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Back in September, BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer announced an ambitious plan to increase production to 1.8 million vehicles by 2012 and to 2 million units by 2020. To reach those goals, BMW is planning several new niche models, including what it referred to as a "Progressive Activity Sedan". But while little in the way of details for the PAS were revealed at the time, a video has surfaced revealing a test mule for the car, which will be based on the next 5-Series with a fastback body-style.

The PAS is anticipated to slot between the 5-Series sedan and 5-Series wagon, with five seats and a hatchback rear end. Currently undergoing testing, the PAS is expected to go into production in 2009 or 2010 after an unveiling as a concept either at the Paris show later this year or in Detroit a year from now. Check out the video after the jump.

[Source: Autocar via Carscoop]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      As a BMW owner I have to ask, "Why?".
        • 7 Years Ago
        I second that. WHY?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't understand why BMW (and Mercedes) continue to add model upon model upon model, including ones that target basically the same market segments.

      They both have been offering basically full lineups for years, particularly outside of the U.S. But now they're just crowding things.

      "Well if we can't sell them an X5, maybe we'll get them into an X3, or a 5 series, or (whatever this PAS thing ends up being called)."

      Mercedes had the R class, the GL, the ML, the upcoming GLK... What purpose does this serve?
      • 7 Years Ago
      "The PAS is anticipated to slot between the 5-Series sedan and 5-Series wagon"

      Um, there's no space between the 5-series and the 5-series wagon.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Profile is remeniscant of a Sebring..... ouch.
      • 7 Years Ago
      WTF BMW! Didn't the industry learn with the AZTEK !
      • 7 Years Ago
      Are we sure this isn't a Faux PAS?
      • 7 Years Ago
      this of course differs from the current seven series--the Progressive Occupant Sedan--or POS for short
      • 7 Years Ago
      I really liked the Mazda6 5-door because it had more cargo space than the Sedan, and a wiper on the rear window. And I think it only came in upper-level trip with sport package and what not. But I don't recall seeing all that many of them on the road. I don't predict much better results for this one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So, is my 2002 9-3 now a "progressive activity sedan"? Personally I think god kills a marketing manager whenever someone uses the H-word.

      Geeze, it must really pain manufacturers to say hatchback. First we get the Mazda6 Sport "Five Door", the Malibu Maxx "Extended Sedan", the Saab "SportCombi" (called, weirdly, a SportHatch in Italy) and now the BMW "Progressive Activity Sedan".

      I mean, really, who are marketers fooling. It's a hatchback. When people see it on the street, they'll call it a hatchback. And I bet the first review that mentions it as such will raise the blood pressure of the twit in Munich that named it otherwise.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am predicting failure for these strange crossover/sedan-ish-like vehicles.

      They're neither fish nor fowl.

      The added utility is going to be minimal under those sleek fastback rooflines. And they're ungainly looking. Too tall to be sleek, too sleek to be butch.

      They have no reason to exist.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If I understand correctly, this thing isn't intended only for the NA market. And for Europe (or Germany at any rate) buyer's preferences are somewhat different. For compact and mid-size cars (3series, A4,...) sedans are widely considered something extremely boring and cumbersome, that only old people buy. Hatchbacks and/or wagons far outsell sedans. This is also inreasingly the case for full-size cars. Iirc Audi has been selling more A4/A6 wagons than sedans for several years now (and the old RS6 wasn't even available as a sedan, wagon only). Probably the only reason that there are still so many full-sized sedans out there are fleet cars. BMW seems to be the only manufacturer whose customers still largely prefer sedans, so a soft transition option in the form of a hatchback seems like a good idea to me.
      And we have had this before, Saabs for example or the Ford Scorpio was a full sized hatchback, and now the new Citroen C6 is hatchback design, too.
      Heck, some time ago, Audi had a show car which was essentially a station wagon version of the A8!

      So always remember, in Germany: Focus sedan driver = grandpa who was born before hatchbacks were invented and when wagons were only for commercial use ;). That might put a 5series hatch in perspective.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wish that BMW and MB would go back to the basics...making attractive high-end mainstream sport/lux cars and sedans. Audi is by far giving the people what they want. These other guys are offering answers to questions no is asking. Go back to the basics and stop trying to be Toyota!!!
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