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Country of origin:Germany
Produced in:2002
Introduced at:2002 Geneva Motor Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe CS1 is not simply a shrink-to-fit version of any other BMW model, but has its own unique look. In the future, each BMW model series will have a clear identity, which sets it apart from other cars in the line-up, while still retaining design features which make it instantly recognisable as a BMW.
Making use of modern, lightweight materials like neoprene and matt-finished aluminium, the interior of the CS1 is a completely new take on the car interior. Self-supporting surfaces appear to float in the cabin, giving a feeling of space and light. Fine aluminium structures, covered with neoprene (the material used to make wet suits), form part of the cabin structures. A central spine runs down the middle of the car, dividing front and rear seats and at the front 'wings' branch off it under the dashboard.
First seen on the new BMW 7 Series, iDrive is an ergonomic design philosophy which dramatically simplifies the car's control systems. The primary controls needed to drive the car are all within a finger's reach of the steering wheel and the major secondary controls are on the dashboard. The remainder are all operated using the large circular knob, positioned just behind the gear selector on the centre console, called the Controller. By pressing once on the Controller, the driver of the CS1 activates the system and a display screen rises into view, out of the aluminium dashboard.
Paddles mounted on the steering wheel are used to change gear via BMW's ssG (Sequential Sports Gearbox) as available for the 3 Series Coupe. The clutch is operated electromagnetically, so there is no clutch pedal. Gearshifts take a fraction of a second. In slow city traffic the driver can choose the self-selecting mode, which allows the system to select the correct gear automatically.

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