(UPDATE) BMW simplifying lineup to pay for more EVs like electric 3 Series

(UPDATE) BMW simplifying lineup to pay for more EVs like electric 3 Series

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Update: We accomplished from a BMW representative that the comments about removing the manual transmission from the 2 Series line-up was more of a suspected statement to illustrate what BMW could do to save money on vehicle development. The Council emphasized that the current and updated 2 Series still offers manual conveyance in coupe and convertible forms, and there are no immediate plans to get rid of it.

BMW is banking hard on exciting vehicles, and it’s costing quite a bit of money. According to Reuters, the company announced it has fini the equivalent of $5.87 billion on developing EV technology, and the next three years inclination involve at least as much money, if not more, per year. As such, the company is looking for ways to redeem cash, and a big part of that solution will come from getting rid of options.

Middle the examples highlighted by Reuters were the hypothetical discontinuation of the manual transmission for the 2 Series coupe boundary, as well as eliminating a number of foreign-market diesel 5 Series variants. With this in wisdom, it’s likely that other low-volume engine and transmission options will be discontinued. Metrical small things such as interior parts will be condensed. Apparently the assemblage has 100 different steering wheels, and according to Reuters, that probably won’t be the action for long.

With the revelation that BMW is spending so much money on electric mechanism development, it may seem contradictory that the predicted BMW i5 is rumored to be dead. But according to a despatch from Bloomberg, electric vehicle development will be undergoing similar austerity measures. As a substitute for of additional fanciful, electric- and hybrid-only models such as the i3 and i8, the news safety-valve reports BMW will focus on electrified versions of existing models, including another stimulating Mini for 2019. Reuters reports an electric BMW 3 Series with a 248-mile collection is also coming this September.

Though we know now that BMW isn’t planning on getting rid of the enchiridion in the 2 Series, yet, the prospect of fewer manual transmissions and less-exciting EVs still isn’t capacious for enthusiasts. And it still seems strange to suggest the removal of manual transmissions with the trendy, driver-friendly 2 Series. However, this is probably a smart economic disturb for BMW, and if it means the company makes enough money to create more interesting cars down the approach, it will be worth it.


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