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Autocar confidential: no 9 Series for BMW, Land Rover eyes the urban market and more

by Autocar

5 February 2019

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In this week’s round-up of automotive spilled beans, we find out why Land Rover’s latest isn’t the best four-by-four by far, what’s stopping Peugeot from putting one of 2018’s best concept cars into production, why Volkswagen is optimistic about the T-Roc Cabriolet and more. 

BMW’s already on cloud nine 

A BMW 9 Series is not on the cards, according to R&D boss Klaus Fröhlich. “I don’t think you need a 9 Series. In this segment, you need three cars – an X car, a saloon and an emotional sporty car – and we have them: the X7, 7 Series and 8 Series. Some competitors are already reducing the number of cars in this segment because volumes are so low.” 

Autocar confidential: no 9 Series for BMW, Land Rover eyes the urban market and more

Concept is not a legend in the making

Peugeot “cannot commit” to launching a production version of last year’s e-Legend concept in the near future, according to CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato. He claims the coupé “would cost 250 million euros to make and I cannot commit 250 million euros to that segment at this stage.” Late last year, Imparato said he would “love” for the car to go into production, sharing on social media an independent petition for it to be built. 

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Ultimate luxury class probably too far for BMW

5 February 2019

There probably won’t be a 9 Series because BMW probably recognise that it’d struggle against the likes of the Rolls Royce Phantom and Bentley Mulsanne which it’d compete agsinst, even if it were cheaper. There’s only so far the BMW brand can stretch too. Even the 7 Series sometimes seems like a class too far at times. And BMW already occupies the class with through the Phantom which already sells in the numbers typical for this rarefied class of car. Daimler failed even when Maybach was previously a standalone brand, although I don’t think it helped when the 57 and 62 looked nothing more than a very large and expensive Mercedes rather than something completely different and special.

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