• Aug 4th 2008 at 2:25PM
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BMW's chief executive officer Norbert Reithofer has revealed that the company has axed plans to build a larger sport-ute to top the range currently inhabited by the X3, X5 and X6 crossovers. Reithofer cited economic problems in the United States and Europe as the main reason for the cancellation of the program, i.e. sales of SUVs are dropping like a rock.

Meanwhile, other reports suggest that the green light in Munich has been given instead to a smaller crossover to be based on the 1-Series platform, which would enable BMW to expand its X range with an X1 instead of an X7. Smaller, lighter and more fuel efficient is probably a smarter direction to head in these times than bigger, heavier and greater guzzler.

[Sources: Automotive News Europe (subs. req'd) and The Hollywood Extra]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Call me crazy but I would be interested in a Mini Crossman (ala 1 series suv) versus a large monster suv.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Probably better they don't make a 4th SUV.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good riddance.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sounds like the first rational idea from BMW of late.
        • 7 Years Ago
        x4
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree. I don't know why anyone would need another X.
        • 7 Years Ago
        x3
        • 7 Years Ago
        what ? you didnt like the cloth body car ?
      • 7 Years Ago
      im not sure we need an x1 either.. freelander still sells so i guess theres a market for that size
      • 7 Years Ago
      "...other reports suggest that the green light in Munich has been given instead to a smaller crossover to be based on the 1-Series platform..." By 'other reports' I assume you mean the official BMW press release announcing the program several months ago...?
      • 7 Years Ago
      How about a Zero-series? Or just keep my e30... %-/
        • 7 Years Ago
        One can give opinions, or one can give facts. Fact is: E39's are the best. Just ask ... uhm ... me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Nah, '89 325i (but only if you put a rack on it and some stickers).
        • 7 Years Ago
        Personal opinions aside, the best BMW, judging by looking at many different forums/opinions/sales/etc. is the E39.
        • 7 Years Ago
        +1

        91' 318iS. Best car BMW has ever made.

        OP: Are they speaking of the X6?
        • 7 Years Ago
        86 325e.

        eta rules all.
      • 7 Years Ago
      And the minivan is moving forward with development....
        Michael D.
        • 7 Years Ago
        In a way, I'm a little saddened by this, even though I really didn't know much about an X7 in development. I have great admiration for larger vehicles no matter what fuel prices are (and those focused on such vehicles are not so concerned with fuel prices as it is) for they're upscale, stately and great for image and represent power.

        Then again, BMW has a terrific line-up in place with SUV's/crossovers and an upcoming P.A.S. vehicle that the X7 would not likely be missed (before it started). Also, in it's line-up is the terrific new 7-Series, an upcoming CS coupe/sedan halo car and a possible high-end sportster to succeed the Z8, in a more forward manner, as some reports had indicated. The line-up is so complete and building, that a lack of an X7, as nice as it would have been, won't create such a void.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That is a bit of PR BS. BMW always privately said that the reason they never went ahead with X7 is that they had already came with L322 (Current Range Rover)
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