Chinese publications have reported that BMW will export ‘Made in China’ cars. Just to clarify, this isn’t the 3-Series. BMW would be the first foreign luxury car manufacturer to export China-made cars when it starts to ship locally produced long-wheelbase 5 Series sedans overseas at the end of 2011. BMW will begin to export the cars that are jointly built with Brilliance as early as December.
However, the destination isn’t known yet. Christoph Stark, the CEO of BMW Group Region China, said that it will look for markets in the Middle East, Asia, or other markets that would receive the products so that they could test this export effort. He said that the main market in China as they can’t even cope with the demand in this market.
Sales of BMW’s new 5 Series sedan have been high in China, particularly the long version -- quite unusual for China. Stark also said that BMW will produce engines in China. A joint venture factory will build a Twin-Power Turbo four-cylinder engine that will be used in Made-in China X1 and other models.
The cars assembled at venture factories in China have a level of quality that usually can’t be distinguished from imports. When these cars are built from foreign plans using foreign methods and foreign QA, there are times when they surpass the imports.
As the sixth-generation BMW 5-Series Sedan makes it global debut, a whole new set of standards among premium midsize sedans will be established. After all, it comes with a charismatic and athletic design, BMW driving dynamics and an array of state-of-the-art safety and comfort elements.
In terms of design, the new BMW 5-Series Sedan distinguishes itself from its segment rivals with its balanced proportions brought by having the longest wheelbase in the segment, short overhangs, a coupe-like roofline, and a long and sleek hood.
Of course, the new 5-Series Sedan is laden with a number of BMW signature design cues like the slightly inclining forward kidney grille on the front end. Its stylish sides and muscular rear end also have a number of BMW signature cues. Inside, the sixth-generation BMW 5-Series Sedan conveys utmost precision and freshness as well as style and comfort.
Upon launch, the new BMW 5-Series Sedan could be powered by either a V-8 or an inline-six gasoline engine. The range-topping BMW 550i is powered by BMW's "reverse-flow" V-8 engine with twin turbochargers and High Precision direct injection, allowing it to develop 400 hp in max output. Meanwhile, the BMW 535i is powered by a new inline-6 engine with a single twin-scroll turbocharger and High Precision direct injection, as well as VALVETRONIC throttle-less intake technology, allowing it to deliver up to 300 hp of output and 300 lb-ft. of torque.
These models could be specified with a six-speed manual gearbox, BMW's new 8-speed automatic transmission, or new "Sport Automatic" 8-speed units. Soon after launch, the German premium carmaker will introduce the BMW 528i powered by an inline-6 that boasts of lightweight magnesium-aluminum construction and VALVETRONIC throttle-less intake technology.
It develops 240 hp of output. Complementing these engines are highly advanced drivetrain and suspension technologies that do not only enable drivers to experience a high level of agility, but also allow passengers to enjoy a high level of comfort.
Customers may avail of the Sport Package for their new BMW 5-Series Sedan, thereby adding Adaptive Drive that includes Driving Dynamics Control, Active Roll Stabilization and Electronic Damper Control. Customers may also avail of the optional Integral Active Steering, which virtually extends or shortens the sedan’s wheelbase to heighten stability at high speeds and improve agility at lower speeds.