I went to the Washington Auto Show today, and after whipping through the domestic junk to get to the BMW section, I collared a nice lady (I think from Heishmann BMW in Arlington, VA) and put some questions to her (what will the E46 M3 engine be? a bigger 6, not the 8; are there current plans for another 6 series coupe - no; and...)
BMW will build another 2002. She said at the NY Auto Show the ex-president said in a speech to staff that they will do it. She also said the 2002 mockup they had in NY got a lot of attention.
The kicker was I heard the BMW guy next to her lean over whisper "what's a 2002?". To which she replied "it was a cute, little, very popular car we used to build." Good answer to a stupid question.
In other news, the M5 looked unbelievable. It was a very "electric" (I'm sure you know the color) blue, but was on a platform away from the unwashed masses. The X5 looked good, too - had some huge wheels on it. As far as I am concerened, besides the M5, my favorite was the Chrysler Chronos. It was HOT (21" wheels!!). I was also pleasantly surprised by the prototype Dodge Charger - in the magazines it looks like crap.
Of all the displays in the whole place, the BMW section was clearly the busiest, and of all the cars the M5 and the X5 got the most attention. M3 was conspicuous by its absence.
still waiting for another '02 to fall in my lap
'74 3.0s - the 3 liter beater