View Full Version : BMW "NOT" making R Class fighter (Thank god)

09-28-2007, 04:29 AM

An R-Class style MPV does not fit BMW’s image and will not be produced, according to CEO Norbert Reithofer. The announcement was made as part of BMW’s unveiling of its 10-year business strategy. Instead of building upon its previously reported Space Functional concept, BMW will produce a car that will forge an entirely new segment - the Progressive Activity Sedan.

The Space Functional concept was originally conceived as a competitor to Mercedes-Benz’s R-class. However, BMW’s decision not to produce the van may have been influenced by the relative failure of the R-class. Mercedes has already had to reduce the price and add incentives to move the vehicle off of dealer lots. Despite these efforts, the vehicle has yet to sell more than 7,000 units this year, reports Automotive News.

A camouflaged BMW prototype sedan has been spotted on the streets of Munich sporting a sloped rear roof segment, which you can read about in our previous story. It is believed that this is an early example of the upcoming Progressive Activity Sedan.

I don't knwo if this makes more sense or less sense. Progressive Activity Sedan? WTF?

source: http://www.motorauthority.com/cars/bmw/bmw-kills-space-functional-production-concept-plans-new-sedan/

09-28-2007, 08:41 AM
What is BMW's image anyways...

09-28-2007, 08:45 AM
They will make whatever sells..

09-28-2007, 10:59 AM
they should make one REAL SPORTS CAR!!!!!

09-28-2007, 11:05 AM
they should make one REAL SPORTS CAR!!!!!

They make many. M roadster, M coupe, M3, in fact the entire M line up.

Isn't the M3 used in GT racing series against the 911 and the Corvette?

09-28-2007, 11:30 AM
"The chairman of the board for the BMW Group, Dr. Norbert Reithofer, made public a number of goals and products set for the coming years in a speech today. In short, a BMW X1, a CS Concept-based four-door grand tourer, and a "Progressive Activity Sedan" have all gotten the green light, while the rumored V-class has found its way to the trash can. A Phantom coupe and a smaller, less expensive model are confirmed for Rolls-Royce, and Mini will indeed release a small SUV, likely on a shared platform with the X1. All the above will happen within five years.

To deal with the expansion, production will be increased in Spartanburg, SC, as well as at Mini's Oxford plant and at the BMW factory in China. BMW will also add a fourth brand, but Reithofer stated that no brand has met the requirements--so no Volvo. Finally, management has been reshuffled. More details in our longer summary after the jump."

09-28-2007, 01:58 PM
^^ siick stuff...but where's the supercar? lol