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October 5, 2013

Asian Carmakers Corporation Launches BMW 3 Series GT

Asian Carmakers Corporation (ACC), the official importer and distributor of BMW in the Philippines, today announced the arrival of the All-New BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, an innovative new concept that combines a Sedan’s dynamic, sports genes with the practicality and versatility of a Touring.

“Aesthetic appeal, space and functionality: these three make up the All-New BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, a high-caliber addition to the BMW 3 Series range that targets the premium mid-size segment,” said Maricar Parco, ACC President. “The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo exudes the performance of a sports sedan, but at the same time offers immense practicality and extra space that can be used in many ways – making it the only model of its kind in its segment today.”

The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo emits an aesthetic and emotional appeal, by demonstrating a distinctive presence on the road and offering similarly pronounced driving pleasure. All of which allow the new Gran Turismo to make a compelling case for itself as both an elegant business carriage and a dynamic, comfortable tourer.

Typical BMW proportions, four doors with frameless windows, a coupe-style, gently downward-sloping roofline and a large, automatically opening and closing tailgate define the distinctive exterior character of the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. An active rear spoiler – the first of its type on a BMW – provides visual lightness and reduces lift at touring speeds.

The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is 200 millimeters longer in total than the BMW 3 Series Sedan, and comes with a 110-millimetre longer wheelbase and stands 81 millimeters taller. However, the clever use of proportions, surfaces and lines ensures that the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is immediately recognizable as a member of the new BMW 3 Series range.

Impressive long-distance comfort in a unique ambiance.

Generous interior dimensions allow the passengers in every seat of the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo to sit back and enjoy an impressive feeling of space and unbeatable freedom of movement. The front and rear passengers all benefit from a seating position raised by 59 millimeters, which provides an outstanding view out and makes entry and exit significantly more comfortable.

Plus, the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo also offers extra headroom. The increase in space will be particularly noticeable in the rear compartment, where a full 70 millimeters of additional legroom over the Sedan and Touring – giving luxury-car levels of spaciousness – is there to be enjoyed.

The interior is complemented by its design forms, color scheme and materials, which creates a lounge-style ambiance thereby enabling passengers to enjoy short trips and long journeys alike in relaxed comfort.

Intelligent load area management.

The load area also reflects the car’s increased dimensions, its 520 liters of boot capacity even outstripping that of the BMW 3 Series Touring by 25 liters. The large load aperture and high-opening tailgate make access easier. Practical standard features – such as the 40:20:40 split/folding rear seat bench with folding head restraints and tilt-adjustable backrests (cargo function), and the two-piece parcel shelf – underscore the impressive functionality of the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. The large load area can be utilized in many different ways, allowing intelligent space management.

Practical features such as lashing points, multifunction hooks and an underfloor storage compartment make it even more convenient to use, while the LED strips that illuminate the cargo area emphasize the premium quality of the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo.

Quintessential BMW 3 Series: functional elegance, three equipment lines.

High-end material combinations and fit and finish of the highest quality underline the premium ambience on board the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. The latest addition to the BMW 3 Series family can be ordered in Sport, Modern and Luxury line.

Diesel engine power the GT off the start line.

A power plant using BMW TwinPower Turbo technology drives the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. Powered by a 2.0-litre in-line 4-cylinder diesel engine, the BMW 320d Gran Turismo showcases an efficient yet powerful drive.

Power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic, and the gearbox is linked up with the fuel-saving Auto Start-Stop function.

Advanced suspension technology, featuring a large number of light-alloy components, the torque steer-free Electric Power Steering, finely-balanced axle load distribution (50:50) and a torsionally stiff lightweight body ensure outstanding handling attributes and a high degree of agility and precision.

The longer wheelbase (+110 mm), greater wheel diameter and baseline specification of the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo – which includes 18-inch wheels – result in a car offering excellent directional stability and long-distance comfort.

 BMW EfficientDynamics.

In addition to its enviable practicality and sporting dynamics, the outstanding fuel economy of the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo also serves the cause of driving pleasure. The key here is the BMW EfficientDynamics development strategy, whose influence can be seen in virtually every area of the new model. Building on the good work of ultra-frugal engine, the intelligent lightweight construction concept of the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo and its optimized aerodynamics (including Air Curtains, Air Breathers and the active rear spoiler) do their bit to maximize efficiency and dynamics. And other measures, such as the Auto Start-Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration, and on demand operation of ancillary components join the campaign to ensure the powerful BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is capable of impressively low fuel consumption and emissions. In fact, the car still has the potential to cut fuel use by as much as another 20 per cent using ECO PRO mode.

BMW ConnectedDrive.

An extensive selection of driver assistance systems and mobility solutions, offered under the BMW ConnectedDrive programme, allows the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo to set the benchmark in its segment in terms of safety, convenience and infotainment. Included alongside an array of other convenience and safety-enhancing assistance systems is highly effective interface technology that allows extensive use of external mobile phones and numerous Bluetooth office functions for internet-based services.

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