New BMW 3 Series wins Golden Steering Wheel award

Updated 02 January 2013
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New BMW 3 Series wins Golden Steering Wheel award

Sixth generation, fifth triumph: the new BMW 3 Series has won the 2012 Golden Steering Wheel award presented by Auto Bild and Bild am Sonntag magazines.
The latest version of the sports sedan came out top among mid-range and top-range automobiles, thereby winning this important international automobile award for the fifth time in the history of the model.
Norbert Reithofer, chairman of the board of management of BMW AG, was there to receive the trophy at a festive event in Berlin this week.
Third place in the convertibles and coupes’ category went to the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.
BMW was also awarded the Golden Advertising Steering Wheel. The jury voted the current BMW xDrive marketing campaign winner of this prize, which was presented to BMW AG Chief Sales Officer Ian Robertson. All in all this made BMW the most successful manufacturer in this year's Golden Steering Wheel competition.
For over thirty years now, the BMW 3 Series has regularly been listed among the winners of the Golden Steering Wheel. In fact, no other model has received the award more frequently than the BMW 3 Series, currently in its sixth generation.
The success series began in 1978, with further awards following in 1991, 1994 and 1998. At the same time, the BMW 3 Series has become the world's top-selling premium automobile. "I believe the success of the BMW 3 Series lies in the fact that it is the founder of the class of sporty mid-range sedans and perfectly epitomizes the character of BMW with its dynamic performance, efficiency and aesthetic appeal," said Norbert Reithofer after receiving the award.
The new BMW 3 Series Sedan has been on sale worldwide since February 2012 and offers not only an impressive athletic flair and efficiency as is typical of BMW, but also a level of ride comfort, which has been further optimized as compared to its predecessor model, as well as increased space.
Sporty, elegant lines and a reinterpretation of the front view including a striking visual connection between the twin headlights and the BMW kidney grille give the BMW 3 Series an unmistakable appearance. The current model program includes five petrol and five diesel engine versions as well as the BMW ActiveHybrid 3. The intelligent all-wheel drive system xDrive is available for four models. The new BMW 3 Series Touring has now also been launched.


Ancient musical instruments get an airing in Athens

Updated 21 June 2018
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Ancient musical instruments get an airing in Athens

  • The phorminx, the kitharis, the krotala and the aulos — string and wind instruments reconstructed by musical group Lyravlos — echoed among marble statues in Athens’s National Archaeological Museum.
  • Music was an integral part of almost every aspect of ancient Greek society, from religious, to social to athletic events.

ATHENS: Hymns sung to the Greek gods thousands of years ago resonated from ancient musical instruments in Athens on Thursday, transporting a transfixed audience to antiquity.
The phorminx, the kitharis, the krotala and the aulos — string and wind instruments reconstructed by musical group Lyravlos — echoed among marble statues in Athens’s National Archaeological Museum as part of World Music Day celebrations.
A family of musicians, Lyravlos have recreated exact replicas of the ancient instruments from natural materials including animal shells, bones, hides and horns.
Music was an integral part of almost every aspect of ancient Greek society, from religious, to social to athletic events. Today only some 60 written scores of ancient Greek music have survived, said Lyravlos member Michael Stefos.
Stefos said they interpret them as best they can, relying on the accuracy of their recreated instruments.
“Joking aside, ancient CDs have never been found,” he said.
Their performance included a hymn to the god Apollo, pieces played at the musical festival of the ancient Pythian Games in Delphi and during wine-laden rituals to the god Dionysus.
Michael’s father Panayiotis Stefos, who heads the group, travels to museums at home and abroad studying ancient Greek antiquities and texts in order to recreate the instruments.
“Usually each instrument has a different sound. It is not something you can make on a computer, it will not be a carbon copy,” said Stefos.
The difference with modern day instruments?
“If someone holds it in their arms and starts playing, after a few minutes they don’t want to let it go, because it vibrates and pulsates with your body,” he said.
French tourist Helene Piaget, who watched the performance, said it was “inspiring.”
“One sees them on statues, on reliefs, and you can’t imagine what they might sound like,” she said.
World Music Day is an annual celebration that takes place on the summer solstice.