Recently, BMW has celebrated 40 years of its 3 Series top selling model. The event occurred at the BMW Museum in Munich where BMW has also revealed the facelifted F30 3 Series.

The design variety was launched 40 years ago to change the already legendary BMW 02, and is now set to enter its sixth generation. First unveiled at the 1975 International Motor Program (IAA) in Frankfurt, the BMW 3 Series has because developed into both the brand name’s most effective design variety and an international bestseller. And that makes the 3 Series a highly reliable global ambassador for BMW’s core qualities. Its history is testament to the advances attained by the German carmaker in the areas of sporting ability, efficiency, safety, convenience and connection, in addition to to the advancement of BMW design.

In 1977, two years after the launch of the new design range, the BMW 3 Series became the first vehicle in its class to be readily available with six-cylinder engines. Additional developments were to follow, including innovative injection and engine management systems, ultra-sporty diesel engines and weight reduction through using aluminum and magnesium.

The sixth model generation further extends this attractive selection of distinctive body variants, which are now split between two design ranges: the BMW 3 Series Sedan and BMW 3 Series Touring have been joined by the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, and the mid-size design portfolio now likewise includes the BMW 4 Series Coupe, BMW 4 Series Convertible and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.

The 3 Series’ remarkable run of victories in race competitors has also contributed to the automobile’s status as a byword for sports efficiency. From the success notched up by the initial BMW M3, its excellent record has continued all the method to success in the German Touring Automobile Masters (DTM) race series in 2014.