Plans for sleek four-door coupe get shelved

BMW has cancelled its sleek CS four-door coupe in what’s being seen as the company’s latest response to the global car sales crisis.

The CS - which has already been previewed as a close-to-production concept car - would have shared a platform with the 7 Series.

Despite this, BMW boss Norbert Reithofer said the Mercedes CLS rival wouldn’t have met “internal requirements for rates of return.”>>Read more on the next BMW supercar

Profits are 62 percent down at the German automotive giant compared with last year. The firm has already confirmed that it’s stopped development work on the X7 SUV.

BMW now plans to focus heavily on Project I, its future plan to devise a new range of sustainable urban transport solutions.

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5 November 2008

They may end up regretting this if the 4 door Lambo, Porsche and Aston Martin prove to be successful...

I guess its a shame they've cancelled the car. I just hope some of the styling cues make it onto other cars in the BMW line-up. This is Munichs' best looking car for years!

5 November 2008

The cancelled CS is a shame - if only it made it to production instead of the X6

5 November 2008

[quote ethnotechnic3]ethnotechnic3 wrote the following post at Wed, Nov 05 2008 8:42 PM:

The cancelled CS is a shame - if only it made it to production instead of the X6

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Agreed. The CS was a car that could have generated some serious style interest in the BMW range.

5 November 2008

Back in August, the cover of Autocar showed the BMW X6 and the Toyota Iq. One was the past, the other was the future. If the current financial crisis means the end of dinosaurs like the CS and the X6, it will have had some major benefits. I look forward to seeing the results of BMW's undoubted engineering excellence applied to new designs which are lighter, more economical, less polluting but above all, fun to drive. I wonder what an M Iq would look like?

6 November 2008

First the M3 CSL cancelled and now the CS; shame.

Seems like the maker of the "ultimate driving machine(s)", isn't particularly concerned about ultimate driving machines at the minute.

6 November 2008

[quote Overdrive]

Seems like the maker of the "ultimate driving machine(s)", isn't particularly concerned about ultimate driving machines at the minute.

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Unfortunately if they don't make sacrafices at this time then the manufacturers of the ultimate driving machine may ultimately be in real trouble.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

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