Tuesday, 30 March 2010

2011 BMW 5 Series Saloon

The brand name BMW has always brought forth the image of quality and luxury. Everything from their sedans to their race cars have maintained an element of grace and beauty that is hard to match in the auto industry. BMW was founded in 1916 and is the parent company of Rolls Royce. The company has enjoyed a long history of automotive development and continues to keep its place on the cutting edge of technology.

Nothing epitomizes this better then the BMW 5 series. The 5 series has been in production since the mid 70's and fills the category of mid size executive car. Currently the series is entering its sixth generation with new advancements in technology and materials. Currently it is sold in sedan and touring car models.

The series has done so well that many European nations use cars in this class as police cars and government vehicles. Make no mistake the cars not only look nice but their performance matches their appeal. Add to the fact that they are durable and very comfortable and you have a winning combination. All of these features justify the price tag that is asked for each and every model.

Of course this has been true of the early models as well. With each update in the series the cars in the lineup have received overhauls, upgrades, modifications, and redesigns to make them more appealing. Add to the mix that BMW is constantly upgrading its engine lineup to be more powerful yet more fuel efficient at the same time and you have a very reliable series.

Another statistic that's constantly under revision between series upgrades is the size of the vehicles themselves. Sometimes adding half an inch here and two inches here can make all the difference in a car. This applies to all cars not just luxury or sports models. BMW has taken this into consideration, especially since its cars are so readily available to so many.

People of different ethnic backgrounds usually have different body proportions as well. That being said the constant upgrade and redesign of the size and the interior is designed to be a one size fits all. This is for the short and skinny to the tall and rotund. Safety is another feature that's constantly upgraded and the 2011 series is no slouch in this area either.

Aerodynamics are reworked with each generation to give newer models a sleeker and more modern appearance. This of course affects more than just appearance and increases the handling of the cars themselves. It can also improve fuel economy as better aerodynamics means less resistance to the car which equals less work for the engine to do. This is something that every car manufacture tries to accomplish but BMW manages to outperform the rest as usual.

BMW's 5 series is one of the most prominent car lineups in the world. As they begin to bring in the six series cars many car fans can't help but be overtaken with a feeling of glee. After all inside every man or woman that admires cars is a driver that wants to get behind the wheel and see what it can do.

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Monday, 29 March 2010

Classic Cars - The BMW 5 Series

When it comes to the used car sector one car has dominated above all others: the BMW 5 Series. For almost 40 years this has been the world's favourite executive saloon and there's no sign of it slowing down.

The original 1972 design is a true classic. It lasted, with only a few minor revisions, right the way through until 1987. The earliest versions are few and far between. Most have rusted away or been sold as scrap, but collectors do value them and a good condition early model can fetch almost 2,000 pounds.

The first major upgrade came with the E34 which featured a host of high performance models culminating in the outstanding M5. It has become a staple with used car buyers over the years. Durable and reliable it's the kind of car you can drive for a couple of years for a little bit of cheap motoring. It picked up where the original left off and ran until 1996, when the E39 was already earning a reputation as an all time great in the four door saloon market.

Thanks to improved power, outstanding handling and rock solid reliability it has fostered a reputation as being 'the best car in the world'. It cemented the position of the BMW 5 Series as a true all time classic and consolidated its place at the head of the executive saloon market. It is one of the most highly sought models on the used market. However, with recent launches, prices have been pushed down. If you're smart you can find some real bargains.

Until now the BMW 5 Series retained most of the features that made it great, but in 2003 it got a severe overhaul thanks to design boss Chris Bangle. He introduced a radical new look and design. Die hard fans were appalled and a series of hate groups surfaced on the internet. Time will tell if this goes on to become a used car classic as fans re-evaluate it based on its own considerable powers or fades away to become a pariah car.

Now there's a new BMW 5 Series on the block. Bangle has gone and this new model returns to basics. Fans are delighted to see some hallmark features returning. It looks the real deal and seems set to recapture its place as the leading executive car in its class. The future looks as bright as the past.

Dom Donaldson is a motoring expert.
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Sunday, 28 March 2010

5 Million 5 Series Cars Already Sold - Take a Look at the Glorious History of BMW!

The BMW 5 Series cars hit the market in the year 1972 and BMW is still continuing its production till date. These vehicles were released as predecessors to New Six Series vehicles. They fall under the category of executive cars. They're made available in both the sedan as well as touring body styles.

The 5 series was named after the preceding four models like the 700, New Class, New Six Bavaria and the CS models. The 5 series model was released as a replacement to the past New Six sedan vehicles.

The vehicle body was designed by Marcello Gandini and was built based on the Bertone Garmisch from the BMW, which was released in the year 1970. Two other cars namely Alfa Romeo Alfetta and the Fiat were also designed based on the same design.

Five generations of 5 Series models were released till date namely the E12 during the period 1972 to 1981, E28 during the period 1982 to 1988, E34 during the period 1988 to 1996, E39 from 1995 to 2003 and E60 or E61 from the year 2003 to till present.

The first digit in the name - "5" in this case represents the series name and the other two digits that are followed by the 5 represent the engine size in deciliters. Additional words are also added at the end of the 3 digit to represent the fuel type, petrol or diesel, transmission or engine details and the style of the body, in some of the vehicles.

Having sold over 5million 5-series vehicles, it makes you wonder what has BMW really got in stores for the upcoming times. The fascinating 5-series wallpapers and concept car images simply reflect that they'll be far superior than the present model by all means. So, let us wait and watch the show.

You may like to visit a cool collection of the latest BMW 5-series Wallpapers and some more red hot BMW Wallpapers here

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