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Old 03-23-2011, 11:56 AM   #169
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A BMW spokesperson has now confirmed to Road & Track that the M3 Pickup spotted in Germany is simply a one-off test mule. "BMW M did indeed create the pickup seen on the 'Ring, but it was just an internal project, not something that is in development," said Dave Buchko, BMW Advanced Powertrain & Heritage Communications Manager. "There are no plans to produce it."

BMW aficionados will undoubtedly be breathing a huge sigh of relief. This the same diehard legion of fans who still bemoan the original iDrive interface, SMG gearboxes, and just about any car ever designed by Chris Bangle. Tell these folks that BMW is building a pickup, and you'd better be ready to duck and cover.

Set to arrive in 2012, the next BMW 3 Series will showcase everything from a range of turbocharged 4-cylinder engines to a hybrid model and 5-door hatchback (designed in the same mold as the 5 Series GT). But you heard it here first: the 3 Series and M3 family tree will not include a pickup.

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