BMW is one of the few German automakers who doesn't have a proper Van in their lineup. Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, DKW/Auto-union/Audi, all made some sort of van, however the closest BMW has even gotten to a Van is with the new 2 Series Active Tourer.
BMW has resisted the temptation to adventure into yet another segment and to potentially damage its brand image. But the question remain: Is there a demand from BMW customers for a proper sized Van?
The market size around the world for full-size Vans and minivans is compelling enough for any automakers to jump into a new source of revenue. Using an existing platform to "Grow" a Van on top of its the most obvious choice. For example; imagine a BMW X5 or the upcoming X7 sharing its fairly long wheelbase with a taller, boxy vehicle that could further expand the interior space and luxury inside the cabin.
However even more feasible solution would be the front-wheel drive layout seen in the 2 Series Active Tourer and especially its long wheelbase version with seven seats that comes out next year. The cleaver packaging for the surfaces and panels could be made possible by the front-wheel drive platform which means no drive-shaft eating up room in the center of the car.
What do you think: should have BMW built a Van?