PITTSBURGH – Bigger, faster, stronger, safer. We expect to use those superlatives with almost every new vehicle – but when applying them to an icon like BMW AG’s 3-Series, there’s added scrutiny. For the world’s benchmark sports sedan, does bigger, faster, stronger, safer necessarily mean better? This is the dilemma faced by fabled makers such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche AG when they launch a new generation of their beloved mainstays. While technical advances that deliver bigger, ...

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