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2017 BMW 5-Series news, pictures, specifications, and information

THE ALL-NEW 2017 BMW 5 SERIES: PERFORMANCE, REDEFINED.

◾Improved Performance and Dynamics wîth improved §teering feel, available Adaptive mode and all-new 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engines, wîth an output increase of 35 hp on the 6-cylinder.
◾Faster Acceleration by up to 7/10th of a second on the BMW 540i xDrive model.
◾Weight Reduction of up to 137 lbs through extensive use of high-strength steel, aluminum and magnesium.
◾Latest iDrive 6.0 system and improved Driver Assistance Systems.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ –October 12, 2016 6:01 pm EDT / 3:01 pm PDT … The formula for success continues wîth the 7th generation of the most successful premium sedan, the all-new BMW 5 Series. Over 7.6 million BMW 5 Series have been sold worldwide since 1972 and since 1975 over 1 million units in the Ú.S. alone. The 2017 BMW 5 Series has been entirely newly developed allowing for a significant weight loss of up to 137 lbs wîth the use of magnesium, aluminum and high-strength steel. Thanks to the available state of the art chassis systems including Integral Active Steering now combinable wîth xDrive (BMW's intelligent all-wheel drive system), Driver and Parking Assistance Systems and Adaptive Mode including Dynamic Damper Control, the all-new BMW 5 Series once more defines the athletic and executive design of a true sport sedan. (concept carz) Featuring a new user interface (iDrive 6.0), Gesture Control, the latest generation of Head-Úp Display, Remote 3D View and an improved Voice Control wîth natural voice input, the 2017 BMW 5 Series marks a new era of personalized connectivity. The BMW 5 Series is the most innovative BMW 5 Series to date, combining unique driving dynamics using Remote Control Parking and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems clearing the way towards semi-automated driving.

The all-new BMW 5 Series will be available at Ú.S. dealers in February 2017. Pricing will be announced closer to market launch.

Design.
The all-new BMW 5 Series Sedan remains the quintessential midsize sport sedan. (concept carz) 'The new BMW 5 Series will make a mature, confidently stylish and dynamic impression at every opportunity. The formal and precise design combines presence, aesthetic appeal and functionality in equal measure,' says Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles. The exterior dimensions of the new car are only slightly larger than those of its predecessor. The new BMW 5 Series Sedan is 1.2 inches longer than the outgoing model 0.3 inches wider and 0.6 inches taller. Its wheelbase measures 117.1 inches (+0.2 inches).

LED Adaptive headlights as standard.
The familiar BMW kidney grille is flanked by twin circular headlights wîth the headlight housings now connecting seamlessly wîth the kidney grille, emphasizing the car's width.

Vital Stats
Engine : 2.0 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 248 hp
Torque: 258 ft-lbs

Engine : 3.0 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 335 hp
Torque: 332 ft-lbs

8-speed Automatic
The standard LED Adaptive headlights already make the BMW 5 Series a captivating prospect, its concentrated gaze locked onto the road. Adaptive Full LED Headlights alter the light graphic and can be specified as an option. With Adaptive Full LED Headlights, the LED tubes of the daytime running lights are hexagonal and extend to meet the kidney grille, creating a stylistic connection that accentuates the wide, low-to-the-road appearance of the front end.


The side view: short overhangs, elongated silhouette.
The passenger cell is set back and leads the eye over a flowing roofline to the rear end, while a short front overhang underscores the car's sporty appearance. 'For the first time, the new BMW 5 Series Sedan brings together two traditional BMW design elements which are normally separate from one another. The swage line turns up as it heads rearwards, moving from shadow to light and sweeping up the Hofmeister kink in its path rather than continuing into the rear. This upwards motion lends the car a forward-surging character, and the expressive, swooping surface imbues it wîth an undeniable muscularity,' explains Habib.

The rear: a visually lower center of gravity.
The low-slung, expressive and width-accentuating design of the rear end points to the dynamic, direct handling of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan. The rear lights reach deep into the sides of the car, creating a visual connection between its flanks and rear end. Cutting-edge LED bars enable a slim interpretation of the hallmark BMW 'L' shape and underline the width of the new sedan. (concept carz) Another defining element of the rear end are the exhaust tailpipes, which are now arranged symmetrically on both sides on all model variants. Depending on the engine and equipment package specified, the tailpipes will be circular (four-cylinder engines) or trapezoidal (six-cylinder versions and cars wîth the M Sport package).

EfficientDynamics Enhancements.
The all-new BMW 5 series model now features active kidney grille slats for the radiator. This system opens moveable slats behind the vertical, fixed kidney grille slats and lower air intakes when more cooling air is required but otherwise keeps them closed to optimize aerodynamic efficiency,

The Air Curtains in the front apron team up wîth Air Breathers to cut air turbulence in the wheel arches significantly and channel the air effectively as the car pushes through it. Aerodynamic efficiency, courtesy of optimized trim and airflow-channeling elements which are fitted across the whole of the underbody; provide a considerable degree of underbody sealing. This also reduces lift, which enhances dynamics at high speeds.

A total of 13 colors, wheels in 18-inch, 19-inch and 20-inch sizes.
Two non-metallic and 11 metallic color shades are available for the new BMW 5 Series. Customers can choose from a total of 4 different light-alloy wheels (18-inch, 19 inch and 20-inch).

Sport design: now standard.
The standard Sport design shines the spotlight on the car's dynamic character and stands out wîth numerous trim elements in high-gloss black and 18-inch Double Spoke light-alloy wheels (optional 19-inch in a bi-color polished finish). Chrome window surround, chrome kidney grill bars, and front & rear bumper trim finishers on the exterior and SensaTec upholstered dashboard on the interior enhances the sporty character of the all-new BMW 5 Series. On the interior, standard Sport Seats wîth power adjustable side bolsters and an Anthracite headliner welcome the driver and front passenger.

M Sport Package.
The M Sport package will be available from launch. It includes the M Aerodynamic kit (front apron wîth larger air intakes, side skirt trim, a diffusor-style rear apron and an exhaust system wîth two rectangular tailpipes), Shadowline exterior trim, lowered M Sport suspension and 19-inch M Double-Spoke Wheels wîth Mixed Performance Run-Flat Tires or all-season Run-Flat Tires. The interior includes a new M Sport leather §teering wheel, a SensaTec upholstered dashboard and aluminum pedal covers and footrest, wîth exclusive floor mats when selecting the option of Black Dakota Leather wîth contrast Blue stitching and piping.
Luxury travel: more freedom of movement, low noise levels.

The all-new 5 Series offers increased trunk capacity (18.7 cubic feet), capable of carrying 4 golf bags. The lowered instrument panel, freestanding display, and the cabin's enlarged dimensions provide additional room and comfort. Passangers in the rear now have more space to spread out, thanks to the increased kneeroom and extended legroom (+1.2 inches).

As part of the interior's acoustic design the headliner is equipped wîth built-in sound absorbing materials to reduce interfering sounds, which increases the driver and passenger's ability to communicate. Additional storage spaces in the door pockets, able to hold regular sized bottles, have been created. The cupholders in the center console have been designed to allow easy access control switches. The storage compartment in front of the cupholders can be equipped wîth an optional wireless charging tray.

Seats wîth massage function.
The standard front Sport seats are 16-way electrically adjustable, including adjustable side bolsters for optimum lateral support, and offer tremendous safety and comfort together wîth a wide choice of materials. Other enhancements inlcude decorative stitching for the optional Dakota and quilting for the optional Nappa leather upholsteries can be selected. The available 20-way adjustable Multi-contour seats for the driver and passenger can be additionally equipped wîth ventilation and massage function. Eight different massage programs, each wîth a choice of three intensity modes, relax the muscles in the back and relieve the strain on the spinal discs while driving. The massage function uses 20 air chambers incorporated into the seat backrest and cushion, which are alternately inflated and deflated. The driver is now able to set temperature thresholds for activating the seat heating and seat ventilation, as well as the §teering wheel heating – a highly convenient feature that starts these functions automatically when the temperature falls below or rises above the respective limit.

There is room for up to three adults on the rear seats. When the middle seat is not occupied, rear seat passengers can make use of the center armrest and its integrated cupholders.

Contact sensors for the seat control.
When equipped wîth Multi-contour seats, new seat adjustment switches contain touch-sensitive sensors. Touching the switch located on the outside edge of the seat, activates one of five sensors and the corresponding menu opens in the iDrive display. Lightly pressing on the switch again then carries out the desired adjustment, all clearly illustrated by a matching animation in the display.

Gesture control, Intelligent Voice Control, Touch screen and iDrive 6.0 touchpad Controller.
The latest version of Gesture control which premiered last year in the all-new BMW 7 Series is now available as an option in the all-new BMW 5 Series. Navigation, telephone, entertainment features and vehicle functions can be visualized on the standard high-resolution 10.25-inch screen and controlled not just in the usual manner using the iDrive Controller, but also by means of gestures, voice commands or simply touching the display.

Available content is arranged in a total of six large tiles over two screen pages, providing the driver wîth direct access to functions as well as a live display of the associated content. The interactive and live tile for entertainment, for example, shows the current song selection wîth an image of the album cover. When navigation is active, the driver can see the route the vehicle is taking in the main menu's navigation tile. If the driver now touches this map section, the navigation screen opens, showing the detailed map view. Touching a tile's header line, opens the respective function's main menu, in this case the navigation menu. This allows for easy and quick access to all information stored, saved or currently enabled. The two sets of three pads can be rearranged as desired, allowing drivers to position the content they use most frequently in the first screen.

Úsers select menu options and the associated functions in the usual way wîth the iDrive Controller or by simply tapping the button on the iDrive Touch screen wîth their finger.

The all-new BMW 5 Series can also be operated using voice control or wîth optional Gesture Control which offers a particularly intuitive and easy way of operating commonly used infotainment system and telephone functions. All that is needed are simple movements of the hand or fingers, which are detected by a 3D sensor in the vicinity of the center console and translated into commands: pointing at the screen wîth the index finger is all it takes to accept a phone call, for instance, while a swiping motion wîth the hand rejects it. The swiping action can also be used to open submenus. Tracing a circle wîth the index finger adjusts the audio system's volume, and the driver can pull their thumb and index finger away from the navigation map towards them to zoom in on that section of the map. In addition, the two-finger point towards the iDrive screen can be used to carry out an individually selectable command, such as instructing the navigation system to start route guidance to the home address or skipping to the next track in a playlist.

The Intelligent Voice Control offers the most advanced level of natural voice control currently featured in a BMW. Now, the driver can formulate their request in everyday language and simply ask, for example, where the nearest Italian restaurant is located. Intelligent Voice Control is currently available in English, Spanish and French.

Latest-generation multicolor Head-Úp Display.
In the all-new BMW 5 Series, drivers can see Advanced Real-Time Traffic, navigation instructions, warnings from the driver assistance systems, phone lists and the audio track selection. A wealth of information is being projected onto the windshield when activated. With a resolution of 800 x 400 pixels, the projection area is around 75 percent larger than on the outgoing model.

Climate Control and Lighting.
The all-new BMW 5 Series Sedan is equipped as standard wîth two-zone automatic climate control featuring independent temperature control for driver and front passenger and automatic activation of the air recirculation function whenever necessary.

The standard Ambiance lighting feature includes colored LED light, providing illumination of the interior and accentuating its design contours, particularly around the instrument panel and the doors. There is a choice of eleven different lighting effects wîth six different light colors, and the brightness can also be adjusted individually.

Surround sound delivers flawless acoustics.
For the first time, a surround sound system from Bowers & Wilkins wîth diamond tweeters is available in the all-new BMW 5 Series range. This optional high-end audio system is renowned for delivering excellent acoustics. The 10-channel amplifier feeds a total of 16 speakers wîth brushed stainless steel grilles sporting the exclusive Fibonacci-patterned holes, which illuminate when the system is switched on. A measuring microphone is built into the car to allow the acoustics to be precision tuned to the specific conditions – for example, the number of occupants – in order to create a flawless surround sound experience for everyone in the car. The 1,400 watts can be matched to the selected music genre.

Alternatively, there is the option of a nine-channel sound system wîth 16 speakers and a total output of 600 watts from Harman Kardon, as well as the standard 205 W, eight-channel HiFi system wîth 12 speakers.

The optional Rear-Seat Entertainment Professional system offers occupants in the rear the luxury of two independently controlled, high-resolution 10.2-inch screens wîth DVD player, which now includes support for BluRay® discs and HDMI connections, plus connections for MP3 players, ÚSB devices, games consoles and headphones. Passengers can also access the vehicle's entertainment functions, such as the radio.

Luggage compartment.
The all-new BMW 5 Series Sedan boasts a larger 18.7 cubic feet trunk. The lowered trunk sill in combination wîth the increased trunk space and width ensure that even bulky items can be loaded easily. Thanks to the standard split-fold-down rear seats which allow the rear backrest to be folded flat wîth a 40:20:40 split for maximum flexibility, carrying longer cargo items, such as skis or snowboards is possible. The automatic opening and closing function triggered wîth either the key or a gentle forward-backward kicking motion underneath the center of the rear bumper is available as an option.

New engine family wîth BMW TwinPower Turbo technology.
All members of the newly developed, modular BMW EfficientDynamics engine family feature an extremely lightweight, thermodynamically optimized all-aluminum construction. Thanks to their unrivalled BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, they meld maximum power wîth exemplary efficiency.

These gasoline engines employ twin-scroll turbocharging, High Precision Injection, Double-VANOS variable camshaft control and Valvetronic fully variable valve timing.

BMW 530i and BMW 540i: new four and six-cylinder gasoline engines.
The new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder inline engine in the BMW 530i supersedes the gasoline unit previously fitted in the BMW 528i. The turbocharged direct injection engine delivers its peak output of 248 hp between 5,200 and 6,500 rpm, and puts its maximum torque of 258 lb-ft on tap from 1,450 rpm all the way up to 4,800 rpm. The BMW 530i sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 6 seconds (5.8 seconds wîth xDrive) and reaches a top speed of 130 mph and, wîth M Sport Package and 19-inch M Double-Spoke Wheels wîth Mixed Performance Run-Flat Tires, the electronically-limited top speed is increased to 155 mph.

The range-topping engine for the time being can be found in the new BMW 540i and generates 335 hp (+35 hp increase) between 5,500 and 6,500 rpm. The 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder musters up a mighty 332 lb-ft of torque from 1,380 – 5,200 rpm. The BMW 540i sedan powers from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds and top speed is electronically-limited to 130 mph, 155 mph wîth M Sport Package and 19-inch M Double-Spoke Wheels wîth Mixed Performance Run-Flat Tires. At 4.7 seconds for the sprint from 0-60 mph, the all-wheel-drive BMW 540i xDrive bests its predecessor (535i xDrive Sedan) in acceleration by 7/10th of a second.

All the engines available at launch wîth BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive.
BMW xDrive counteracts oversteer and understeer effectively and increases the car's pulsating handling abilities when turning into corners and eagerly powering out of corners. The BMW all wheel drive system provides the perfect blend of dynamism, directional stability and comfort. For the first time, BMW xDrive can be combined wîth Integral Active Steering as well as the lowered M sport suspension included in the M Sport Package. The Sport variant of the eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission comes standard on the new BMW 5 Series Sedan and features even more dynamic shift characteristics along wîth shift paddles on the §teering wheel for changing gear manually.

Navigation-assisted shift strategy.
This technology is best exemplified by the ECO PPRO mode wîth ECO PRO Tips, which can be activated wîth the Driving Experience switch. It is interlinked wîth the Navigation system Professional, enabling it to detect road topography. Such measures are accompanied by intelligently controlled energy and climate management. The active kidney in the new BMW 5 Series allowing even more variable control of the cooling air for engine, brakes and air conditioning to suit the situation. Aside from its aerodynamic benefits, the system also shortens the engine's warm-up phase and makes sure that heat is retained for longer after the engine has been switched off.

Chassis and Driver Assistant Systems.
In its 7th generation, the BMW 5 Series features, a redesigned chassis, intelligent lightweight engineering, BMW's renowned even weight distribution, a highly torsion-resistant body and leading edge driver assistant systems. The BMW engineers have succeeded in making the car's handling more agile and precise, yet without compromising the comfort which is a hallmark of this sport sedan. (concept carz) At the same time, an extensive range of driver assistance systems take the BMW 5 Series Sedan a big step further down the road wîth improved semi-automated driving features.

'The BMW 5 Series is the most successful business sedan on the planet. It brings together sporting agility, presence and comfort like no other vehicle. With the new generation of the car we are once again setting the benchmark in all areas; it combines dynamic excellence and comfort to the best possible effect. Plus, the new BMW 5 Series Sedan is at the leading edge of technology when it comes to driver assistance and connectivity. So it promises to remain the most successful business sedan in the market,' says Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management at BMW AG, Development.

Double-wishbone front suspension and five-link rear suspension.
The wheelbase of 117.1 inches shows a slight increase over the previous 5 Series, while front and rear track width of 63 / 63.9 inches (+/- 0 front / -0.2 rear) are roughly on par. The new double-wishbone front axle's kinematics are perfectly configured for a long-distance sedan. (concept carz) Extensive use of light-metal components keep unsprung mass as low as possible, while separating the construction into an upper and a lower control arm level gave the engineers considerable freedom to fine-tune the balance between dynamics and comfort. The spring struts are not required to perform wheel position functions, so only have to handle minimal transverse forces. The suspension therefore delivers finely controlled responses to bumps in the road. With small kinematic lever arms that minimize disturbance torque around the §teering axis, the new BMW 5 Series Sedan offers the driver excellent §teering feel wîth clear road feedback. The rear suspension and double-wishbone front suspension work together to provide excellent anti-roll control when cornering, but never at the expense of ride comfort.

Light-metal components are also used extensively in the new five-link rear suspension, which is even lighter and stiffer than in the previous model and provides precise wheel location and excellent tracking stability in all driving situations. The specially calibrated elastokinematics, the large axle sub frame mounting and supporting system, the compression strut connecting the suspension and body and the high structural stiffness combined wîth low unsprung masses create an excellent overall balance between agility and comfort. The large mounting and supporting system also plays an important part in ensuring good acoustic insulation between the powertrain and suspension. Thanks to this efficient decoupling, the new rear axle also contributes to the excellent acoustic comfort on board the BMW 5 Series Sedan.

Integral Active Steering now also available in combination wîth BMW xDrive.
The all-new BMW 5 Series features an electromechanical power §teering system wîth variable §teering ratio and speed-sensitive power assistance. Optionally, the BMW 5 Series can now also be equipped wîth a revised – now electromechanical – Integral Active Steering system, wîth §teering rear wheels for extra agility, stability and comfort. Integral Active Steering gives the new BMW 5 Series Sedan excellent directional stability on highways, while around town the §teering response is pleasingly light and agile. Integral Active Steering can now also be combined wîth BMW xDrive.

Tailored dynamics and comfort for suspension and brakes.
The new BMW 5 Series is fitted wîth optimized lightweight brakes. Depending on the model variant, they feature single-piece or two-piece four-piston fixed aluminum calipers at the front, wîth lightweight discs, and single-piston calipers wîth an integrated electromechanical parking brake at the rear.

The BMW 5 Series rides on 18-inch Double Spoke wheels wîth All-Season Run-Flat Tires as standard, wîth All-Season non Run-Flat Tires, including a space saver spare tire under the trunk floor, now available as a no-cost option. 19-inch V-Spoke Bi-Color wheels wîth All-Season Run-Flat or mixed performance Run-Flat tires are available as a no cost option. Vehicles equipped wîth M Sport Package come wîth 19-inch M Double-Spoke wheels wîth All-Season Run-Flat or mixed performance Run-Flat tires. On 540i models equipped wîth M Sport Package, a 20-inch V-Spoke Wheel wîth mixed performance Run-Flat Tires are additionally available as an upgrade option.

A lowered M Sport suspension is included wîth M Sport Package, and is now combinable wîth 4-cylinder models as well as BMW xDrive. The available Dynamic Damper Control system, which is equipped wîth new valves and an optimized control algorithm, matches the damping characteristics to the road surface and driving situation. At the same time, the Driving Dynamics Control switch allows drivers to choose between sportier or more comfort-oriented suspension settings.

Debut for electromechanical anti-roll stabilization.
The optional Adaptive Drive system, which combines Dynamic Damper Control, provides unsurpassed dynamics and comfort. In contrast to the previous active roll stabilization system, the anti-roll bars are now no longer actuated hydraulically but by means of electric swivel motors. The new system is fast-acting and precise, is lighter overall in weight and is much more frugal in its energy consumption. In addition to enhancing the driving dynamics of this sport sedan, active roll stabilization also improves comfort in driving, by actively countering bump disturbances affecting only one side of the car. On winding roads, the new BMW 5 Series Sedan offers even greater precision and agility that makes for excitingly nimble handling whenever sporty driving is required. By automatically adjusting to a wide range of driving conditions, Adaptive Drive enhances handling safety and stability, and provides excellent suspension comfort.

New modes and functions for Driving Dynamics Control.
The Driving Dynamics Control switch allows drivers to choose between sporty, comfortable or efficient modes, depending on the driving situation and personal preference.

These modes – Comfort, Sport, ECO PRO and, optionally, Adaptive (if Dynamic Damper Control is equipped) – can be selected at the touch of a button. Each mode activates a predefined set-up for the relevant powertrain and chassis components. The Sport and ECO PRO modes can be further differentiated using the iDrive Controller, which allows the powertrain and chassis settings to be configured separately. In the new Adaptive Mode, the §teering, Dynamic Damper Control and Steptronic transmission are automatically adapted to the driving style and, depending on vehicle specification, also to the route. The control logic reacts to inputs such as accelerator and §teering commands, or gear selector position, to vary the powertrain and chassis characteristics between sporty and more comfort-oriented. Also, data supplied by the Navigation system Professional is used to proactively adapt the settings to take account of upcoming bends and intersections, or different types of road, such as highways or roads.

State-of-the-art driver assistance systems for maximum comfort and convenience.
The all-new BMW 5 Series features an unusually large number of automated functions for a vehicle in this §egmènt. These functions monitor the vehicle's environment using a combination of a forward facing stereo camera mounted on the windshield near the rear-view mirror and optional radar and ultrasound sensors.

Active Cruise Control wîth Stop & Go for all driving situations.
Dynamic Cruise Control (DCC), which is standard on the BMW 5 Series Sedan, maintains any selected speed between 19 – 130mph. It also supports energy-saving coasting by decoupling the engine from the powertrain when the driver lifts off the accelerator at higher speeds. The new and improved Active Cruise Control (ACC) wîth Stop & Go uses radar to adjust the pre-selected speed to the traffic situation. The system operates at all speeds up to 130 mph and is capable of braking to a standstill in stop & go traffic and automatically senses if the vehicle in front is moving once more. If the vehicle has been placed into standby mode by pushing the resume button on the §teering wheel, the all-new BMW 5 Series can automatically start moving again up to 30 seconds after coming to a full-stop. The ACC system now also takes into account highway exits and traffic circles, where it adjusts the acceleration dynamics to suit these special traffic situations. The control technology monitors two vehicles ahead so that vehicle speed can be adjusted earlier and smoother. Heating elements ensure that the front-mounted radar sensor remains fully operational even if snow is falling.

Active Lane Departure Warning.
The Lane Departure Warning system operates at speeds between 40 – 130 mph. If the forward-facing stereo camera detects that the vehicle is straying from its lane, Active Lane Keeping Assistant helps the driver steer back on course wîth smooth and seamless §teering interventions. Útilizing the Blind Spot Detection system (12-130 mph), when switching lanes, Active Lane Keeping Assistant wîth Side Collision Avoidance steers the vehicle back into its lane if its sensors detect another vehicle in the next lane. Side Collision Avoidance, which operates at speeds between 40 and 130 mph, warns drivers by means of a visual signal or §teering wheel vibration if another vehicle has drifted too close to the side of the vehicle. If the system detects sufficient room on the other side of the vehicle, it correctively steers the vehicle in this direction and out of possible accident prone situations. This corrective §teering assistance can be overridden at any time by the driver.

Evasion aid: evasive §teering around obstacles.
Another new function contained wîth Active Cruise Control wîth Stop & Go + Active Driving Assistant is the evasion aid. If a quick lane change is required, for example when the vehicle in front brakes aggressively, the evasion aid – which operates at speeds up to 100 mph – supports the necessary evasive §teering action. Faster §teering and counter §teering during an evasive maneuver results in less vehicle instability, supported by Dynamic Stability Control (DSC). While executing the maneuver, the evasion aid also uses information from the vehicle's sensor systems to check how much unobstructed space is available around the vehicle. At speeds over 100 mph, the system no longer provides actual §teering support and instead focuses on maximizing vehicle stability.

Active Lane Keeping Assistant & Traffic Jam Assistant semi-automated §teering.

Two systems, providing a semi-automated driving capability are Active Lane Keeping Assistant & Traffic Jam Assistant. Together, these systems operate between 0 – 130 mph and uses smooth, comfort-enhancing §teering interventions to keep the vehicle in lane. The latest generation of the system features improved image recognition and software algorithms to keep the vehicle reliably on course. In certain situations, particularly in stop-start traffic, the system also uses the vehicle in front as an additional reference point. In very heavy or stop & go traffic, the Active Lane Keeping Assistant & Traffic Jam Assistant reduces driving stress. The system's hands-on-wheel detection is very sensitive, and can identify hand contact even when only a few fingers are touching the wheel.

BMW ConnectedDrive and business technologies.
The all-new BMW 5 Series Sedan sets new standards for connectivity between the driver, vehicle and outside world. The already extensive portfolio of BMW ConnectedDrive Services has been expanded to include new products that are designed to bring added comfort and efficiency.

Perfect parking: remote controlled or automatic.
The Remote Control Parking feature enables drivers to park in narrow spaces without the hassle of getting in or out of the vehicle. Útilizing the Display Key, the all-new 5 Series is easily maneuvered into the parking spot wîth the driver only having to position the vehicle in front of the desired parking space. The driver can then start/stop the engine and oversee the control of the function operation from outside the vehicle. All acceleration and braking actions are monitored and controlled by the Park Distance Control (PDC), the Parking Assistant and the Surround View sensors, while the engine can be started and switched off wîth the Display Key. This doesn't make much sense maybe say something about this at note and delete it from here.

The available Parking Assistant enables automated parking wîth the greatest of ease in both parallel parking spaces and perpendicular. Potential parking spaces now only have to be around 30-inches longer than the vehicle itself to be eligible, meaning that the system can maneuver the car into even smaller spots than before. The ultrasonic sensors detect suitable parking spaces up to a speed of 22 mph. The system then takes care of the entire parking procedure, including all necessary §teering inputs, gear changes, acceleration and braking. In the case of parking spaces that are perpendicular, the system needs only around 15-inches of free space to each side of the car to trigger automated parking.

3D Surround View.
Surround View and Remote 3D View offer peace of mind by allowing owners monitor their BMW 5 Series at all times. The system shows a bird's-eye view of the driver's car as well as a three-dimensional image of the area surrounding the vehicle. Any obstacles, including curbs, or other vehicles or pedestrians that suddenly appear can be spotted even earlier in this way.

With the Remote 3D View technology, these three-dimensional views of the vehicle's surrounding area can also be downloaded to the owner's smartphone wîth the help of BMW Connected App. This fusion of driver assistance systems and connectivity services allows owners to quickly check on their parked car no matter how far away it is, as the image data is transmitted over the cell phone network to their mobile device.

ParkNow and On-Street Parking Information.
The integration of the ParkNow service means that on-street parking spaces and garages can be easily located, reserved and paid for. Reservations can either be made while en route from the navigation system or in advance via the ParkNow smartphone app or web. Over 150 parking garages are currently affiliated wîth the ParkNow network in the Ú.S. alone, wîth that number expected to grow to over 500 affiliated garages by mid-2017. Once the selection has been made via the navigation system, the driver is directed straight to the chosen parking place and an electronic ticket is generated which grants access to the reserved space.

On-Street Parking Information (OSPI) is receiving its world premiere in the all-new BMW 5 Series Sedan. This cutting-edge technology helps to alleviate the problem of vehicles searching for a parking space, which accounts for a large part of traffic congestion in metropolitan areas. OSPI works similar to the Advanced Real Time Traffic Information system, using historical and data to draw conclusions regarding the availability of parking spaces on route within the coverage area. The system then uses a model to predict the odds of finding an open parking spot. A color coding on the navigation map displays the systems suggestions.

Wireless charging, Apple CarPlay and the WiFi hotspot.
The optional Wireless Charging allows for wireless charging via an inductive charging tray located in the center console in front of the cupholders. A wireless charging case is available from the Original BMW Accessories range for phones that are not yet compatible wîth this charging technology. Included wîth Wireless Charging is a WiFi hotspot wîth a free 3-month trial through AT&T offering a high-speed internet connection (LTE) for up to ten mobile devices.

Apple CarPlay compatibility is also available in the BMW 5 Series Sedan. Integrating the smartphone into the vehicle's iDrive system allows the phone, together wîth apps that have been approved by Apple for CarPlay, to be operated via the screen in the car by means of the iDrive Controller or Touch screen. BMW is the first carmaker to integrate Apple CarPlay completely wirelessly.

The navigation system that keeps learning.
The latest generation of the Navigation system Professional boasts quicker start-up, even faster route calculation and more realistic 3D graphics in cities. The navigation system is adaptive, meaning that if the driver keeps diverting from a suggested route, the next time the destination is selected the system will propose the newly learned route as the standard route to the requested destination. Thanks to the automatic map updates (up to 4x annually), which are free for the first three years the navigation maps are updated over the air, i.e. in the background over the mobile phone network using the vehicle's built-in SIM card.

BMW Connected: additional functions for the all-new BMW 5 Series Sedan.
With the launch of BMW Connected in the ÚSA in 2016, BMW has introduced an all-encompassing digital concept designed to aid personal mobility. Úsing a flexible platform called the Open Mobility Cloud as a basis, BMW Connected seamlessly integrates the vehicle into the user's digital life via multiple touchpoints, such as an iPhone, Apple Watch, and Android smartphone. BMW Connected focuses first and foremost on the digital products and services which simplify the day-to-day planning of driving routes and appointments. The new BMW 5 Series Sedan includes various new functions such as BMW Connected Onboard – a personalized start screen for every driver – and Remote 3D View, which lets users keep an eye on their BMW 5 Series Sedan's immediate vicinity wîth a glance at their smartphone.

With BMW Connected, mobility extends beyond the vehicle. BMW Connected is a digital assistant that combines the various functions that assist wîth everyday mobility requirements. It detects mobility-related information, such as the addresses contained in calendar entries, and transmits this automatically to the vehicle. The user then receives a message on their smartphone notifying them in advance of the ideal departure time on the basis of the latest traffic information. In addition, places the user drives to regularly and personal mobility patterns are also stored automatically. This means that manually entering destination addresses in the navigation system is set to become a thing of the past. Assuming that the destination address and desired arrival time have been set outside the vehicle using BMW Connected, the link between smartphone and car means this data is imported seamlessly when the user gets in and is transferred to the BMW navigation system, allowing route guidance to be started directly. The familiar BMW Remote Services have likewise been incorporated into BMW Connected, allowing users to conveniently perform commands such as unlocking the vehicle or setting ventilation of the interior cabin directly from their smartphone.

At the root of the BMW Connected concept is a flexible service architecture – the Open Mobility Cloud. This platform builds on Microsoft Azure and processes data and information from all sorts of different sources. With machine learning and data analytics capabilities, it provides the basis for personalization and context orientation of BMW Connected services.
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Amazon Alexa brings BMW Connected into your home.
With the availability of BMW Connected as an Alexa skill on all Alexa-enabled devices, it is now possible to use voice commands to check the vehicle's battery charge and fuel level as well as lock the vehicle remotely. The BMW Connected Alexa skill allows users to learn about their next scheduled trip, find out what time to leave, and send the destination to their BMW.

ConnectedDrive Services – So connected you're free.

Thanks to the SIM card built into the vehicle as standard, the ConnectedDrive Services offer optimum connectivity and access to the unrivalled portfolio of BMW services without being dependent on the customer's smartphone. The Concierge Service allows customers to contact live BMW Assist™ concierge while driving, instruct the agent to search for points of interest. The destination is sent directly to the vehicle's navigation system for route guidance including all the relevant contact details.

ARTTI (Advanced Real Time Traffic Information) allows BMW 5 Series drivers to avoid traffic jams the smart way. ARTTI provides traffic information virtually in real time so that drivers receive early notification of changes in the traffic situation and an alternative route will be suggested to the driver. If Dynamic Route Guidance is enabled, the route will be automatically recalculated to a more efficient path.

Intelligent Emergency Call, which continues to offer an unrivalled level of service, ensures maximum safety out on the road. If the car's airbags are triggered in an accident, this system uses the built-in SIM card to automatically transmit the severity of the accident to the BMW Call Center, as well as the potential risk of injury to the occupants and the vehicle's location. This information is then used to arrange the best possible emergency response, while the Call Center stays in contact wîth the occupants if desired. The Intelligent Emergency Call can also be triggered manually to summon help swiftly for other road users in emergency situations.

Additional services can be purchased through the BMW ConnectedDrive Store.

Lightweight engineering and safety.
The BMW EfficientLightweight concept has been rigorously applied throughout the new BMW 5 Series Sedan. Úsing an intelligent multi-material mix consisting of aluminum, high-strength steel and magnesium, up to 137 lbs have been shaved off the weight of the previous model, while body strength and torsional rigidity have been increased. A low center of gravity, a perfectly balanced axle load ratio and a further reduction in unsprung masses have benefits for both dynamics and comfort.

Intelligent multi-material mix reduces weight and increases strength.
Large load-bearing members in the new BMW 5 Series Sedan, and strategic use of high- and ultra-high-strength steels in the roof, side members and rear, give the body high structural strength. The trunk, trunk lid, engine cross-member, rear side-members, roof and doors are constructed from aluminum. The doors, wîth laser-cut outer paneling, have an aluminum shell construction, which maximizes the weight-reducing benefits of this material when used in combination wîth state-of-the-art production technologies.

The use of hot-stamped steels, aluminum alloys and multi-phase steels in the passenger cell provides high rigidity, for the best possible passive safety and low weight. The cast magnesium instrument panel support is over 4 lbs lighter than the steel version used on the previous model.

For the first time, the trunk lid of the BMW 5 Series Sedan is made entirely of aluminum, bringing a weight saving up to 9 lbs. Over 1 lb have been shed thanks to use of the natural fiber kenaf in the inner lining of the trunk lid. Kenaf's high recyclability means it is also has a high sustainability factor and is very eco-friendly.

Únique body structure provides unbeatable occupant protection.
The body structure offers optimized safety both for the vehicle's own occupants and occupants of other vehicles by utilizing a lightweight designed and state-of-the-art simulation techniques. Deformation spaces are optimally designed and utilized, courtesy of the latest technologies in body design. The aim was to split up the main load paths so that the impact forces are dispersed over as wide an area as possible by the time they reach the extremely rigid passenger cell. This ensures optimal deceleration of the passenger cell in an accident, allowing the front, rear and side impact restraint systems to provide the most effective protection possible.

Detecting accidents before they happen.
The standard pre-crash accident detection system Active Protection enhances passive safety by detecting potential accident situations as they arise. If a collision risk is detected, the system automatically triggers a variety of occupant protection measures. The driver's and front passenger's belt tensioners are activated, and the windows and moonroof are closed. Following a collision, Active Protection automatically brings the vehicle to a standstill. The Frontal Collision Warning function detects an imminent risk of collision wîth preceding vehicles, and prepares the vehicle systems for a possible impact from vehicles behind.

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Five Times Around. History of the BMW 5 Series.

Sales of the BMW 5 Series already amount to more than 5.5 million units in five model generations – and now a new chapter is starting in the highly successful story of the BMW 5 Series Sedan.

While the sixth generation naturally follows the great heritage of its predecessors, its roots go back much further. As early as in the 1960s, BMW developed a strong and distinctive profile as a manufacturer of sporting but elegant, powerful and technically innovative midrange four-door sedans. Introducing a four-door notchback body, engines fitted lengthwise at the front, rear-wheel drive and an elaborate suspension, BMW established a classical principle at the time which remains highly attractive and fully endorsed to this very day.

It was at that time that the BMW 1500, the BMW 1800 and the BMW 2000 entered the market as the 'New Range', establishing the most successful model series BMW had ever seen up to that point. The competence in the development and production of saloons demonstrated by BMW wîth these models gave the Company a worldwide breakthrough as a manufacturer of modern and highly desirable automobiles wîth very individual characteristics.

Switching from the New Range to the BMW 5 Series in 1972, BMW introduced not only new nomenclature, but also a new era in design.

Indeed, the number '5' immediately became the synonym for unmistakable driving pleasure in this §egmènt. Ever since, the BMW 5 Series has stood for sedans which, through their design, offer particularly harmonious balance of sportiness and elegance authentically reflecting a unique combination of driving dynamics and motoring comfort ensured by superior drivetrain and suspension technology. The BMW 5 Series therefore offers a particularly concentrated rendition of the outstanding competence in development of this leading car maker from Munich.

1972: the BMW 5 Series makes its debut.The BMW 520 and the BMW 520i wîth four-cylinder power units developing 115 and, respectively, 130 hp were presented at the 1972 Frankfurt Motor Show as the successors to the New Range. The model designation introduced a new concept determining the nomenclature of BMW cars to this very day, wîth the '5' at the beginning specifying the series as such and the two following numbers indicating the displacement of the respective model. At the same time these model designations brought back memories of legendary BMWs in the 1950s such as the BMW 501 'Baroque Angel' and the iconic BMW 507 sports car.

In its design, the first BMW 5 Series stood out from the start through its stretched and sleek lines, large windows and low waistline. As design elements typical of the brand, the dual headlights and the Hofmeister kick in the C-pillar were re-interpreted in new style and technology, French designer Paul Bracq thus setting the foundation for the design language of BMW so characteristic in the 1970s. To precisely calculate the car's deformation zones in the interest of superior occupant safety, BMW's engineers for the first time used superior computer technology to a large extent.

Introduction of the BMW 525 in the second year of production hailed the entry of the first six-cylinder into the market. The powerful and, at the same time, refined engine featured in this top model delivered an impressive 145 hp. This wish for additional power became one of the most important reasons for expanding the model range also in the years to come, BMW Motorsport GmbH established in 1972 providing particularly spectacular input by presenting the BMW M535i wîth its 160 kW/218 hp six-cylinder in 1980.

1981: second generation, first diesel.

Accounting for sales of almost 700,000 units, the first generation of the BMW 5 Series more than doubled the success of the New Range in the market. The next model launched in 1982 then continued this story of success, remaining faithful in its design to the principle of clear lines and large windows.

With its even more striking design front and rear, the new BMW 5 Series, despite its exterior dimensions remaining almost identical, offered far greater presence and flair on the road. Engineering refinements and intelligent lightweight technology provided more space within the interior, optimum weight and improved occupant safety. The newly developed suspension wîth its double-joint front axle and semi-trailing arm rear axle served in particular to enhance the motoring comfort offered by the new model. Modern electronic systems were also introduced into the BMW 5 Series at this point, ranging from anti-lock brakes via an on-board computer all the way to electronic fuel injection.

Right from the start upon its introduction into the market, the new sedan came wîth a broad model range and engines extending from 90 to 184 hp. A particularly sporting version was introduced in 1984, even though the 218 hp BMW M535i was not the last word from Motorsport GmbH this time. Instead, Motorsport GmbH proudly presented the very epitome of the Sports Sedan at the 1985 Frankfurt Motor Show, the BMW M5. Hardly distinguishable from the other models when considered from outside, the BMW M5 was optimised throughout beneath its sheet metal for uncompromising driving dynamics. Power came from a straight-six boasting four-valve technology and no less than six throttle butterflies. Output of this drive unit derived from the legendary BMW M1 was 286 hp, developing supreme thrust and performance previously offered by only the most thoroughbred sports cars.

The decision taken by BMW in 1983 to enter the fiercely contested diesel market wîth the BMW 524td was almost a revolution. To offer the character so typical of the brand also wîth a diesel, the only option was obviously to give the car a powerful and refined turbodiesel engine. The 2.4-litre straight-six developing maximum output of 115 hp fulfilled these requirements in a truly ideal manner, the BMW 524td offering the best performance of all diesels in its §egmènt and, at the same time, the highest standard of fuel efficiency. Clearly, even diesel sceptics were impressed by this innovative combination of superior muscle and equally outstanding economy.

Entry into the diesel market was not the only option for BMW to bring together sporting performance and superior economy. On the contrary – precisely at this time BMW had already completed a large number of studies and innovations in developing particularly fuel-efficient technologies and lòòking for alternative sources of energy. Many of these innovations went into series production in the course of time, others set the foundation for long-term research projects. One example is the hydrogen-powered test car presented as early as in 1976 on the basis of the first-generation BMW 5 Series.

Apart from the turbodiesel, a particularly efficient petrol version of the
BMW 5 Series proved suitable for series production right from the start: The BMW 525e was powered by a six-cylinder designed and built consistently for superior traction and economy all in one. Displacing 2.7 litres, the power unit named after the Greek letter 'eta' also known as the symbol for efficiency developed maximum output of 125 hp at an engine speed of 4,250 rpm, wîth peak torque of 240 Newton-metres/177 lb-ft at just 3,250 rpm. New engine electronics, optimised weight and a five-speed transmission wîth an overdrive economy function were further features helping to give this model outstanding efficiency.

The second generation of the BMW 5 Series was replaced after seven years of production. By this time sales had amounted to more than 722.000 units, again setting a new record.

1988: third generation of the BMW 5 Series – for the first time also as the Touring.

With BMW having started the introduction of catalyst technology back in 1984, the third-generation BMW 5 Series was fitted from the start exclusively wîth this high standard of emission management. The first models available from the beginning in 1988 were the BMW 520i, the BMW 525i, the BMW 530i, the BMW 535i, and the BMW 524td) – all wîth six cylinders and electronic fuel injection. The power range extended from 115 all the way to 211 hp.

A new BMW M5 was also introduced at an early point, wîth engine output of 315 hp further increased to 340 hp in 1992.

The two eight-cylinder BMW 530i and BMW 540i followed in 1992, wîth the BMW 518i being introduced in 1993 as the entry-level model wîth a four-cylinder power unit. In the meantime, the six-cylinder engines, benefiting from four-valve technology and variable Vanos camshaft management, had gained even greater power, torque and efficiency.

With its precisely defined deformation zones and even stiffer passenger cell, the third generation of the BMW 5 Series set new standards in the area of occupant safety. As an option the elaborately refined suspension was available wîth electronically controlled dampers, a further option being speed-related Servotronic §teering assistance. ASC Automatic Stability Control was also available for the first time in addition to the anti-lock brake system.

The first BMW 5 Series wîth electronically all-wheel drive was launched in 1991, the concept of fully variable power distribution from front to rear, together wîth a rear axle differential lock, proving right from the start in the first comparative tests to be superior to all four-wheel-drive systems available so far.

Compared wîth its predecessor, the third-generation BMW 5 Series was significantly longer and came wîth a lot more space inside, also thanks to its brand-new design. Indeed, the new sedan created under the guidance of Chief Designer Claus Luthe combined sporting elegance and flowing lines wîth a distinctive wedge shape. This stylish character was then carried over by the designers to the first BMW 5 Series Touring, this unique five-door revealed at the 1992 Frankfurt Motor Show offering a brand-new look and brand-new features behind the B-pillar.

With sound insulation being given particular significance, the level of sound within the body was virtually the same as in the sedan even though the generous space inside obviously formed an ideal resonance body for acoustic effect and disturbance. The BMW 5 Series Touring was fitted from the start wîth self-levelling on the rear axle.

The Touring model was available wîth nearly all the engines also offered on the sedan, and as an option also came wîth all-wheel drive. A BMW M5 Touring joined the range in 1992, successful sales of this five-door clearly confirming BMW's concept to combine additional practical value wîth attractive design: Overall sales of the BMW 5 Series Touring up to 1996 amounted to approximately 125,000 units, and total sales of the third-generation BMW 5 Series were more than 1.3 million units the world over.

1995: the fourth generation – for the first time wîth light-alloy suspension.

The fourth generation of the BMW 5 Series made its debut at the 1995 Frankfurt Motor Show, offering an evolutionary development through its design of the former model wîth its sporting and elegant style. A particular feature at the front was the dual round headlights behind a glass cover, wîth the light rings for the positioning and daytime driving lights so typical of BMW being added in the year 2000.

Both the sedan and the Touring introduced in 1997 once again offered even more space within the passenger compartment. Boasting features such as a multifunction §teering wheel, a navigation system, active seats and Dynamic Stability Control, the BMW 5 Series was acknowledged as a particularly outstanding high-tech representative of its §egmènt.

In the interest of enhanced driving dynamics and safety, the body came wîth a significant increase in torsional stiffness over the former model, and the fourth-generation BMW 5 Series was the first large-scale production car worldwide made almost completely of light alloy. The newly developed all-aluminium power units also helped to significantly reduce the weight of the car.

The new model entered the market wîth straight-six power units delivering maximum output from 150 to 193 hp. Technical innovations gave both the petrol and diesel engines even more power on further reduced fuel consumption. Two V8 engines were introduced once again in 1996, wîth the new BMW M5 entering the market in 1998 wîth the most powerful production engine built by BMW up to that time: this 294 kW/400 hp power unit came, among other highlights, wîth features such as oil supply controlled for centrifugal forces and electronically controlled individual throttle butterflies.

The fourth generation of the BMW 5 Series once again set up a new sales record accounting for 1.47 million units sold up to the end of production in early 2004.

2003: the fifth-generation BMW 5 Series – progressive and efficient.

From the start, the fifth generation of the BMW 5 Series introduced in 2003 stood out through its impressive design and innovative technology. Once again, both the sedan and the Touring launched in 2004 set new standards in terms of active safety, driver assistance systems, and efficiency. BMW's typical design language wîth convex and concave surfaces as well as flowing transitions from the front and side to the rear gave the fifth edition of the BMW 5 Series a particularly characteristic note, the interior wîth its clear-cut functions highlighting above all the iDrive control system featured as standard.

Engines wîth an aluminium or, respectively, a composite aluminium/magnesium crankcase as well as the lightweight aluminium front section of the car ensured a particularly good balance of weight front-to-rear. Another important component newly developed at the time was the integral rear axle likewise made of aluminium

DSC Dynamic Stability Control was yet another significant innovation contributing to the car's excellent suspension technology, particularly through its enhanced range of functions. The same superiority was provided for the first time by Active Steering and Adaptive Drive wîth electronic damper adjustment and anti-roll stability management. As highlights in the area of driver assistance, the fifth-generation BMW 5 Series also featured cutting-edge technologies such as the Head-Úp Display and BMW Night Vision, Active Cruise Control wîth Stop & Go and Lane Departure Warning introduced as new systems in the car.

The range of engines in the BMW 5 Series was expanded to six petrol and four diesel engines extending from 125 kW/170 hp in the BMW 520i all the way to 270 kW/367 hp in the BMW 550i. The BMW M5 and the BMW M5 Touring, in turn, came wîth a 5.0-litre V10 high-speed power unit boasting individual throttle butterflies and dynamic oil supply, wîth maximum output of 373 kW/507 hp.

Starting in 2007, all versions of the fifth-generation BMW 5 Series were enhanced as standard through a wide range of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies varying appropriately from one model to another. Innovations such as Brake Energy Regeneration, a gearshift point indicator, active air flap control and on-demand ancillaries gave all models in their respective class an unparalleled balance of performance and fuel economy. The ultimate benchmark for efficiency in the upper midrange §egmènt was in particular the BMW 520d returning average fuel consumption in the EÚ test cycle of 5.1 litres/100 kilometres (equal to 55.4 mpg imp) and a CO2 emission rating of 136 grams per kilometre as record figures in this §egmènt despite engine output of 130 kW/177 hp.

Offering striking design, innovative technology and outstanding efficiency,
the fifth generation of the BMW 5 Series consistently continued the victorious history of this model family. From 2005 to 2008, the BMW 5 Series was the best-selling car in its §egmènt for four years in a row, wîth worldwide sales of this model generation amounting to more than a million units by the end of 2007. Just a bit later, in January 2008, BMW Plant Dingolfing was able to celebrate a particularly impressive anniversary, wîth five million BMW 5 Series having come off the production line in Dingolfing since 1973.

Munich . Sales of the BMW 5 Series already amount to more than 5.5 million units in five model generations – and now a new chapter is starting in the highly successful story of the BMW 5 Series Sedan.

While the sixth generation naturally follows the great heritage of its predecessors, its roots go back much further. As early as in the 1960s, BMW developed a strong and distinctive profile as a manufacturer of sporting but elegant, powerful and technically innovative midrange four-door sedans. Introducing a four-door notchback body, engines fitted lengthwise at the front, rear-wheel drive and an elaborate suspension, BMW established a classical principle at the time which remains highly attractive and fully endorsed to this very day.

It was at that time that the BMW 1500, the BMW 1800 and the BMW 2000 entered the market as the 'New Range', establishing the most successful model series BMW had ever seen up to that point. The competence in the development and production of saloons demonstrated by BMW wîth these models gave the Company a worldwide breakthrough as a manufacturer of modern and highly desirable automobiles wîth very individual characteristics.

Switching from the New Range to the BMW 5 Series in 1972, BMW introduced not only new nomenclature, but also a new era in design.
Indeed, the number '5' immediately became the synonym for unmistakable driving pleasure in this §egmènt. Ever since, the BMW 5 Series has stood for sedans which, through their design, offer particularly harmonious balance of sportiness and elegance authentically reflecting a unique combination of driving dynamics and motoring comfort ensured by superior drivetrain and suspension technology. The BMW 5 Series therefore offers a particularly concentrated rendition of the outstanding competence in development of this leading car maker from Munich.

1972: the BMW 5 Series makes its debut.


The BMW 520 and the BMW 520i wîth four-cylinder power units developing 115 and, respectively, 130 hp were presented at the 1972 Frankfurt Motor Show as the successors to the New Range. The model designation introduced a new concept determining the nomenclature of BMW cars to this very day, wîth the '5' at the beginning specifying the series as such and the two following numbers indicating the displacement of the respective model. At the same time these model designations brought back memories of legendary BMWs in the 1950s such as the BMW 501 'Baroque Angel' and the iconic BMW 507 sports car.

In its design, the first BMW 5 Series stood out from the start through its stretched and sleek lines, large windows and low waistline. As design elements typical of the brand, the dual headlights and the Hofmeister kick in the C-pillar were re-interpreted in new style and technology, French designer Paul Bracq thus setting the foundation for the design language of BMW so characteristic in the 1970s. To precisely calculate the car's deformation zones in the interest of superior occupant safety, BMW's engineers for the first time used superior computer technology to a large extent.

Introduction of the BMW 525 in the second year of production hailed the entry of the first six-cylinder into the market. The powerful and, at the same time, refined engine featured in this top model delivered an impressive 145 hp. This wish for additional power became one of the most important reasons for expanding the model range also in the years to come, BMW Motorsport GmbH established in 1972 providing particularly spectacular input by presenting the BMW M535i wîth its 160 kW/218 hp six-cylinder in 1980.

1981: second generation, first diesel.

Accounting for sales of almost 700,000 units, the first generation of the BMW 5 Series more than doubled the success of the New Range in the market. The next model launched in 1982 then continued this story of success, remaining faithful in its design to the principle of clear lines and large windows.

With its even more striking design front and rear, the new BMW 5 Series, despite its exterior dimensions remaining almost identical, offered far greater presence and flair on the road. Engineering refinements and intelligent lightweight technology provided more space within the interior, optimum weight and improved occupant safety. The newly developed suspension wîth its double-joint front axle and semi-trailing arm rear axle served in particular to enhance the motoring comfort offered by the new model. Modern electronic systems were also introduced into the BMW 5 Series at this point, ranging from anti-lock brakes via an on-board computer all the way to electronic fuel injection.

Right from the start upon its introduction into the market, the new sedan came wîth a broad model range and engines extending from 90 to 184 hp. A particularly sporting version was introduced in 1984, even though the 218 hp BMW M535i was not the last word from Motorsport GmbH this time. Instead, Motorsport GmbH proudly presented the very epitome of the Sports Sedan at the 1985 Frankfurt Motor Show, the BMW M5. Hardly distinguishable from the other models when considered from outside, the BMW M5 was optimised throughout beneath its sheet metal for uncompromising driving dynamics. Power came from a straight-six boasting four-valve technology and no less than six throttle butterflies. Output of this drive unit derived from the legendary BMW M1 was 286 hp, developing supreme thrust and performance previously offered by only the most thoroughbred sports cars.

The decision taken by BMW in 1983 to enter the fiercely contested diesel market wîth the BMW 524td was almost a revolution. To offer the character so typical of the brand also wîth a diesel, the only option was obviously to give the car a powerful and refined turbodiesel engine. The 2.4-litre straight-six developing maximum output of 115 hp fulfilled these requirements in a truly ideal manner, the BMW 524td offering the best performance of all diesels in its §egmènt and, at the same time, the highest standard of fuel efficiency. Clearly, even diesel sceptics were impressed by this innovative combination of superior muscle and equally outstanding economy.

Entry into the diesel market was not the only option for BMW to bring together sporting performance and superior economy. On the contrary – precisely at this time BMW had already completed a large number of studies and innovations in developing particularly fuel-efficient technologies and lòòking for alternative sources of energy. Many of these innovations went into series production in the course of time, others set the foundation for long-term research projects. One example is the hydrogen-powered test car presented as early as in 1976 on the basis of the first-generation BMW 5 Series.

Apart from the turbodiesel, a particularly efficient petrol version of the
BMW 5 Series proved suitable for series production right from the start: The BMW 525e was powered by a six-cylinder designed and built consistently for superior traction and economy all in one. Displacing 2.7 litres, the power unit named after the Greek letter 'eta' also known as the symbol for efficiency developed maximum output of 125 hp at an engine speed of 4,250 rpm, wîth peak torque of 240 Newton-metres/177 lb-ft at just 3,250 rpm. New engine electronics, optimised weight and a five-speed transmission wîth an overdrive economy function were further features helping to give this model outstanding efficiency.

The second generation of the BMW 5 Series was replaced after seven years of production. By this time sales had amounted to more than 722.000 units, again setting a new record.

1988: third generation of the BMW 5 Series – for the first time also as the Touring.

With BMW having started the introduction of catalyst technology back in 1984, the third-generation BMW 5 Series was fitted from the start exclusively wîth this high standard of emission management. The first models available from the beginning in 1988 were the BMW 520i, the BMW 525i, the BMW 530i, the BMW 535i, and the BMW 524td) – all wîth six cylinders and electronic fuel injection. The power range extended from 115 all the way to 211 hp.

A new BMW M5 was also introduced at an early point, wîth engine output of 315 hp further increased to 340 hp in 1992.

The two eight-cylinder BMW 530i and BMW 540i followed in 1992, wîth the BMW 518i being introduced in 1993 as the entry-level model wîth a four-cylinder power unit. In the meantime, the six-cylinder engines, benefiting from four-valve technology and variable Vanos camshaft management, had gained even greater power, torque and efficiency.

With its precisely defined deformation zones and even stiffer passenger cell, the third generation of the BMW 5 Series set new standards in the area of occupant safety. As an option the elaborately refined suspension was available wîth electronically controlled dampers, a further option being speed-related Servotronic §teering assistance. ASC Automatic Stability Control was also available for the first time in addition to the anti-lock brake system.

The first BMW 5 Series wîth electronically all-wheel drive was launched in 1991, the concept of fully variable power distribution from front to rear, together wîth a rear axle differential lock, proving right from the start in the first comparative tests to be superior to all four-wheel-drive systems available so far.

Compared wîth its predecessor, the third-generation BMW 5 Series was significantly longer and came wîth a lot more space inside, also thanks to its brand-new design. Indeed, the new sedan created under the guidance of Chief Designer Claus Luthe combined sporting elegance and flowing lines wîth a distinctive wedge shape. This stylish character was then carried over by the designers to the first BMW 5 Series Touring, this unique five-door revealed at the 1992 Frankfurt Motor Show offering a brand-new look and brand-new features behind the B-pillar.

With sound insulation being given particular significance, the level of sound within the body was virtually the same as in the sedan even though the generous space inside obviously formed an ideal resonance body for acoustic effect and disturbance. The BMW 5 Series Touring was fitted from the start wîth self-levelling on the rear axle.

The Touring model was available wîth nearly all the engines also offered on the sedan, and as an option also came wîth all-wheel drive. A BMW M5 Touring joined the range in 1992, successful sales of this five-door clearly confirming BMW's concept to combine additional practical value wîth attractive design: Overall sales of the BMW 5 Series Touring up to 1996 amounted to approximately 125,000 units, and total sales of the third-generation BMW 5 Series were more than 1.3 million units the world over.

1995: the fourth generation – for the first time wîth light-alloy suspension.

The fourth generation of the BMW 5 Series made its debut at the 1995 Frankfurt Motor Show, offering an evolutionary development through its design of the former model wîth its sporting and elegant style. A particular feature at the front was the dual round headlights behind a glass cover, wîth the light rings for the positioning and daytime driving lights so typical of BMW being added in the year 2000.

Both the sedan and the Touring introduced in 1997 once again offered even more space within the passenger compartment. Boasting features such as a multifunction §teering wheel, a navigation system, active seats and Dynamic Stability Control, the BMW 5 Series was acknowledged as a particularly outstanding high-tech representative of its §egmènt.

In the interest of enhanced driving dynamics and safety, the body came wîth a significant increase in torsional stiffness over the former model, and the fourth-generation BMW 5 Series was the first large-scale production car worldwide made almost completely of light alloy. The newly developed all-aluminium power units also helped to significantly reduce the weight of the car.

The new model entered the market wîth straight-six power units delivering maximum output from 150 to 193 hp. Technical innovations gave both the petrol and diesel engines even more power on further reduced fuel consumption. Two V8 engines were introduced once again in 1996, wîth the new BMW M5 entering the market in 1998 wîth the most powerful production engine built by BMW up to that time: this 294 kW/400 hp power unit came, among other highlights, wîth features such as oil supply controlled for centrifugal forces and electronically controlled individual throttle butterflies.

The fourth generation of the BMW 5 Series once again set up a new sales record accounting for 1.47 million units sold up to the end of production in early 2004.

2003: the fifth-generation BMW 5 Series – progressive and efficient.

From the start, the fifth generation of the BMW 5 Series introduced in 2003 stood out through its impressive design and innovative technology. Once again, both the sedan and the Touring launched in 2004 set new standards in terms of active safety, driver assistance systems, and efficiency. BMW's typical design language wîth convex and concave surfaces as well as flowing transitions from the front and side to the rear gave the fifth edition of the BMW 5 Series a particularly characteristic note, the interior wîth its clear-cut functions highlighting above all the iDrive control system featured as standard.

Engines wîth an aluminium or, respectively, a composite aluminium/magnesium crankcase as well as the lightweight aluminium front section of the car ensured a particularly good balance of weight front-to-rear. Another important component newly developed at the time was the integral rear axle likewise made of aluminium

DSC Dynamic Stability Control was yet another significant innovation contributing to the car's excellent suspension technology, particularly through its enhanced range of functions. The same superiority was provided for the first time by Active Steering and Adaptive Drive wîth electronic damper adjustment and anti-roll stability management. As highlights in the area of driver assistance, the fifth-generation BMW 5 Series also featured cutting-edge technologies such as the Head-Úp Display and BMW Night Vision, Active Cruise Control wîth Stop & Go and Lane Departure Warning introduced as new systems in
the car.

The range of engines in the BMW 5 Series was expanded to six petrol and four diesel engines extending from 125 kW/170 hp in the BMW 520i all the way to 270 kW/367 hp in the BMW 550i. The BMW M5 and the BMW M5 Touring, in turn, came wîth a 5.0-litre V10 high-speed power unit boasting individual throttle butterflies and dynamic oil supply, wîth maximum output of 373 kW/507 hp.

Starting in 2007, all versions of the fifth-generation BMW 5 Series were enhanced as standard through a wide range of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies varying appropriately from one model to another. Innovations such as Brake Energy Regeneration, a gearshift point indicator, active air flap control and on-demand ancillaries gave all models in their respective class an unparalleled balance of performance and fuel economy. The ultimate benchmark for efficiency in the upper midrange §egmènt was in particular the BMW 520d returning average fuel consumption in the EÚ test cycle of 5.1 litres/100 kilometres (equal to 55.4 mpg imp) and a CO2 emission rating of 136 grams per kilometre as record figures in this §egmènt despite engine output of 130 kW/177 hp.

Offering striking design, innovative technology and outstanding efficiency,
the fifth generation of the BMW 5 Series consistently continued the victorious history of this model family. From 2005 to 2008, the BMW 5 Series was
the best-selling car in its §egmènt for four years in a row, wîth worldwide sales
of this model generation amounting to more than a million units by the
end of 2007. Just a bit later, in January 2008, BMW Plant Dingolfing was able to celebrate a particularly impressive anniversary, wîth five million
BMW 5 Series having come off the production line in Dingolfing since 1973.

Source - BMW
Producing nearly fifty percent of BMW's total profits in 2010, the 5-Series has been produced since 1972 and is currently in its sixth generation. For more than thirty years the 5 Series has been the 'archetypical sport sedan' in its form, structure, performance and excellence. An executive car, the 5-Series is produced in both sedan and touring body styles. Following the 3-Series closely in popularity, the 5-sereies is BMW's second best-selling model. Replacing the dated four-door New Class sedans, the 5-Series received its name by being the fifth of the 'new series' cars after the V7 and Isetta era, a practice that was introduced with the E12 5-Series. In 2008 the 5 millionth 5-Series was produced, a 530d Saloon resplendent in Carbon Black Metallic.

Riding on a 102.4-inch wheelbase, the E12 5-Series was introduced in 1972 and would be produced until 1981. During its nine-year production run a total of 699,094 models were constructed. Measuring 181.1 inches in length and 66.5 inches wide, the E12 5-Series models had a height of 56.1 inches. The first series to carry the 5-Series name, the E12 was a replacement for the BMW New Class mid-side sedan. Smaller than the big BMW E3 sedan, the Series was bigger than the two-door 2002 models.

Paul Bracq and Pietro Frua were responsible for the styling of the first generation 5-Series, basing the design on the Bertone 1970 BMW Garmisch 2002ti Geneva show car. Only available with a manual transmission, the E12 was limited to only the sedan body style. US and Japan only versions could opt for an automatic transmission. The only engine available for the first year of production was a 2.0-liter four that produced 115 hp. The front suspension was a pair of basic MacPherson struts while the independent rear was supported by a set of semi-trailing arms. Quite possibly the quietest and most refined four-wheel disc brakes yet produced by BMW; they were effective and worked well with the taut unibody structure.

The 5-Series was a much simpler and cheaper car to produce compared to other BMWs, and that resulted in substantial profits. This new series was also much more contemporary in design than other BMW sedans, which was monumental in refreshing the drab BMW image from the 1970.

In 1975 the 5 Series was brought to the U.S. when the 3.0Si's SOHC 3.0-liter, straight six installed to produce 530i. Designed specifically for America, the large engine was popular in the U.S. due to then-new emissions regulations that were affecting engine outputs. The 530i's 176 hp was impressive by 1970's standards for a 3.0-liter engine. Road & Track tested the 530i and achieved 0-60 mph in 10.2 seconds, while Motor Trend did it in 9.7 seconds. The BMW 530i was an instant hit and had a base price around $9,097.


Not many changes were made until 1977 when a slight restyling included the front grille's distinctive twin kidney center becoming taller and more prominent, which led to a new narrow raised center along the hood. Other changes included redesigned larger taillights.

In 1979 BMW introduced the 528i for the American market. The 2.8-liter inline six engine was rated at 169 hp and had the use of a catalytic converter and other new emissions technologies and a new five-speed manual transmission, which actually improved drivability, performance and fuel-economy. Road and Track tested a BMW 528i and reached 0-60 mph in only 8.2 seconds.

The E12 M535i was seen as the predecessor to the M5 though there was no E12 M5 produced. Though it never came the U.S. the M535i was the first product of the BMW Motorsport division that reached consumers and proved to be one of the most significant 5 Series models ever during 1979. Producing 218 hp the M535i featured a large-bore/short-stroke version of straight six displacing 3.5 liters. Only available in Europe, the M535i was only backed by a close-coupled five-speed manual transmission. This would be the prototype for M cars to closely follow, the M1, M3, M5 and M6. It was considered by many to be the most desirable of all the original E12 5 Series cars.

Introduced in 1981 was the second-generation BMW 5-Series, the E28, with a very conservative redesign. Riding on a slightly larger wheelbase of 103.5 inches, the E28 was produced until 1988 with a total of 722,328 model produced. The BMW E28 grew compared to the E12, with a width of 67 inches and a length of 182 inches. Styling updates this year included large rectangular taillights, updated headlights and thicker rubber bumper surrounds. The E28's windshield, roof and doors were either a carryover or only slightly modified.

Under the hood updates included a six-cylinder diesel engine in both turbocharged and naturally aspirated forms, and an automatic transmission. The front struts incorporated a double pivot universal joint and angled coil springs now. The weight was dropped anywhere from 132 and 200 pounds depending on the models thanks to the use of new materials and advanced construction techniques. The padding was increased on the interior of the car to reduce the number of protruding bits. A new electronics system was implemented with a service interval indicator and an optional antilock braking system.

U.S. spec E28's received the new 2.7-liter 'eta' inline six engine. Rated at 121 hp the 528 e was the only E28 sold in the U.S. at first. The eta engine was coupled to either a five-speed manual or a three-speed automatic transmission. The following year in 1984 a four-speed automatic transmission was added to the options list for both the 528e and 533i. Not many other changes were made this year.

The E28 M5 was at the head of the M5 lineup and was powered by the S38 six-cylinder engine. The European spec E28 M5 was the considered to be the fastest production sedan in the world during its launch in 1984. Powered with the DOHC, 24-valve, 3.5-liter Motorsports version of the BMW straight six, the M5 had an impressive 286 hp available.

A third 5 Series model was launched for the American market in 1985. The biggest engine yet offered, the new model was powered by a new 3.4-liter, 182-hp version of the SOHC six installed in the 535i, which replaced the 533i. Placing a 2.4-liter, turbocharged diesel inline-six engine under the hood was the new model 524td. The slowest BMW 5 Series model, the 524td was only produced with four-speed automatic transmission producing a measly 114 hp.

The following year antilock brakes became standard on the 528e and 524td. Before the beginning of the 1987 model year the diesel 5 Series quickly disappeared. Taking its place was a new 535iS model placed at the top of the range and sporting a front air dam and rear spoiler. The following year not many changes were made, except for the introduction of the impressive M5 to the U.S. with mind-blowing performance. American's emissions required that the U.S. spec version be the 3.5-liter, DOHC, 24-valve six engine output of 256 hp.

With over a million of this series produced, the third-generation BMW E34 was introduced in 1988, truly an all-new vehicle. Riding on a 108.7-inch wheelbase, the E34 featured a much more streamlined body than its predecessor. Gently curved and more aerodynamic, the E34 had a drag coefficient between 0.30 and 0.32 cd. The E34 had a stiffer body that measured 185.8 inches in length and 68.9 inches wide. In 1991 the E34 received the best-in-class ratings from Intellichoice. Today this model is still considered to be one of the most reliable BMWs ever made, and a reliable luxury automotive choice.

During its production run the BMW E34 was one of the safest vehicles on the road. It featured an impressively rigid body structure to protect passengers during an accident along with 4-wheel anti-lock brakes and driver-side airbags. With an all-new structure with all-new suspension, the E34 was much roomier than before. Other safety features included (ASC) automatic stability control or (ASC+T) traction control in later years on higher-spec variants. Updates for the third-generation include the addition of a station wagon (touring) body style and an available V8 engine and all-wheel drive.

The US-version E34 arrived in the US with slight variations of familiar drivetrains. The 525 was powered by a 2.5-liter version of BMW's small SOHC straight six that produced 168 hp, while the 535i was powered by 3-5-liter version of the big SOHC six rated at 204 hp. The M5 version was powered by an upgraded version of the S38 six-cylinder engine. In 1993 the M5 received some attractive wheels along with new aerodynamically styled side mirrors.

In 1994 a new pair of engines were introduced. The 535i was replaced with a new 530i model powered by a new 3.0-liter, DOHC, 32-valve V8 engine. BMW introduced a new 540i powered by a 34.0-liter version of the same bent engine. With an available 215 horsepower, the new 530i was available in both the sedan and Touring wagon body style. The impressive 540i V8's engine pumped out 282 hp.

For 1995 the 5 Series underwent a revise that included updated front fascias. The 540i was now available mated to a six-speed manual transmission and a lowered, Motorsport-tuned suspension with 17-inch wheels and tires. Sales of the '95 models continued into May of 1996 and no 1996 5 Series were offered in the U.S.

In 1997 the fourth-generation 5-Series was introduced, the BMW E39. Riding on a 111.4-inch wheelbase, the design of this series was inspired by the E38 7 Series in body and electronic technology. The E39 was about 2.2 inches longer than the E34 with an overall length of 188.0 inches was 70.9 inches wide. The most innovative update for this generation involved its suspension where most of the links and elements were currently cast of lightweight alloys rather than steel. Rack-and-pinion steering and the dramatic reduction in unsprung weight resulted in a much more responsive chassis.

No longer where any four-cylinder 5 Series cars offered in Europe. In the U.S. the 5 Series offerings were limited to only the six-cylinder 528i and the V8-powered 540i sedan for 1997. The 528i had five gears aboard either the manual or automatic transmissions and produced 190 hp. The 540i had a full 282 hp that was coupled to either a five-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. The six-speed included a 'Sport' package that included oversize wheels and tires and aggressive suspension.

The BMW E39 was incredibly popular and was often featured in Car and Drive's '10Best list'. Consumer Reports gave the 2001 530i its highest car rating and the 5-Series was considered the benchmark of its class. In 1998 all 5 Series received side curtain airbags as standard equipment. The automatic-equipped 540i now featured the sport suspension and wheels. In 1999 the station wagon, now called 'Sport Wagons' returned to the lineup in both 528i and 540i forms. Output was increased to 193 hp on the 528i thanks to an aluminum cylinder block and a variable timing system. The 540i's V8 engine also received variable valve timing, though its output remained the same at 282 hp.

The M5 returned in 2000 with a new Motorsport version of the V8 engine displacing 5.0 liters and stroking out a titillating 394 hp. The quickest production four-door sedan BMW had to offer, the M5 was only available with a six-speed manual transmission. As luxurious as a Cadillac, the latest M5 had powerful 18-inch wheels, a deep front air dam and an enviable agility similar to a 3-Series sedan.

The 528i grew into a 530i in 2001 with a new 3.0-liter version of the six now produced 225 hp. New to the lineup this year was a new 525i with a 2.5-liter version of the six now rated at 184 hp. While the M5 was only available as a sedan, the 525i, 530i and 540i were all offered as either a sedan or wagon. The following year not many changes were made except for the addition of more standard equipment for the 525i that included power seats and a CD player along with an increase in output for the 540's V8 engine, which now pumped out 290 hp. For 2003 minor updates included anew sport package for the 540i with 18-inch wheels and a revised sport suspension. A DVD-based system replaced BMW's outdated CD-based navigation system.

The fifth-generation 5-Series, the BMW E60 was launched in 2004. Riding on a 113.7-inch wheelbase, the E60 was designed by late BMW designer Davide Arcangeli. The non-traditional styling was met with many mixed reviews and criticism over its design and electronics. Despite this criticism the BMW E60 soon became the bestselling 5-Series. Compared to the previous generation, the E60 was incredibly innovative, especially with its controversial iDrive interface that controlled much of the vehicle. New technology was pulled directly from the recently redesigned 7 Series that included (ACC) Active Cruise Control, (PDC) Park Distance Control, (ARS) Active Roll Stabilization and a Harmon Kardon Logic7 sound system. (Only iDrive is standard on all 5 Series models. (AFS) or Active Front Steering is an exclusive first to the 5 Series and is an innovative system that varies the steering ratio all the way between 10-to-1 and 20-to-1, depending on the car speed.

Returning to this generation was all-wheel drive. A turbocharged petrol engine was used for the first time in the 5-series in the E60 535i. The new 545i uses the same 4.4-liter engine as the 540i did. The 2.5-liter six engine continued to be rated at 184 hp, the 3.0-liter six produces 225 hp, while the updated 4.4-liter V8 engine produced an impressive 324 hp. Each engine was offered with new six-speed manual and automatic transmissions with manual 'Steptronic' shifting on the automatic and the 'Sequential Manual Gearbox' (SMG) available with the manual transmission. Powering the E60 M5 was the S85 V10 engine.

The sixth-generation of the BMW 5-Series was introduced in 2010. Still in production today, the F10/F11/F07 rode on a 116.9-inch wheelbase, had a length ranging from 192.9 to 193.2 inches and was 73.2 inches wide. The sixth generation platform is based on the F01 7 Series. Updates for this generation included a rear multilink suspension and a front dual ball joint short-long arm suspension that replaced the MacPherson strut suspensions.

Returning to a more traditional BMW interior, this generation featured a return of the center console angled towards the driver. Many were in favor with the interior, but there were still critics that viewed it as 'too bland and conservative'. Powered by the S63 twin-turbocharged V8 engine, the F10 M5 was the first M3 or M5 to use forced induction.

China offered a long-wheelbase version model. Mexico produced the BMW 5 Security, which was inspired by the Chinese long-wheelbase model and built on the same wheelbase. This model was only available in long-wheelbase form powered with the 4.4L V8 engine.

BMW introduced the impressive 5-Series Gran Turismo (F07) five-door fastback in 2009. Sharing a similar body style to the Porsche Panamera, the GT stands taller than any other fastback model.

Designed by Christopher Weil, the F07 shares the same F01 7 Series-derived platform, mechanical package and powertrain with the F10. The F07 featured different headlights and bumper and had a larger split-kidney grille that was reminiscent of the F01 7 Series. Much taller, this new model featured a higher center of gravity and had more rear legroom in the interior thanks to its greater length. Frameless doors and a double-pane liftgate trunk were also featured on the F07. This model was the first BMW to receive the new ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and a new Brake Energy Regeneration system.

Unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show was the BMW 5-Series ActiveHybrid, a hybrid electric concept version of the BMW 5-Series. Reducing both fuel consumption and emissions by more than ten percent was the result of BMW ActiveHybrid technology. The production version of the 5-Series ActiveHybrid was introduced in 2012 by BMW.

Over the years the BMW 5-Series has been the recipient of numerous awards. From its introduction in 1997 for six years straight the E39 was on Car and Driver magazine's annual Ten Best list. For 1997 the car was on Motor Trend's Import Car of the Year. For 1997 through 200 the car was 'What Car? Executive Car of the Year'. In the 2009 Canadian Car of the Year awards the E60 was named 'Best New Luxury / Prestige Car'. Popular Science magazine rated the active seat continuous passive motion seating comfort tec¬¬hnology as one of the Best Invention of 1998. In 2001 and 2002 Consumer Reports found the E39 5-series their best car tested. The 5-Series was also awarded a best-in-class 4 ½ star rating by JP car pages.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_5_Series
http://www.edmunds.com/bmw/5-series/history.html

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