BMW plans to introduce 20 new front-wheel-drive models, which will use the next-generation MINI and the Concept Active Tourer platforms.
“We’ve got plans to produce up to 20 new models on this platform. Not all of them have been approved yet – we’ve got approval on 10-12 new models,” said Ian Robertson, member of the board of management at BMW.
The first model will be the new MINI Hatch later this year, followed by the 1 Series GT later in 2013, the X1 crossover, the next-generation 1Series and a small convertible sports car that could be called Z2. BMW relies on these new models to help it keep its current best-selling premium manufacturer status in Europe.
IHS Automotive predicts that the premium small segment will be the fastest growing on the continent and that UKL-based models would sell 960,000 units per year by 2020, an increase of almost 40% of BMW’s volume target for this year.
“One of the big advantages of UKL is that we are able to launch a lot of products almost simultaneously because we are doing the engineering at once”, said Ian Robertson. “We can use that architecture not only for the Mini but also for other BMW products that are a little bit bigger and higher and more spacious with a bigger interior.”