The New Year’s holiday is usually the time for looking back on the year before us, but it can also be a time when we look back even further. That’s exactly what BMW is doing with its new six-part series on the history of the 5 Series.
As of this writing, BMW has released two videos, each one exploring a different generation of the 5 Series. The first video takes us back to 1972 when the first models came to market. Paul Bracq, BMW’s head of design from 1970-1974, gives an account of how the 5 Series solidified the brand’s new design language for years to come. In the next video, we find out how computer engineering had a big impact on the drivetrain of the second-generation model.
The video series is a good lead-up to the launch of the seventh-generation BMW 5 Series. Bound for U.S. dealerships in February, the 2017 BMW 5 Series receives a host of updates, from more powerful engines to a redesigned chassis and a longer overall body. It also receives gesture control technology and semi-autonomous driving features borrowed from the 7 Series sedan.
Check out the videos below to delve deeper into the history of the BMW 5 Series.
Source: BMW via YouTube
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