Bimmer’s bright sparks

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as big as the X3, an­other ma­jor launch for BMW next year is the 1 Se­ries M car.

How­ever, BMWwill not call it an M1 for ob­vi­ous rea­sons.

At present, BMW is re­fer­ring to the project as ‘‘Pyrat’’, but a fi­nal name has not yet been de­cided.

Scott says the new M5 could ar­rive by the end of 2011 or more likely early 2012.

BMW’s Gran Coupe, re­vealed at the Bei­jing Mo­tor Show this year, has been given the go-ahead for pro­duc­tion.

The four-door, four-seat ‘‘coupe’’ is de­signed to fill a gap in its line-up and take on the Mercedes CLS.

‘‘They haven’t said yet whether it will be a 6 Se­ries or a re­ju­ve­nated 8 Se­ries,’’ Scott says.

‘‘There is no tim­ing yet for its re­lease, but best guess is 2012.’’

With the in­tro­duc­tion of the Mini Coun­try­man, in­dus­try ru­mours point to BMW de­vel­op­ing smaller ver­sions of and X1.

‘‘Will they be called the 0 Se­ries or X0? I guess the pos­si­bil­ity of those names you can’t rule out and you can’t rule in,’’ Scott says.

‘‘All I can say is BMW shows enor­mous po­ten­tial be­low the 1 Se­ries level. Prob­a­bly not for some time, though.’’

He says such a move would prob­a­bly fol­low the elec­tric Megac­ity car which is a sub-1 Se­ries size, yet as tall as an X3. It is slated for re­lease in 2013. ‘‘There will be a lot more di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion in the Mini brand, than BMW,’’ Scott says.

‘‘BMW will al­ways have higher vol­ume sales, but you are see­ing a lot more con­cepts un­der the Mini brand, such as the Speed­ster or Road­ster Coupe and the new Coun­try­man.’’ Fol­low Mark’s tweets at: twit­ter.com/

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