With the advent of the all-new 5 Series, BMW has decided to also take a look back at the glorious history of the executive sedan, which started life back in 1972 with the E 12 series.
BMW has celebrated last week the introduction of the seventh-generation 5 Series (G30) and now has decided to showcase the model’s glorious history through a series of videos that feature each of the forbearers up to the F10 generation showcased back in 2010. The 5 Series has generated a combined sale of more than 7.6 million units since it all started back in 1972 with the introduction of the original E12. Designed by Paul Bracq, the first 5 Series didn’t even have an M5, and only the M535i developed by BMW Motorsport GmbH and launched in 1979. The next 5 Series, the E28, arrived in 1981 and took advantage of “qualitative lightweight construction” to lose up to 200 pounds (90 kilograms), also coming with the 524td introduced in Europe in 1983 and two years later in United States. This was the company’s first diesel production car. The series also had the first-ever M5, introduced in Europe in 1984 and four years later in the US.
The E34 arrived in 1988 and the fourth-gen 5 Series E39 came at the 1995 Frankfurt Motor Show, while the 5 Series E60 made its debut in 2003 and had the last naturally-aspirated M5 paired to an optional SMG seven-speed automated manual transmission. The F10 arrived back in 2010 and alongside the usual sedan and touring versions is also gained the much-criticized but practical Gran Turismo – and also a long wheelbase version is available across certain markets, such as China.