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Old 22nd November 2009, 19:17   #1
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Default Coming soon: BMW 320 D for passat price. EDIT: Launched as the Corporate Edition

Yes, you heard it right. The current 320 D is available in 2 variants:
  • 320D basic-29,50,000 ex-Delhi
  • 320D high line-30,50,000 ex-Delhi
BMW will launch stripped down model called 320D executive priced at about 24 lakh, ex-Delhi which removes sunroof, power seats and cupholders etc (cannot recall anything else).

Expected price is around Rs. 24 lakh ex-Delhi. The 3 series basic will be discontinued while the high line will remain.
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Expected price is around Rs. 24 lakh ex-Delhi. The 3 series basic will be discontinued while the high line will remain.
Wow ! That's some news. 5L lower !

This could potentially woo some of the Accord/Camry/Superb customers. Even more so, if Merc/Audi responds to this.

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Read the news in ACI, but they say it will be only available for fleet customers.

Pg 23.
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I haven't got hold of ACI but the dealer confirmed that general customers will also be able to buy it.
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That would turn the 18-30 lakh Market on its Head. As always BMW re-defining things their own way.
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That's bang in the OLD C class territory. If Benz introduces a further stripped down version of the C, wonder whats left to remove except the sun roof.
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How about the 318 petrol? will it get the same treatment.

put in a petrol and manual transmission and bring it under the 20L barrier.

BTW, in Europe I think they also have a low power diesel called 318d.
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lol. How much will they save removing the cupholders???

If they remove the sunroof, electric seats and if they put in regular tubeless with a space saver tyre they will be able to reduce the costs further.
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This sounds like great news. This would force others in the segment and the one below to cut their fat margins.
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Thats indeed market shaking news. But the question is will Honda and MB do anything to the prices of Accord or C Class respectively
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Is BMW going to spoil the image a bit by offering lesser in the same model, even if it's going to cost less?

Current model going out might not be exactly a great news. Because it offered not as many frills as highline but still enough?

I hate a model series when heavily stripped down versions exist in the same. It feels scary to me.
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isnt the new 3 series on the way?? next year ?? getting rid of stocks around the world?
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Yep, the present 3 series (E90) is into its fourth year so expect a major upgarde or maybe even a all new model especially since the new C and A3 are out. So with the age of the car and stronger competition BMW has to do what every other car maker does in such a situation.
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Yep, the present 3 series (E90) is into its fourth year so expect a major upgarde or maybe even a all new model especially since the new C and A3 are out. So with the age of the car and stronger competition BMW has to do what every other car maker does in such a situation.
But I thought in India the just launched the facelifted 3 series with 50-50 weight distribution et al
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Is BMW is going this 3-Series as their sale are down or just to fight with increasing sale of VW Passat ???
I think they are giving these remaining 3-Series at a price of VW Passat as they will be launching a face lifted 3-Series next year around.
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