There are some curious and conflicting trends you’ll spot wandering the vast halls of the Frankfurt Motor Show: automakers are moving ever-smaller with their newest models – even as their existing small cars get bigger.
A case in point is the 2012 BMW 1-Series, which is making its debut at this year’s German car show. Introduced six years ago as the smallest model in the maker’s line-up. But the newly-updated 2012 1-Series will be both longer and wider, according to BMW tech chief Klaus Draeger, addressing concerns about the car’s limited interior and cargo space.
The Bavarians introduced a range of variants of the next 1-Series during their Frankfurt press event, which opened this year’s well-attended show. Speeding around an indoor test track, the line-up includes a mix of diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles, such as the 118d.