Could this be a hint about the new BMW sub-1er? Get the full story and tell us what you think inside.
A new promotional video for BMW has given fans more reason to believe that the company is advancing on development of a new car slotted below the 1-Series. Dubbed by the media as the "0-Series", the car is seen in four different renderings (approx. 0:20 sec), including one shot on a designer's Wacom Cintiq pen tablet.
At about 0:14 seconds the video also appears to show the clay model of the car, as well as one pencil and charcoal drawing.
BMW is believed to be developing their first-ever front-wheel drive, a car that could share a platform with the MINI Cooper. Though the existence of a front-wheel BMW had been questioned by brand loyalists, a recent survey by the automaker showed that 80 percent of their 1-Series customers were unaware they owned a rear-wheel drive vehicle. Potentially, BMW could build a flexible enough platform to also be used on the Megacity, expected in 2013.
In the sketches, the car is shown as a three-seater. Rumors suggest the sub-compact could also come to market as a five-door, and two-seat roadster. Do not expect the "0-Series" name to make it to production, as their in-house marketing team will likely torpedo calling the vehicle a zero.
BMW is showing the video as part of their Innovation Days tour in Asia. The tour began in mid-June in Tokyo, and will continue to Seoul and Hong Kong by mid-October.
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