In Reply to: Ok, then what's your definition? posted by Michael on October 10, 1999 at 12:51:06:
the fact that some of the BMWs do just means that alot of the mfgrs are shoot for the same target. Nissan has been advertising the Maxima as just this kind of car for years (and is fairly well considered to have hit the target).
What BMW offers is much harder to define. Maybe an element of performance at the sacrifice of practicality (rear wheel drive, for example), maybe a little bit more class for being German. I picks up a bit of the European driving ethos that American cars don't have, and the the Japanese have tried, with only limited success, to copy.
: : : A sporty, fun to drive car that doesn't give you a headache on a long trip, carries the kids to school (except Z based cars), gets the groceries home, only needs to stop at a gas station every few hundred miles, doesn't leave your friends behind when going out at night (except Z based cars), almost never breaksdown and doesn't have to sit in the garage all winter long and dosen't cost more than a small house.