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      08-07-2012, 10:03 AM   #37
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Originally Posted by Superspeed View Post
The problem is that there are no other manufacturers left in the RWD compact car market. If you want a compact car in the future it will be FWD (or AWD). And if so you might just as well buy it from BMW

Let's hope they at least keep one sporty RWD niche car for the enthusiasts, paralel to the FWD platform. Toyota just reintroduced RWD on a niche model. If the Japanese see this business oportunity, why not BMW?

BMW Group should let Mini take care of the FWD business (where they do a good job) and let the BMW brand take RWD to even higher levels, loyal to it's heritage and faithful customers.

But what do I know, being just a simple engineer and not a fancy marketing expert
I totally agree about Mini--if that's where you want "volume" sales, then create an economy model there with the known FWD layout and call it a day. There is no need to create brand dilution and confusion by inserting it into the BMW line.

I don't think BMW will ever lose the RWD platform...I just think we will continue to see the watered-down, jack of all trades, I can build anything (at the cost of not being great at anything) approach...which didn't work for GM...or Chrysler...or Ford...but what do I know either?

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Originally Posted by Sol01 View Post
if Space is of no issue , Porsche is the way to go although it costs fair bit more.
I would love a Cayman...I am a single dude without kids or even a dog. so space isn't an issue for me...it just seems insane to spend $1,000 a month on a car...so that's what has held me back in the past. Maybe I can pick up a nice used one when it is time to dump the 135...
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2007 E92 328 - JB, N52, MT (retired by a drunk driver)