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When BMW began making noise about bringing front-wheel drive to the table, purists, enthusiasts and fans of the brand immediately busted out the pitchforks and torches. Visions of front-wheel drive 3 Series and 1 Series models were almost enough to induce frenzy (not that a huge number of owners would know the difference...), but if the latest word from BMW Blog is to be believed, the company's front-wheel drive efforts will be contained to a handful of all-new models.

Are you ready for an onslaught of compact cars from the German duo of BMW and Mercedes-Benz? Hopefully, yes, since no fewer than six new compacts from the German pair are headed our way by the end of 2012. BMW will introduce a front-wheel-drive family of cars from its UKL segment (a German abbreviation for lower-compact class vehicles). The vehicles will initially be offered with four-cylinder engines and reports suggests that at least three body variations will be headed this way.

BMW executives have been talking openly about adding a front-wheel drive model to the range and the first example are due to arrive in 2013. A new model to slot in below the 1 series is expected to share its platform with the next generation Mini, while the 1 series is expected to continue with rear-wheel drive and be available in both the current hatchback and coupe body styles.

Recently, BMW executives have been talking openly about adding front-wheel-drive models to the range with the first examples coming in 2013. A new model, which will slot in below the 1 series, could be FWD and is expected to share its platform with the next-generation Mini. The 1 series is expected to continue with rear-wheel-drive and the current hatchback and coupe body styles.

It's not at all unusual for customers to not have any real understanding of what they are buying. After all, so many modern products have such a plethora of features that most of them never get used. Then there are cars. Even many engineers don't know how everything on a new car works, so it's not surprising that car buyers don't. For example, take which wheels are being driven. The reality is that even the tamest of modern cars have handling limits well beyond what most drivers ever utilize.

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