I've noticed that in America e39's has ugly console with smaller leg room than euro one, also I noticed this in many other cars, 3 series and even US-spec corollas? What's happened in US, why they got ugly interiors and almost no leg room? I've read somewhere that it's by US law, it will prevent driver/passenger to go under panel in case of an accident if they are not using seat belts. But let's say in Russia, I would say 50% of people don't use seat belts, but there's no such stupid law in Russia. I mean if you're not buckled up, this panel won't save you anyway, then why US got those ugly panels?