the North American International Auto Show! Live Updates!

BMW at the 2012 NAIAS

The North American International Auto Show is underway and we are live to bring you pictures and our take on everything happening in Detroit. The biggest stories for BMW enthusiasts involves the North American debut of the 2012 BMW 3 Series F30.

First Impressions

As in most cases, I definitely think the car looks better in person than it does in pictures. The lines are clean and there is just something about the way a new BMW shines under the lights at an auto show. The hood line is no where near the issue that people have been making it out to be and it certainly does not take away from the sleekness of the design.

2012 BMW F30 3 Series

The extended lights to the grill is probably going to take some getting used to -- I think it is a good, aggressive choice but it simply is not what I am used to when looking at a BMW.

2012 BMW F30 3 Series

Interior looks really good in person. I was particularly worried about the navigation screen looking "thrown in" but it works in this car better than in the E90 series. The steering wheel is a bit busy for my personal tastes but the trend has been to keep adding more buttons. The red highlighting in the sport line is a really nice touch -- not at all boy racer like you might have been worrying about.

2012 BMW F30 3 Series

Random thoughts include:
  • The doors seem to take more effort to close than in the previous generation.
  • Some of the plastic around the car lacks some fit and finish that I have come to expect. It isn't something you notice unless you are really looking but it is there.
  • Weight savings was not an after thought for the F30; this was evident as other car manufacturers were gawking over some specific instance in the engine bay.
  • Despite the increase in rear leg room, it doesn't account for taller individuals. With one of the front seats all the way back, you may have a difficult time fitting in the back.
  • Buttons. There are a lot of them if you optioned up the car. This is good in some ways if you are not the biggest fan of iDrive and want some quicker control. The real test will be how easy it is to use these in real world driving experience.

2012 BMW F30 3 Series

Honestly, this car is exactly what I expected -- an evolutionary take on the outgoing E90 3 Series model. The car will certainly turn some heads on the street, especially in the Melbourne Red Metallic offering. I'm even more excited now about taking delivery of the Bimmerfest long term review 328i next month at the Performance Delivery Center!

Take a look through the 200+ pictures we have put up so far. More to come throughout the day!

http://www.bimmerfest.com/bmw-photos...IAS-Auto-Show/
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