• R2Dad Posted: 3/25/2010 10:42am PDT

    Front-wheel drive benefits some people in the east who prefer it for driving in snow (Volvo, Saab), but primarily it's a cost-saving measure for the auto manufacturers who think their customers don't know any better (Acura, and now BMW). If you track the fortunes of Cadillac, they were successful when their cars were RWD and unsuccessful when their cars were FWD. Look at all the brands that added AWD after being FWD: Subaru, Audi, Volvo, Saab, Acura, Mini--all the brands that want to be upmarket. I think the Lexus ES is an outlier--otherwise Lexus is a RWD brand as well.

  • Burberry Problem Posted: 3/25/2010 12:50pm PDT

    I'm laughing at this because you know the German engineers all turned white and got nauseous when they saw those survey results. It's the problem with growth ... all the WRONG PEOPLE end up buying your fine Chermun Schportz Carz ...

  • TMR013 Posted: 3/25/2010 3:45pm PDT

    Hope BMW rethinks this. The reason I went from Honda to BMW is Honda stopped makeing a RWD vehicle after my S2000.

  • Damien Thomas Posted: 3/25/2010 4:39pm PDT

    I doubt anyone buying an 'entry-level' BMW like the model positioned below the 1-Series will actually be a serious enthusiast so they probably won't care which wheels are doing the driving. This will be a car for posers who just want the badge. I pity the 6- and 7-Series owners sitting at the lights and seeing some douchebag in his new 0-Series pull up and give them the nod. lol

  • fb_1510606196 avatar Carl Posted: 3/25/2010 5:38pm PDT

    I was an R&D engineer at GM when we played with the original Morris Mini. After the Corvair debacle, GM decided, and I agreed that dragster performance was less importance than "Longer,lower,wider, faster and quieter". FWD cars have flat rear floors and less noise in the rear of sedans, wagons and vans. As aid earlier, cheaper to build.

  • fb_1510606196 avatar Carl Posted: 3/25/2010 5:44pm PDT

    Oh, 'nother thing. When defending the Corvair, GM pointed out that high performance DEMANDED rear engine/rear drive: F1 and Indy Car; boats and jet airplanes. Well, the Ford Mustang killed the Corvair, not Ralph Nader.

  • Gigan Posted: 3/25/2010 6:29pm PDT

    Lexus's 2 big sellers are FWD & they just added a 3rd .... 4th is on the way. Seems like a lot, if not most, luxury buyers are more interested in things like the badge on the hood than what wheels are moving the car.
    The average person probably would not drive in a way that would make RWD better for them anyhow ...

  • Jeremy Posted: 3/25/2010 6:52pm PDT

    It seems like they want to compete with Mercedes-Benz on this particular segment. M-B has the FWD A-Class and B-Class as their entry-level cars on their lineup (except in the U.S., where the RWD C-Class is the bottom-end model), and quite frankly, they're overpriced junk heaps. M-B, however, is rumored to bring the B-Class in Stateside by next year. But still, who'd pay top-dollar for a FWD BMW or Benz?

  • Allan Posted: 3/25/2010 8:35pm PDT

    The whole idea of what means luxury or premium is completely fuzzy now. Back in the day, BMW models drove differently than anything else on the market. Why wouldn't you just pick a Mazda3 instead of a FWD BMW...or for that matter a Mini Cooper S?

  • Jeremy Posted: 3/25/2010 10:45pm PDT

    Allan, it's a badge thing. Most people (at least those with no car knowledge) would drive a FWD BMW simply because it's a BMW. They don't care if a Kia Forte Koup would run circles around it. Take the Jaguar X-Type, for example. It's FWD and uses an outdated Ford Mondeo platform. But does the accountant next door care? Of course not! They see that it has a Jaguar badge and they want it.

  • KLaSusa Posted: 3/26/2010 7:04am PDT

    Actually, Jeremy, the X-Type is an All-Wheel-Drive vehicle, exclusively.

  • Jeremy Posted: 3/27/2010 12:23am PDT

    KLaSusa, not all X-Type models were offered in AWD. The 2.0 liter V6 (derived from the Ford Duratec) and 2.0/2.2 liter Duratorq diesel models were available in FWD.

  • Jeremy Posted: 3/27/2010 12:26am PDT

    KLaSusa, not all X-Type models are AWD. Base models using the 2.0 V6 (derived from the Ford Duratec) or 2.0/2.2 4-cylinder diesel were offered in FWD.

  • Josh Posted: 11/2/2010 11:20pm PDT

    so im thinkin of either gettin a 06 BMW 525xi or a 09 Maxima S or a 09 Altima 3.5 SL, all around same price. Living in NY snow comes around, which is better FWD, AWD, or RWD