BMW 318

In May 1975, the German automaker BMW launched the 3 series automobiles. These were entry-level luxury executive cars that became the successor to the 2002 coupe, which looked primarily much the same however it added a more powerful 2.0 L 110 hp (82 kW) engine and other performance enhancements. For many years the 3 Series was smallest car manufactured by BMW until the release of the BMW 1 Series in 2004. (This of course does not include the MINI, which is owned by BMW as well.) The 3 Series rose to fame and claims the title of BMW's best selling automobile. Financial officials can thank the series for nearly 40% of all automobiles sold by the company in the year 2005. Furthermore, Americans seem to love the series, given that it is the best selling luxury sedan in the United States, with sales exceeding 98,000 units in 2005. Specifically, the BMW 318 was first produced in 1975 but dropped one decade later in 1985. Back from the grave, the BMW 318 returned to the 3-series line up in 1991. This seems to have been a wise move by BMW given that it continues to be one of the most popular luxury sports sedans available on the European market. If you want to find something to complain about, this vehicle seems to be short on luggage space, and is consistently chastised for offering less than the other competitors in its class. However, in terms of performance, there really are not any cars that can compete with the 318.One reviewer wrote that he "would strongly recommend the BMW if you are happy with a smaller than average estate but want first class quality car, that's great to drive and will be worth more than most when you come to sell it". Sadly, North America has not been offered the 318 since the 1999 model. BMW instead made way for the 323.