New BMW G30 5-Series is Revealed

BMW has just revealed the new 5-Series (G30) just few minutes ago. As I am very excited with the new 5-Series, I had added the whole official photos and the press release. I will amend this article in few days time and summarise.

Please accept my apologise for the press release attachment.

BMW 5-Series Press Release

Superior driving pleasure and unsurpassed aerodynamics.
Rigorous application of the BMW EfficientLightweight lightweight design concept, with increased use of aluminium and high-strength steels, reduces the weight of the 5 Series Sedan by up to 100 kilograms from that of its predecessor. The newly designed chassis, a low centre of gravity, BMW’s hallmark even weight distribution and a lightweight body offering exceptional torsional stiffness combine a wonderfully dynamic driving experience with the long-distance comfort for which the BMW 5 Series is renowned. Various chassis options such as Integral Active Steering, which can now be teamed with xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive, add further talents to a dynamics-focused overall package designed to ensure the BMW 5 Series once again stands at the top of its class. The drag coefficient of the new, 4,935 millimetre-long BMW 5 Series Sedan (Cd = 0.22 at its most efficient) sets the benchmark in its class.

The next step to automated driving.
A wealth of assistance systems are on hand in the new BMW 5 Series to offer the driver unbeatable support – not only at critical moments but also in less demanding situations at the wheel, such as traffic jams, slow-moving traffic and monotonous stretches of motorway. To this end, it is fitted as standard with a stereo camera, which teams up with optional radar and ultrasound sensors to monitor the area around the car. New features in the BMW 5 Series alongside the evasion aid and Crossing traffic warning are the Lane Change Assistant and Lane keeping assistant with active side collision protection. The latter keeps an eye on the lane markings and the area around the car, and actively helps the driver to avoid looming collisions by applying corrective steering inputs.

The BMW 5 Series also takes another step towards automated driving with extended functions for the optional Active Cruise Control (ACC) system and Steering and Lane keeping assistant. These include adoption of speed restrictions, which the optional Intelligent Speed Assist communicates to the cruise control system (the driver can adjust this figure by +/– 15 km/h / 9 mph). From rest to 210 km/h (130 mph), the car can relieve the driver of acceleration, braking and steering duties, as desired. The intelligent Auto Start Stop function now adjusts its responses to the route and traffic conditions and therefore offers even greater driving comfort.

Intuitive usability and extensive comfort.
With even greater user-friendliness as its goal, the new BMW 5 Series is equipped with the latest-generation iDrive system. In top specification, it displays navigation, telephone and entertainment features, plus vehicle functions, on a high-resolution 10.25-inch screen. The system can be operated using the iDrive Controller, by voice command or gestures, or by touching the display controls directly, as the driver wishes. The large, tile-style panels can be arranged as desired and show the content of the underlying menus in constantly updated form. The latest-generation full-colour BMW Head-Up Display has a projection surface that is 70 per cent larger than before and displays traffic signs, telephone listings, radio stations, music tracks, navigation instructions and warnings from the assistance systems.

Maximising the levels of on-board comfort are extended storage options, greater legroom for rear-seat passengers and comfort seats with massage function, not to mention innovative seat operation using touch sensors and four-zone climate control complete with ionisation and discreet air fragrancing. Special Synergy Thermoacoustic Capsule (SYNTAK) engine encapsulation technology, the acoustic glazing for the windscreen and the acoustic headliner bring about another noticeable reduction in noise levels inside the car. All headlight variants specified for the BMW 5 Series Sedan come as standard with LED technology. Available as an option are Adaptive LED Headlights with variable light distribution including adaptive roundabout lights and BMW Selective Beam anti-dazzle high beam with a range of up to 500 metres.

Advanced link-up of man, machine and environment.
The new BMW 5 Series also offers a compelling proposition in terms of connectivity. Extensive BMW ConnectedDrive features are joined by new services which lavish business travellers with extra comfort and save them time. These include the new ParkNow technology for digital parking space reservation and payment, the On-Street Parking Information intelligent parking space search function and the optional Parking Assistant, which detects empty spots and parks the vehicle automatically. Plus, the Microsoft Exchange service now enables Microsoft Office 365 users to sync emails, calendar entries and contacts and edit them inside their car. Meanwhile, the optional Remote Parking system allows the BMW 5 Series Sedan to be manoeuvred into even the tightest parking spaces remotely using the car key. And smartphone integration has been further improved – from Apple CarPlay (which, in a first for a carmaker, has been incorporated fully wirelessly), to inductive phone charging and the WiFi hotspot for up to ten devices.

Personalised content through BMW Connected Onboard.
BMW Connected, the personal digital mobility assistant from BMW, has been available in Europe since July 2016. The next development stage of the system, complete with additional services, is set to be introduced with the new BMW 5 Series. BMW Connected Onboard gives drivers an overview of their mobility-related information. Relevant content such as the upcoming navigation destinations and estimated arrival time recorded in their personal mobility agenda are transferred seamlessly into the car from their smartphone and displayed on the personalised screen. Remote 3D View allows drivers to call up three-dimensional views of the area around their car on their smartphone while on the move. And that means they need never lose sight of their car.

BMW 530i and BMW 540i: the new petrol engines.
All the engines in the 5 Series Sedan line-up belong to the newly developed, modular BMW EfficientDynamics family of power units. BMW TwinPower Turbo technology imbues all the members of the family with outstanding performance combined with exceptional efficiency. Two diesel engines and two petrol variants will be available from launch, working in tandem with either rear-wheel drive or BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive.

The new two-litre four-cylinder in-line engine in the BMW 530i develops peak torque of 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) and maximum output of 185 kW/252 hp. Its fuel consumption in the combined cycle comes in at 5.4 litres/100 km (52.3 mpg imp)*, which means CO2 emissions of 126 g/km – down more than 11 per cent on its predecessor’s figures. The BMW 530i accelerates from 0 ‑ 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.2 seconds on its way to a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

The flagship engine at launch will be the 250 kW/340 hp unit under the bonnet of the new BMW 540i. This three-litre straight-six produces torque of 450 Nm (332 lb-ft). Despite its extra output and sharper dynamic edge, average fuel consumption stands at only 6.5 l/100 km (43.5 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions are kept to just 150 g/km*. In xDrive guise, the BMW 540i powers from 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in a mere 4.8 seconds.

BMW 520d and BMW 530d: the new diesel engines.
The four-cylinder diesel engine powering the BMW 520d develops 140 kW/190 hp and peak torque of 400 Nm (295 lb-ft). Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are 4.1 l/100 km (68.9 mpg imp)* and 108 g/km with the manual gearbox specified or 4.0 l/100 km (70.6 mpg imp)* and 107 g/km with the eight-speed Steptronic transmission. The sedan accelerates from 0 ‑ 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.6 seconds (Steptronic). Top speed is 237 km/h (147 mph).

* Fuel consumption figures were calculated according to the EU test cycle and may vary depending on the tyre format specified. Some figures are provisional.

The new BMW 530d likewise does a nice line in dynamics and efficiency. Producing 195 kW/265 hp and peak torque of 620 Nm (457 lb-ft), the six-cylinder in-line unit is clearly superior to the equivalent model in the outgoing range. And yet the BMW 530d also makes do with average fuel consumption of 4.5 l/100 km (62.8 mpg imp)* and CO2 emissions of 118 g/km – an approximately 13 per cent improvement on its predecessor. The new BMW 530d races from 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.7 seconds, and on to an electronically governed 250 km/h (155 mph).

The CO2 champion, the plug-in hybrid and the eight-cylinder sports star.
Not long after the launch of the new 5 Series Sedan, BMW will be adding another three engine variants to the line-up. The 140 kW/190 hp four-cylinder diesel engine will be presented in its most efficient form in the BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Edition with eight-speed Steptronic. Its CO2 emissions of just 102 g/km are the lowest in the sedan’s class (average fuel consumption: 3.9 l/100 km [72.4 mpg imp]*).

Also to come in March 2017 is a BMW 5 Series Sedan with plug-in hybrid drive system, in the form of the BMW 530e iPerformance. The combination of the BMW eDrive electric drive concept and a four-cylinder petrol engine produces extremely low CO2 emissions of just 46 g/km (2.0 l/100 km)*. System output is 185 kW/252 hp.

In March 2017 the BMW M550i xDrive will take over as the sporting highlight of the new BMW 5 Series range, for the time being at least. Its V8 engine – developing 340 kW/462 hp and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque – impresses not only with its remarkable performance but also when it comes to efficiency (fuel consumption, combined: 8.9 l/100 km [31.7 mpg imp], CO2 emissions 204 g/km*). The BMW M550i xDrive dispatches the 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint in 4.0 seconds.

* Fuel consumption figures were calculated according to the EU test cycle and may vary depending on the tyre format specified. Some figures are provisional.

Model variants at market launch on 11 February 2017.

BMW 530i/BMW 530i xDrive: Four-cylinder petrol engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
Capacity: 1,998cc.
Output: 185 kW/252 hp at 5,200 – 6,500 rpm.
Maximum torque: 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) at 1,450 – 4,800 rpm.
Acceleration (0–100 km/h [62 mph]): 6.2 s (6.0 s).
Fuel consumption, combined: 5.4 l/100 km [52.3 mpg imp] (5.7 l/100 km [49.6 mpg imp])*.
CO2 emissions, combined: 126 g/km (133 g/km).

BMW 540i/BMW 540i xDrive: Six-cylinder petrol engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
Capacity: 2,998cc.
Output: 250 kW/340 hp at 5,500 – 6,500 rpm.
Maximum torque: 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) at 1,380 – 5,200 rpm.
Acceleration (0–100 km/h [62 mph]): 5.1 s (4.8 s).
Fuel consumption, combined: 6.5 l/100 km [43.5 mpg imp] (6.7 l/100 km [42.2 mpg imp])*.
CO2 emissions, combined: 150 g/km (156 g/km).

BMW 520d/BMW 520d xDrive: Four-cylinder diesel engine, six-speed manual gearbox/eight-speed Steptronic transmission (xDrive: eight-speed Steptronic transmission).
Capacity: 1,995cc.
Output: 140 kW/190 hp at 4,000 rpm.
Maximum torque: 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) at 1,750 – 2,500 rpm.
Acceleration (0–100 km/h [62 mph]): 7.7 s/7.6 s (7.6 s).
Fuel consumption, combined: 4.1 l/100 km [68.9 mpg imp] / 4.0 l/100 km [70.6 mpg imp] (4.2 l/100 km [67.3 mpg imp])*.
CO2 emissions, combined: 108 g/km / 107 g/km (112 g/km).

* Fuel consumption figures were calculated according to the EU test cycle and may vary depending on the tyre format specified. Figures for BMW xDrive in brackets

Model variants from March 2017.

BMW 530d/BMW 530d xDrive: Six-cylinder diesel engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
Capacity: 2,993cc.
Output: 195 kW/265 hp at 4,000 rpm.
Maximum torque: 620 Nm (457 lb-ft) at 2,000 – 2,500 rpm.
Acceleration (0–100 km/h [62 mph]): 5.7 s (5.4 s).
Fuel consumption, combined: 4.5 l/100 km [62.8 mpg imp] (4.7 l/100 km [60.1 mpg imp])*.
CO2 emissions, combined: 118 g/km (125 g/km).
Model variants from March 2017.

BMW 530e iPerformance: Four-cylinder petrol engine plus BMW eDrive electric drive system (plug-in hybrid), eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
Capacity: 1,998cc.
System output: 185 kW/252 hp at 4,460 – 6,500 rpm.
Maximum system torque: 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) at 1,450 – 4,000 rpm.
Acceleration (0–100 km/h [62 mph]): 6.2 s.
Electric range: 45 km*.
Fuel consumption, combined: 2.0 l/100 km (141.2 mpg imp)*.
CO2 emissions, combined: 46 g/km.

BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Edition: Four-cylinder diesel engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
Capacity: 1,995cc.
Output: 140 kW/190 hp at 4,000 rpm.
Maximum torque: 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) from 1,750 rpm.
Acceleration (0–100 km/h [62 mph]): 7.5 s.
Fuel consumption, combined: 3.9 l/100 km (72.4 mpg imp)*.
CO2 emissions, combined: 102 g/km.

BMW M550i xDrive: Eight-cylinder petrol engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
Capacity: 4,395cc.
Output: 340 kW/462 hp at 5,500 rpm.
Maximum torque: 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) from 1,800 rpm.
Acceleration (0–100 km/h [62 mph]): 4.0 s.
Fuel consumption, combined: 8.9 l/100 km (31.7 mpg imp).
CO2 emissions, combined: 204 g/km.

* Fuel consumption and range figures are provisional and calculated according to the EU test cycle. Figures may vary depending on the tyre format specified.











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Mercedes E180 vs BMW 520i 1.6-lt

Mercedes E180 and BMW 520i with 1.6-lt engine. If you are thinking, I made a typo you are wrong. Mercedes E180 is powered by a 1.6-lt engine and BMW 520i is available with 1.6-lt engine but in Turkey. Most of the EU countries do no experience the same high level of custom duties and taxation of import cars. However, countries like Turkey impose high level of taxation on larger engines and this shrinks the automotive market.

So the best solution to save your market is to introduce 1.6-lt engines. Mercedes E180 features the 1.6-lt available on C-Class with 156 HP and 250 Nm of torque. Engine is coupled with a transmission 7G-Tronic that is also available to see at British Museum. Thanks to heavy weight of E 180 (1.6-tonne) this car needs 9.7 seconds to 100 km/h or try not to reach. On the other hand, E180 does not have a limited top speed of 250 km/h, because it runs out of breathe at 220 km/h. Despite my critism, I would definitely buy one. E-Class safety and technology packed with a smaller engine and this creates a room to avoid high taxation.

The story is the same with BMW 520i. 520i with 1.6-lt petrol is designed for Turkish market. The engine produces 180 HP and 250 Nm of torque and coupled with 8-speed automatic. And only needs 8.7 seconds to reach 100 km/h. However, Mercedes E180 offers the torque at lower ranges and it improves the feeling of acceleration. The 520i needs more rpm to reach its maximum torque. Top speed of BMW 520i is 226 km/h and interestingly BMW 520i is heavier than E180, 1690kg!

Literally, Mercedes E180 and BMW 520i with 1.6-lt are more or less the same cars. Mercedes has less horse and less weight, BMW has more fat and more horse. They both offer the highest technology of their brands and you will never ever suffer from the lack of performance. And the room for paying less tax is a big plus!




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BMW 5-Series Receives Facelift

BMW announced the facelift version of the 5-Series. Even though, the 5-Series is at the right time for a facelift but it doesn’t look that old! With the facelift, BMW 5-Series resembles more to present 3-Series. Especially from the front-end! You will not notice a radical change in exterior and interior design. Even though, the interior of BMW 5-Series does not receive any serious touch, the quality of the materials is improved for premium quality feel.

BMW 5-Series now offers 518d entry model with 143 HP, 350 Nm from 2-lt turbo diesel engine. Unfortunately, 518d does not offer any tax advantage to emerging markets due to 2-lt engine displacement. The rest of engines options are; 520d and 525d are both based on 2-lt turbo diesel with 184 HP (380 Nm) / 218 HP (450 Nm). 530d and 535d are both based on 6-cylinder turbo diesel with 258 HP (540 Nm) / 313 (630 Nm). Petrol engines are; 520i and 528i are based on 2-lt with 184 HP (270 Nm) / 245 HP (350 Nm). 535i is a 6-cylinder with 306 HP (400 Nm) and 550i a V8 with 450 HP (650 Nm). All engines are TwinPower turbo powered! No natural aspire for BMW anymore.

One of the ground-breaking technology for facelift 5-series is the Traffic Jam Assistant. BMW 5-Series is now capable of driving by itself in rush hour traffic by controlling the speeding and the steering wheel. As usual, 8-speed automatic and xDrive all wheel drive technologies are available. And now full LED headlight option is available!

My personal opinion, facelift BMW 5-Series is really good!

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New Maserati Ghibli Photos are Here

Maserati Ghibli photos were released to internet a few hours ago. What is Maserati Ghibli? Ghibli will be the new competitor of Mercedes E-Class, BMW 5-Series, Jaguar XF, Audi A6. And Ghibli setting a new standard on the market even before revealed to public. Ghibli brings the Italian touch to this segment. It may not offer the same state-of-art technology like Germans but definitely fills the Italian feeling on the market.

Exterior design of Ghibli resembles with the Quattroporte but there is nothing wrong with that! Maserati Quattroporte is also one of the sexiest cars on the planet. Moreover, design of Ghibli represents the harmony of feminine curves with muscular look. Thus, Ghibli will have a unique identity.

Maserati Ghibli will be powered by two 3-lt petrol and a 3-lt diesel engines. Diesel may sound a contradiction for Maserati but in order to increase market share and become more competitive, diesel is a must! Engines are coupled with 8-speed automatic gearbox and Q4 four-wheel drive option will be available.

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Automated Driving BMW 5-Series

BMW 5-Series automated drive! This sounds like a science fiction but it is possible now. BMW developed a 5-Series, which can drive by itself on public roads. Driver does not need to control anything during the journey and everything is done by the BMW.
This 5-Series was tested for more than 5000 KM and, in order to achieve this number, BMW engineers developed a new mathematical algorithm for the different driving situations. For us, overtaking another car is not that complicated process but for a computer to do the same process, lots of different parameters should be provided. Therefore, new mathematical equations should be created to explain the computer how to overtake another car.
This 5-Series is not production yet but it will be in near future. Like the modern air travel, in following decades, drivers will be like air pilots. The route will be given to car and it will drive by itself, if there is something wrong or a possible accident is unavoidable, the driver will interfere the car.
I assume that, the following BMW models may offer this technology but in a limited scope. 

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Facelift Photos are Leaked!

Here is the Mercedes-Benz E-Class facelift photos, it is not officially announced but thanks to GermanCarForum, they managed to find them. And according to responses from the forum and my personal view, I would like to celebrate the 2013 sales performance BMW 5-Series and Audi A6.

Facelifted Mercedes E-Class is unfortunately ugly. I am not fan of Mercedes but, they do have a very well designed cars like A-Class but Mercedes destroyed one of the best seller model, E-Class.

While making the lines softer, Mercedes designers created a look of melted E-Class :( And rear head light looks exactly same as in Mercedes GL.

However, if the rumours are true about the E-Class with 1.6-lt engine from Renault, Mercedes can compensate this ugly face with charming price, thanks to smaller engine!

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BMW Police Cars

BMW’s latest police operation range is revealed. The range vehicles available for police operations are BMW 3-Series and 5-Series Estates, BMW X3, bullet proof BMW 7-Series and BMW X5, and BMW i3 electric vehicle! 

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BMW 6 Gran Coupe

BMW 6 Gran Coupe is the BMW’s rival to Mercedes CLS! BMW 6 Gran Coupe is a four-door version of BMW 6 Series Coupe. 6 Gran Coupe and 6 Coupe have the same front look and very similar rear look. Many people may not understand the different that easily. However, BMW 6 Gran Coupe offers something amazing, proper legroom at the rear. Unfortunately, BMW 6 Coupe is not very well-known for its rear legroom and people may suffer during the long journeys. So, here is the solution; BMW 6 Gran Coupe.
BMW 6 Gran Coupe offers same the dynamic driving character you find in 6 Coupe, and offer four-door with proper leg room at the rear seats. For me, 6 Gran Coupe is better choice than BMW 5 Series. I am not into those four-door executive sedans, they are not but not my type. If you are looking for a four-door car, go for BMW 6 Gran Coupe. I am sure you won’t regret it.
BMW 6 Gran Coupe is also available with all-wheel drive option xDrive for 650i model, but not in UK, yet. The engines are 640i (3-lt turbo petrol 320 PS, 450 Nm torque), 650i (4.4-lt turbo petrol 450 PS, 650 Nm torque) and 640d (3-lt turbo diesel 313 PS, 630 nm torque).
And thanks to BMW Sytner Birmingham dealer for the hospitality. 

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How to wear a BMW 5 Series ?

Today on Twitter, some people mentioned about the lunatic pricing strategies of fashion brands. With this motivation I did some research on internet, basically on Net-A-Porter website. And I found very interesting things!
Thanks to fashion brands, now you can wear a BMW 528i model on your body. I am not joking, there is a possibility to wear a BMW, thanks to fashion designers finance departments. BMW 528i is a 3-litre petrol engine which produces 258 horse powers with the top speed of 250 kph (155 mph)! This BMW is not an entry level model; it offers leather seats, lots of airbags, brake energy regeneration system, lots of electronic systems, air conditioning, heated seats, central lock and etc. And all these things are only costs £34 455 (€40 490, $55 145).
And let’s talk about the BMW 528i which I made on Net-A-Porter.
The dress; Alexander McQueen Embroidered silk-jacquard cape with a price tag of £28 660 (€33 680, $45 870)
The shoes; Gucci Python ankle boots with a price tag of £1 190 (€1 398, $1 904)
The handbag; Chloé Emma alligator shoulder bag with a price tag of £5 805 (€6 821, $9 290)
And the total is £35 655 (€41 900, $57 066)
As you can see, it is very easy to wear a BMW on your body. You don’t have to be very strong to handle the weight.
I did not add any jewellery or anything else, I did my best to match the colours :)
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