and old (right) BMW X5.
07 June 2010 – BMW AG, Munich, Germany:
From trendsetter to bestseller. Within just eleven years, one
million BMW X5 models have been sold.
The anniversary edition, a sapphire black
metallic BMW X5 xDrive35i featuring cinnamon brown Nevada
leather trim, came off the assembly line at the American BMW plant in Spartanburg/South
Carolina and is currently on its way to a customer in China.
Achieving the seven-digit production figure is a further milestone in the success story of the
first Sports Activity Vehicle.
When it premiered in 1999, the four-wheel driven
BMW X5 was the first vehicle of its kind. Since then, the concept of
combining superior dynamics on tarmac with outstanding traction on off-road terrain, has
been a show-stopper worldwide, whilst also generating crucial impulses for the
BMW model portfolio.
With the family of BMW X models, which has meanwhile
grown to comprise a total of four members, the company has recorded
steadily increasing sales figures unmatched by any other manufacturer with
The BMW X5 remains the symbol and most crucial innovator for the
continuing success of the Sports Activity Vehicle concept.
The spacious five-door car offers up to seven seats, its
intelligent four-wheel drive system BMW xDrive guarantees awesome acceleration, both on and off road.
Permanent, electronically controlled four-wheel drive technology distributes
motive force to the front and rear wheels variably and according to each specific situation.
Furthermore, a luxurious interior ambience and a wide choice of innovative
driver assistance systems contribute towards the characteristic manifestation
of driving pleasure so typical of a BMW.
Moreover, numerous awards document the outstanding product quality with
regard to design, driving pleasure, safety and reliability.
In 2007, the BMW X5 received, inter alia, the design prize “autonis” awarded by the trade journal
“auto motor und sport“ for the most attractive design, as well as a Gold
Award BMW Corporate Communications in the J.D. Power Study on customer satisfaction in North America.
The American Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) voted this Sports
Activity Vehicle as the “Top Safety Pick” for outstanding crash test behaviour
both in 2007 and 2008. Current proof of the vehicle’s exceptional reliability is
given by the latest breakdown statistics issued by Europe’s largest automobile
club ADAC, in which the BMW X5 ranks second place behind the BMW X3 in
the all-terrain vehicle category.
X5 extends its lead within
Again in 2010, the BMW X5 is more than ever a role model and benchmark in
its class in terms of driving dynamics, efficiency, variability, premium quality
With a concisely modified design, a thoroughly revised engine
range and additional innovative equipment features, it continues to extend its
lead within the competitive environment.
Its trendsetting qualities include
outstanding efficiency unparalleled in this particular segment.
A prime example of this is the BMW X5 xDrive30d, which is powered by a 180 kW/245 bhp
straight six-cylinder diesel engine and achieves an average fuel consumption
of 7.4 litres/100 km in the EU test cycle.
With its multitude of qualities the BMW X5 has become the most significant
innovator within the entire competitive environment of four-wheel driven
vehicles. At the same time, the premium car builder has also repeatedly
assumed the cutting edge in each respective segment with the world’s first
Sports Activity Coupe, the BMW X6, and with the compact BMW X1.
The development of the BMW Spartanburg plant is also closely linked with the
success story of the BMW X5.
The location, which has existed for 15 years
now, has become the most crucial centre of expertise for BMW X models
within the BMW Group’s global production network.
Built in Spartanburg, the BMW X5 is now exported to more than 120 countries, with the BMW X6 also
being produced there for export to the entire global market. Before the end of
this year, production of the latest BMW X3 generation will commence at this