M-division posts strong sales results despite the global economic downturn
15 December 2008

BMW’s M division has recorded a 50 per cent increase in sales for the year.

M GmbH, the performance car arm of BMW, sold 22,340 vehicles worldwide from November 2007 to November 2008, up from 14,092 vehicles in the previous year. While sales for many manufacturers have been declining, the M Sport division is predicting its most successful year in its 30-year history.

Worldwide sales were boosted by the arrival of the BMW M3, selling nearly twice as many units in the first year as its predecessor thanks to the addition of the BMW M3 Convertible and M3 Saloon.

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15 December 2008

So why on earth did they cancel the new M3 CSL??!

15 December 2008

I don't think that an accurate reflection of the situation BMW M division is facing.

This year has been a 'blip' based upon the launch of all the M3 variants- I am also pretty sure the vast majority of M series sales are the M3.

I have to say, I don't understand the business logic the m versions of the X6 or X5. Don't think they are going to be big sellers.

M series division are going to have to concentrate on producing smaller engines, with better mpg delivering similar power.

I think a M series version of the 1 series would be a seller....

15 December 2008

And, you haven't seen the next M Diesel!!!


15 December 2008

[quote Overdrive]So why on earth did they cancel the new M3 CSL??![/quote]

Same question I was going to ask? I think there is still a huge demand for it.

15 December 2008

[quote Kee Law]would they call it the M1?[/quote]

I dont think they would because the name has too much heritage.

Another problem would be making it better to drive than the 135i (twin-turbo)

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