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Old 4th February 2008, 23:33   #1
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Over recent months a collage of rumors surrounding a fourth brand under the BMW umbrella have been circulating, which may now be coming into clearer focus. With government fuel economy and emissions standards tightening both in the US and abroad, BMW, like other carmakers, is being forced to develop more earth-conscious vehicles to offset the fire-breathing monsters from their M division and the behemoths from Rolls-Royce.
The answer may be to go after arch-rival Daimler's smart brand, but rather than going super-modern, BMW is tipped to design its line-up of city cars around a retro theme. Isetta, which made tiny commuter cars in the 50's, has been touted as one strong possibility, more likely than the prospect of reviving Triumph into a smart rival when its roots are in roadsters. We reported on the Isetta rumor back in November, but according to AutoExpress, development of the new city-car is officially underway. Whatever badge the new BMW city cars would wear, insiders suggest that motivation would come from small turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines, while hybrids would be reserved for SUVs and other larger vehicles.

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Nice to see they dont intend to retain the front-opening door and 3-wheel configuration.
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Nice to see they dont intend to retain the front-opening door and 3-wheel configuration.
it great if they retain that but looking at the pics it looks like its got door in the sides
i could not notice the front door .. did you?
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The picture I posted isnt an official picture.
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issettas were cute tiny cars and i had a nice opinion on the car for its practicality.it was a good product for daily city commuting and i dont think there were much options like it before.
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Nice to see they dont intend to retain the front-opening door and 3-wheel configuration.

The isetta had 4 wheels and not 3. The rear had a narrower track than the front.

http://www.cartype.com/images/page/isetta_back1.jpg

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The isetta had 4 wheels and not 3. The rear had a narrower track than the front.
Thanks for that clarification
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this is cetainly a better option compared to the smart car, but it might be expensive
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The Smart really needs some competition.
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The isetta had 4 wheels and not 3. The rear had a narrower track than the front.

http://www.cartype.com/images/page/isetta_back1.jpg
Earliest versions were 3 wheeled if I recall right. That said this artists impression looks fab.
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