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Santeno
02-28-2005, 10:41 AM
From Todays Autoweek Magazine and Automotive News:<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">BMW plans to build multipurpose vehicle called X6, sources say.<p>MUNICH, Germany -- BMW will build a multipurpose vehicle called the X6, supplier sources say.<p>Sources at two suppliers familiar with the project say they are being asked to provide price quotes on parts for the vehicle, according to Automotive News Europe, a sister publication to Automotive News and AutoWeek.<p>The sources say the X6 will be built at BMW's Spartanburg, S.C., plant.<p>A spokesman for BMW Manufacturing Corp. in Spartanburg did not confirm the plans.</TD></TR></TABLE>

bolita
02-28-2005, 11:53 AM
Would this compete against the Range Rover? If so, it probably should be named the X7 <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0">

62Lincoln
03-01-2005, 09:13 AM
This merits much more attention than it seems to be getting. I think BMW is going to attempt to make something very close to a true MINIVAN, but label it as something else. What other reason for making a product to slot between their existing offerings? Note they have already started with their word games, calling it a 'multipurpose' vehicle. I guess the other interpretation is that they are trying to respond to the Mercedes GST.

Santeno
03-01-2005, 09:22 AM
IMO, BMW isn't gong to go the minivan route (at least not fully. I'm picturing something more like Mercedes new crossover, but with BMW's traditional emphasis on sport.

T.B.
03-01-2005, 11:07 AM
<B><I>BMW Group continues product initiative <p>03/01/2005 <p>Two new model series announced </B><p>Geneva / Munich. The BMW Group is continuing its product initiative. At the International Motor Show in Geneva, Helmut Panke, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, announced the development of two new BMW brand model series: "We are using the strength of the BMW Group and pushing emphatically ahead with the extension of the vehicle range. We will be further expanding with two completely new, independent model series, and thus continuing the profitable growth of the BMW Group."<p>One of the new model series will be providing the market with a product that is innovative on the basis of its interior spatial design, which combines variability and functionality. This vehicle is being developed under the working title of the "space-functional concept". <p>BMW is aiming, with the second model series, to make use of the potential demand opening up in new market segments. The background to this is the increased customer interest for vehicles which combine different characteristics in a form which has not existed until now: these include a higher seat position, the driving properties of a sporting passenger car and the outward appeal of a coupĀ. <p>Four world premieres in Geneva show how the product offensive is currently progressing: with the new generation of the BMW 3 Series, the company is continuing the success story of this model series. At the same time, the revised BMW 7 Series is being presented to the public for the first time. The BMW 1 Series now has a particularly powerful engine variant at its disposal in the BMW 130i, and BMW M GmbH is rounding off the BMW 6 Series in the highest power segment with the new BMW M6. <p>In the first two months of the current financial year, the BMW Group has been able to achieve further increases in volume sales: last month showed the highest sales ever for January, and the current projections for February are also very promising: up to and including February, the increase in sales, according to provisional figures, is around seven percent.</I><p>Source: BMW Press <p>Nice ... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>So, are we going to see a new V (or W) and Y series, or X4 and X6? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Tine at 1:15 AM 3/2/2005</i>

Tidal
03-01-2005, 02:29 PM
The first model series they mention will probably be aimed at the likes of the R-klass, the second model series sounds like something new. BMW have already presented this as a concept, can't remember the name... it was a silver coupe, one of the first to show the " flame surfacing " design theme, and it had asymmetrical doors and 4wd, so it will end up being a sort of X3 coupe, i guess.<br>

Ascariss
03-01-2005, 02:36 PM
Well the expansion at the US plant would make sense for this to be built there, on account of doller vs the Euro situation.

T.B.
03-01-2005, 03:04 PM
<I>Speaking at a BMW event ahead of the Geneva motor show, Helmut Panke [BMW CEO)] predicted demand for such crossover vehicles would soar in Europe. While in the US drivers tend to prefer sports utility vehicles (SUVs), such as the BMW X5 and its sibling X3, in Europe demand for crossover vehicles is likely to be considerable, Mr Panke said. "There's a growing market here," he said. "We are going to go that way." </I><p>Source: <A HREF="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4306971.stm" TARGET="_blank">http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4306971.stm</A><p><I>Krause [BMW financial chief] also announced that BMW would go ahead with production of two unspecified new models in Germany and the United States, probably in 2008. </I><p>Source: <A HREF="http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world_business/view/135131/1/.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.channelnewsasia.com....html</A><p>So, the crossover will be built in Germany, and a RFK (BMW van based on a new X5's platform) in US? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0"> <br><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Tine at 2:49 AM 3/2/2005</i>

Tidal
03-01-2005, 06:16 PM
Here it is, i found it. What i think their 2nd model line will look like: <p><A HREF="http://www.fast-autos.net/bmw/bmwxcoupe.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.fast-autos.net/bmw/bmwxcoupe.html</A><p>For what i hear, the " spacious " one will be X5 based, so it would make more sense to do ( at least ) that one in the US.

Santeno
03-02-2005, 08:53 AM
I thin you might have something there diveira. Didn't posrche do something like this with the 959 (at least in rally form) and suzuki (to a much lesser extent) with the x90. while interesting in both accounts, I can't imagine a vehicle of this type to have anything more than limited volume. Now the MPV I see selling like hotcakes.

JBlair
03-03-2005, 09:42 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>DVieira</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The first model series they mention will probably be aimed at the likes of the R-klass, the second model series sounds like something new. BMW have already presented this as a concept, can't remember the name... it was a silver coupe, one of the first to show the " flame surfacing " design theme, and it had asymmetrical doors and 4wd, so it will end up being a sort of X3 coupe, i guess.<br> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Doubt that the new line will be called R-class, especially since Mercedes already holds that Trademark.

Santeno
03-03-2005, 10:03 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JBlair</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Doubt that the new line will be called R-class, especially since Mercedes already holds that Trademark. </TD></TR></TABLE><br>Johnny, sip a little more coffee, I think you might still be a little sleepy. He said "Aimed at the R-Class" not "Named R-class".

JBlair
03-03-2005, 12:41 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Santeno</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Johnny, sip a little more coffee, I think you might still be a little sleepy. He said "Aimed at the R-Class" not "Named R-class".</TD></TR></TABLE> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bangin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bangin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bangin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bangin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bangin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bangin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bangin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bangin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bangin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Darn it, my vision must be getting worse! Part of the reason I thought that was that the BMW version was supposedly called RFK.

Tidal
03-03-2005, 01:11 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Santeno</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Didn't posrche do something like this with the 959 (at least in rally form) and suzuki (to a much lesser extent) with the x90. while interesting in both accounts, I can't imagine a vehicle of this type to have anything more than limited volume. Now the MPV I see selling like hotcakes.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I agree the X coupe should have limited appeal, but still, with most of the 3 door SUVs having fled the market place, i think it could still do well. <p>As for the RFK, i found some chops that have been around for a while <p><A HREF="http://www.imageshack.us" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://img218.exs.cx/img218/3762/bmwrfkbig1nb.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><p><A HREF="http://www.imageshack.us" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://img218.exs.cx/img218/5135/rfkorrbig2gn.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><p>I don't know how accurate this thing is, but the least you could say is that the styling is controversial. Also, and more importantly, the X5 and X3 have been widely criticized for their lack of comfort, due mostly to the fact that BMW had to insure that they kept up their reputation for being drivers cars, and having good handling skills. I don't think the potential client of this car would be able to tolerate that compromise, Bmw would have to do some very hard suspension work.<p>Btw, this has already been discussed here <A HREF="http://www.carspyshots.net/zerothread?id=12324" TARGET="_blank">http://www.carspyshots.net/zerothread?id=12324</A><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by DVieira at 12:30 AM 3/5/2005</i>

Roadster44
03-06-2005, 04:51 PM
Started hearing rumours about MPV back in like what...summer of '03? They knew what they wanted to do, I bet you they know how to do it. Just had to wait for the right time.

IcedG35
03-19-2005, 04:54 PM
The Infiniti Triante concept was definitely a nicer execution of this SUV based sports coupe design.