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Urbanic, Compactive, i, E and other names all filed

BMW has filed trademark registrations for a series of new car names.

According to reports, the names registered include i1, i2, i3, i4, i5, i6, i7, i8, i9 and E1, E2, E3, E4, E5, E6, E7, E8, E9. The M50d, Urbanic, Gran Coupe, Compactive, and Compactive Tourer names were also filed.

Speculation suggests the M50d is a tri-turbo diesel, the Urbanic is a trim level for the Mega City project, the Gran Coupe is a four-door coupe 6-Series, and the Compactive name will be applied to sporty crossovers based on the 1 and 3-series.

The i registrations would then be applied to the Project-i electric city car sub brand that is being planned, while the E denomination is for electric cars, as previewed by the BMW 1-series Concept ActiveE that was at this year's Detroit motor show.

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Registering a name under trademark does not guarantee it will be used: car companies routinely file names to block competitors from using them.

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sportwagon 28 March 2010

Re: BMW trademarks new car names

There is also of course the Compactor, which just munches up pedestrians who don't get out of the way quickly enough.

Rover P6 3500S 28 March 2010

Re: BMW trademarks new car names

moe360 wrote:
twyford wrote:

I can't be the only one to think the M50d sounds interesting? Sure the rest of it is Hyundai's and gibberish, but M50d could have potential.

M50d does sound good, BM could let the M division make a super fast Diesel for the 5 series ?

Hope they do would be pretty good a diesel M car l0l can imagine the response for that

I'd like it, actually. Maybe they could revive the 4.4 litre diesel V8 they've just killed - that was a magnificent engine and the only all-alloy diesel V8 ever made. Sure, the new x40d is a superb piece of engineering, but, even with inherent balance, which the V8 lacks, it doesn't sound as good as the V8. The stock 4.4 litre made about 330bhp, and, well, the x40d makes 300ish stock but can be tuned to 400ish, so getting 440bhp out of the big V8 diesel shouldn't be a problem. Strapping two more turbos to it (it's already a twin-turbo) should sort it out... and cure the slight lag I remember in the 745d I rode in on holiday in Germany. Quad-turbo lagless diesel V8 with 450bhp+? Maybe even over 500bhp, take from Audi the crown of most powerful production diesel car ever made? The Q7 V12 has 493bhp, by the way... and I love the way diesel V8s sound.

Dan McNeil v2 26 March 2010

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Dark Isle wrote:
Has there been a decision made on what they're going to call the supermini BMW?  The one that slots in below the 1-Series? 

The Zero?

Oh, wait. That was a Mitsubishi.