Originally Posted by OdomPHD
Have no doubt that the end result will be a "1 series" sedan, regardless of opinion and speculation.
The simple matter at hand is money, and as any significant shareholder of BMW AG knows...these Bavarians mean to make tons of it. BMW capitalized on the sub 5er market with the 3er and they will subsequently capitalize on the sub 3er market with the proper and expected 1er GC/sedan. It is inevitable that such a car be presented by the esteemed BMW and it is inevitable that they will succeed.
Proof, you ask? No one has any. "Scott" has none, I haven't either. So long as BMW continues to do what they do best and make sub-compact sports cars they WILL develope..slash that (they already have it developed)..a 1er sedan.
The only question is: When will they bring it to market?
I agree wholeheartedly, and the time to bring it to market is now! BMW has been beaten to market in other segments, but a successful X1 and a small four door sedan would be a major coup with respect to the entry level luxury market. The current models have all moved upmarket in the US and smaller more fuel efficient cars are in demand. if only for the us market, like the e82 coupe, a 1 series sedan is needed.