If you think the US economy is in bad shape, consider this: BMW is diverting "tens of thousands" of cars from European dealers to the US and Asia.

Ian Robertson, BMW sales chief, tells Automotive News that Europe faces "a lot of bumps on the road" before a sales recovery takes place. The publication says that region's automotive industry expects 2012 to show the biggest annual sales drop in 19 years.

BMW sold 14 percent more vehicles worldwide in September, with demand for the new 3-Series sedan in the US and China contributing big.

BMW officials didn't indicate what models it would divert from Europe.

How this will affect the sales race between BMW, Audi and Mercedes is unclear, especially since all three brands are feeling equal amounts of hurt. Also, there's no word on whether an expanded US inventory will spur BMW to offer deals to customers.


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      mix35
      • 2 Years Ago
      How about diverting some 550d with the M package and a some m135i hatch. Add in a few 3 and 5 series wagons too
      barki13g
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have to say this, but no one has to find it particularly useful, or even be in agreement. Last week the wife and I had a dealership loaner, which was a 2012 328i sedan with the inline-4 turbo. Now, the Bimmer that was in for service was a 2004 325i sedan. We made several comparisons that left us concluding we'd not be buying another new 3-series anytime soon. The engine noise was more pronounced in the cabin, and unlike the smooth sound of the inline-6 the inline four sounded like a cheap econobox. $40K for a cheap-sounding car? Then there was the dash design, which looked like something out of a 10-year Saab 9-3/5 with conflicting curves vs. polygon wedges. Adding to this was a throw-anywhere computer display. And while this loaner was about 6-8 inches longer as perceived in the garage, suggesting a little bit heavier, the added HP resulting from the turbo was often laggy, which impacted out confidence when we pressed the peddle and suggested more of a setup for old people looking to take it easy than someone looking to jump into action. Finally, there was the overly soft suspension. Back in 2004 the wife test drove several vehicles including a CL class Merc, Infinity G35, , 9-3/5, etc., but when she got into her future BMW she was hooked, sold, and a proud owner of her 325i. All the reason that went into her immediate conclusion were the absence of those things found in the other cars (toy can engine note, crappy interior design, soft suspension, questionable power, were now in the 2012 BMW 328i. Least it to say that is someone could do everything wrong by my wife and by me, they did it. Its a fatter (bigger) car, with a toy engine, too soft feel and ... to change our opinion of the 3-series. Maybe there is something we are missing and if we chatted with a salesperson this would get cleared up. Maybe the 3-series (not the M3) comes in a more firmer sportier inline-6 variant that we are just ignorant of, but the experience is for what it was: bad.
        Adrian
        • 2 Years Ago
        @barki13g
        They do make an inline 6 variant, still. It's called the 335i. Get it with the adjustable sports suspension.
          Adrian
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Adrian
          Argh. Stupid AB comment system, said the comment didn't post.
        xspeedy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @barki13g
        I agree. I had an E46 and an E90. The new F30 is a total step down. The noise, the light doors, the poor interior design, and the overall impression that the new car was built to a price. But the actual price is insanely high. The E46 was a great value for the time and it was a performance standout.
        klo3
        • 2 Years Ago
        @barki13g
        Maybe what you missed was the Mode Switch, which when in Sport or Sport+ modes alter the suspension, throttle response and steering resulting in a radically different driving experience compared to the default Comfort mode. An experience much more resembling that of older generation 3-serieses...
        Andrzej Kowalski
        • 2 Years Ago
        @barki13g
        Sorry barki, but there is absolutely no way, the new 328 feels more sluggish than your e46 325. I've test driven the 2012 328 and it is more than a capable car. I've had an e90 330i which drives better than an e46 325 and has a more powerful engine, and I'd take the new 328 over it. Once again, there must have been something wrong with the 328 because there is absolutely NO WAY that your 325 outperforms it in any department.
      Fixitfixitstop
      • 2 Years Ago
      Stop threadjacking this with election banter.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a huge benefit of engineering one design that passes all major emissions and safety regulations around the world... the same car can essentially be picked up from a German lot and shipped almost anywhere and be sold in those foreign markets almost unchanged.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        ij
        • 2 Years Ago
        The simple answer regarding Mr. Obama's fault with regard to the slow so called recovery is this: Mr. Obama has been in charge of this country for 3½ years, in this time the jobs that left the country have not come back. Let us review a few things: *Mr. Obama places import tariffs on Chinese steel tubing. Why? The union told him to. *Mr. Obama places import tariffs on Chinese car tires. Why? The union told him to. *Mr. Obama places import tariffs on Chinese solar panels. Why? Solyndra fiasco. This is our leader, lol. The dude does not act, he only reacts. This tells me that he got no vision, no plan, nothing. Just keep things afloat for as long as possible. Improvements? Changes? All these things require a clue, a vision, take the vision and make a plan. This dude aint got it.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Sj027
        • 2 Years Ago
        More Americans have been killed in Afghanistan since O was elected than Bush ever saw in 8 years. Obama has also spent more on the war than Bush did in 8 years....you sound like you're describing Obama, not Romney.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sj027
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      th0mb0ne
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please divert some wagons and hatches this way, thanks.
        mix35
        • 2 Years Ago
        @th0mb0ne
        I totally agree. How about some of those 5 series wagons and a few M135i hatcbacks. While they're at it how about a few 550d with the M package
          chromal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mix35
          It would be pretty cool to see the M135i hatch on US streets, as well as current 3 and 5-series sportswagons. I'm guessing BMW doesn't have much trouble selling these ...
        Sj027
        • 2 Years Ago
        @th0mb0ne
        Isn't the 5 Series Wagon arriving on North American shores in the near future? I thought BMW gave it the go ahead after the less than warm reception to the 5 Series GT. (I don't think the GT would get as much hate had it not meant to replace a viable wagon)
      Richard
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just tax the rich, tax the rich, tax the rich......even if 'rich' means 2 working parents...let's just tax and pay people to do nothing, let unions create onerous conditions for investment.....its a shame that so many Americans that claim to be educated and worldly don't see that what they are advocating for the US is playing out in Europe right now...
        Edward
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Richard
        Two working parents with a TAXABLE income of $250k or more are doing pretty well in my book. Yeah, that's net, not gross. Do some research.
        tony
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Richard
        What Americans need to realize is rich does not remotely mean 2 working parents. It means people with at a minimum $200 million in assets who don't have to work because they live off their dividend income. Rich people don't work (obtain employment from others) for a living; thats what middle income (upper and lower) people do.
          Sir Duke
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tony
          As a people, politically speaking, Americans are the most horrifically DISHONEST people on the planet.: Sj-027 wrote: Welfare spending has increased 32% under Obama, making it now the largest chunk of federal spending, while we have less people in the work force today than when he stepped into office. ----------------------------------------------- Middle income salaries started declining in 2002. Under GWB, a large swath of middle class workers transitioned from Full employment to Under employment to Unemployment. As someone who worked on Wall St. for the last decade and a half, the facts cannot be denied. I watched it play out right before my eyes. Half of the Americans I worked with were replaced with I-29 visa workers from India & Pakistan. I also saw whole departments moved from NYC to Delaware and Dallas, the employees were told that if they wanted those jobs, they had to go to Delaware and apply for said job at Delaware wages. The ones who were critical for the move to Dallas were retained until the lower paid Texans were up to speed and then were let go. This all occurred in the quarter following a 19.4 BILLION USD profit in the 4th quarter 2005.
          Richard
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tony
          Our president thinks anyone who makes $250k a year is rich...hell, increasingly even municipal employees are 'rich', but that's a whole other problem....
          Sir Duke
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tony
          SJ027: Yep, I love the blame Obama crowd. The US economy took a almost a decade to get to where it was at the start of the Obama presidency. This recession was not a cyclical one, it was caused/created by EXTRACTIONism. The IT industry that was responsible for the greatest economic boom, was used/exploited to facilitate the crash. I am not a conspiracy theorist, I refuse to believe that the crash was willfully engineered. I am however a believer in Einstein's - Theory of Relativity. The equal and opposite reaction to the Extractionism of the 2000s was the resulting near depression of the US economy. Obama going in had no idea how bad the economy really was. The actions he took (like it or not, the FACTS are the FACTS), stopped the bleeding, and turned the economy in the other direction. The RECOVERY: Could have and should have been more robust. However, the hateful, unpatriotic and downright TREASONOUS actions of the Republican party is largely responsible for the current lackluster recovery. If Romney wins the election, you will all be electing a Democrat next time around. I also hope that the democrats behave EXACTLY towards him as the GoP did towards Obama. Problem with a Romney presidency, is that we'll probably be dragged into another war, and there will be even more EXTRACTIONism. I guess we'll find if Gordon Gecko "Greed Is Good" is a formula for running an economy. Some of us already know the answer.
          Sj027
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tony
          The definition of rich by Obama keeps lowering to the point it will just mean if you're employed or not. Obama doesn't care, he's the welfare and food stamp president. He wants us all dependent on 'his' dime. Welfare spending has increased 32% under Obama, making it now the largest chunk of federal spending, while we have less people in the work force today than when he stepped into office.
      Sebastian Baba
      • 2 Years Ago
      The comments section has degenerated into a Yahoo!News level cesspool somehow. Get off my Autoblog.
      torrenceofarabia
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do you have to take it back to Europe for the free service contract?
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