China-only model launched
23 April 2010

This is the long wheelbase BMW 5-series, a Chinese only model.

The car will be built exclusively in China, at BMW's Shenyang plant, and only sold in the Chinese market.

See the long wheelbase BMW 5-series pictures

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It gets an additional 13.75cm of rear legroom for the rear passengers, and has a tailored rear axle to cope with the extra length. The rear seat design is also altered.

It's available with three engines, ranging in power from 204-306bhp.

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6 April 2010

China only...... What is it that extra-large cars make up for psychologically, again? "More brass than class" summarises China completely and this panders to that market beautifully

6 April 2010

[quote RPF]and this panders to that market beautifully[/quote]

exactly, and what at all is the matter with that? BMW is a business, not a cultural arbiter. It exists to return profit to its investors. The Chinese currently have 'brass', so why not exploit that market. BMW's home market is shrinking. It needs China, India and the likes to keep German and European workers in well-paying jobs.

Anyway, why despise Chinese for buying elongated German cars? Was it not the British who bought more 'hairdresser' Audi TT cars than any other single nation? What does that say about the British? And if we wish to be sniffy about the Chinese let us recall that it was the British that foisted opium on the Chinese. Maybe that is why the Germans are outstandingly successful in China with their auto industry.

6 April 2010

As a Chinese resident, I can tell you the reason for the Chinese favouring LWB models is that there are tax advantages to buying a a LWB 5 series rather than a 7 series. Most Audis are also LWB. That having been said it does throw up some oddities, such as a LWB Citroen Elysee (ZX 4 door sedan.) What's your problem with the Chinese anyway?

6 April 2010

I'm puzzled if the 5 is a shortened 7 isn't a LWB 5 just a different 7. Another reply mentioned tax reasons so I assume this would explain all. It would be nice if the original article explained in full the logic.

6 April 2010

Test it in China if selling bring it to Europe to compete on a level footing with the Skoda Superb :-)

6 April 2010

The 5-Series is made in China, so a LWB "5" is a domestic product. A 7-series would be an import , and China are obviously not keen on importing cars.

6 April 2010

[quote RPF]panders to that market beautifully[/quote] So is a LWB 5-series for China a 'Giant Pander'?

6 April 2010

[quote disco.stu][quote RPF]panders to that market beautifully[/quote] So is a LWB 5-series for China a 'Giant Pander'?[/quote]

Sublime. Quite superb. I laughed out loud at that. You hit my level there. Wonderful.

7 April 2010

I'm here all week. Try the veal, and don't forget to tip your waitress...

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