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      08-06-2010, 01:07 PM   #1
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BMW F30 / F31 3-series Touring Wagon First Spy Video

We bring you the first video of the F30 / F31 3-series Touring prototype on the streets of Germany. Most of the car is still clad in heavy camouflage, but as with the F30 sedan spy photos so far, shape, size, and proportions can be gleamed from these early spy photos/videos.

According to our BMW Roadmap, the next generation 3-series sedan and touring are expected sometime in 2012. Several variants are expected of the next gen 3-series, including sedan, coupe, touring, GT version, and of course the M3.

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      08-06-2010, 04:36 PM   #2
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Please Bring to the U.S. In 335i 6spd!!!!!!!
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      08-06-2010, 05:05 PM   #3
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I like the car - it will likely drive better than an SUV.
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i thought GT replaced the touring...or at least that's what happened to the 5
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i thought GT replaced the touring...or at least that's what happened to the 5
They'll still be making the 5 series touring, F11. Tourings sells very well in Europe. Blame BMW NA for not bringing it to the US.
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      08-07-2010, 01:09 PM   #6
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They'll still be making the 5 series touring, F11. Tourings sells very well in Europe. Blame BMW NA for not bringing it to the US.
No honestly, there's no reason for BMW NA to bring them over when people don't buy it.
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      08-07-2010, 08:57 PM   #7
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I don't understand why BMW just doesn't market the tourings more here. They blame poor sales, yet never put ads for them anywhere. Some markets seem to have a lot of them, they are plentiful (3er and 5er) in the Greater Boston area.

I'd love an F31. As it looks now, if I don't like the F25 X3, I'll have to order an end of the run E91 touring. I need just a little more space than my current E90 has, but don't want a GT. The new X3 should be priced better too given it'll be coming from Spartunburg now and not Austria. Which might be even worse news for the F31...

Just bring the Touring here and market it. Clean proportions, same drive as the sedan and all.
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sales of touring

I seriously dont know why people dont buy tourings. You could fit bikes and luggage for a vacation and and stuff from home depot when you have to now and then. Why settle for less. Sedans look like coupes wannabe. In Norway for example you hardly see sedans anymore, and they are hard to sell second hand, its no marked for it. The only one buying it its basiclly immigrants from the middle east for some reason.
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In the US, if you need the room for luggage, bikes, etc., you buy an SUV. A car with a 'touring' style here is too similar in perception to the old "station wagons" we had in the '70s and '80s, i.e. not sporty enough.

Certain areas of the US are high crime, so having the ability to store valuables in a trunk is more appealing than exposing things in the rear of a touring car.
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Please Bring to the U.S. In 335i 6spd!!!!!!!
Never gonna happen. BMWNA thinks we don't like fast wagons here.
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In the US, if you need the room for luggage, bikes, etc., you buy an SUV. A car with a 'touring' style here is too similar in perception to the old "station wagons" we had in the '70s and '80s, i.e. not sporty enough.

Certain areas of the US are high crime, so having the ability to store valuables in a trunk is more appealing than exposing things in the rear of a touring car.

Ok, learn something every day :-)
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Never gonna happen. BMWNA thinks we don't like fast wagons here.
I'd buy one

I love my 2.0T Jetta Sportwagen, I only wish it was RWD and had xenons as an option.
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Certain areas of the US are high crime, so having the ability to store valuables in a trunk is more appealing than exposing things in the rear of a touring car.
Or you could just pull the luggage cover over what you have in the back, it's why they come with one.
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No honestly, there's no reason for BMW NA to bring them over when people don't buy it.
yah, thanks but no thanks.
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Or you could just pull the luggage cover over what you have in the back, it's why they come with one.
yes. i've never understood the perception that wagons/hatchbacks are somehow less secure for your stuff than a trunked car...
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yes. i've never understood the perception that wagons/hatchbacks are somehow less secure for your stuff than a trunked car...
Seriously! They'll use a crowbar to open both cars. Smash a window or pry open a trunk, either way they'll take it if they want it.

I'm still crossing my fingers that the 3er wagon will still make it here. Though I wouldn't hold my breathe for a 335 version. They sell around 5k units a year here, not a ton but do they really expect to sell more of those god awful 3er GT's Now I completely understand with the 5er wagon. They sold something ridiculous like 500 units a year.

On the upside I found that not my nearest BMW dealer but a close one has a habit of carrying a handful of e91's at all times. At all of them are executive turn in. So loaded to the gills(no ZMP models though) and low low miles and all are usually under $38k. May try to take one of them off their hands this summer if I can work a nice deal to trade my JSW.
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The way it pulls out from the stop in the video, it's likely a manual. That's what I want, a 6-banger turbo manual F31 xdrive to replace my E91, but BMW won't sell me one, so BMW is finished for me. A manual Avant Quattro would be 2nd choice -- but Audi won't sell me one of those, either, so Audi's out.
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Seriously! They'll use a crowbar to open both cars. Smash a window or pry open a trunk, either way they'll take it if they want it.

I'm still crossing my fingers that the 3er wagon will still make it here. Though I wouldn't hold my breathe for a 335 version. They sell around 5k units a year here, not a ton but do they really expect to sell more of those god awful 3er GT's Now I completely understand with the 5er wagon. They sold something ridiculous like 500 units a year.

On the upside I found that not my nearest BMW dealer but a close one has a habit of carrying a handful of e91's at all times. At all of them are executive turn in. So loaded to the gills(no ZMP models though) and low low miles and all are usually under $38k. May try to take one of them off their hands this summer if I can work a nice deal to trade my JSW.
I didnt realize that the annual numbers for 3er wagons was that high. I have been with BMW for a year, and sold a grand total of one. And to be honest, I think that the low sales are less to do with the trunk VS the back of a Wagon, so much as the American love for SUV's, which most justify by extra "utilitarian" capabilities that they will never use.
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I want a F31 as my next car. I sure hope BMW decides to bring it to NA.
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