The Speedy Exit Edition

In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web:

• The BMW 1 Series M, which was first shown at the Detroit auto show in January, is already nearing the end of its life cycle. According to Matthew Russell, the communications manager for BMW of North America’s Motorsport division, North American deliveries of the 335-horsepower, $47,000 coupe will be limited to roughly 1,000 units, which would comprise “only about a year’s worth” of orders, he said in a telephone interview. While no production cut-off date has been set, he acknowledged that the current version of the 1 Series was at its midcycle, which partially explained the short production run. A replacement model may take its place after the 1 Series receives a redesign, he said, but did not disclose when such a model would reach North America. (BMW)

• Volkswagen announced pricing of its overhauled Passat sedan on Thursday, touting a sub-$20,000 price point for its 2.5-liter S model ($20,765 after adding the $770 delivery charge). The TDI SE is equipped with a 2-liter turbodiesel engine that VW expects to receive a 43 m.p.g. highway rating from the E.P.A. and starts at $26,765. Pricing for the 3.6-liter, 280-horsepower VR6 begins at $29,765. The Passat will be assembled at the brand’s new plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., inaugurated on Tuesday. (Volkswagen)

• The next-generation Chevrolet Impala sedan, expected in 2014, will be built at the Hamtramck, Mich., plant that currently produces the brand’s Volt plug-in hybrid, General Motors announced Wednesday. The news surprised workers and managers at the automaker’s plant in Oshawa, Ontario, where the current-generation Impala is produced. G.M. has yet to commit to continuing production of the Impala at Oshawa. (Windsor Star)

• Sebastian Vettel, the Red Bull Formula One driver who has won four out of five races this year, logged the quickest practice lap Thursday morning in advance of the Monaco Grand Prix, which is scheduled for Saturday. The afternoon session, however, was won by Fernando Alonso, the Ferrari driver, with Lewis Hamilton of McLaren-Mercedes just 0.1 second behind. Mark Webber, Vettel’s teammate and the winner of last year’s Monaco G.P., did not set a time due to problems with his car’s gearbox. (Autosport)

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