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Old 2nd May 2012, 17:09   #121
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Saw one parked at the local dealer, it looks impressive in metal.

While people were critical of Bangle designs earlier (incl. myself) they have given BMWs a unmistakable identity on the road.
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Large Stock of the NEW 320 D Sports variant at mumbai port
Looks like the first batch will be CBU's
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Large Stock of the NEW 328i Luxary variant at mumbai port
Looks like the first batch will be CBU's
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Nice pics monkey, but these might just be the display cars which are CBU. Also odd considering the 320d is sport, and 328 is luxury. I thought it would be the other way around, hopefully BMW will offer all the trims on all the engine variants. Sad to see the sport with only 17" rims.
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Also about Navigation being optional was not something I knew I always thought in 2012 its standard on 320d as 3 people I know got it I assumed it was now standard.

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I just bought a 320d exclusive (Highline) edition 2012 model. I can confirm that navigation (maps) is not even available as an option. After much pursuantion BMW offered to enable it as a retrofit at a cost of INR 1 Lac plus taxes (another dealer offered me 91k).

I do have a fully functional I-Drive sans navigation though.
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Thanks for the pictures Mad Monkey.
This morning I read a review of the new 328i in the national newspaper here (Singapore). They were showering praises on the car, mentioning that its way ahead of the immediate competition – the A4 and C. In fact, they reckon it’s a much better practical choice than the expensive 335i. Only negatives mentioned was about the inability of the air-con to deal with the hot tropical climate, and also a bit of an inconvenience with the headrests.
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awesome pics, i m sure these will be display cars cause if the first batch are cbu then the pricining will be crazy, import duty has increased after budget & that will make these cars more expensive then the a4 & c by a huge margin. Which won't be a great move..
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Thanks for the pictures Mad Monkey.

These are probably the cars that'll be used for the media test-drive's.

Also, I guess you missed out the two test mules parked alongside the 320d. The one at the back looks like an Audi to me.
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The 3 series will actually sold to normal buyers . Know this from a source in BMW . They did the same thing during the launch of the 5 series as well .

the cars covered in white are regular audi Q5's and Q7's .
that is how Audi ships there vehicles .
The protection provided by the covers are impressive . even the zips are installed in a manner in which they would not scratch the paint .






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Thanks for the pictures Mad Monkey.

These are probably the cars that'll be used for the media test-drive's.

Also, I guess you missed out the two test mules parked alongside the 320d. The one at the back looks like an Audi to me.

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reading this thread really gladdens the heart!
Wonder what is the level of localisation of the 3 series in India. Why does BMW not manufacture instead of CKD? Is it reasonable to think prices will dip with localisation despite other factors like high taxes? Have any of you guys used BMW finance?
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Do I notice it correctly? New 3 Series (Sports) without sunroof?
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Do I notice it correctly? New 3 Series (Sports) without sunroof?
ya you are right, i don't see sunroof in the luxury version too, i guess they omitting sunroof this time?
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Why are they even bothering to launch a petrol version ? Hardly anyone buys these segment of cars in petrol anyways. The diesels are so much more practical.

The current 3 - series was manufactured in Chennai from 2007 onwards, wonder what are these cars imported for ?

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The current 3 - series was manufactured in Chennai from 2007 onwards, wonder what are these cars imported for ?
They are imported to meet launch dates. The first few batches of the outgoing 3 were also cbu.

if the sunroof has been omitted its a badddd move! maybe it will be installed here?
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They are imported to meet launch dates. The first few batches of the outgoing 3 were also cbu.

if the sunroof has been omitted its a badddd move! maybe it will be installed here?
Installing a sun roof would be quite complicated as involves cutting of metal, installing motors, wiring, switch etc. Also headlining would need to be changed.

I would have preferred them to make it a bit more sporty, with a small boot lid spoiler, sportier bumpers etc. I like the wheels, nice and aggressive design !!
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