• Nov 21, 2006
For those of us looking for the spiritual successor to the BMW 2002, we've been waiting patiently as the folks across the Atlantic were able to walk into their local BMW dealer and order up a 130i. BMW's excuses for not importing the 1-series to North America centered on the weak dollar and a supposed lack of interest in hatchbacks (MINI anyone?), but we've been told that's about to change.

Way back in January of this year, BMW's CEO, Tom Purves, was quoted by Automotive News as saying that the 1-series, "is absolutely coming" and up until now, that's the last we've heard.

Now, in another interview with AutoNews, Norbert Reithofer, BMW's newest CEO, says, "We will definitely bring the 1-series to the United States, but it will not be a hatchback." Instead, we should expect a coupe, sedan and station wagon (although we're not quite sure how that's different from the image above) in the future.

We're not ready to hold our breath, but it's nice to know that the possibility is still on the table.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      For hatch fans... keep in mind the wrx gets a redesign, reportedly with more modern/upscale interior for 08.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Remember when you could get a new 3-series for $25k?"

      No, but have you taken inflation into account?
      • 8 Years Ago
      30K for a well equipped 130i? I'm there, because that's 260 or so in a car weighing as much as a GTI, or a little more.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "If I could have gotten a 330i with sport, HIDs, premium and comfort access for 32k I would have done it. 40k is completely out of my range."

      So all you want is the 330i (is the 325i too "base" for you?), 2 major option packages, and 2 options that are about as luxury (read: unnecessary) as they get this side of navigation AND you want it for the price of a Maxima.

      Wishful thinking at it's best!
      • 8 Years Ago
      "So all you want is the 330i (is the 325i too "base" for you?), 2 major option packages, and 2 options that are about as luxury (read: unnecessary) as they get this side of navigation AND you want it for the price of a Maxima.

      Wishful thinking at it's best!"

      Well it's not EXACTLY the same but you could get an '04 Ford Focus SVT (basically a sport package) Euro Edition (heated leather recaros, very nice interior) with HIDs for under 20K. It's not impossible for a similar sized BMW with some power to bein the the high 20 to low 30K area as a sports enthusiast, entry level, hatch.
      • 8 Years Ago
      God that would be soooo nice. I have a 2006 e90 and that car is ridiculously large. When I picked up my 330i in germany I couldn't help but drool at the prospect of 1 series cars in the USA.

      A 1 series sized car with the new 300 hp twin turbo engine = near heaven.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I want one.. but I know its gonna cost an arm and a leg. Which is shouldn't... how about a cheap BMW?? (is there such a thing?)

      -AJ Quick
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      • 8 Years Ago
      The actual successor of the 2002 was and is the 3-Series. As for a bare-bones performance coupe, there's nothing about that 1-series hatchback that speaks in the same performance tongue as the old 2002. It says "versatility" more than anything and likely comes with the most feeble of diesel motors in Europe.

      http://www.automobilesdeluxe.blogspot.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      "BMW's excuses for not importing the 1-series to North America centered on the weak dollar and a supposed lack of interest in hatchbacks (MINI anyone?), but we've been told that's about to change."

      people don't buy mini cause it's a hatchback (hatchback form is more like audi a3 or VW golf) but because it's fashionable accessory, like an ipod...

      BTW 1-series sedan?!?! Wouldn't that be too similar to 3-series in size? I thought that the entire point of 1-series is to offer a hatchback form of 3-series
      • 8 Years Ago
      We've seen this lip service before, just to be told BMW has changed their minds. By the time they get those things here, they'll be due for a redesign.

      I'm also not buying BMW's excuses for not having a hatchback. The most popular Mazda3 is a hatch, the MINI is a hatch the last time I looked at it, VW is doing well with its Rabbits and GTI's. BMW's argument isn't holding much water. I also agree with some of the other posters. Pretty much all current hatchback offerings come with a cheap, plastic interior. This would be a great place for BMW to shine.

      On a side note, while the 330i has been in the shop I've been driving a '07 325xi wagon. The thing is a blast. It hauls a ton of crap, gets 23mpg and I can still outrun most of the soccer mom's around here in their SUV's. The Bitch in the Porsche obviously doesn't pay for her own tires or gas.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I just re-watched an older Top Gear (from 2005) where they compared the 130i and Golf R32. They're advice: buy the Golf (cheaper, faster, better). I'm betting the new R32 will be available (summer 2007) before the 1 series is.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I guess this isn't really surprising. Just like every other car manufacturer, BMW has been moving their entry-level volume seller upmarket and now needs to replace it with something. Remember when you could get a new 3-series for $25k?

      I guess in a few years when the 1-series costs $40k they'll have to come out with a 0-series?
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