BMW 5 Series World’s most successful business automobile.







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: January 24, 2014
Categories: BMW 5 Series, BMW People

Munich. As in the year before, the BMW 5 Series  (combined fuel consumption: 9.9–4.5 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions:  232–119 g/km) was the top-selling business model of 2013. 366,992  customers worldwide opted for a BMW 5 Series Sedan, BMW 5 Series  Touring or BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo. This once again puts the BMW 5  Series well ahead of the competition. A key factor contributing to  this success was the model revision of the BMW 5 Series in 2013,  featuring an extended range of engines, numerous additional equipment  items and the extensive BMW ConnectedDrive program.

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BMW has once again demonstrated with the 5 Series how a new model can  be optimised precisely to match market demand by means of a harmonious  package of measures. The model revision selectively refreshed the  exterior design of the entire BMW 5 Series family, thereby enhancing  its overall presence. With its newly designed rear, the BMW 5 Series  Gran Turismo also offers a luggage compartment expanded by 60 litres  to 500 litres. What is more, the two equipment lines Luxury Line and  Modern Line along with the M Sport package allow each BMW 5 Series to  be given an even more marked touch of individual flair.

The interior also presents refined premium ambience combined with  enhanced functionality. The user-friendly iDrive Controller is fitted  in all models as standard, while Control Display features a chrome  trim surround. In conjunction with the Professional navigation system,  the iDrive Touch Controller increases operating convenience. Its  integrated touchpad allows letters for text entry - for a navigation  destination, for example - to be typed simply using one finger.

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As of July 2013 the engines are faster, more economical, cleaner and  more efficient. They cover the output range from 105 kW/143 bhp to 412  kW/560 bhp, with all engines meeting the EU6 exhaust emissions  standard (M5: EU5). The BMW 518d (fuel consumption urban/extra  urban/combined: 5.4/4.0/4.5 l/100 km; combined CO2  emissions: 119  g/km) and 520d Sedan (fuel consumption urban/extra urban/(combined:  5.4/4.0/4.5 l/100 km; combined CO2  emissions: 119 g/km) have an  output of 105 kW/143 bhp and 135 kW/184 bhp respectively, guaranteeing  a hallmark brand driving experience with a fuel consumption of just  4.5 l/100 km.

All BMW 5 Series models benefit from the EfficientDynamics measures  package. This includes brake energy recuperation, automatic engine  start/stop function, shift point display and ECO PRO mode as well as  coasting function with disconnected drivetrain (in conjunction with  automatic transmissions), providing a dynamic driving experience that  always goes hand in hand with a high level of fuel efficiency. In the  diesel models, the standard BMW BluePerformance Technology reduces  nitrogen oxide emissions.

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Further enhanced safety is provided by modern assistance and safety  systems such as full LED headlamps and BMW Night Vision with person  and animal detection as well as Dynamic Light Spot. The dazzle-free  high beam assistant ensures excellent visibility in the dark by making  more use of the high beam. A camera fitted in the base of the interior  mirror monitors the area in front of the car, effectively detecting  vehicles ahead and oncoming traffic. At the same time, selective and  dynamic covering of the headlamps reliably avoids dazzling traffic in  spite of the high beam being switched on, and the side area in front  of the car is fully illuminated. Standard features: Intelligent  Emergency Call automatically alerts the BMW Call Centre via a  permanently installed SIM card for rapid assistance.

The traffic jam assistant and parking assistant with longitudinal and  lateral guidance for the Sedan and Touring enhance convenience in the  BMW 5 Series. Based on radar and camera data, the traffic jam  assistant supports the driver in slow-moving traffic. Up to speeds of  40 km/h, the system regulates the car's distance from other road users  as well as keeping it in the centre of the lane. The new parking  assistant detects vacant parking spaces parallel to the road, steers  the car into them automatically and also shifts between forward and  reverse gear.

As one of the leading automobile manufacturers when it comes to  networking driver, car and environment, BMW also offers a uniquely  extensive range of mobility and other services with BMW  ConnectedDrive. The Online Entertainment system draws on music  providers such as rara to offer an unlimited selection from over 22  million tracks. The Concierge Service puts the driver through to the  BMW Call Centre, making it possible to place a reservation at a  restaurant, book tickets for a concert or find out where the nearest  emergency pharmacy is located. Another exceptional feature is the  dictation function for convenient entry of texts or e-mails during  travel. RTTI (Real Time Traffic Information) was recently awarded a  prize by car magazine editors: this system processes data in real time  so as to be able to recommend alternative routes.