BMW’s stretched 3-series readying for the Chinese market

Published July 27, 2011

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The biggest problem that BMW and Mercedes have had in the Chinese market is that their basic sedan offerings in the 3-Series and C-class are just too short and thus are only good for home use, on the other hand the Audi A4L became the perfect vehicle for home and business use with plenty of legroom in the back for those chauffeur driven days and enough power to satisfy at the weekends when you have to drive yourself. BMW are planning to catch up with the A4L with introduction of a stretched 3-Series if these pictures are anything to go by:

A lengthened 3-series has been spotted out testing in Germany before now, but this is the first time that is has been spotted in the China. BMW already offer a stretched 5-series but that has not resonated in a major way with business users, where as the Audi range has become the car of choice for business and governmental users.




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