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No BMW X1 for US

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Apparently European sales of the BMW X1 are going so well that nobody stateside is going to be seeing the model - until the X1 gets a 2013 restyling at least. The BWM X1 is on indefinite hold for the US car market due also to a weak euro-US dollar exchange rate. We’re not responsible for BMW business plans so perhaps it’s not our business anyway, but when you read stuff like this:

BMW isn’t worried about having American car shoppers waiting for their X1 since the automaker believes the X3 will remain its top-selling crossover.

you wonder why they’d bother at all. When the X3 is such a strong seller in general, the smaller X1 might not be missed at all. Which begs the question as to why this sudden explosion in small crossovers from the German manufacturers when the market may not be interested in absorbing them all anyway.

Source | InsideLine via Autoblog

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2012 Audi A3 renderings

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New Audi A3 renderings

These renderings of the future Audi A3 show the 2012 model which will debut a few months before the new Volkswagen Golf 7. The two new cars from the VAG group will share about 70 percent of the same components, from the so-called MQB platform. The new Audi Q3 compact SUV in turn will anticipate the A3 and its new components in a model which will debut in 2011.

The third generation A3 will be availale in a three-door coupe version and a five-door Sportback version with a similar look around the doors to the Q5 and the Q7. The new Audi A3 has a planned production schedule of 200,000 units a year and with the shared Golf platform, we could see hybrid and electric versions emerge.

Standard versions of the A3 will appear with the three-cylinder, 1.2-litre TDI engine with 75 hp, which has CO2 emissions of just 89 g/km. The top of the range Audi S3 will have the 2.0-litre TFSI twin turbo with 300 hp. A new engine to appear will be the 2.0 TDI with increased power to 184 hp and the whole engine range will be Euro 6 compliant.

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Source | Auto Motor und Sport

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New BMW X3 teaser pics

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New BMW X3 teasers

The first two teaser pics of the new BMW X3 have emerged, showing that the new SUV is slowly revealing itself. The teaser shots show a detail of the X3 bonnet and some rear lights. The images don’t tell us much about the new X3, particularly whether it will be any larger than the current model, thus undergoing a repositioning in relation to the new BMW X1.

The new X3 should, however, be a longer model, with its length increased to 465 cm. The engine range should undergo some changes later in the life of the model, including a new ActiveHybrid version. The new X3 will appear at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

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Source | X3.bimmers.com

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