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      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. whoosh's Avatar
        whoosh -
        No doubt that BMW needs to compete in this segment - Audi has the A2 (or A1?) small car in Europe, and MB has their small class as well.

        I think it's not just about competing with the other makers though. Fuel efficiency standards are requiring makers to produce cars like this. Porsche is making a hybrid 911... It's sad that BMW can no longer lay claim to the pure RWD product lineup, but in the end if it allows the company to move forward and still give us the higher performance offerings, I don't care if people have the FWD cars as well. Doesn't mean I have to buy them.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by fast4door Click here to enlarge
        "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
        It isn't dramatic, it is what it is.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by whoosh Click here to enlarge
        No doubt that BMW needs to compete in this segment - Audi has the A2 (or A1?) small car in Europe, and MB has their small class as well.
        What, Mini can't do it?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 654 Click here to enlarge
        Porsche's knowhow is very restricted and they simply cannot produce anything like this.
        They have the VW group, why not? They produced SUV's and sedans without previously doing so.