BMW’s Wacky New NamesS

BMW has trademarked new vehicle names including: i1, i2, i3, i4, i5, i6, i7, i8, i9, E1, E2, E3, E4, E5, E6, E7, E8, E9, M50d, Urbanic, Gran Coupe, Compactive, and Compactive Tourer. Yeesh, what was wrong with 3-Series?

According to Autocar, the "i" designations could be applied to an all-electric sub compact city car range; "E" could be used for electric versions of existing models; "M50d" could refer to a tri-turbo diesel; "Urbanic" could be a new trim level; and "Compactive and "Compactive Tourer" could be applied to fat wagons based on the 1- and 3-Series. Sadly, the trademark filing appears to leave out the words "simple, lightweight, well-engineered sedans." [via Autocar]