When BMW decided to go front-wheel drive with the new 2-Series Active Tourer and Grand Tourer, that was a risky decision but it seems that the German carmaker knows how to gamble.
And we could tell that it hit the jackpot, as both models are selling extremely well in Europe, managing a third place, after Citroen and Volkswagen Touran.
JatoDnamics via AutoNews has issued a recent report according to which BMW managed to sell 77,644 of the 2-Series Active Tourer and Grand Tourer models in the European Union and Europe Free Trade Association, or simply put EFTA, being outrun only by Citroen with the C4 Picasso and Grand Picasso, with 85,390 units, as well as by Volkswagen Touran, with 88,169 vehicles.
In case you want to know which carmaker takes fourth place in Europe and EFTA, this is occupied by Ford, with the C-MAX and Grand-Max, with 64,016 units sold, shortly followed by Mercedes-Benz B-Class, with 56,325. The account refer to the period between January and September.
As a reminder, the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer & Grand Tourer were officially launched at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, both versions being the first ones to come with a front-wheel drive, a premiere which seemed to upset BMW customers that loved the rear-wheel drive setup.
Both versions stand on the company`s new UKL front-wheel drive platform, the same one found on the all-new X1 or MINI models, meaning that they come with improved and more lightweight materials and increase space inside for passengers and their luggage.