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BMW news — BMW aims big with Gran Turismo - 2007

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Expect to see a lot more of BMW over the next few

Executives at the BMW Group have today laid out the
company’s strategy for the next few years, in a document we can only assume was
covertly titled ‘Plans for Total World Domination’. 

Spearheading the attack will be four new models, including a
four-door coupe based on the CS
concept we saw at this year’s Shanghai motor show. 

Expected to be called the Gran Turismo, the big, sleek coupe
will sit on the new 7-Series platform, as will a smaller Rolls-Royce (one of
BMW’s subsidiary marques), which will be positioned below the Phantom in the
model line-up.

Mini isn’t to be left out of BMW’s big plans, either - the
long-rumoured 4x4 Mini is certain to get made alongside the new

And, in higher-concept territory, BMW says that its proposed
SFC (space-functional concept) study is being dropped in favour of a Progessive
Activity Sedan concept, which will apparently ‘establish an entirely new
segment introducing a unique interpretation of the sedan’. Hmm.

BMW reckons all these new models should help boost annual
sales to well over two million vehicles by 2020. They’re taking over the

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