Why didn't America ever get the 1 series?

Garbage Can Lid
Garbage Can Lid

Why didn't America ever get the 1 series?

Boy_vs_Girl
Boy_vs_Girl

@Garbage Can Lid
hatch
not Fast Wheel Drive
for what purpose?

Spamalot
Spamalot

Because hatches are the ultimate automotive symbol of cuckoldry. They try to combine the positives of a bunch of bodystyles but end up compromising on everything.

Soft_member
Soft_member

But we did, it just so happens to be the ugliest BMW series so they didn't sell well.

5mileys
5mileys

@Garbage Can Lid
Same reason we didn't get lots of the shitbox Mercs and other 4cyl German cars- they want to maintain their luxury image in the US.

They sold 320i's in Yurop when the 328i was the lowest model 3 Series you could get in the US.

The Sprinter vans were all Mercedes with a Dodge badge on it because they didn't want Murricans to see a Merc star on a work van.

New_Cliche
New_Cliche

@Boy_vs_Girl

not fast wheel drive

imblign

Lord_Tryzalot
Lord_Tryzalot

@5mileys
At least not as bad as all the 316i and 318i sold in Latin America.

Bidwell
Bidwell

@Lord_Tryzalot
Yurop gets a 3-cylinder 318i nowadays

Inmate
Inmate

@Garbage Can Lid
The worst facelift ever, fucking hideous.

Carnalpleasure
Carnalpleasure

@5mileys

This is the only correct answer. Lexus, Honda, and Nissan did the reverse for exactly the same reason - they wanted to create luxury brands more removed from their economy badges so they engineered some new ones. The Germans and English were so threatened by a credible threat that they keep making "It's a Toyota!" jokes about Lexus to mask their own discomfort.

Snarelure
Snarelure

hatchbacks are for ricers and poorfags

BinaryMan
BinaryMan

@5mileys
but you can get the sprinter with a merc badge on it in america

Stupidasole
Stupidasole

@BinaryMan
Vito (metris) also

Supergrass
Supergrass

@Garbage Can Lid
You sure about that?

King_Martha
King_Martha

@Carnalpleasure
It's the Japanese Mercedes

Deadlyinx
Deadlyinx

@Boy_vs_Girl
not Fast Wheel Drive
are you sure?

RumChicken
RumChicken

@Supergrass
That's a 2

DeathDog
DeathDog

@RumChicken
Called the 1-series Coupe back in the day

BinaryMan
BinaryMan

@Garbage Can Lid
Because we did?
135i

FastChef
FastChef

@RumChicken
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_1_Series_(E87)#2-door_coupe_.28E82.29

BunnyJinx
BunnyJinx

@RumChicken
Idiot

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