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    BMW's new 3 Series convertible

    BMW's new 3 Series convertible to have folding hardtop, will launch in Europe in '07
    Posted Date: 10/17/05

    MUNICH, Germany -- BMW's successor to the 3 Series convertible will be launched in Europe in March 2007, company insiders say. It will have a folding hardtop.

    Officials at BMW of North America declined to say when the convertible will go on sale in that market. But typically BMW launches vehicles in North America three to six months after their European debut.

    BMW is expected to introduce the vehicle at the Paris auto show in September 2006.

    The convertible will be based on the fifth-generation 3 Series, which was introduced at the Geneva auto show in March. A station wagon variant of the new 3 Series is due in 2006, and an M3 version with a V8 engine arrives in 2008.

    German supplier Edscha will supply the roof. Edscha will lease a new construction area at BMW's Regensburg, Germany, plant to produce the three-part roof system.

    Edscha supplies the soft-top convertible roof system for the current 3 Series from its plant in Hengersberg, about 50 miles from Regensburg. The first production models of the new 3-Series convertible, known internally as the E93, already have begun.

    Edscha supplies roof systems for BMW's current versions of the 6 Series and the Z4 roadster.

    Last year, BMW sold 40,300 units of its 3-Series convertible worldwide. In 2002, the niche model's most successful year to date, BMW sold more than 54,000 units of the ragtop.

    Diana T. Kurylko contributed to this report

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    Re: BMW's new 3 Series convertible

    Wasn't there some rumour that coupes and convertibles would be even numbered, while sedans would be odd numbered?

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    Re: BMW's new 3 Series convertible

    I think that plan was scrapped. No pictures of the E92 coupe yet?

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    Re: BMW's new 3 Series convertible

    Wah a folding hard-top's gonna cost an arm and two legs... looks like good news for soft-top owners!

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    Re: BMW's new 3 Series convertible

    good n bad la....

    at least they dont have to worry abt bird droppings n the 'extra' care for their canvas....
    but looks wise... i still like the traditional soft top cabrio look... ha :-)

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    Re: BMW's new 3 Series convertible

    It's all about weight distribution rite? BMW are concerned that with a hard top, it's not possible to maintain 50/50 weight distribution with both top up and down?

    Unless they come up with like using a CF or titanium hardtop or something, which will cost a bomb....
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    Re: BMW's new 3 Series convertible

    Wow are those children sitting on Eurosport's cars? should be during last year motor show suntec right.

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    Re: BMW's new 3 Series convertible

    yeah man....dunno got dents or not after that..

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    Re: BMW's new 3 Series convertible

    OT: yes the "million dollar playground" was at Suntec! Ouch!

    Hey pg7170 you're right about bird droppings... I see some cat's hair also

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    Re: BMW's new 3 Series convertible

    u think that was bad....u should have seen my kid jumping in and out of the Lambo at the motoshow itself......... think he was the only kid that did that........ :P
    Now the dream is closer to reality. YEAH!!!!!!


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