The Truth About Cars » Gwermany http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 17:39:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » Gwermany http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com BMW Does The Unthinkable: They Go Forward http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/bmw-does-the-unthinkable-they-go-forward/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/bmw-does-the-unthinkable-they-go-forward/#comments Sat, 20 Mar 2010 20:09:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=349825 The NYTimes reports that Norbert Reithofer, CEO of BMW AG, is thinking the unthinkable. Dr Reithofer said at a shareholders’ meeting in Munich: “We are exploring the possibility of developing a joint architecture for the front and four-wheel drive systems of these cars,” WHAT?! An FWD BMW? An act against nature. Say it isn’t so! He […]

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The NYTimes reports that Norbert Reithofer, CEO of BMW AG, is thinking the unthinkable. Dr Reithofer said at a shareholders’ meeting in Munich: “We are exploring the possibility of developing a joint architecture for the front and four-wheel drive systems of these cars,” WHAT?! An FWD BMW? An act against nature. Say it isn’t so! He didn’t.

“In other words: There will be front wheel drive BMW’s in the smaller vehicle classes in the future.”

As if “Bangle-Butt” didn’t do enough damage to the BMW brand. Worried that this might have been a misquote, I snooped around for more information and it wasn’t a misquote. Nitrobahn confirms the comments. Quite what the reasoning behind this new development is, is a bit hazy, but Autoblog Green posits that the reason for BMW doing this is that the FWD chassis will make it easier for BMW to share platforms with other companies (very important when you consider that BMW is slowly turning into a minnow in a pond full of frogs) and also to reduce their fleet’s carbon emissions. I’ll keep my eyes open for stories in the papers of BMW fans beating greenies to death with the rear axle off a BMW M3.

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