The BMW 3 Series is the compact luxury car line of the German automaker BMW since May 1975. Successor to the 2-door sporty sedans of the BMW "New Class", it has been produced in five different generations and in no less than five different body styles.
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2002, the BMW E21 was developed to fill the 2-door sedan market and became the first BMW 3 Series. Released in 1975, it used 4-cylinder engines: the 1.6-L 316, the 1.8-L 318, the 2.0-L 320 and in late 1975, the fuel-injected 2.0-L 320i. In 1977, the 6-cylinder versions replaced the top models: the 2.0-L 320/6 for the 320, and the fuel-injected 2.3-L 323i for the 320i. In 1979, the 316 was upgraded with a 1.8-L engine while the 1.6-L was given to the new 315. The fuel-injected 318i replaced the 318. Also from 1977 to 1982, Baur converted E21 coupes into "targa"-style cabriolets, the TC1. All models were replaced in 1983 by the next generation of the 3 Series, the