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First Look: 2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback

A family resemblance.

by on Jun.06, 2011

The new 2012 BMW 1-Series line-up will debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.

It’s a small world, after all.  At least when it comes to cars.  And even in the luxury market motorists have been steadily downsizing, as BMW discovered with the launch of the original 1-Series.

Earlier this spring, a new version of the Bavarian maker’s smallest model was spotted in the midst of testing on the Nürburgring. No new model can ever drive unnoticed on the famous race track, where the spy photographers seem to dig in at every corner, so when a maker puts something out there, it is likely meant to be seen.

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Word quickly got out that an all-new version of the BMW 1-Series was set to make its formal debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.  But with pics already leaking out on the Internet, BMW decided to make something official available.

Fans of the small BMW have had a seven-year wait for the second-generation subcompact. Why it took so long to come up with the 2012 BMW 1-Series the Bavarians aren’t saying, but it’s clear they wanted to address some of the criticism of the original – including weight and room.

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