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      04-14-2020, 12:48 PM   #67
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The fact they had to write this article is worrying. They already took away NA engines, hydraulic steering, almost all manual transmissions, almost all RWD.

Nothing setting this brand apart from others anymore.
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The fact they had to write this article is worrying. They already took away NA engines, hydraulic steering, almost all manual transmissions, almost all RWD.

Nothing setting this brand apart from others anymore.
When I drive a BMW now I don't feel any difference compared to a modern Merc or Audi. All these cars basically drive the same. I drove my buddy's C43 for a while the other day and even it's steering had more resistance on turn in than the new M340s I've driven. However both cars are heavy boats that do not enjoy being thrown into corners or darting between lanes.

They are all so desperate to be #1 in sales they've all created the same car just with different designs and different tech user interface.
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      04-18-2020, 08:10 PM   #69
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Good read thanks OP.

I've had several CS over the years and feel I'm finally over them. They are fantastic for growing families.

I'm now heading back the other and only looking at coupes and sedans.

The X models have really been a runaway success for BMW. I wonder how much/any of that was partly from the Land Rover purchase. They definitely seemed to own the sporty SAV/SUV segment for some time before competition caught up.

I'm surprised that the 2 series Gran Coupe model was deemed necessary really.

In my selfish mind I'd like to see:-

1 series hatch (currently own M135i)
2 series RWD coupe
3 series sedan
4 series coupe
5 series sedan
8 series coupe + Gran coupe
Mnext Halo

X1/3/5/7

Don't see much news for the coupe style SUVs (however obviously I'd be poor at business these sell well and my wife has an X2!!!).

I'd also personally drop the 7, doesn't ever seem a big seller or ever close to toppling the S class in luxury. Maybe an uber luxurious 5 model in L guise could fill this.

As for mini brand, it's a worry, sales look to have been dreadful in NA last periods. Is it just too small and seems to offer poor value in some markets. Seems popular as ever in the IK but that might not be enough. Decision on full EV next platform or not seems to be holding the revised model back.

Well thanks for reading. As ever, it's a good job I'm not on the board of BMW AG I'd be specialising in getting Leipzig to offer individual colour for my Fire Orange M2C.
Agreed with the X series.

I avoided SAV/SUV's for the longest. My first car was a Pathfinder almost 20 years ago.

But the X series made SAV/SUV's elegant, sexy, and sporty all in one
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Agreed with the X series.

I avoided SAV/SUV's for the longest. My first car was a Pathfinder almost 20 years ago.

But the X series made SAV/SUV's elegant, sexy, and sporty all in one
I agree, I have had 135 and a 335 and I love my X1 35i. Performance is great and having the extra room is nice.
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