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Reaper_sprite.gifAt the end of July we told you that BMW was planning a slew of model cuts in an effort to save some cash. The first of those cuts has just arrived, for 2020, there will be no 3-Series GT, 6-Series GT, or 6-Series Gran Coupe.  This announcement effectively kills the 6-series lineup entirely which the 8-series has taken over for.  The GT versions of the 3 and 6-Series never caught on and visually looked ungainly. 

That enough would be perfectly good enough reason for canceling the cars, but the real reason has to do with the markets massive shift towards SUVs.  Already the X3 is outselling the entire 3-series lineup on a regular basis, so keeping such a low volume variant around is probably not in the best interest of a company wishing to cut costs.  We'll update you as we find out about more cuts to the BMW line.

 


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Thank god. Those were the next ugliest things in their lineup only slightly behind the X4 and X6. 

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20 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

Thank god. Those were the next ugliest things in their lineup only slightly behind the X4 and X6. 

Hear Hear, 1,000,000 plus agree with you!

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Good idea to ditch those vehicles that cannot pull their own weight on the sales charts.  BMW may have to cull more from their herd of cars and SAVs.

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So they kill the 6 series only to bring out an 8-series coupe, convertible and gran coupe which cost $30k more than the 6-series.  They also have an X8 coming.  So they aren’t really shrinking the lineup they are just pushing more SUVs and more expensive cars.

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1 hour ago, smk4565 said:

So they kill the 6 series only to bring out an 8-series coupe, convertible and gran coupe which cost $30k more than the 6-series.  They also have an X8 coming.  So they aren’t really shrinking the lineup they are just pushing more SUVs and more expensive cars.

More shrinkage to come... Possibly from the 8 series itself. The 2 door versions may go away.

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Cutting models doesn't mean sales drop.  People are buying crossovers like there is no tomorrow.  Sports cars like the Supra and Z4 will probably die after this generation because people would rather spend $80k on an X3 M vs $60k on a Z4.  

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Honestly, I think they plan on killing most of their sedan lineup..save maybe the 5 and 7 series.....

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3-series isn’t going anywhere and there is a new i4 sedan coming in a year.  So they’ll have minimum 4 sedans.

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51 minutes ago, balthazar said:

Gonna have to kill some; they have 6 sedans now.

All they need is the 3 5 and 7.  All other sedans are superfluous.

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The i4 is a joke.  No need for it.  Also those hunchback GT things, hideous contraptions with little redeeming value.

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Apparently they're going to continue to inflict the 6-series GT on Europe and the cut is just for the US. 

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