According to the latest reports, it appears that Bmw will sell its new front-wheel-drive family of cars in the United States, as the Bavarian manufacturer is convinced that buyers are ready to accept new and smaller vehicles than the 1-Series Coupe.
Dubbed UKL, the new class is an abbreviation for lower compact class cars sold in Germany. Media reports suggest that Bmw is planning at least three variants.
In an interview, Ian Robertson, BMW AG's board member for sales and marketing didn’t disclose what styles BMW is developing but confirmed that these new cars will be powered by a four-cylinder engine in the United States at launch.
The new family of small cars will be introduced in the next few years, before Bmw will launch the new megacity electric car due 2013. “It will be a relatively big segment because we have several body styles,” Ian Robertson, BMW AG's board member for sales and marketing, said in an interview.
Robertson is expecting a significant volume of sales: over 100,000 vehicles worldwide a year. “No one has said to me the Mini isn't great to drive,” Robertson said, referring to the BMW-owned British brand which is also front-wheel drive. [via autonews - sub. required]