125: New mini rides from BMW and Mazda?

Has the U.S. auto industry finally hit bottom? U.S. will get a new small SUV from BMW--and perhaps a new mini Miata. Plus, we take you for a ride in a really nice car that could be sooo much better.

Has the U.S. auto industry finally hit bottom? U.S. will get a new small SUV from BMW--and perhaps a new mini Miata. Plus, we take you for a ride in a really nice car that could be so much better.


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The BMW X1 will come to the U.S., slotted beneath the X3 as a utility stablemate to the 1 Series.
The BMW X1 will come to the U.S., slotted beneath the X3 as a utility stablemate to the 1 Series. BMW of North America

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Brian Cooley joined CNET in 1995 and always comes at technology from the real consumer's point of view. He brings his high energy, often skeptical style to all avenues of CNET coverage, with an emphasis on car tech. You'll also find him frequently on television, radio and the TV screens at Costco!

 

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