April 14, 2006
BMW 3 Series declared 2006 ‘World Car of the Year’
2006 BMW 330xi. Photo: Laurance Yap. Click image to enlarge
Woodcliff, New Jersey – The BMW 3 Series was voted the 2006 “World Car of the Year” by an independent panel of automotive journalists from around the world. From an initial field of 27 contenders, the 2006 3 Series was selected as one of three finalists before being declared this year’s winner. “World Car of the Year” contenders must be available in most markets of the world and are judged on style, performance, handling, comfort and utility. Entrants were also judged for value, safety, environmental responsibility and significance.
“We are delighted to receive this recognition for the 3 Series,” said Tom Purves, Chairman and CEO of BMW of North America. “The BMW 3 Series is the true embodiment of a world car. Designed and engineered in Germany, it is built on two continents and sold in approximately 140 markets worldwide. It is available in four different body styles, everything from a Sedan and Sports Wagon to a Coupe and Convertible. It is available with a wide variety of engines ranging from four-cylinder diesels to high performance six-cylinders.”