Automotive News is reporting that BMW ‘s front wheel drive 1 Series will be coming to the US. Here ‘s an excerpt:
“It will be a relatively big segment because we have several body styles,” Ian Robertson, BMW AG ‘s board member for sales and marketing, said in an interview today at the Paris auto show.
He didn ‘t disclose what body styles BMW is developing but confirmed the vehicles will have a four-cylinder engine in the United States at launch. The new family of small cars is expected to be introduced in the next few years – before the launch of BMW ‘s megacity electric car due 2013, he said.
The new FWD model or models will come in at least 3 body styles and will be introduced before 2013. BMW says the new sub-compact range will have an initial global yearly volume of 100,000 units. When questioned about the idea of a front wheel drive BMW, Robertson responded: “No one has said to me the Mini isn ‘t great to drive.”