BMW 1 Series Sedan Saga Continues, Might Arrive in Australia as Well

1 Series, News | August 15th, 2017 by 7
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Last week we were taken by surprise by a report coming from well-respected Automotive News, claiming that the 1 Series Sedan, a car developed for the Chinese market only, could make its way to other markets in the world. The big news was that the US could get it, even though American customers have gotten used to being left out when it comes to certain models.

Now a new report from Australia seems to point out that the same thing might happen in the land down under. While initially there was no plan on bringing the 1er over there, the BMW reps Car Advice talked too seemed to be pretty open to the idea and stopped short of completely denying such a possibility: “The 1 Series sedan is not part of our planning for Australia at this point, although, as ever, anything is possible and it certainly may be considered at a later date,” BMW Australia general manager of corporate communications, Lenore Fletcher said.

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Importing it into Australia might be quite a profitable move for BMW as well. That’s because the 1 Series Sedan is currently being built exclusively in China and the trade agreements between the two countries would make this car quite profitable for BMW. Furthermore, it would be affordable for wide masses in Australia, despite the taxes imposed on luxury cars such as BMWs.

With this bit of news, the possibility of seeing the 1 Series Sedan sold on other markets as well is starting to catch shape more and more these days. The model would be a perfect rival for the likes of the Audi A3 Sedan and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class as well as the upcoming A-Class sedan. Built on the UKL FWD platform, the new BMW would be sending its power to the front wheels in standard guise, with all-wheel drive available as an option.

7 responses to “BMW 1 Series Sedan Saga Continues, Might Arrive in Australia as Well”

  1. Terry Cowan says:

    A small BMW sedan exported from China makes sense & would be the physical heir to earlier, lamented 3s, also an alternative to current larger, costlier German models. It would be a hit here in Canada because we are cheap & fwd. works in our winters. Fwd. never hurt the popularity of Acura’s Integra here, Civic is manufactured here & has been our best-seller

  2. Senne says:

    1 Series Sedan looks way better than CLA (not even mentioning A3 Sedan lol), especially the rear 3-quarters are way better proportioned. Though the interior is clearly cheaper because it was initially just for the Chinese market. If they do upgrade the interior, I’m sure it will sell like hot cakes. Since people don’t care that it’s not a “real” BMW in the sense that it’s FWD and hasn’t even got an inline-6. It’s a sporty looking, fun to drive, small, affordable sedan. Recipe for success!

  3. bmw driver says:

    Lol and when I said this was going to happen the bmw blog commentariat laughed at me. So far I’ve been right about the M2 being face lifted only, despite people insisting it would have a different engine. I was right about a UKL 1 series, and I was right about the ‘China only’ (lol) 1 series sedan going global. For my next trick, I predict that the RWD 2 series is gone. Lets see if my record holds.

  4. Tumelo Malumane says:

    The tail lights are too bulky, they need to make them sleeker and introduce better materials and look for the interior, BMW has taken its time bringing this car to the market, its competitors have updated their cars, if BMW wants its competitors’ customers to migrate to the 1 sedan, they’ll need to give them a reason to.

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