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by George Skentzos

BMW has today begun production its new BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle  a day after the first generation model ended production.

After the sale of 614,824 units, the final example of the first generation BMW X3 produced was an xDrive 20d variant donated by the BMW Group to a not-for-profit organisation as an emergency vehicle.

Production of the new generation model will begin today at the BMW Spartanburg plant in the US state of South Carolina, and is due to be launched in Germany on November 20, 2010.

BMW has not yet gone into specifics on the new BMW X3, although it promises enhanced agility, noticeably optimised driving comfort, more space than any of its competitors and innovative equipment options.

The BMW X3 established the SAV segment when it was first launch in 2004, boasting intelligent four-wheel drive BMW xDrive which delivered outstanding handling characteristics.

To uphold this reputation and compete in a market now flooded with models from other premium vehicle manufacturers, BMW has included a range of engines which offer the best of performance and efficiency.

It also features entirely newly developed suspension technology similarly offering the best of driving agility and comfort.

The load capacity in the new BMW X3 can be increased from 550 to 1,600 litres by arranging the 40:20:40 split-folding rear seat backrests – the highest in its segment.

The new BMW X3 will also be the only model in its class to offer the options of a Head-Up display and internet access.

Thanks to a substantial investment of around $750 million, the BMW Spartanburg facility has become the expertise centre for BMW X models, forming the global production hub for the BMW X5 and BMW X6 models.




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