All Europen hitches are like the one in the picture above. I would imagine that there is some legality behind it. I fly for a living, so the next time I am in Germany I will price the hitch. The nice thing with the Europen hitch it that you don't have to cut the bumper. I guess my next conceren would be if BMW will code the car for a European hitch. I would hope that they wouldn't have any problem with that. The catalog that the link goes to is for the European market. You will notice in it that they offer the active cruise and soft close doors which aren't available in the USA.