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Old 02-07-2005, 10:22 AM
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BMW MPV to share 2007 X5's platform

BMW says new multipurpose vehicle will ride on large SUV platform

Posted Date: 2/7/05
BMW will use its large SUV platform as the basis for its much-discussed multipurpose vehicle.

"We have made this fundamental decision," Burkhard Goeschel, BMW's board member in charge of r&d, told Automobilwoche, a sister publication of AutoWeek.

Company officials say the multipurpose vehicle will share its platform with the successor to the X5 SUV, due at the end of 2006.

That means the multipurpose vehicle is likely to be produced alongside the next X5 in Spartanburg, S.C. BMW won't confirm where the car will be built, but it does expect the United States to be the top sales market for the new model.

Goeschel's demand for "maximum space" for the multipurpose vehicle meant that the platform for the BMW X3 SUV would be too small. The multipurpose vehicle will have up to seven seats. The X3 is built for BMW by contract assembler Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria.

A decision on the multipurpose vehicle's final shape is expected before the end of 2005. The car's world premiere is set for 2007, with sales starting in early 2008. - Wolfgang Eschment
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Old 02-07-2005, 10:45 AM
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Will the next gen X5 seat 7 as well?

Sounds like BMW is making their own minivan or eh MPV (Doh! That name has already been taken by Mazda for their minivan....well back to the drawing boards for a new name).

I wonder if this "MPV" will be the new "X4" that they were talking about in Roundel.
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