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Old 07-13-2012, 12:41 PM
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Originally Posted by enigma View Post
I understand the NA vs FI argument. Instead of putting some artificial or random number determined by marketing, they could've used the "t" designation along with the displacement.

As for the "xDrive", what was wrong with "xi" (e.g. 330xi) instead of this God-awful long model names?
Originally Posted by iamthewalrus View Post
Agreed on all fronts. The naming has gotten completely out of hand.

1, 3, 5, 7, series
3XX should denote displacement
A "t" suffix is for turbo
X for all-wheel drive
i or d for petrol vs. diesel

It's clear to me what a 530txi is. But maybe us "insiders" who can decode the nomenclature are the exception?

With mobile phones you have the "Samsung Galaxy III S" competing with the "iPhone 4". It's like the "BMW 435i xDrive" competing with the "Audi A5 Quattro". One of those is much cleaner / clearer to me than the other. Maybe the analogy is a little strained, but you get the idea.

2006 BMW X3 3.0i (manual, m-sport, xenons, premium, pdc, servotronic)
Yes, the nomenclature is clear (mostly) to "insiders", but not to the general public. You give the general public WAY TOO much credit. Most can barely tie their shoes in the morning.

btw, it's the Samsung Galaxy S III.

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