BMW 5 Series GT Wins Ward’s Interior Award

5 Series GT | April 14th, 2010 by 17
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The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo has won the 2010 Ward’s Auto Interior of the Year award for Design Versatility. This unique automobile was designed …

The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo has won the 2010 Ward’s Auto Interior of the Year award for Design Versatility. This unique automobile was designed to expand on the original gran turismo concept, which was a luxurious and sporty car for two with room for luggage. The 5 Series Gran Turismo offers luxury seating for four (or five) with plenty of room for luggage. For those times when larger items will be along for the ride, it offers maximum flexibility including a two-piece tailgate.

“We’re very pleased to receive this award,” said Jim O’Donnell, President and CEO of BMW of North America. “With the 5 Series Gran Turismo, our engineers and designers set out to create a vehicle that combined first-class seating for four with the utmost in flexibility for storage options. This award for Design Versatility shows just how well they hit that target.”

BMW 5 Series GT Wins Wards Interior Award

The 2010 BMW 550i Gran Turismo, with its twin-turbo V8, arrived in US showrooms in December. The 2010 535i Gran Turismo arrives this month featuring BMW’s all-new tubocharged inline six. Both models use BMW’s newest 8-speed automatic transmission and, like all BMWs include BMW Ultimate Service with free scheduled maintenance for the first four-years or 50,000 miles.

[Source: BMW ]

  • BMW X6

    Great. BMW is finally starting to make better interiors.

    • Simba

      Really well done. I am extremely impressed wit the style and quality of the interior of recent BMWs. Let’s hope that they are able to keep the elegance up for the coming 3 and 1 Series. (did I forget, the 6 as well!)

  • http://e39mod.blogspot.com/ Aaron

    bravo……..any pictures on the interior?

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  • Giom

    I’m so glad about this award. The GT really deserves recognition!

    Horatiu, any sales figures or info for the GT? (Beg, beg, beg!)

    • Simba

      about 5000 to date – BMW says this figure is way above their expectations.

    • efoza

      The future sales or the orders in the making are even more impressive. BMW now has 3 platforms for making the GT in is factory whereas it started with just one expecting to only sell to VIPs in small numbers.

  • brassneck

    i get wet over sales figures too

  • TB

    5er GT sales figures (worldwide) – in the first 5 months since market launch:

    Nov 2009 – Mar 2010: 7,536 vehicles

    Eg. BMW sold 28,156 units of X1 in the same period.

    Source: BMW AG

    • Giom

      Thanks TB!

      Wow, for X1! Even more wow for GT… that is a lot of GTs sold. Isn’t that like to sum total of R classes sold?

      • TB

        R-class … MB sold 2,825 units of this vehicle in US market in the WHOLE year of 2009.

        I have no worldwide sales figures for R-class but I assume the total sales number for R-class in 2009 should be around 7,000 – 8,000 units. In the whole year. With all markets covered, all engines available, AWD available – yet FL around the corner.

        5er still isn’t available in all markets, not all engines are available, AWD still to come – and the car is brand new therefore not known well to the customers. And it still sells much better than R-class.

        Pre-crisis plans were 5er GT to represent 10% of all 5er family sales worldwide (sedan, touring, GT) in full production years. So, year 2011 will be the year when when real comparisons will be possible. And we still wait for crisis-adapted plans.

        • Giom

          TB, thanks mate! You are a welcome source of much needed info! :)

          10% of 5 series family. It does seem to me that this target will be easilly met and surpassed. Can’t wait for the final tally!

          My curiosity towards the GT is duo to the predictions I made long ago. I always thought that it was going to hit the mark, because this was what I wished for from BMW, even before it was announced. And I’m not so unique that I must be the only one:)

        • bob

          TB,

          “…a little more than 10,000″, according to this report:

          http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100406/COPY/304069993

          • Giom

            Wow, more than 37 000 units sold in its second year of production… That is quite a drop in demand! I wonder what the reason was…? Probably, the first costomers were MB faithfulls that buys anything MB… and from there on on, nobody really needed what it had to offer.

            Where I think the GT differs, is that it could be able to attract more buyers to the brand because of what it is. Luxo combined with practicallity and still good on road performance while looking great… it’s a winner in my books!

          • bob

            Well, for one, it could be considered a rich man’s Pacifica. To the Brits, in darker colors, it looks like a hearse.

            But, in any event, the F07 & R Class = Apples & Oranges. For years, the media used to badger BMW’s Board, about coming out with such a product, in light of R Class pathetic sales…And all along, former Chmn Panke said the F07 would not be a people mover.

            This award could serve as anecdotal evidence that BMW’s purpose for the 5erGT has hit the desired target.

  • efoza

    Reading the comments on this post reminds me of what everyone used to say about the X5 in the year 2000. I was first hated and the admired for its design and now loved by millions of people.

    The reality is that the GT is one hell of an autocar both in respect of design and built. It is already changing future plans by others like Audi and Merc who are desperate to compete with it.

    Given its ongoing growing success I would not be surprised if it even outsells some of the ordinary and boring new 5 series models in progressive parts of the world like in Germany or UK.

    In short the GT is truely a dream machine. Well done BMW. You have done it again.

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