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Old 13th February 2013, 20:01   #1
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Default BMW R&D Head confirms 10 brand-new product lines by December 2014

In an interview given to a German magazine Auto Motor und Sport, BMW’s R&D chief Herbert Diess confirmed plans to put 22 BMW products on the road by 2014. 10 of these 22 cars will be brand new product lines with no predecessors.
A lot of information about BMW’s future has already been revealed. Here is a fair idea of what these 10 products are –
  • The BMW X4, a mini X6, is expected to hit the stands in 2014.
  • Most BMW products will be offered in a ‘plug-in hybrid’ avatar in the coming years.
  • BMW is bullish about its front-wheel-drive cars and plans to provide the same ‘ultimate driving pleasure’ with its FWD cars.
  • BMW 3 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series will continue to be offered with rear-wheel drive.
  • The 1 Series family will grow in the coming years including the birth of the 2 Series which will have coupe and convertible models.
  • The 4 Series brand will see the launch of convertible and go-fast variants, apart from the coupe.
  • The Bavarain automaker believes that electric mobility is the future. The automaker is working hard on developing its ‘i’ brand which will specialize in EVs.
  • Despite stressing on the fact that BMW makes ‘the Ultimate Driving Machine’, BMW believes that autonomous driving also has a bright future. Its new city car ‘i3’ will feature an on-board assistance function which can take over the control in stressful conditions such as traffic jams.
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The 3 series is now as big as the 5 of a decade ago, this has opened up space for a 4 dour below the 3 which will be an actual sports sedan and not a high end badge fleet model. The X4 seems like overkill, the 1 series has a market, although it will be limited to mature markets. The rest of the range seem like an extension of VW platform sharing idea.
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