As it looks now the economy will bounce back ... The system is almost intact ... Everybody is working on patching that system instead changing it. It's like just slightly tailoring the rules for the same game. Every huge company has lobbyists around the most important capitals & cities around the world. And they are very well informed. From both sides. So, the economy restart will happen - sooner or later. A matter of few years. Of course the pre-crisis level will still be far away, but ... The problem is this patched system is not ready to survive more than a decade. So, I hope the wise men will change it softly during that period ... otherwise: BOOOOM! A crisis much deeper than this one. Of course it can happen that even patching fails - if not implemented soon enough, and a critical mass of bankrupts happen in acertain country or around the world. Everything is still very fragile. The latest example from automotive industry: eg. Renault encounters huge demand for their small cars around the Europe, but due to a strike in some suppling company they had to stopped the whole production since they can't get some steering mechanisms from that supplier. And if that supplier dies off ... Bad times for Renault despite great current demand, production & sales. There is zillion of such cases acroos all possible industry sectors. If only one very specific small supplier fails than even the giants can fall quickly. **** Yes, what BMW are doing is risky. But even more devasting would be if doing nothing. They have learnt that in Rover debacle - when they cut down the R&D resources ... and then the glitchy iDrive & E65 7er happened etc. **** Regarding niche vehicles. I've explaid it onece how it works. It's all about price / value / profit cahin. Eg. 10k 5er GTs sold generstes as much profit as eg 50k sedans sold (ratio is fictional but I'm only showing you a principle). Eg. same case with X6. Spin-off variants of core models are relatively cheap to develop & produce - since R&D and parts sharring is extensive. Mind projects like, Panamera, R8 or SLS are much more risky & costly than the 5er GT or 6er GT - from short-term business perspective. Since there was a lot of R&D resources invested in that car - sitting on a unique platform etc.