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      03-09-2011, 01:46 AM   #45
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      03-09-2011, 01:57 AM   #46
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      03-09-2011, 05:44 AM   #47
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it looks like a f..kin scion xB...
hope it will never be produced
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      03-09-2011, 07:22 AM   #48
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Looks like a bad version of a Fiat Multipla. :/
Brilliant... So true.

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Interesting....

Many can make a judgement on a car which I can see is camouflaged not only with typical BMW swirls. but plastic panels on the A-Pillar and on the body.

The finished car follows the same philosophy as the i8 (Vision Efficient Dynamics) by being ahead of it's time.
The concept at the IAA in September will show you what is underneath the camouflage.
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      03-09-2011, 09:18 AM   #50
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can't believe that BMW would put their badge on this piece of garbage
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      03-09-2011, 10:04 AM   #51
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Interesting....

Many can make a judgement on a car which I can see is camouflaged not only with typical BMW swirls. but plastic panels on the A-Pillar and on the body.

The finished car follows the same philosophy as the i8 (Vision Efficient Dynamics) by being ahead of it's time.
The concept at the IAA in September will show you what is underneath the camouflage.
I understand that the test mule doesn't represent the finished product...but the i3 mule doesn't very closely resemble the clay or whatever they are cutouts we first saw...

At least the i8 looks the part so to speak...I think that's why most haven't responded well to the i3 to this point...
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      03-09-2011, 01:30 PM   #52
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Fortunately (looking at what you all drive) most of the negative commentators here probably wouldn't be in the target demographic for this car - the fact that there are people out there that like the way the Smart, the Yaris, the Fiesta, the Ka, the Fiat 500.. etc. etc. look should indicate a massive potential market? Plus the Audi A2 was a success in Europe from what I remember, and that was ugly a sin.

Personally I'm happy to wait (though keen to see) how this turns out, but.. people should at least wait to see it as a finished product, before declaring whether it not it has the right to be called a BMW.. kinda makes me think they may have only bought their cars for the badge.
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      03-09-2011, 04:33 PM   #53
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Fortunately (looking at what you all drive) most of the negative commentators here probably wouldn't be in the target demographic for this car - the fact that there are people out there that like the way the Smart, the Yaris, the Fiesta, the Ka, the Fiat 500.. etc. etc. look should indicate a massive potential market? Plus the Audi A2 was a success in Europe from what I remember, and that was ugly a sin.

Personally I'm happy to wait (though keen to see) how this turns out, but.. people should at least wait to see it as a finished product, before declaring whether it not it has the right to be called a BMW.. kinda makes me think they may have only bought their cars for the badge.
This is nearly 4x more expensive though.
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This is nearly 4x more expensive though.
Yes but it's not like BMW don't recognise that, and for that reason they aren't expecting it to sell in the same volume. And provided it is a better car than the competition, and has a few features that help to justify a premium price, just as the 1er, 3er, and 5er do against cheaper but comparable offerings from the likes of Vauxhall, Ford, VW, Volvo, Honda, Mazda etc.. then it might just qualify as a premium product also. Remember, well off people may want compact eco motoring also, but not slum it with other Ka owners.

If people think it's ugly (based on camod spy photos ?) then fine, styling will always be subjective. But to slam the concept of the car is short sighted, and if (based on substantial research I expect) BMW decided that there was a business case to produce this car, then it's reasonably safe to assume there pricing strategy and sales forecasts are realistic. Project-i has probably cost BMW hundreds of millions of euro's since it was announced, they are more committed to the future of electric motoring than any other mainstream brand as far as I can tell, even if they stumble now, I'd rather that BMW learned from mistakes now, and gained the knowledge now, so when the inevitable raft of competition turns up from brands that 'never follow' we already have a far better product.

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      03-10-2011, 01:40 AM   #55
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The whole idea of the recyclable car is quite foolish. I mean this is going to go forth as a dispossible vehicle. Vehicles that is cheap, has a short life span, and is shortly after distroyed. Which will allow people to buy less expensive vehicles more often. Which means instead fo purchasing 10 cars in a lifetime we might go through 20 cars.

Now think of all the energy required not only to produce more cars but to recycle these cars. I can assure you that the energy consumed in the future will outweigh the waste left behind on todays cars as fas as an impact on the environment goes.

People are so easily lead into this whole "green" movement. Consumerism is what's really going on here, not the well being of the environment.

I like the idea of making a "greener" car. Sometimes I just wonder if that's really what's going on.
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Interesting....

Many can make a judgement on a car which I can see is camouflaged not only with typical BMW swirls. but plastic panels on the A-Pillar and on the body.

The finished car follows the same philosophy as the i8 (Vision Efficient Dynamics) by being ahead of it's time.
The concept at the IAA in September will show you what is underneath the camouflage.

..SCOTT26... oh so true, its MEGAcamo-city at the moment.

I would love one to go into town for short trips in all e-mode.. long touring trips, most likely not. Even as an American I love the Fiat 500 joinig our roads soon.
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      03-10-2011, 04:17 AM   #57
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Looks great, and an interesting move for BMW. If this is successful then that makes a lot more room in their overall carbon footprint as a manufacturer for the cars that we really want to drive - like the M3/M5 (without the turbos (sadly) of course) ....
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Scott, I have always admired and respected your input in this forum.

Thanks, and although many people do not think all BMW products are spot on, I think most of us would acknowledge that the company as a whole is doing a fantastic job.

We are all (well most of us) BMW fans at heart.

It would be good to have an E30 homage at some point with an ultra light weight M3 with less power but a whole lot less weight than the E92 M3 (as much as I love it) .....
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      03-10-2011, 05:55 AM   #59
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Audi A2 meets BMW 1 Series Hatch!
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      03-10-2011, 03:27 PM   #60
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eeek its an Audi A2
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      03-10-2011, 07:11 PM   #61
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Interesting. Definitely for people who want a "sustainable" vehicle. At least in the US, if people want such a vehicle they want it to be really cheap (e.g. Scion) and they don't much care what it looks like (as evidenced by Scions, Priuses, Leafs, etc...). Further, in the US, specifically California, the legislature pushed sustainable cars (Civic hybrids and Priuses) through carpool lane passes, which interestingly ran out.

The problem I see for BMW if they decide to release this car in the US (which they may not) is that the car will be too expensive and won't likely get a special pass to allure people. The pass was really the ticket for Toyota in California. The Prius is/was overly expensive, but you could get a tax credit and a carpool lane pass and people ate that up.

Further, for evidence of US wants, look at SmartCar. They opened a dealer up in Orange County, California because they figured all the liberals with money would want to snatch them up. Interestingly, there were no car pool passes left and nobody wanted to drive a SmartCar, so the dealer went out of business relatively quickly. Even the ultra liberals of Orange County don't want to drive these types of cars. It seems that only the economically challenged buy the small cheap cars, not for the sustainability, but for the cheapness.
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BMW needs innovative marketing to assess how to make the Megacity a success in the USA market. Lots of folks will like it, but who will spend the premium to buy it?
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AutoBild.de show how the car will look minus the rear hinged doors which are not shown here.


http://www.autobild.de/bilder/fotos-...i-1561274.html
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