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    What Is In BMW's Future Product Pipeline?

      We might see a 1-Series sedan and some more crossovers

    A new report from Automotive News says BMW could be expanding their lineup of vehicles in both directions.

    On the low end is the 1-Series sedan. Already on sale in China, the model could be coming to U.S. in early 2019 according to a source. Previously, BMW said their small front-wheel drive sedan would not be sold in the U.S. But with Mercedes-Benz bringing the A-Class sedan to U.S. next year, this may have cause BMW to change their minds. A quick refresher, the 1-Series sedan is a front-wheel drive model.

    Moving over to the high-end, BMW is readying the 8-Series coupe to debut late next year. They have already shown a concept to give us an idea of what it may look like (to our eyes, it reminds us slightly of the Lexus LC coupe). It will be based on the 7-Series sedan, complete with the CLAR architecture. A convertible and Gran Coupe (4-door coupe) will be introduced at a later date. What will this mean for the 6-Series? Aside from the new 6-series Gran Turismo, expect the rest of the 6-Series family to fade away in the coming years.

    Some other bits of information from Automotive News' report,

    • The X2 will go on sale sometime in the first quarter of 2018. It will be based on the X1 and feature coupe-like styling.
    • BMW's 7-Seat X7 will debut next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but will not arrive to the U.S. until 2019. 
    • A new 3-Series will go on sale before the end of 2018 and use BMW's CLAR architecture. A concept electric version is expected to debut at Frankfurt.

    Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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    YAWN........ So BMW is going to bring their Chevy / Toyota competitor to the US. FWD Appliance, BLAH! 

    How about their BLOATED FATNESS, that would be good to address along with their clear lack of being a driving machine. 

    BMW really needs to wake up to the world of change. 

    All I see here is them sticking to a worn out formula and not improving their actual auto's much not to mention a seriously outdated design style.

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    27 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    The 3 series has become too expensive as an entry-level lux sedan, and the 2 series has been 2drs only...so it makes sense to have an entry level sedan. Though the X1 will probably outsell it.

    This makes you ask that question of, Is BMW even paying attention to what Americans are Buying in this market? Why waste money on a 1 series car, just stay focused on quality cuv's.

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    A 1-series sedan won't sell much volume but I think they want it just because Mercedes and Audi have a car in that segment.  It is taking a long time to get the X7 to market, they have been talking about that for years.

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    On 8/10/2017 at 10:47 AM, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    The 3 series has become too expensive as an entry-level lux sedan, and the 2 series has been 2drs only...so it makes sense to have an entry level sedan. Though the X1 will probably outsell it.

    BMW needs a car for the 'new credit' 'bad credit' 'first time buyers' 'poseurs with little money' crowds

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    31 minutes ago, Frisky Dingo said:

    A 1 Series won't be bought by anyone other than yuppies trying to project a higher social status. Ugh. An Mk7 GTI will hand the car it's ass on a platter.

    I think even the yuppies will forgo this car.

    1. the new age yuppies nowadays prefer to play with gadgets like phones and tablets and fitbit wrist thingys...

    2. the few "car enthusiast" yuppies that are around have grown up from BMW sedans and are either

    a) gone to BMW CUVs like the X1 or X3 along with their house playing wives...

    b) gone to another German manufacturer...and that yuppie will buy that manufacturer's sedan...but not really...as I think that that yuppie will probably buy that manufacturer's CUV instead.

    c) dont laugh, but I believe today's car enthusiast yuppie will probably buy a Ford Mustang instead of the 1 Series as its cool to buy a Mustang once again...

    d) and if that is only if today's car enthusiast yuppie respects the internal combustion engine...because I find that today's car enthusiast yuppie is on the electric vehicle bandwagon...and he is probably on the waiting list for the Model 3 already...or will be soon...

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    57 minutes ago, oldshurst442 said:

    I think even the yuppies will forgo this car.

    1. the new age yuppies nowadays prefer to play with gadgets like phones and tablets and fitbit wrist thingys...

    2. the few "car enthusiast" yuppies that are around have grown up from BMW sedans and are either

    a) gone to BMW CUVs like the X1 or X3 along with their house playing wives...

    b) gone to another German manufacturer...and that yuppie will buy that manufacturer's sedan...but not really...as I think that that yuppie will probably buy that manufacturer's CUV instead.

    c) dont laugh, but I believe today's car enthusiast yuppie will probably buy a Ford Mustang instead of the 1 Series as its cool to buy a Mustang once again...

    d) and if that is only if today's car enthusiast yuppie respects the internal combustion engine...because I find that today's car enthusiast yuppie is on the electric vehicle bandwagon...and he is probably on the waiting list for the Model 3 already...or will be soon...

    Agree with everything here especially about the technology gadgets and looking / waiting for the EV's to land.

    BMW is truly wasting money on this A1 FWD appliance.

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    Nice viewpoint IMHO. Like the post.

    1 hour ago, oldshurst442 said:

    I think even the yuppies will forgo this car.

    1. the new age yuppies nowadays prefer to play with gadgets like phones and tablets and fitbit wrist thingys...

    2. the few "car enthusiast"  yuppies that are around have grown up from BMW sedans and are either

    a) gone to BMW CUVs like the X1 or X3 along with their house noyasystem playing wives...

    b) gone to another German manufacturer...and that yuppie will buy that manufacturer's sedan...but not really...as I think that that yuppie will probably buy that manufacturer's CUV instead.

    c) dont laugh, but I believe today's car enthusiast yuppie will probably buy a Ford Mustang instead of the 1 Series as its cool to buy a Mustang once again...

    d) and if that is only if today's car enthusiast yuppie respects the internal combustion engine...because I find that today's car enthusiast yuppie is on the electric vehicle bandwagon...and he is probably on the waiting list for the Model 3 already...or will be soon...

     

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    No one wants a 1-series, yuppies know the 3-series is where it is at.  And they can argue it is better than a 5-series because it has heritage as the ultimate sports sedan and it is for young and hip people.  Where is the 5-series is like Dad's car.

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    On 8/13/2017 at 10:39 PM, smk4565 said:

    No one wants a 1-series, yuppies know the 3-series is where it is at.  And they can argue it is better than a 5-series because it has heritage as the ultimate sports sedan and it is for young and hip people.  Where is the 5-series is like Dad's car.

    'yuppies' were an '80s-90s thing...don't the hip kids today aspire to Teslas and prefer Uber to driving? 

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    On 8/13/2017 at 7:39 PM, smk4565 said:

    No one wants a 1-series, yuppies know the 3-series is where it is at.  And they can argue it is better than a 5-series because it has heritage as the ultimate sports sedan and it is for young and hip people.  Where is the 5-series is like Dad's car.

    But Yuppies are all entering their 50's, so a 5 series is where they are supposed to be at this age, not the 3 series and the 3 series lost it's driving Machine cred's to the ATS!

    Yuppies are out of date in regards to the lower end auto's and Millennials are now all about the EV, Smartphones and using Uber or Lyft.

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    10 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    But Yuppies are all entering their 50's, so a 5 series is where they are supposed to be at this age, not the 3 series and the 3 series lost it's driving Machine cred's to the ATS! 

    The oldest Yuppies are in their 60s now... 

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    21 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    Does that mean I should not be wearing polo shirts with the collar up? :unsure:

    LoL...I remember doing my teenage Yuppie wannabe thing in high school in the late 80s w/ Izod shirts w/ the little alligator and Ralph Lauren shirts w/ the polo ponies..still wore Ralph through my 30s.. had my Members Only jacket in the 80s also.. 

    (now what passes for fashion in my wardrobe are t-shirts and polos from long-gone tech companies and past tech conferences..now those are cool IMO...)

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    22 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    LoL...I remember doing my teenage Yuppie wannabe thing in high school in the late 80s w/ Izod shirts w/ the little alligator and Ralph Lauren shirts w/ the polo ponies..still wore Ralph through my 30s.. had my Members Only jacket in the 80s also.. 

    (now what passes for fashion in my wardrobe are t-shirts and polos from long-gone tech companies and past tech conferences..now those are cool IMO...)

    I would so totally agree but the wife likes me in Tommy Bahama Polo's with the collar down. :P 

    Ultimate Yuppie Song

     

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    On 8/14/2017 at 0:44 AM, balthazar said:

    3-series lost it's 'ultimate sports sedan' title- didn't you hear?

    Since the Cadillac ATS is going away I guess the 3-series will slide back to 2nd place in sport sedans behind the Alfa Romeo Guilia.   I don't think BMW is so lost that they can't win a sport sedan battle with Alfa Romeo over time.

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    7 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    Since the Cadillac ATS is going away I guess the 3-series will slide back to 2nd place in sport sedans behind the Alfa Romeo Guilia.   I don't think BMW is so lost that they can't win a sport sedan battle with Alfa Romeo over time.

    I can't imagine Alfa winning over BMW once it's unreliability and quality problems are factored in...

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    19 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    Since the Cadillac ATS is going away I guess the 3-series will slide back to 2nd place in sport sedans behind the Alfa Romeo Guilia.   I don't think BMW is so lost that they can't win a sport sedan battle with Alfa Romeo over time.

    Read between the lines on that JDN announcement. The ATS is getting renamed and probably getting a hatchback. There is no more Regal sedan anymore either. But in both cases, that slot in the brands' lineups are not going unfilled. 

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    7 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    Read between the lines on that JDN announcement. The ATS is getting renamed and probably getting a hatchback. There is no more Regal sedan anymore either. But in both cases, that slot in the brands' lineups are not going unfilled. 

    I read Johan's statement as CT5 replaces CTS and ATS, and slots in between the current ATS and CTS in price.  And a CT4 competes with CLA and A3 and that sweet BMW 1-series that we are getting.  Johan knows he can't beat the E-class, C-class or 3-series.  So they are going to try that tweener strategy again, maybe go after the MKZ and Infiniti Q50.  

    Cadillac already took their best shot with ATS and CTS, time to go back down the food chain.  And if he wanted to take big shots the XT5 wouldn't be an Acadia, and XT4 wouldn't be an Equinox.  So we know where his plan is going.  And he was there before XT4 hit development, excuse time is over for him being new, if he wanted a CTS-V engine in a mid-size SUV he'd have it already, even FCA has pulled that trick off a few times with no money and dated platforms.

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      Sustainability that delivers a new benchmark in environmental and societal impact for the luxury sector is fundamental to the success of Reimagine. A new centralised team will be empowered to build on and accelerate pioneering innovations in materiality, engineering, manufacturing, services and circular economy investments. 
      Annual commitments of circa £2.5bn will include investments in electrification technologies and the development of connected services to enhance the journey and experiences of customers, alongside data-centric technologies that will further improve their ownership ecosystem.
      Proven services like the flexible PIVOTAL subscription model (which has grown 750% during the fiscal year), born out of Jaguar Land Rover’s incubator and investor arm, InMotion, will now be rolled out to other markets following a successful launch in the UK.
      Quality and efficiency
      Reimagine will see Jaguar Land Rover establish new benchmark standards in quality and efficiency for the luxury sector by rightsizing, repurposing and reorganising.
      Central to that journey, and in order to establish different personalities for the two brands, is the new architecture strategy. 
      Land Rover will use the forthcoming flex Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA). It will deliver electrified internal combustion engines (ICE) and full electric variants as the company evolves its product line-up in the future. In addition, Land Rover will also use pure electric biased Electric Modular Architecture (EMA) which will also support advanced electrified ICE.
      Future Jaguar models will be built exclusively on a pure electric architecture.
      Reimagine is designed to deliver simplification too. By consolidating the number of platforms and models being produced per plant, the company will be able to establish new benchmark standards in efficient scale and quality for the luxury sector. Such an approach will help rationalise sourcing and accelerate investments in local circular economy supply chains.
      From a core manufacturing perspective that means Jaguar Land Rover will retain its plant and assembly facilities in the home UK market and around the world. As well as being the manufacturer of the MLA architecture, Solihull, West Midlands will also be the home to the future advanced Jaguar pure electric platform. 
      Key partners including Trade Unions, retailers and those in the supply chain will continue to play a vital part of the extended new Jaguar Land Rover ecosystem and its journey towards reimagining the future of modern luxury.
      ReFocus to a more agile operation
      As evidenced with the latest financial results, Jaguar Land Rover has a strong foundation on which to build a sustainable and resilient business for its customers and their communities, partners, employees, shareholders and the environment.
      Driving this transformation is the recently launched Refocus programme, by consolidating existing initiatives like Charge+ with new cross-functional activities.
      Reimagine will see Jaguar Land Rover right-size, repurpose and reorganise into a more agile operation. The creation of a flatter structure is designed to empower employees to create and deliver at speed and with clear purpose.
      To accelerate this efficiency of focus, the company will substantially reduce and rationalise its non-manufacturing infrastructure in the UK. Gaydon will become the symbol of this effort – the ‘reactor’ of the business - with the Executive Team and other management functions moving into the one location to aid frictionless cooperation and agile decision-making.  
      Leapfrog to leadership with Tata Group
      In order to realise its vision of modern luxury mobility with confidence, the company will curate closer collaboration and knowledge-sharing with Tata Group companies to enhance sustainability and reduce emissions as well as sharing best practice in next-generation technology, data and software development leadership. Jaguar Land Rover has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Motors, in which Tata Sons is the largest shareholder, since 2008.
      “We have so many ingredients from within. It is a unique opportunity,” said Mr Bolloré. “Others have to rely solely on external partnerships and compromise, but we have frictionless access that will allow us to lean forward with confidence and at speed.”
      Bringing all these ingredients together, Jaguar Land Rover is on a path towards double-digit EBIT margins and positive cash flow, with an ambition to achieve positive cash net-of-debt by 2025. 
      Ultimately, Jaguar Land Rover aims to be one of the most profitable luxury manufacturers in the world.
      Mr N Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Sons, Tata Motors and Jaguar Land Rover Automotive plc commented: “The Reimagine strategy takes Jaguar Land Rover on a significant path of acceleration in harmony with the vision and sustainability priorities of the wider Tata Group. Together, we will help Jaguar realise its potential, reinforce Land Rover’s timeless appeal and collectively become a symbol of a truly responsible business for its customers, society and the planet.”
      Mr Bolloré concluded: “As a human-centred company, we can, and will, move much faster and with clear purpose of not just reimagining modern luxury but defining it for two distinct brands. Brands that present emotionally unique designs, pieces of art if you like, but all with connected technologies and responsible materials that collectively set new standards in ownership. We are reimagining a new modern luxury by design.”
    • By Drew Dowdell
      Dec. 2019    Dec. 2018           %

      i3                                                          214               356       40.0%

      i8                                                            51                 97      -47.4%

      2 Series                                               765               718          6.5%

      3 Series                                            5,245            3,184        64.7%

      4 Series                                               891            1,916      -53.5%

      5 Series                                            2,733            4,756      -42.5%

      6 Series                                                    8               330      -97.6%

      7 Series                                               763               983      -22.4%

      8 Series                                            1,066               223     378.0% Z4                                                         233                   0         0.0% X1                                                     1,788            3,411      -47.6% X2                                                     1,093            1,454      -24.8% BMW passenger cars                  14,850          17,428      -14.8%

      YTD Dec. 2019  YTD Dec. 2018          %

      4,854                    6,117         -20.6%

      1,102                       772          42.7%

      8,015                    9,208         -13.0%

      47,827                 44,578             7.3%

      18,621                 31,379         -40.7%

      38,709                 43,937         -11.9%

      1,139                    3,762         -69.7%

      8,823                    8,271             6.7%

      4,410                       223      1877.6%

      2,941                           4  73425.0%

      17,815                 29,060         -38.7%

      11,293                 16,154         -30.1%

      -14.4%

      X3                                                     8,090            8,511        -4.9% X4                                                     1,333               612     117.8% X5                                                     7,757            7,323          5.9% X6                                                        557               483       15.3% X7                                                     3,159                   0         0.0% BMW light trucks                          20,896          16,929        23.4%

      70,110                 61,351          14.3%

      8,758                   4,323        102.6%

      54,595                 45,013          21.3%

      4,240                   6,862         -38.2%

      21,574                           0            0.0%

      159,277               117,549          35.5%

      BMW brand                                      35,746            34,357           4.0%

      324,826               311,014            4.4%

      Cooper /S Hardtop 2 Door                  594               760      -21.8%

      Cooper /S Hardtop 4 Door                  450               448          0.4% Cooper /S Convertible                         247               134       84.3% Cooper /S Clubman                             323               277       16.6% Countryman                                         696            1,178      -40.9% MINI brand                                       2,310            2,797      -17.4%

      8,462                    9,950         -15.0%

      6,065                    6,450           -6.0%

      4,031                    5,334         -24.4%

      3,565                    4,385         -18.7%

      13,969                 17,565         -20.5%

      36,092                 43,684         -17.4%

      TOTAL BMW of North

      America, LLC                                  38,056            37,154           2.4%

       

      360,918               354,698            1.8%

    • By Drew Dowdell
      BMW unveiled the Concept iX3 at the Beijing Motor show in April of 2018.  The overall look of the crossover is somewhat conventional, but with the traditional kidney grille being closed off for aerodynamic reasons and special aerodynamic wheels.
      The production iX3 will be rear-wheel drive only and have a peak rating of 286 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. All of that power comes from a single motor. The motor is BMW's fifth-generation eDrive powertrain developed solely in house. BMW says that the technology used in this motor is scalable and thus can be used in different automotive segments. 
      The battery is a 74-kWh pack that is capable of powering the iX3 for 273 miles on the European WLTP cycle (EPA rating will be lower).
      The iX3 will be built in Shenyang, China through a joint venture BMW Brilliance Automotive starting in 2020.
      Once the iX3 goes on the market, it will be BMW's first vehicle to be available in gasoline, diesel, plug-in hybrid, and pure electric drive configurations.

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    • By Drew Dowdell
      BMW unveiled the Concept iX3 at the Beijing Motor show in April of 2018.  The overall look of the crossover is somewhat conventional, but with the traditional kidney grille being closed off for aerodynamic reasons and special aerodynamic wheels.
      The production iX3 will be rear-wheel drive only and have a peak rating of 286 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. All of that power comes from a single motor. The motor is BMW's fifth-generation eDrive powertrain developed solely in house. BMW says that the technology used in this motor is scalable and thus can be used in different automotive segments. 
      The battery is a 74-kWh pack that is capable of powering the iX3 for 273 miles on the European WLTP cycle (EPA rating will be lower).
      The iX3 will be built in Shenyang, China through a joint venture BMW Brilliance Automotive starting in 2020.
      Once the iX3 goes on the market, it will be BMW's first vehicle to be available in gasoline, diesel, plug-in hybrid, and pure electric drive configurations.
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