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Alex Baumann
06-19-2005, 01:42 PM
JENS MEINERS | Automotive News Europe
Posted Date: 5/16/05
MUNICH, Germany -- BMW has changed its plans and will add a manual transmission to its new M5 high-performance sedan.

The six-speed transmission will be offered in North America because customers asked for an alternative to the seven-speed automatic transmission.

The M5 went on sale in Europe in April. It arrives in North American showrooms this fall with the automatic gearbox only. The manual will join the lineup in late 2006 or early 2007.

Last fall, BMW executives told journalists the company would offer just the automatic gearbox on the M5 because it was "sportier" than a manual transmission.

But Ulrich Bruhnke, the executive in charge of BMW's M-class models, said a "hard-core community" of buyers in North America prefer a manual transmission.

Bruhnke said no decision had been made on whether the M5 will get a manual transmission in Europe.

"The U.S. is our largest single market, where about 50 percent of our production goes," he said. "If we see the opportunity to generate additional sales, we will respond.

http://www.autoweek.com/news.cms?newsId=102375

SpeedFreak!
06-19-2005, 01:50 PM
JENS MEINERS | Automotive News Europe
Posted Date: 5/16/05
MUNICH, Germany -- BMW has changed its plans and will add a manual transmission to its new M5 high-performance sedan.

The six-speed transmission will be offered in North America because customers asked for an alternative to the seven-speed automatic transmission.

The M5 went on sale in Europe in April. It arrives in North American showrooms this fall with the automatic gearbox only. The manual will join the lineup in late 2006 or early 2007.

Last fall, BMW executives told journalists the company would offer just the automatic gearbox on the M5 because it was "sportier" than a manual transmission.

But Ulrich Bruhnke, the executive in charge of BMW's M-class models, said a "hard-core community" of buyers in North America prefer a manual transmission.

Bruhnke said no decision had been made on whether the M5 will get a manual transmission in Europe.

"The U.S. is our largest single market, where about 50 percent of our production goes," he said. "If we see the opportunity to generate additional sales, we will respond.

http://www.autoweek.com/news.cms?newsId=102375

Flashing back to another thread on this topic... funny how there's no mention about EVER doing a slush box... guess our little microcosm of a world in here aint to far off after all. ;)

ObD
06-19-2005, 04:52 PM
SMG not an automatic. An Alex edit. I assume. :p

SergioK
06-19-2005, 06:10 PM
Satch mentioned this in last month's Roundel.

528i
06-26-2005, 03:23 AM
SMG not an automatic. An Alex edit. I assume. :p
From the site: "alternative to the seven-speed SMG transmission."

It is..


Hilarious :rofl:

Moderato
06-26-2005, 07:36 AM
I hope they do the same with the M6.