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.”