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Old 10-07-2009, 02:50 PM   #1
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BMW 2013 0-Series artist rendering - 800
New sub-compact model will be BMW's first front wheel-drive car



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This tidbit of information comes to us care of Car Magazine's print edition, which Jalopnik.com has reported on online.
BMW will be building a competitor to the Audi A1 and the Mercedes A-Class. The so-called '0-Series', apparently referred to internally as the UKL1 (Untere Kompactklasse, or sub-compact) over at BMW, will be based on the third-generation MINI platform and, hence, be BMW's first front-wheel drive model.
What's striking about this news is that BMW has always been a strict rear-wheel drive automaker, a trademark that distinguishes it from its fellow premium brand competitors. BMW will be going back on a promise never to make a front-drive model. The sub-compact range is scheduled for a market release in 2013.
According to the report, the UKL1/0-series will be offered as both a 3-door and 5-door hatch, with a two-seat roadster variant also in the works. BMW will also develop a couple of brand new 3 and 4-cylinder engines to power the new range.
The 0-series will likely be built at the same plant in Oxford in the U.K. where MINI models are assembled.
Now, does calling it the 0-Series make sense or does it just seem ridiculous? Hard to say.


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Old 10-07-2009, 02:55 PM   #2
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Will be the C series, C for crap that is
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Old 10-07-2009, 04:10 PM   #3
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All I can tell you is that is gay. Gay! Gay!


That movie was on last night - thought of it immediately after seeing this 0-series Mini.
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Old 10-07-2009, 04:15 PM   #4
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Old 10-07-2009, 05:36 PM   #5
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I'll take a RWD Mini.
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Old 10-07-2009, 05:40 PM   #6
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I'll take a RWD Mini.
Me too, but probably not for BMW prices.
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Old 10-07-2009, 05:55 PM   #7
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Me too, but probably not for BMW prices.
New sub-compact model will be BMW's first front wheel-drive car


From the first post
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Old 10-07-2009, 06:02 PM   #8
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Old 10-07-2009, 06:48 PM   #9
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Zero series? Bet they wished they didn't skip using '2' for the 1 series instead.
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Old 10-07-2009, 07:15 PM   #10
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If they want to make an even smaller car, they can start using '0.5' series or '-1' series.
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:53 PM   #11
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How about the this is really gonna suck series.
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Old 10-07-2009, 10:54 PM   #12
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Everyone is gonna buy one of these.

just to say "ya... I drive a brand new Beemer"
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:33 PM   #13
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Everyone is gonna buy one of these.

just to say "ya... I drive a brand new Beemer"
They wouldn't sell it in the US, it would "dilute the brand image" and hurt the profit margins on the X's and M's.

Rest of the world though? Probably. A 118d isn't exactly an "ultimate driving machine" but that doesn't stop BMW from offering it.
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Old 10-08-2009, 12:14 AM   #14
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i wonder how they will manage to make something this small weigh in at 2 tons too?
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Old 10-08-2009, 12:57 AM   #15
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i wonder how they will manage to make something this small weigh in at 2 tons too?

Funny because it's true.
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Everyone is gonna buy one of these.

just to say "ya... I drive a brand new Beemer"
Bimmer. A Beemer is a motorcycle.
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Old 10-08-2009, 11:45 AM   #18
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WOW!!! Talk about a fun car! I always liked the Coop, but FWD is no fun.
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Old 10-08-2009, 11:54 AM   #19
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Yeah, 2008 should get here any day now....
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Old 10-08-2009, 12:12 PM   #20
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Yeah, 2008 should get here any day now....
Doh, why did you have to screw up my daydream with facts!?!? Missed that.
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Old 10-08-2009, 12:55 PM   #21
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So they want a Mini that they can justify costing even more than Mini's do now.

Priced a Mini clubman JCW with a few options because I really like the looks and handling $37k, no thanks.
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Doh, why did you have to screw up my daydream with facts!?!? Missed that.
Heh, sorry to burst your bubble. But I had to, you got my hopes up and then deflated them.
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So they want a Mini that they can justify costing even more than Mini's do now.

Priced a Mini clubman JCW with a few options because I really like the looks and handling $37k, no thanks.
Check the price of used Mini's. As much as new in some places. I like the car and hate the price.
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Old 10-09-2009, 02:51 PM   #24
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Only the SUV variant that is coming out next year.
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Too big, will wait for 2015 BMW -1 series.
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