The 2013 NAIAS was a good show. Concept cars alongside not so conceptual vehicles from the Big Three and automakers the world over were in full force, a contrast to last year’s show which was a bit short on fanfare.
BMW ushered in the 4 Series at the show, providing a look at the new Audi A5 rival and 3 Series Coupe replacement, which will be unveiled in production form imminently.
As with other recent BMW concepts, the 4 Series is a concept merely by name – only a few minor details will be changed before it debuts in production form. So why did BMW choose to give the stalwart 3 Series two-door a new name?
Our friends over a BMWBlog had a chance to catch up with BMW design chief Karim Habib, the man behind the creation of the new car at the Detroit show and asked him a few questions.
In the interview, Habib talks about how the 4 Series differs from the 3 Series (enough to justify the new moniker), what the new model means for the 3 Series model line and what its potential influence will be on the BMW range in the future.
He also talks about his favorite design aspects and views of the vehicle, and delves into some of his personal hobbies outside the office.
Have a read of the full interview here.