Official Statement: Is BMW NA planning to offer the new 5 Series Sports Wagon in the USA?

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BMW of North America has just issued an official statement regarding the latest internet buzz on the new BMW 5 Series Touring not being offered …

BMW of North America has just issued an official statement regarding the latest internet buzz on the new BMW 5 Series Touring not being offered in North America.

Unfortunately, our assumptions have been confirmed, the new F11 5 Series Sports Wagon will not be available for U.S. customers. The decision comes based on the current sales volume, as we hinted yesterday.

Official Statement BMW of North America:

Is BMW NA planning to offer the new 5 Series Sports Wagon in the USA?

Official Statement: Is BMW NA planning to offer the new 5 Series Sports Wagon in the USA?

No. BMW NA does not plan to offer the next generation 5 Series Sports Wagon (Touring) in the US.

BMW of North America has a long history of promoting the Sports Wagon concept. We currently offer two Sports Wagon models in the 3 Series line and one model in the 5 Series line. Since 1992, the 5 Series Sports Wagon has enjoyed a loyal and enthusiastic customer base, but the current sales volume has dropped to point where it is difficult to justify the business case to develop the new generation for importation to the US.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thorgal Cyril Bouteille

    Ouch. Is this the smell of massive E61-lovers defection to MB?

  • Paul

    Boo! It looks like I might be getting an A6 as my next car.

  • Mike

    One of their most practical and best looking cars that is also classy and fit for business. The perfect car for most SUV owners (for sure big enough for mom to drive the kids to school). The A6 is the next best thing, but is it a real replacement? Other options: Volvo or Subaru? Maybe even a Magnum! Haha.

  • bunker

    gotta get my E90 Touring while I still can, ’cause that’ll be the next one to go…

  • http://www.dfwcharityracing.com/forums The Lee

    Say it isn’t so, BMW NA! I know the Touring isn’t a big market seller in the US, but is it really that costly to offer them here when they’re already being made for other markets?

    What a sad, sad day. I guess that means I’ll have to hang on to my current 5er wagon for a long, long time.

  • bob

    Look on the bright side; We have the 5 Series GT! =8^)

  • http://na Ed

    TIme to start shopping for the MB E class!!!!

  • CoCo

    I want a 5 series wagon over the GT any day.

  • Eggiloo

    I’d go for the GT but I’ll have to test drive it first =P

  • Nizer

    I think BMW has got their analysis all wrong here. The assumption is that because US sales of the old 5-Touring fell dramatically, while SUV (sorry SAV) sales rose, there’s no longer a market for wagons. Wrong.

    The problem with the prior 5-Touring was that it was plain ugly from the start and looked increasingly less attractive against updated Audi offerings and more prestigious, snob-appeal MB offering.

    Role forward to today and you’re seeing a gradual move away from heavy, fuel-thirsty SUVs (opps, did it again) towards more rational family movers. BMW roles out the 5GT in hopes it will fill the void between their SUV/SAV offering and the ugly wagon. Sorry, but I think few will find the 5GT a good fit.

    Meanwhile they introduce a vastly more attractive and improved 5 Touring. A perfect fit for a family with pets that’s need to haul stuff but doesn’t buy into the SUV program. And what do they do? Tell the US to go buy an Audi or MB.

    Not my first choice BMW but better that than a 5GT or X5 for my needs. Buh bye.

    • viper

      I personally think that while the previous saloon was pretty difficult to love, looks wise, the touring was a really gorgeous car. There’s just something about a 5 touring in dark blue that really works and the longer cabin seemed to offset the frowning face. I think you’re right though, that a transition from suv’s will happen eventually but that’s not to say BMW won’t start selling the touring there in the future which personally I don’t see in the next couple of years. Another huge failing of the previous 5 which particularly would affect the more family oriented touring was the frankly dismal crash test results. Still waiting to see how the newer car performs in this respect before I would consider buying one.

      • X5SoB

        IMPOSTER! I like you better, keep up the good work.

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  • Beemie

    This is SO DISAPPOINTING!!! I have been planning to upgrade to a 5-series wagon from my E46 wagon when the time comes (which I thought would be next year for me as I’m hitting a milestone in my career). A F11 525d with 6-spd MT is my dream car – don’t want to pay $60k for an over-optioned automatic E61. It made me realize I’m going to have to spend the money I’d have spent on a new wagon into keeping my E46 wgon running indefinitely – at least until BMW realizes the error of their ways. Most BMW wagon people that I know are NOT going to migrate toward the self-consciously trendy, obnoxious-looking GT. PLEASE BMW – BRING THE F11 OVER!! Even if it’s a custom order car – please make it available to the loyal BMW wagon drivers. But if it comes down to it, I’d rather give up BMW than give up the wagon bodystyle. (And I’ve driven exclusively BMWs for decades at this point).

  • Harald

    I own an E61 in North America and other BMW vehicles both in North America and in Germany. I am extremely disappointed in BMW’s decision. I was looking forward to a F11 for a newer version. I dislike the 5GT. North American’s need to realize that the wagon is sportier and has a huge amount of space. It out performs the X5 and is not your grandfather’s vehicle. I am under 35.

  • Keith

    I have been waiting and waiting for a Diesel 5-Series Touring to come here. I’m overdue to buy a new car, and I can’t wait much longer. I’ve rented a Diesel 5-Series Touring 3 times now in Europe, and I’ve been itching to bring one home. I guess it’s time to test drive the Audi Q7, it appears to be the only thing that comes close to my needs, TDI, size, and lots of cool toys.

  • http://Google Steven

    I’m sold grateful that my partner and I purchased our 2010 535 touring. Were going to wait for the 2011 thankfully we didn’t. What on earth did think the 5GT would be such a hit? It’s ugly. I’m keeping our 2010 till BMW sees people aren’t thrilled with the GT.

  • Keith

    Geez, can’t I just special order a 5-series TDI Touring? Those GTs are horrible! What to do now, I waited and hoped against hope that they would come through for 2011. So disappointing!

  • Jasm Magui

    I have been a loyal BMW owner of 15 vehicles since 1972 to present, which included two Touring 5 series. Did not like the looks of the old 535ixT rendition but loved the driving experience. However… BMW NA you made a mistake. The GT Series will not win the hearts of true Touring devotees. The GT just does not make it. The GT has to many blind spots obstructing ones view especially to the rear, just like BMW NA has when it deleted the Touring 535ixT from North America. Poor hindsight inhibits good decision making. They could not see how their low sales were related to poor styling cues and used that lack and impairment to define the Touring’s future. I had planned to replace two of my vehicles with wagons this year, which were to be the new gorgeous F11 2011 BMW 535ixT but now with no regrets I bid farewell to BMW. We shall not meet again! I have ordered a Mercedes E350 Touring and a Cadillac CTS-V on order.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1107796957 Jasm Magu

    Update …
    I have been a loyal BMW owner of 15 vehicles since 1972 to present, which included two Touring 5 series. Did not like the looks of the old 535ixT rendition but loved the driving experience. However… BMW NA you made a mistake. The GT Series will not win the hearts of true Touring devotees. The GT just does not make it. The GT has to many blind spots obstructing ones view especially to the rear, just like BMW NA has when it deleted the Touring 535ixT from North America. Poor hindsight inhibits good decision making. They could not see how their low sales were related to poor styling cues and used that lack and impairment to define the Touring’s future. I planned to replace two of my vehicles with wagons this year, which were to be the new gorgeous F11 2011 BMW 535ixT but now with no regrets I bid farewell to BMW. We shall not meet again! I have ordered a Mercedes E350 Touring and a Cadillac CTS-V on orders.

    Update – Just been informed my Cadillac CTS-V Touring is expected to arrive second week of February 2011… True it has poor rear visibility but the performance is amazing for a North American wagon and I will live with the issues when backing up… Rear radar sensing and camera work quite well as I have tested. So farewell to an old friend BMW. I trust others will turn down the GT 5 Series as well or at least convince BMW NA to rethink their 5 Series Touring decision.

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