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Old 13th September 2006, 10:50   #16
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Why should BMW do that and hurt their brand when mercs are way higher??
It's called wishful thinking...
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Old 13th September 2006, 12:52   #17
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i think thats a disguised test mule for the new 335i. The exhausts are similar to the 335ci just launched. 300hp 300lb ft.... that will never make it to india!!!
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I'd say around 28lks for the Petrol and 30-ish for the diesel.
How big is the 3 series?
Is it comparable to the Camry in any way (I mean like a bit smaller) or what?
The Camry is around 26lks on road in comparison.
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3 series is more or less like the C Class dimensionwise. Camry is closer to the 5 series.
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How I wish they bring the 330i and 330d here. I know they're gonna put the 3 Litre engines into the 5 Series, but there's no harm in hoping and praying that they pop them into the 3 Series they sell here as well!
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Originally Posted by GTO
Well, Mercedes learnt the tough way that base versions are not the right way to go.....in the premium segments. Thats why the C Class is now only available fully loaded (sunroof, alloys et all). Ditto with the E Class.
A little correction there......The E-class(E200K) is available in CLASSIC version, without leather and other frills.
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Default BMW India to import kits from Dingolfing plant !

BMW to race ahead of Daimler India

Sumantra Barooah
Posted Monday , September 18, 2006 at 18:59
Updated Monday , September 18, 2006 at 19:05 Email Print

DRIVING IN MORE UNITS: BMW it sees the car market doubling by the year 2010.

Dinglofing (near Munich): The world's largest premium carmaker, BMW, wants to race ahead of arch rival Daimler Chrysler.

Daimler Chrysler India sells 2,000 cars every year after being in India for 10 years. BMW wants to go beyond that in six years and is hatching big plans for India.

Last year, the company sold just 200 cars in India, all of which were imported.

Now, BMW will drive in with more and by 2010, it sees the car market doubling.

Says BMW AG board member, Michael Ganal, "We are prepared to grow alongside the volume in the market and localise more and more. Clearly we have to grow accordingly as a supplier industry."

So, by 2012 BMW might sell 3,500 premium cars a year.

Says President BMW, India, Peter Kronschnabl, "In a competitive environment we are targetting about 30 per cent of the segment. We feel that by about 2012 or 2015 we should double and come upto 10,000 units."

The three and five series cars will lead BMW India's offensive. They will provide volumes in segments where the Mercedes made its impression. Since then the market has developed steadily.

BMW's premium small car, Mini, might join in by 2009.

However, the group's going beyond cars. It's €4 billion financial services arm will also open its doors in India in partnership with an Indian bank.

And now BMW is looking for Indian suppliers to feed its global subsidiaries.

"We are new in the market so please give us a little more time on that. But I am sure that from now on - maybe in about 12 months we will definitely have selected certain services and implement them effectively on a worldwide basis. ," says Kronschnabl.

But its first task is to compete with Daimler Chrysler. And BMW's Dingolfing plant is gearing up to support its battle in India.

270,000 cars or almost a fifth of BMW Group's annual global sales come from the Dingolfing plant.

In fact, BMW's next assembly plant in India will also benefit from the Dingolfing plant as the five series kits will be exported from there.
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One more article on BMW in India


Interesting snippet from the article follows

Though the engine options and the price positioning of the 3 Series cars have not been announced, they are expected to be adequately laden and priced to enable them set new benchmarks in the segment. This could mean that the cars will be priced in the Rs 20-32 lakh range.
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Will they not bring in the humble 1 series?
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1-Series wouldn't be feasible for BMW and would clash with the Mini. Even if it was feasible they wouldn't want to get it in since they want to maintain BMW's prestige status in India.
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