View Full Version : BMW to bring back to Isetta to take on the Smart?

03-26-2008, 03:24 PM



BMW CEO, Norbert Reithofer, has recently announced that the Bavarian auto maker is about to develop an all new small city car designed for use in big cities like New York, Tokyo, Rio or other overpopulated areas where big cars are a nuisance. The decision was influenced by new CAFE emission standards which take effect in 2012. Consequenty, BMW will be classified as a "large vehicle manufactuer," and subject to higher efficiency standards.

Since this new city car will be considerably smaller than BMW’s current smallest model, the 1-Series, the old Isetta legend from the 50s comes to mind. The little city hopper is not expected to adapt the unusual front end access door from the original Isetta, but an electric engine will get power from a lithium-ion battery which is expected to provide sufficient power assuming development of the technology progresses at a presumed rate. Similar to the Smart model, it will offer room for two passengers plus luggage, and it can be expected that BMW will create an all new brand name and model line for this car.

Since nobody knows how the new little car will look like once it comes on the market, these two speculative computer renderings are an artist’s impression of what it could be like.

03-26-2008, 03:30 PM
that's hot

but I wonder about pricing. Smart starts at 15k

Saw an old school one on Kijiji asking $13k

03-26-2008, 03:33 PM
The direction oil prices are heading, this car looks mean as hell!!! *rockout*

03-26-2008, 03:34 PM
That is all.

03-26-2008, 04:41 PM
That is all.

is kia motors workin with bmw on this one?

03-26-2008, 05:22 PM
if the front of the car isnt a door, then its no isetta to me

although im sure this dude loves it...


03-26-2008, 06:01 PM
That is all.

It`s alright buddy. We`ve got at least another 5 years in this commodity rally. Some analysts are calling for $150 and $200 a barrel oil. At that point, people might will be laughing their asses off at what we drive.

03-26-2008, 08:30 PM
If the door isn't the front end... then it aint no Isetta!

03-27-2008, 01:24 AM
i'm perfectly happy with the mini.... just wish they'd get the diesel in NA already

03-27-2008, 08:43 AM
Diesel is more expensive then premium. Probably going to continue to rise too so that we bend over and take it with the salt....... :moon:

Bicycles with winter tires will be the way of the future.*rockout*