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<p>Filed under: <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/hatchbacks/" rel="tag">Hatchback</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/bmw/" rel="tag">BMW</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/reviews/" rel="tag">New Car Reviews</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/luxury/" rel="tag">Luxury</a></p><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2014-bmw-328i-xdrive-gran-turismo-review/"><img alt="2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo" data-credit="Drew Phillips" data-mep="230831" src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/93fd4719eef2c66ad3720d80d9edc34e/200065849/2014-bmw-328-gt-review.jpg" /></a><br /><br />"The Ultimate Driving Machine" has been BMW's tagline for nearly 40 years. Launched in the 1970s, the marketing campaign was a stroke of genius by ad firm Ammirati &amp; Puris, as the phrase helped differentiate the imported Bavarian cars from their fellow European rivals by subtly pointing out that <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/mercedes-benz/">Mercedes-Benz</a> and <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/audi/">Audi</a> were offering luxury models, while <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/bmw/">BMW</a> was selling sporty and youthful driving dynamics. The campaign worked - some would argue that stands among the most effective ad campaigns ever - and countless Baby Boomers embraced the brand's fun-to-drive image by taking delivery of the company's new models.<br /><br />BMW still boasts that its vehicles are "The Ultimate Driving Machine" four decades later, but the brand is very different today. It offered just a few model lines in the mid-1970s, and only a handful of vehicles within. In 2014, the automaker offers an exhaustive range comprised of nearly a dozen lines with almost 50 different models. To survive and thrive, BMW has decided it must massively broaden its appeal.<br /><br />One of the latest arrivals to BMW's ever-growing stable is the <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/bmw/3+series+gt/">2014 3 Series Gran Turismo.</a> The five-door hatchback is best thought of as a smaller version of the company's <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/bmw/5+series+gt/">5 Series Gran Turismo</a> built on stretched <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/bmw/3+series/">3 Series</a> platform that, in the case of this test car, shares the running gear of the 328i xDrive sedan. On paper, the five-passenger vehicle checks all the proper boxes with regards to performance, utility and economy. But does this family-focused 3 Series still deliver driving dynamics that qualify it for the title of Ultimate Driving Machine?<p><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/24/2014-bmw-328i-xdrive-gran-turismo-review/" rel="bookmark">Continue reading <em>2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo</em></a></p><p style="padding:5px;background:#ddd;border:1px solid #ccc;clear:both;"><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/24/2014-bmw-328i-xdrive-gran-turismo-review/">2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo</a> originally appeared on <a href="http://www.autoblog.com">Autoblog</a> on Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:57:00 EST. Please see our <a href="http://www.weblogsinc.com/feed-terms/">terms for use of feeds</a>.</p><h6 style="clear: both; padding: 8px 0 0 0; height: 2px; font-size: 1px; border: 0; margin: 0; padding: 0;"></h6><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/24/2014-bmw-328i-xdrive-gran-turismo-review/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to this entry">Permalink</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autoblog.com/forward/20874187/" title="Send this entry to a friend via email">Email this</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/24/2014-bmw-328i-xdrive-gran-turismo-review/#comments" title="View reader comments on this entry">Comments</a><div class="feedflare">

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