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Old 03-09-2013, 09:04 AM
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Originally Posted by ND40oz View Post
Model year 2005 was the first year of production for the E90, just not in the US. It only had a 6 year production run in the states, whereas it had a 7 year ROW production run and the LCI occurred in the 5th year of production.

We're OT... Nevertheless, we own two E90s. Production began in March 2005 as a 2006 model. US BMW Centers received demos in May of 2005. 2005 E46 sedans were still sitting on center lots at the beginning of fall '05.

Are you stating that BMW AG produced the US E46 sedan along side a non-US E90 sedan prior to March of 2005? If so, it did not happen...

The E90 family succeeds the E46 model, and was launched in March 2005.

In 2002, Norbert Reithofer and Development Chief Burkhard Goeschel started an initiative to halve the time it took to reach full production of the next generation 3-series from six months to three. First marketed in March 2005, the car quickly became BMW Group's best-selling automobile worldwide, and by the end of the year 229,900 vehicles had been delivered.[10] It is by far the best-selling entry-level luxury car in Canada and the United States.

In 2008, the saloon underwent an extensive mid-cycle facelift. In 2010, the coupe and convertible were facelifed as well. Facelifted 3-series are commonly referred to as "LCI" (Lifecycle Impulse) models.

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