Bimmer’s bright sparks
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/