If you want to know the biggest difference between buying a new car in today's world (like, say, a 2012 BMW 1 Series) versus buying a new car in 1992, we'd probably go with "technology."
Back in 1992, it was a big deal to buy a car with power windows and cup holders. Now, if there aren't DVD players in the back, real-time traffic updates with touchscreen GPS, and Bluetooth connectivity to smartphones and MP3 players, well, that car simply won't hold up against the competition.
But good news Tampa BMW fans; our vehicles are the competition when it comes to technology, and some recent updates to the iDrive/ConnectedDrive system should keep us out in front when it comes to this.
One of the neatest upgrades is the 3D GPS, which in certain major cities not only updates for real-time traffic but actually shows the buildings around you in 3D. There also will be a new Siri-like voice recognition software that's supposed to be among the most accurate in the industry. This means easier command of your Bluetooth-connected phone, any voice-run apps it may offer, and even text-to-speech capabilities for text messages to be sent or received as safely as possible.
There's a new touchscreen control panel with pinch-to-zoom capabilities a la Apple and Android devices, and much, much more that our all of customers are going to fall in love with. We've come a long way since 1992 folks, and the luxuries and technology that comes in today's vehicles are miles better than two decades ago. It almost makes you wonder where we'll be twenty years from now!