The BMW 3-series has been named the Autocar Asian Car of the Year 2013 by a panel of 18 highly respected car experts.
The prestigious award, which was given to both the standard BMW 3-series and the long wheelbase version, was presented to Ian Robertson, BMW chief of sales and marketing, and chief designer Adrian van Hooydonk, at the Shanghai motor show.
BMW's 3-series fought off fierce competition to win the Dynaudio-backed award; initially a shortlist of 59 cars was drawn up, which was then whittled own to six contenders: the Audi Q3, Lexus GS, Porsche 911, Range Rover Evoque, Toyota GT86 and, of course, the BMW 3-series.
Making the presentation, Hormazd Sorabjee, editor of Autocar India, said "The new BMW 3-series takes the game forward with its brilliant blend of ride and handling, strong engines and stunning appearance. Interior space and comfort has taken a huge leap forward too."
Derryn Wong, contributing editor of Autocar Singapore, added "The BMW 3-series is simply the most useable and drivable car on the shortlist. It exceeds your expectations by a country mile, making it a true winner."