[quote=SCOTT26;10806310]...BMW need to distinguish the FWD 1er models from the RWD 1er models. Hence why the sportier Coupe and Cabrio will be called 2er...QUOTE]
the distinction seems to be based strictly on sportiness, not drive wheels, otherwise the rwd sporthatch would also be a 2er; it's as you say: 'to increase profit margin on the sportier models'. mercedes benz had an advertising slogan several years ago that said: "at mercedes benz 2 doors do not cost more than 4 doors", referring to which car i don't recall. i personally would be very reluctant to pay much more for just a different shell. seems to me that the sedans are shaping up to be the better value propositions; unfortunately, in the u.s., the smallest 4 door will be the f30 and i'd really like an f20(or smaller) size vehicle.