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Will M235i be a Classic Like the 1M?
Apr 11, 2014 - 4:01 PM - by beemerbubble
In short no, yes I know how anti climactic. Now before you hully gully on out of here hear me out for a minute or as long as it takes you to read...




First on the not. See BMW only sold 740 units into the US market and only 6,309 cars sold in total globally, anyone familiar with economics will recognize the principles of supply and demand instantly. Initially BMW had only planned a production run on 2,700 units, due to overwhelming demand they goosed it to the aforementioned 6,309 units. Because there were so few 1M's floating and so many dollars competing for them dealers were selling the 1M above sticker, certain high demand stores we're actually charging a $10,000 premium over MSRP.

Autoblog then went and tried to track down a couple used 1M's and what the found was simply astonishing. Average selling price of the 20 units they were able to locate was $61,670, thats more than $15K over the original cars asking price, simply unheard of for a car three years out of production, perhaps understandable if it was a heavily desired classic, but its not a classic, or maybe it is already...

Anyway back to the M235i, I doubt the M235i is going to see as much demand after the fact as the 1M. While a stellar car the M235i does not go the full M car route. As far as I know there is no hard cap on M235i production like there is on full M cars and like there was for the 1M, meaning that finding one show up used in 3 to 5 years is going to be a positive peach compared to hunting down a 1M.

However we also need to consider the possibility of BMW selling us an M2. If BMW were to sell an M2 I have a sickly feeling that its going to play out similar to the 1M, a severely limited production run with tons of pent up demand, I figure this is the only way BMW can protect the integrity of the higher margin M4...
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BMW i3 is here !
Mar 20, 2014 - 11:25 AM - by obert
Looks like they will be doing a test drive and checking out the i3 at the Seattle BMW.



Just thought I would share.
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Geneva Motor Show Preview
Feb 28, 2014 - 4:10 PM - by AutoGuide.com
<span lang="EN-CA">Geneva Motor Show Coverage</span>

Keep your eye on the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, where we'll see plenty of exotics including the McLaren 650S and Koenigsegg One:1. Also expect to see other new cars like the Lexus NX, Audi TT, BMW X4 and the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. Coverage starts on March 4, so be sure to stop by.





More: Geneva Motor Show Coverage on AutoGuide.com
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BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe May Not Happen After All
Feb 12, 2014 - 4:03 PM - by beemerbubble
Without a valid source of confirmation either way we will be left flapping a little while longer, but what seemed to be a sure thing has quickly morphed into gaping doubt.



First lets revise a minute. We know that Mercedes has launched an assault on the lower spectrum of the market with their CLA. We also know that Audi will be fighting fire with fire after they debuted their A3 sedan. We know CLA and A3 Sedan will/are priced on the $30K button. We also know the 2 series coupe begins at $32K. Based on that I think many of us here felt that a 2 series Gran Coupe would only be logical, especially considering the new FWD 1 series architecture is not expected for another 2 years.

Now comes this mortar shell:

Quote:
Below the 3-Series, Diess says BMW does not see the need in the U.S. for a smaller sedan. Customers seeking four doors in that segment can consider the X1 small CUV and, if it comes to the U.S., the Active Tourer 2-Series multipurpose vehicle.

Although rivals Mercedes and Audi are in the small-sedan segment with the new CLA and A3, respectively, Diess says he sees a “high risk of substitution” as the vehicles may swipe sales from the brands’ larger cars.
He certainly is correct in worrying about substitution. Many BMW enthusiasts are head over heels at the prospect of a 2 series GC simply because it would be a reincarnate of the hugely popular e36 3 series sedan. Personally I'm massively disappointed, BMW will offer you 5 derivatives of F30 based cars, but ask for a simple F20 based sedan and all of a sudden substitution becomes a clear and present danger.

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