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F07 Gran Turismo (2010 - Current)
The 5 Series Gran Turismo -- now available in the USA as a 535i, 550i and 550i xDrive model.

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Old 06-02-2011, 07:02 AM
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I really like to know what is impossible for this generation 5 touring. Engines are same. BMW can't come up a marketing plan in a few months? It's Madison Ave's work anyway. Impossible in 2011, yes; what about second half of 2012 or even Jan 2013??
I believe the reason is there are significant costs involved in getting a new model approved for the US market (crash tested, etc.), and given the sales of the 5 Touring in past years, they didn't feel it was a good investment, and even less-so when the model's run is partly over (so the costs of bringing it through US approval would have to amortized over fewer years).
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Old 06-02-2011, 07:04 AM
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I believe the reason is there are significant costs involved in getting a new model approved for the US market (crash tested, etc.), and given the sales of the 5 Touring in past years, they didn't feel it was a good investment, and even less-so when the model's run is partly over (so the costs of bringing it through US approval would have to amortized over fewer years).
That's reasonable.
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Old 06-02-2011, 01:44 PM
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On a second thought, I might not agree. Didn't the 1er come in the mid-cycle? Did BMW do all the tests and decide to bring the car over for 2+ years?
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