BMW 3 Series (E46) Manufacturing process Part1 (German)


The E46 was introduced in 1998 as a 1999 model, in saloon version only. In 1999, the station wagon (“touring”) and coupé models were added. The convertible and M3 were released in 2000. The E46 was available with four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines. All-wheel drive was introduced as an option in 2001 (for left hand drive markets only).
In 2000, the M54 six-cylinder engine replaced the M52 and maximum displacement increased from 2.8 litres to 3.0 litres.
Also in 2000, the E46 M3 Coupe coupe was released. It uses the S54 six-cylinder engine and the option of an automated clutch SMG gearbox. In 2002, the convertible M3 became available.
The highest selling year for the E46 was 2002, when 561,249 vehicles were sold worldwide. For every year of its production, the E46 was named in Car and Driver Magazine’s “10 Best Cars” list

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