BMW loves long strings of characters that somehow swirl together to create the name of a specific vehicle in its lineup. We don't, however, and would love to see names like the Z4 sDrive35is give way to easier-to-understand nomenclature, alphanumeric or no. To that end, our spy photographers have managed to snap some shots of a new hatchback/wagon that could help restore a bit of naming sanity, and it goes by the nickname FAST.

Those four letters are the shortened version of Family Active Sports Tourer. We'd prefer to call it a wagon, but FAST (the model's internal designation according to AutoExpress), is far better than BMW 1 Series Family Active Sports Tourer Fdrive30iT... or whatever the company's marketers would prefer to call it.

Speculation is that the BMW FAST will take over for the 1 Series, which itself will soon graduate to become 2 Series. This new wagon will utilize a front-wheel-drive platform that's shared with the next crop of Mini vehicles. Rumor has it that an all-wheel-drive version will also be made available. We're not counting on it keeping the FAST designation when it reaches showrooms, but either way, look for this creature to arrive by 2013.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      So BMW is pulling a FAST 1...
      Bryan Johnson
      • 4 Years Ago
      Funny that a German company would internally name their project "almost", which is the English translation of "fast".
      • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        sometimes i wish you would keep your useless comments to yourself.
      • 4 Years Ago
      FWD? What have they done to you, BMW...?
      • 4 Years Ago
      When I first saw it, I thought it was Pontiac Aztek
      • 4 Years Ago
      LOL @ BMW. a company who is totally lost at the moment....
      • 4 Years Ago
      This'll be the slowest fast ever.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So BMW invents a Golf...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Congrats to BMW...first for convincing us that a 6 cylinder car should coat $90k (740li); and now that a german pontic vibe should cost $40k. All thats left now is a $60k 4 cylinder 5 series. No worries, the seemingly endless supply of Ed Hardy mouthbreathers will lease em all up.
      Justin Campanale
      • 4 Years Ago
      BMW... please. You're supposed to be making SPORTY cars. Not FWD cars or wagon-SUV-minivan-4 door coupe- I don't even know what hybrids. If you want to make FWD vehicles and capture a larger market share, ressurect the Riley nameplate. BMW still has the rights to use the Riley nameplate.
        Jamie Stark
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Yeah but that's the point. No one would buy a car with a Riley badge on it. The vast majority of BMW customers are badge ******, only a few are genuine enthusiasts who care about RWD, handling, weight ditribution etc. Same thing with Porsche- they sell more Cayennes than 911's, and the Panemera may be ugly as hell, but it sells too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Joy. not.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am so confused by what is happening with BMW's lineup and all these changes that are supposed to happen to their 1, 2, 3, and 4-series cars. And what about the M cars? Can anyone explain all this for dolts like me? Thanks.
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