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BMW Z2..kinda confirmed, 123d definitely in plans for the U.S.

Rumors | January 11th, 2009 by 8
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BMW Z2 and BMW 123d Information This is the greatest thing about going to an auto show, you get to interact with people that you …

BMW Z2 and BMW 123d Information

This is the greatest thing about going to an auto show, you get to interact with people that you see on TV or write about them. And the Detroit Show is no different, being slow in the morning, the BMW executives or head designers are just roaming on the floor and waiting for media people to ask them questions.

So, I had the opportunity to speak with Juliane Blasi, Exterior Designer BMW Z4, Nadia Arnaud, Interior Designer Z4, Adrian Van Hooydonk, Director of BMW Design, Manfred Porschenrieder, 1 Series spokeperson and the guy that introduced me to everyone else, so I would like to take a moment and say Danke to him.

 BMW Z2..kinda confirmed, 123d definitely in plans for the U.S.

These type of interactions with the BMW execs or designers are less formal, so it allows us to ask questions that we wouldn’t usually get an answer if asked through official channels. While I know that many of you are waiting for me to tell you more about the Z4, please be patient and I will be back soon with “stuff” that I learned from conversing with Juliane, who goes by Julia btw, and Nadia.

So, back to the original topic, in those “unofficial, under the table” conversations I had with Manfred and the Z4 Product Manager (I can’t recall his name at the moment), I learned that the so rumored, half-approved BMW Z2 is definitely in plans for BMW. While the Z4 Product Manager didn’t come forward with these information, by asking the right questions and getting a smile and some nodding along with some whispered words, I came to the conclusion that the Z2 is closer than we think. So, if you’re looking for an efficient smaller roadster and with a soft top, your wish will come true.

Now, as far as the 123d, there is no definitive answer. But Manfred did confirm that he would like to see, quoting him, the “best BMW diesel” coming to the U.S. He confirmed that BMW is looking at this possibility and while we will not see the car within the next months, they might surprise us in the near future, but most likely not before 2010. He also mentioned that this is a very common request these days from BMW customers and it might be a decisive factor.

He also loves the fact that people ask him about the 123d and the U.S. market, and since he is a 123d owner, he had only great things to say about the car. Beside the amazing 400Nm of torque and great handling during the winter, the 123d is a great efficient car, getting almost 900km per full tank.

Asked if he would trade the BMW 123d for the more powerful 135i, he simply responded: “Not yet, the small diesel is such a fun car”.
Enough said!

Now hopefully, we wil get to see both cars hitting the North America market sooner rather than later.

  • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

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  • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

    Sorry guys, not sure what happened with the comments, they got moved to another article. I’m investigating now

  • John

    I believe a 123d in the U.S. will bring BMW a new customer set, a younger crowd looking for a fun, less expensive car

  • G Maia

    ‘I believe a 123d in the U.S. will bring BMW a new customer set, a younger crowd looking for a fun, less expensive car’

    I absolutely agree. I finished college just recently and the 123d is by far the favorite car of my group of friends. I’m still driving a 95 Toyota, but if the 123d comes in 2010, there’s a 100% chance I will get one, no other car will even make it to my list.

  • B m

    I will definitely get a 123d. ITs perfect. Small..hatchback. BMW. Fuel Efficient. What else does one want?

  • bmw

    BMW marketing execs, READ THIS, BRING THE HATCHBACK 3 OR 5 DOOR 123d.

  • Danny

    123d comes to US i’ll be one happy diesel owner. Already have the VW 1.9 TDI Jetta from 06 but a bimmer would be fantastic.

    Having said that…If you think that the 123d will be cheap you are wrong. I paid about 9k more for the Jetta because it was a diesel…The 123d will be more expensive than the 128 thats for sure ;)

  • douglas clark

    I have the 128i, would be back in the dealership in an instant if i could obtain the 123d, but not for the premum price attached to the 335d cars. BMW has to get this right, the 123d buy is looking for an economy bmw, if its 2 or 3k more then that blow the equation, which its what happening with the VW/Audi TDI cars, and mercedes bluetec and the bmw 35d’s the premium for the diesel kills the cost benefit equation. make the 123d the entry level model, ad vert the torque and mpg, and wath the cars sell like crazy.

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