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Bloody economy!!!!

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Looks like BMW won't be fielding a Porsche Panamera competitor after all. The CS Concept, planned as a new flagship to replace the 8-Series, has officially been cancelled. Citing product and project reviews in the face of the current financial crisis in Europe and the United States, BMW's CEO Norbert Reithofer announced that the concept is officially a no-go. BMW plans to put its resources toward future technology, its EfficientDynamics and project i programs.

It's a disappointing move for BMW fans, but a prudent one. The current market for super-sedans is limited and likely to become more so if the economic situation continues to get worse. Though a financial upturn could see renewed consideration for the CS Concept, BMW was mute on the chances of this happening.




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Haven't been able to find any of these "spy" photos yet.   :?

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After initially confirming that its CS Concept was a precursor to an upcoming production model, BMW then went back and said no, the CS would not be produced after all. But now fresh new spy pictures have surfaced and these point to the resurrection of a CS-based sports saloon.

The CS was conceived, according to Director of Design, Chris Bangle, holistically as a four-door saloon. It is thus larger in dimension than a 7 Series, sits four passengers, boasts aggressive front end styling, a sloping rear and an engine bay reserved for something very powerful. So the Porsche Panamera would be the most natural rival, alongside Audi's upcoming A7 and Aston Martin Rapide. Some have even speculated that it would bring back the 8 Series name tag.

As a hark back to the 1960s highly styled BMWs, the company named this concept ‘CS', but it is more than that; it points to possibly the future design direction of BMW which takes ‘flame surfacing' to the next level. BMW chose the 2008 Shanghai Auto Show to reveal the CS concept perhaps as a sign that such a car would be driven, growth wise, from the east / Asia where the appetite for high-end luxury cars is still strong.




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