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BMW 120d

Broadcast dates : 24th April 2005
30th April 2005


Right from the very first glance there is no doubt that this new five-door sports-hatch is a BMW through and through. The long wheelbase with a short front overhang, the lower roof line with the typical C-pillar kink and the characteristic front end with the "kidney" grille and double headlamps give the 1 Series a face that stands out in a crowd. 

The practical hatch opens to reveal a variable luggage compartment that offers the driver and passengers 330 to 1150 litres of storage space for even larger items of sports equipment for a variety of leisure activities.

Whether loaded or not, the 1 Series is always sheer pleasure to drive. The seating position offering long-distance driving comfort and the exemplary, clearly structured cockpit provide the driver with perfect ergonomics during his "driving experience". 

After starting the engine at the push of a button, one immediately senses that typical driving pleasure only a BMW can induce. Thanks to its agility and steering precision unique in the compact class, the BMW 1 Series not only ensures sporty but smooth handling of winding country roads, but also facilitates effortless urban driving pleasure. This is because - like all other BMW automobiles - the 1 Series has a front-mounted engine and rear wheel drive. Even in the tightest of bends there is no torque steer to be felt, the rear wheels having optimal traction when transferring the engine's power onto the tarmac.

Moreover, this concept offers an ideal balance of weight between the technically elaborate aluminum front axle and the five-link rear suspension. Together all of these characteristics facilitate further advantages such as optimal traction even when fully loaded and on hills. The drive and suspension concept is further enhanced by a particularly stiff body and excellent aerodynamics with a drag coefficient of just 0.29.

On the whole no other vehicle in the compact class offers such a distinctively harmonious symbiosis of sporty driving characteristics and suitability for long-distance travel as the BMW 1 Series.

The BMW 1 Series is manufactured at the ultra-modern Regensburg plant, utilizing production facilities which provide some of the highest possible levels of flexibility and model diversity in the automotive industry, but which at the same time offer the best possible standard of present-day workplace ergonomics.

With the BMW 1 Series, the BMW Group is laying an important cornerstone for further profitable growth. Market researchers see the premium segment of the compact class as the market with large potential worldwide. Thanks to its unique vehicle concept, the BMW 1 Series will gain a disproportionately large share of the market and contribute to a further sharpening of the BMW brand profile.

The 2 litre diesel engine develops 120 kilowatts at 4000 rpm and 340 Newton metres of torque at 2000 rpm. 0-100 is claimed at 7.9 seconds and a top speed of around 220 kilometres per hour. Fuel consumption is claimed to be an impressive 5,7 litres per 100 kilometres.

The 120d interior is typically premium level, with finely-stitched leather trim, textured fabric seats, and the new minimalist style that is now a BMW hallmark.

The BMW 120d is a car that demands driver involvement. If you like driving, you’ll love the 1 Series.

The very torquey engine is offered with manual or automatic transmission.

The all-in price of R248 000 doesn’t buy much space, but grace and pace there is a-plenty!

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