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    • Front Wheel Drive era of BMW almost here - FWD 1 Series GT concept to debut in Paris in September

      This is still so hard to believe but it is not a nightmare, it's really happening. Yes, BMW is going to show off their front wheel drive one series in concept form this September at the Paris Auto Show. We still believe front wheel drive should stay with Mini (especially considering this car will share the Mini platform) but BMW no longer cares about heritage or brand purity and simply wants as much sales volume as possible. This from the company that once mocked front wheel drive in a series of advertisements. Things just keep getting more bizarre at BMW.











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      1. Yukohama's Avatar
        Yukohama -
        it looks like a VW golf...
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Yukohama Click here to enlarge
        it looks like a VW golf...
        Probably isn't even as good as one.
      1. SSO95's Avatar
        SSO95 -
        BMW's taking a turn for the worst.. Watch out for the M135iD GT xDrive, or something booty along those lines.



        and still won't be available in 'Merica.
      1. DBFIU's Avatar
        DBFIU -
        That thing is a disgrace to the 1 series badge... GTFO
      1. DBFIU's Avatar
        DBFIU -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bmwtek Click here to enlarge
        BMW's taking a turn for the worst.. Watch out for the M135iD GT xDrive, or something booty along those lines.



        and still won't be available in 'Merica.

        I am still searching for the best BMW nomeclature and I think you are close.

        Lets see if this works.

        M///120d sDrive35is GT
      1. SSO95's Avatar
        SSO95 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DBFIU Click here to enlarge
        I am still searching for the best BMW nomeclature and I think you are close.

        Lets see if this works.

        M///120d sDrive35is GT
        Yeah I'm not sure what those guys at BMW are doing, maybe they scored some crazy meth or something... I can't imagine trying to tell a girl what I drove if they release anything along those lines.
      1. Autobahn335i's Avatar
        Autobahn335i -
        What a waste of resources...
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Autobahn335i Click here to enlarge
        What a waste of resources...
        They need to sell this crap to make enough money to prop up the "i" brand.
      1. SSO95's Avatar
        SSO95 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        They need to sell this crap to make enough money to prop up the "i" brand.
        I thought that whole thing failed already. They should've just introduce those models into BMW itself, starting a whole new brand is like taking a shot in the dark. But than again I doubt I could manage/run a multi-billion dollar corporation.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bmwtek Click here to enlarge
        I thought that whole thing failed already. They should've just introduce those models into BMW itself, starting a whole new brand is like taking a shot in the dark. But than again I doubt I could manage/run a multi-billion dollar corporation.
        BMW is becoming this huge entity that needs to feed itself by constantly expanding. It would be the United States of cars if it didn't turn a profit.
      1. whoosh's Avatar
        whoosh -
        da fuq?
      1. 1cleanAMG's Avatar
        1cleanAMG -
        Chill out people BMW needs this. Its meant to compete with the Mercedes B Class in Europe. MB has had big success with the B Class and BMW wants a piece of the cake. Its fine by me as long as it brings money in for development of a M mid-engine supercar.

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      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        BMW mocked front wheel drive as something they would never do. Now it makes sense?
      1. 1cleanAMG's Avatar
        1cleanAMG -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        BMW mocked front wheel drive as something they would never do. Now it makes sense?
        Yes it does. What makes the B Class exceptional is that the space in the back isn't compromised by the differential tunnel in the middle of the back seat like in a traditional RWD car therefore leaving a big amount of space for its rear occupants which is really important for a car this size. Remember this isn't a sports car, the duties of this car will be different than a regular 1 series hatch.
      1. Yukohama's Avatar
        Yukohama -
        so why does BMW all of a sudden have to build this car? you don't see Porsche trying to build a car to compete against the B-class
      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        Screw BMW. I'm so happy that lived in an era that BMW was BMW and it's cars were the best and more importantly, i enjoyed them. Now they can do whatever they want, The M3 is going to be the last brand new BMW i drive.
      1. G0TB00ST?'s Avatar
        G0TB00ST? -
        This is only a concept right? So maybe by some miracle this abomination will never see production.
      1. Autobahn335i's Avatar
        Autobahn335i -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Yukohama Click here to enlarge
        so why does BMW all of a sudden have to build this car? you don't see Porsche trying to build a car to compete against the B-class
        But they built the Cayenne... that's even worse!
      1. 654's Avatar
        654 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Yukohama Click here to enlarge
        so why does BMW all of a sudden have to build this car? you don't see Porsche trying to build a car to compete against the B-class
        Porsche's knowhow is very restricted and they simply cannot produce anything like this.
      1. fast4door's Avatar
        fast4door -
        "but BMW no longer cares about heritage or brand purity and simply wants as much sales volume as possible"

        sounds a little dramatic to me..companies evolve..they are after all, a business..businesses are in the business of making money, thats what they do...its like what someone else previously said..BMW recognized a need for this car in the european market..they want to compete with MB and they want a piece of the cake..I have no problem with that..its business 101