- BMW 1 Series exceeds 10,000 Australian deliveries
- 75 percent increase in 1 Series sales in 2008
- CoupÃ© and Convertible dominate sports car segment
When the 1 Series first arrived in Australia, BMW dubbed it â€œThe One For Driversâ€.
It seems those drivers agree, with sales for the first month topping 700 units and, in the first year, more than 2000 1 Series cars found a home with Aussie buyers.
The sales figures continued to climb with the release of the CoupÃ© and Convertible, and 2008 saw a total of 3124 units sold.
Now, in February 2009, BMW has delivered its 10,000th 1 Series in Australia.
The BMW 1 Series came to Australia in 2004 â€“ the same year it landed in European showrooms â€“ and the first model available was the 120i.
Producing 110kW (147hp) via its 2.0 litre four-cylinder VALVETRONIC engine, the 120i was soon followed by the 118i and 116i.
Drivers demanded more though, and in 2005 BMW gave them the 195kW (261hp) 130i with a 0-100km/h time of 6.1 seconds.
In May 2006, a 2.0 litre turbo-diesel was added to the lineup in the form of the 120d.
With changes across the 1 Series range in 2007, the 120d diesel was upgraded to an aluminium block, and power jumped to 125kW (167hp).
January 2008 saw the arrival of the BMW 1 Series CoupÃ©, at the Brisbane Motor Show. The range-topper was the 135i Sport, offering a belting Twin Turbo 225kW (301hp) straight six â€“ declared the 2007 International Engine of the Year.
The 135i was joined by the 160kW 125i in May, which TMR reviewed recently, along with the 1 Series Convertible, which stood out as the first premium compact drop-top from BMW in three decades.
Since hitting showrooms last year, the 1 Series coupÃ© and Convertible have dominated the sub-$80k sports car segment, and have this year grabbed a 22 percent share of the segment.