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BMW 5 Series remains the superior segment leader in 2012

5-series | January 16th, 2013 by 7
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The BMW 5 Series has supremely defended its market leadership in the segment of business automobiles. 359,016 customers worldwide opted for a BMW 5 Series …

The BMW 5 Series has supremely defended its market leadership in the segment of business automobiles. 359,016 customers worldwide opted for a BMW 5 Series model in 2012. Whether an elegant Sedan, a dynamic Touring or a luxurious Gran Turismo, the BMW 5 Series thrills customers all over the world with its distinctive combination of design, technology, dynamic performance and comfort.

Drive . The modern 4, 6 and 8-cylinder engines provide an impressively high level of output, running smoothness and efficiency.

For example, the BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Edition makes do with an unsurpassed fuel consumption of just 4.5 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres. Even the extremely powerful BMW 535d with 230 kW/313 bhp and a maximum torque of 630 Newton metres is more economical than the competition, with an average fuel consumption of only 5.4 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres.

BMW 5 Series remains the superior segment leader in 2012

The top-of-the-range engine in the BMW M550d xDrive for the Sedan and Touring models is unique in the segment. The impressive performance figures for the in-line 6-cylinder diesel engine developed exclusively for the BMW M Performance automobiles with three turbochargers are as follows: 280 kW/381 bhp, maximum torque 740 Nm, maximum engine speed 5,400 rpm, average fuel consumption 6.3 litres per 100 kilometres.

The 4-cylinder petrol engines are fitted with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology, likewise providing a high level of output at a low fuel consumption. The two 2-litre turbo engines in the BMW 520i and 528i feature a turbocharging system based on the twin-scroll principle, variable valve control VALVETRONIC and variable camshaft control double VANOS – as such they are based on the technology package of the multiple award-winning inline 6-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo in the BMW 535i.

Driving dynamics and comfort. The BMW 5 Series offers the perfect compromise between sporty flair and suspension comfort. Over and above the excellent standard suspension, numerous technologies are optionally available to further enhance Sheer Driving Pleasure.

For example, the integral active steering uses steered rear wheels and variable steering ratio on the front axle to subjectively shorten the wheelbase when driving slowly, thereby improving manoeuvrability and agility. When driving fast, the wheelbase is subjectively lengthened in the interests of driving stability and comfort.

AdaptiveDrive combines individually adjustable shock absorbers with active stabilisers at both axles so to achieve both a more comfortable and a more sporty ride.

The Driving Experience Control switch enables the character of the vehicle to be altered significantly at the press of a button – from very sporty through to highly efficient.

The intelligent all-wheel drive system xDrive is available for a total of 17 BMW 5 Series variants.

ConnectedDrive. The interconnection between driver, vehicle and the outside world is becoming increasingly important. The BMW 5 Series offers numerous innovations in this essential and fast-developing area.

Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI) provides traffic information in real time, suggesting appropriate alternative routes in the event of a traffic jam.

BMW Night Vision uses a thermal image camera to detect people and animals from a distance of up to 300 metres, warning the driver of potential collisions.

The full-colour Head-Up Display projects relevant information into the driver’s field of vision such as current speed, speed limits, navigation directions and warnings.

The new multifunctional instrument display shows instruments relevant to the current driving mode. For example, in ECO PRO mode the driver is given important tips for an economical driving style. Meanwhile in Sport mode the colour and graphics change, focusing on data relevant to a sporty driving style.

My BMW Remote App gives the drive access to numerous vehicle functions via smartphone, including locking the car or activating the headlamp flasher – so as to be able to find the vehicle more easily in large car parks, for example.

The BMW Connected App provides a range of functions inside the car such as web radio, Facebook, Twitter, RSS feeds, Wiki Local and personal calendar.

Bluetooth Office transforms the BMW 5 Series into a mobile office. The main smartphone office functions such as e-mail, appointments, contacts and notes are transferred directly into the vehicle and displayed on the screen.

  • Freudeking

    So what are the sales numbers compared to the E class and A6???

    • BabkenBMW

      According to formal data BMW sold about 338,000 units of 5 Series sedan and touring compared to 225,500 units of corresponding E-Class models. Even if we take total E-Class sales figure (including the CLS version) which add up to 310,400 units, the E-Class can’t still come close. So the advantage of the 5 Series is more than convincing. As for the A6, we’ll have to wait for the annual report of Audi to see how many units of the A6 were sold, but anyway the A6 was left behind as well by a considerable margin. So the 5 Series has been dominating its segment for the last two years. This year the updated version of the E-Class will enter the market, so we’ll see how it will stack up to the established leader.

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  • sammyt

    BMW you will lose a lot of your fans/customers by ommitting a small six cylinder engine between the 2.0 and 3.0 litre blocks. An upgrade of the 2.2L found in the E60 520i could suit perfectly for the 523,525,528 with the same block in different tunes or turbo charging. I emmissions are good with the 3.0l then the 2.2 l will have no problems. to call the F10 528 with a 2.0 litre 4 cylinder engine is short changing and now one has to start looking around for mid power but hearts are broken because the F10 is irrestistably beautiful but there is a big gap in the engine line up and unfortunately this is the big customer band. pliz somebody send positive feedback

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