A post on specialist BMW forum e90post.com revealed BMW AG had filed a registration for the new trademark and logo.
Along with the silver ‘i’ badge, BMW has reserved the following trademarks: i1, i2, i3, i4, i5, i6, i7, i8 and i9.
Although it is unlikely BMW will use all of the new nameplates, it is clearly covering its bases and keeping its options open for the future.
It is not yet known whether the ‘i’ range will become its own sub-brand, similar to Toyota’s plans for the Prius nameplate.
The naming structure also gives BMW the potential to align the ‘i’ vehicles with the current range and create a subdivision similar to the performance-focused ‘M’ vehicles. For example, i1 could represent a 1 Series hybrid, i3 with a 3 Series hybrid, and so on.
Rumours are circulating that a concept version of the MegaCity Vehicle could debut at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month, although BMW remains tight-lipped on the subject.
It is understood a production-ready version of the car will make its public debut at the 2012 London Olympic Games ahead of its global launch in 2013.
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