Z4 successor to be launched by 2020
BMW revealed recently at the motor show in Geneva that it hoped to manufacture a replacement for the Z4 before 2020. The cost of development could well be shared with Toyota as part of an agreement between the companies that includes collaboration on powertrain electrification, a common sports car architecture and the pooling of research and design on lightweight technologies.
With global demand for the coupe and two-seater roadster on the decline, the German company wants to find a cost-effective way to update the Z4. Klaus Froehlich, BMW's chief engineer, said: "If you look at the volume ... we have to realise that these segments are shrinking. are not interested in roadsters." He added that he would like to see a Z4 successor in the showrooms in this decade. International markets for the Z4 are not favourable at the moment. In China, for example, people who buy luxury cars are more interested in privacy than in owning an open top. The fact that many cities have poor air quality is another factor that drives people into the saloon sector. The European market sees the Z4 as more of a second family car and, with the plunging euro, people do not feel the need to invest in non-essential luxuries.As a result of the market trend away from this type of vehicle, the need to replace the Z4 after seven years in production does not appear to be a priority. In 2014 rival Audi recalculated its sales expectations for its TT in the light of shrinking demand.