TURIN — BMW AG owners are growing older. A decade ago, their average age was nearly 10 years younger than Mercedes-Benz drivers. Today, the difference is closer to five years and closing. It's a worrisome trend. “Maybe the new 3-series is too perfect,” one senior BMW engineer says. “We need a model that takes us back to our roots as a driver's car.” There's a growing realization in Munich that unless BMW comes up with an affordable, very quick sports sedan — such as a European rival for ...

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