The introduction of the first BMW 3 Series in July 1975 marked the beginning of one of the most remarkable success stories in BMW — and general automotive — history. It was the launch of a new, sporty car with compact dimensions. Now, three and a half decades later, the face of the 3 Series — and its iconic snatched-from-the-five-series kidney grille — has evolved into the new F30-platform 2012 BMW 3 Series. Let's take a look back.
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