• Jan 19, 2011
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American buyers may have to wait a little bit longer before sinking their teeth into the upcoming BMW X1. According to Automotive News, the CUV has been more popular in Europe than the German automaker originally anticipated, and as such, BMW is experiencing a bit of a supply crunch. As a result, North American buyers won't be seeing the X1 at the end of this year as originally expected. Instead, it's beginning to look like the vehicle won't show up here until early 2012 at the soonest. Automotive News reports that the X1 went on sale in Europe in November of 2009.

Since then, the high-riding hatch has sold out in every market it's touched. BMW says that it fully expects the X1 to be a low-volume model here in the land of the free, with sales lodged somewhere in the same realm as what the current 1 Series Coupe and Convertible. Even so, the company says that it's shooting for around 8,000 units per year. With the larger, more popular X3 just now hitting dealerships, the X1 will likely serve to fill a slot for buyers looking for a compact luxury crossover.



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      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm glad we didn't get this kinda news for the GT 5...
      • 3 Years Ago
      So it will launch at the beginning of 2012 instead of the end of 2011? Gee, however will we be able to wait until then!?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Diesel option please... :D
        • 3 Years Ago
        good luck, this is bmw, not vag.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You sure about that? The specs are great but the refinement isn't. They've been selling them here for a while now and you can pick the diesels because you can hear them coming long before you see them...
        • 3 Years Ago
        ..ina?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think it's the better looking of the X's.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Europe can keep it
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm going to go against the majority here and say this looks great. I know if it was a Cadillac, everyone would be praising it. Combined with the four cylinder turbo engine this thing will be a winner, and probably take a large bite out of X3 sales.

        Mercedes has the GLK, Audi will have the Q3, BMW has the X1. Bash these companies all you want but I think they know what they're doing.
      • 3 Years Ago
      8,000/year seems way too low. I saw one in Amsterdam in November and loved it. Throw in a proper 6-speed manual, AWD, and a fuel-efficient engine and BMW will have a winner. The move towards smaller vehicles will only intensify and the X3 is just too big now.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a BMW Santa Fe.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The X1 is better and more interesting looking than the X3. I don't understand the point of having both of these SUV/CUVs. The X1 should be the X3 in the US, as the actual X3 is bland and pointless at this point.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The reason for offereing both is simple. The E70 X5 got much larger than the E53 X5 before it mainly due to the addition of a 3rd row seat option to compete with Benz. Since the E70 got so much larger, there really wasn't a "mid sized" SUV in the lineup anymore. So the new X3 grew to the size of the old X5, and the X1 slots in where the X3 used to be.
      • 3 Years Ago
      And here I thought Europeans had good taste. This is the BMW Aztek. Something where everyone asks why it was ever allowed for production.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Well there's one main difference b/t the X1 and the Aztec. The X1 has sold out everywhere it's available. GM couldn't give the Aztec away, not to mention it's a death trap.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Because a good amount of the automobiles in Europe are diesels, I think this maybe just a bunch of hype to get the American consumer all fired up about the this new breed of car. “NOT”
      • 3 Years Ago

      I wouldn`t worry about the wait, it`s another piece of over priced tosh, generally purchased by people with a complete lack of imagination.
      tgirl116
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dude please....my X5 is the ULTIMATE Driving Machine.
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