Many auto publications were reporting yesterday that the future of BMW 5 Series Wagon model in the U.S. market might be in jeopardy. During the BMW 5 Series GT preview event, the 5 Series Wagon sales numbers have come up and while nothing has been confirmed by Martin Birkmann, Manager Product Planning and Strategy, some publications interpreted some of his statements as a hint that 5 Wagon era is coming to an end.
Again, we can’t confirm these rumors, but we do have to agree that a move to phase out the grossly undersold 5 Series Wagon model could be a smart move in BMW’s part. The year-to-date sales of the 5er Wagon total 395 units, a comparable difference between now and four years ago when the 5 Wagon sales peaked at 2,351 units sold.
Even though the 5 Series GT was not built to compete against the Wagon models, the concept behind this car seems to be far more appealing to many people. Despite the higher base price, the 5 GT truly is a premium luxurious car and at the same time, a perfect vehicle for longer journeys as well.
The BMW 5 Series GT will launch in the U.S. market in November and BMW expects to sell more than 4,000 units per year. The base price of the 5 Series GT is rumored to be between $65,000 and $70,000.
If BMW decides to pull the plug on the 5 Series Wagon, it will be a decision that will draw some criticism from the BMW community and might even increase the price of used 5er Wagons.[Source: Car and Driver ]