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BMW 1 Series

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A series of small cars produced by BMW since 2004. Specific models include: 116d, 128i, and 135i.


The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's BMW 1 Series page on 4 May 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The BMW 1 Series is a series of compact luxury cars manufactured by the German automaker BMW since 2004. Successor to the BMW Compact, it has been produced in four different body styles.

Model codes

1st generation

BMW E87 (2004–2011): five-door hatchback
BMW E81 (2007–2011): three-door hatchback
BMW E82 (2007–2013): two-door coupe
BMW E88 (2007–2014): two-door convertible

2nd generation

BMW F20 (2011–2015): five-door hatchback
BMW F21 (2012–2015): three-door hatchback

2nd Generation LCI (Facelift)

F20 LCI (2015–actual): five-door hatchback
F21 LCI (2015–actual): three-door hatchback

E81, E82, E87, E88

The first-generation BMW 1 Series is a small family car produced by the German automaker BMW since 2004, when it replaced the BMW 3 Series Compact range as the smallest and cheapest vehicle (depending on the engine model) in the BMW range. As of May 2013, the 3-door hatchback (model code E81) and 5-door hatchback (E87) have been superseded by the F20 and F21 models; the 2-door coupe (E82) and the two-door convertible (E88) have been superseded by the new BMW 2 Series.

F20, F21

The 2nd generation BMW 1 Series range comprises 3-door hatchback (model code F21) and 5-door hatchback (F20) models. Like its E87 predecessor, it uses a longitudinally-mounted engine, aluminum multi-link suspension and a rear-wheel drive chassis (however some models are available with all-wheel drive).

The F20 5-door hatchback was unveiled in 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. and released later in 2011.

The M135i was named "The Sports Car of the Year 2012" by Top Gear.

The coupé and convertible of the F20 will be called the 2 Series.

Article Index

26 May 2005The New BMW 1 Series: Sheer Driving Pleasure Now Found In The Compact Class With BMW Aftermarket Parts at Parts TrainJenny McLane, Auto Parts Train
14 August 2010Company Fleet Insurance Provider Gives Unbiased Review Of BMW Series 1Jackie De Burca

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