BMW 5 Series History

BMW 5 Series History

BMW 5 Series History


The BMW 5 Series was first introduced in 1972, and it quickly set the standard for premium sport sedans. Even today, the 5 Series continues to establish itself as one of BMW’s top selling cars, making it the pinnacle of performance, luxury, and spaciousness.

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Early History

The 5 Series is a mid-size sedan that is manufactured all across the globe, including Dingolfing, Germany; Rosslyn, South Africa; and Toluca, Mexico, among other BMW assembly plants. It first entered production in 1972, when the E12 5 Series became the first vehicle to bear the 5 Series name. The 5 Series was introduced to replace the BMW New Class around the world.

Recent History

When the BMW 5 Series was first introduced, it was offered with only a sedan body style. Throughout the years, it became available also in a wagon body style, though the current sixth generation has returned to its roots, offering only a sedan version.

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BMW 5 Series Awards

Since its introduction in 1972, the BMW 5 Series has received many awards, including:

  • 1997-2002 Car and Driver magazine’s annual Ten Best list
  • 1997 Motor Trend’s Import Car of the Year
  • 1997-2002 What Car? Executive Car of the Year
  • 2006 Canadian Car of the Year awards “Best New Luxury/Prestige Car”
  • 1998 Popular Science Best Inventions for the BMW Active Seat technology
  • 2001-2002 Consumer Reports Best Car Tested

2014 BMW 5 Series Overview