Sam

BMW UK Sourcing an original E46 Saloon for photoshoot

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Wonder why they wanted a saloon when the first three are coupes.

No point using coupe if they're going for the "evolution" of the series look..

Being totally pedantic, the only true coupe in that photo is the E36. :lol: The 2-door E30 had the same roof-line as the 4-door so therefore it's not a coupe, and as I mentioned before, the E21 was only ever made as a 2-door. :)

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mjn   

Wonder why they wanted a saloon when the first three are coupes.

No point using coupe if they're going for the "evolution" of the series look..

Being totally pedantic, the only true coupe in that photo is the E36. :lol: The 2-door E30 had the same roof-line as the 4-door so therefore it's not a coupe, and as I mentioned before, the E21 was only ever made as a 2-door. :)

Geek :thumbsup::D

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Lower roof line compared to standard cars, I thought. (Coupé - french for 'cut' roughly translated)

Not sure how stuff like an RX-8 which is the only model shape can be called a coupe in that case though, as there's no high roof version to compare against.

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momo   

Lower roof line compared to standard cars, I thought. (Coupé - french for 'cut' roughly translated)

Not sure how stuff like an RX-8 which is the only model shape can be called a coupe in that case though, as there's no high roof version to compare against.

I think that's how they call the gran coupe's and the Merc CLS' Coupes too..

As far as i'm concerned though - anything with 2 doors is a coupe! 4 doors is a Saloon, 5 is hatchback or Estate (depending on how the tail gate opens). :P

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Ruesta   

Lower roof line compared to standard cars, I thought. (Coupé - french for 'cut' roughly translated)

Not sure how stuff like an RX-8 which is the only model shape can be called a coupe in that case though, as there's no high roof version to compare against.

Its all got a bit messy these days with regards to what's a coupe and what isn't. I just hate it when a 4 door car with a 'sporty' rear gets called a coupe!

I always thought it was lower roofline and 2 doors too.

Can't really call a 2 door corsa or fiest a coupe after all...

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das_flo   

Fiesta's and Corsa's are just hatches that's why.

I have to be pedantic and say there's no such thing as an E36 LCi :thumbsup:

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Lower roof line compared to standard cars, I thought. (Coupé - french for 'cut' roughly translated)

Not sure how stuff like an RX-8 which is the only model shape can be called a coupe in that case though, as there's no high roof version to compare against.

Its all got a bit messy these days with regards to what's a coupe and what isn't. I just hate it when a 4 door car with a 'sporty' rear gets called a coupe!

I always thought it was lower roofline and 2 doors too.

Can't really call a 2 door corsa or fiest a coupe after all...

You don't get 2 door corsa's or fiestas which is what I'm getting at as they don't have a boot they have a hatch (hence hatchback) a boot doesn't have a window to it.

That's why I always thought coupe was 2 doors with a boot.

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Can't really call a 2 door corsa or fiest a coupe after all...

Nah! They're 3-doors. :D You don't get Corsas or Fiestas with 2 doors + a boot.

TriggerFish's observation re;- "coupe" is spot-on. It's from the French for "cut" - meaning a lower or reshaped roof line. ...... And a coupes aren't limited to 2 doors - check Google Images for "Rover P6 coupe". It's the best example of saloon vs. coupe I can think of at the moment.

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momo   

So here's the advert in all its glory! lol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yKuy8OsH_k

Wow! Bit of a step down on the E46! lol

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Jay.   

indeed! Can't belive they'd say your car wasn't good enough especially for that video - you can't even see the rear arches :lol:

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momo   

indeed! Can't belive they'd say your car wasn't good enough especially for that video - you can't even see the rear arches :lol:

Exactly! I think they were worried that it might end up overtaking the F30 with all the power under the hood! :P

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DazRave   

I quite liked it overall. :P

I'd imagine there is going to be multiple versions of this advert?

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X-Man   

I suspect the marketing people saw the Sport front end and said "there's no way we can use that, it looks loads better than the new one"

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momo   

So they've posted the images on the BMW site now too:

http://www.bmw.co.uk/en_GB/new-vehicles/3.html?cvsd

BMW_3S_anniversary_1998.jpg.resource.143

If you look on the site the image of the E36 is front-on! They easily could've done that with mine..

Expletives come to mind! lol

Also - Pre-facelift SE's didn't come with MV1's did they?

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momo   

Lol. Yep! They had 2..

Although strangely both use the same numberplate?

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Maxtek   

So in the pictures they jumped straight from the E46 to whatever that new thing is called.

Finding a Bronzit, Chromie E30 must have been a challenge too, especially in the decent condition it appears to be in.

Is it me or have BMW picked out all the cars from the first/earliest years of production?

It's quite clear to me that they are trying to make the older models look as 'dated' as they can, that's fine for a sale point of view (I doubt many people besides us lot would even pick up on this), but I feel that they should at least acknowledge how great those older models were and still are compared to half the other scrap that's out there today.

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momo   

The E36 is a 1998 so one of the later years of production.

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Maxtek   

Oops, my mistake.

I also noticed that the registration is the same for the E36 in the video and in the pictures, somehow it has magically changed colour!

According to the DVLA it's still Red.

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DonB   

That's an MTECH 1 they've used, they did come with MV1'S.

Edit..sorry was looking on my phone....no it's an SE...didn't think they came with MV1'S agreed

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B0B   

That's an MTECH 1 they've used, they did come with MV1'S.

Edit...mo it's an SE...didn't think they came with MV1'S agreed

That's an SE front bumper and side skirts, not mtec at all.

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