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      04-24-2012, 09:41 PM   #26

Drives: '10 128i MT; '09 335d
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Birmingham, Ala.

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No Big Surprise Here

I don't think there is much evidence of excessive model proliferation here.

It is safe to have expected a 228i and a 235i for some time to replace the current 128i and 135i coupes and convertibles. The M235 could reasonably replace the M1 coupe.

Now that the 3 series has inevitably creeped up in dimensions there is even more ability to have a slighly roomier and comfortable smaller BMW. Let's just hope they keep the weight down and the 1-series headlights away.

The only thing here that would be news would be some kind of 2 series gran coupe. It seems unlikely as the car would already be narrow and short. I can't imagine how it could also have a low roofline and a long silhoutte. There wouldn't be room for four people inside it!