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BMW World and European Debuts at the Geneva Motor Show

Munich/Geneva. Once again, BMW is presenting a cavalcade of outstanding highlights in technology and design at the Geneva Motor Show.

photo by bmw 02-2004One of the truly outstanding stars of the event is the new BMW 5 Series Sports Wagon now being shown to the world public for the first time. BMW's leadership in diesel engine technology, in turn, is borne out by innovative multistage diesel turbocharging in the BMW 535d. Another highlight is the BMW 525d Sedan being presented for the first time. Geneva will also mark the first European presentation of the 6 Series Convertible again setting the benchmark in the supreme segment of four-seater high-end convertibles. And last but certainly not least, the new BMW X3 underlines the outstanding position of the brand in the Sports Activity segment, the X3 2.5i coming in the foreground in Geneva naturally featuring BMW's intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive technology able to distribute drive forces infinitely and fully variably between the front and rear axle.

The BMW 5 Series Sports Wagon: Perfect Synthesis of Dynamic Performance, Elegant Refinement and Extra Space.

The new 5 Series Sports Wagon adds yet another feature typical of BMW - flexibility - to the outstanding attributes of sporting performance, supremacy, and elegance already boasted by the new 5 Series Sedan. The reason, quite simply, is that the new five-door model offers BMW's proverbial flexibility in everyday use in addition to the outstanding dynamics of its four-door Sedan counterpart. With its luggage compartment variable in size from 500-1650 liters the Sports Wagon caters for virtually all transport require-ments.

Unique design: The ideal blend of common sense and superior elegance.

It almost goes without saying that the new 5 Series Sports Wagon wraps this generosity in space and freedom into the most elegant and stylish body: With its own unique line, the Sports Wagon takes up the dynamic design elements of its Sedan counterpart, featuring the same striking front end all the way back to the B-pillars. From there the smooth transition to the D-pillars is fully integrated into the organic design of the car, not in any way creating the impression of a rear section simply grafted on. On the contrary - the Sports Wagon with its rear spoiler optically extending the roofline is almost reminiscent of a coupe, the rear view with split tail lights clearly revealing the unusual width of the car and consciously interpreting styling features of the sedan.

Making its debut with a choice of no less than four engines.

photo by bmw 02-2004The new BMW 5 Series Sports Wagon is entering the market with four model variants: two diesels - the 525d and 530d - and two petrol models - the 525i and 545i. A new addition to the range is the 2.5-liter diesel, a straight-six featuring the latest common rail technology, four valves per cylinder and a VNT turbocharger developing maximum output of 130 kW (177 bhp) and maximum torque of 400 Newton-metres or 295 lb-ft. Acceleration to 100 km/h in 8.3 (automatic transmission model: 8.5) seconds and a top speed of 225 (222) km/h (140/138 mph) clearly prove the dynamic performance the 525d Sports Wagon is able to offer on the road. But at the same time this new version of the Sports Wagon is not only sporting and dynamic, but also very fuel efficient, with overall fuel consumption in the combined EU cycle of just 7.0 (8.0) liters/100 kilometres (40.4/35.3 mpg Imp).

The power diesel Sports Wagon.

The power diesel in the BMW 530d reveals even more muscle when accelerating and really using the engine's performance: The three-liter six-cylinder develops maximum output of 160 kW (218 bhp) and generates maximum torque of 500 Newton-metres or 369 lb-ft at just 2,000 rpm. Acceleration to 100 km/h in 7.2 (7.4) seconds and a top speed of 242 (240) km/h (150/149 mph) form an impressive contrast to average fuel consumption of just 7.2 (8.0) liters on 100 kilometres (39.2/35.3 mpg Imp). Right from the start in spring 2004 both the 2.5- and 3.0-liter diesel engine, benefitting from an all-new particle filter, fulfil the EU4 emission standards not coming into force until 2005. In the guise of its 545i top-of-the-range model, the 245 kW (333 bhp) high-tech 8-cylinder power unit gives the "transporter" within the 5 Series all the performance and muscle of a genuine sports car. Indeed, the customer even has the option of choosing BMW's highly efficient SMG sequential gearbox for the 545i Sports Wagon, shifting gears like in Formula 1.

The 2.5-liter petrol-engined model in the 525i represents the refined mid-fielder within BMW's six-cylinder Sports Wagon range: Maximum output of 142 kW/192 bhp, plus maximum torque of 245 Newton-metres (181 lb-ft) accel-erate the 525i Sports Wagon to 100 km/h in just 8.2 (8.8) seconds. Top speed, in turn, is 232 (229) km/h or 144 (142) mph. Despite this outstanding performance, however, the six-cylinder petrol model requires just 9.9 (10.3) liters of premium fuel/100 kilometres in the combined EU cycle, equal to 28.5 (27.4) mpg Imp. So this refined model offers all the qualities typical of the BMW brand with outstanding dynamism, performance, smoothness and allround economy, providing a perfect balance of harmony in the process. Same assistance systems as in the sporting Sedan version. It almost goes without saying that all models in the Sports Wagon range come with the same innovations and technical highlights as the 5 Series Sedan. Particular features deserving special mention in this context are the Active Steering providing exactly the right steering transmission at all times as a function of road speed, the active Dynamic Drive chassis and suspension system, as well as the Head-Up Display presenting important information to the driver directly in his line of vision. Added to this, there are further features typical of the Sports Wagon such as remote control operation of the rear lid or self-levelling featured as standard.

The BMW 525d Sedan: Dynamic, Efficient, Refined.

Most advanced common rail technology, four-valve technology of the high-est standard, a VNT turbocharger, and EU4 exhaust technology are the high-lights of the new straight-six featured in the BMW 525d Sedan. Displacing 2,497 cc, this engine develops maximum output of 130 kW/177 bhp at 4,000 rpm, with maximum torque of 400 Nm/295 lb-ft maintained all the way between 2,000 and 2,750 rpm. The BMW 525d Sedan (525d automatic) accelerates to 100 km/h in just 8.1 (8.3) seconds, with top speed of 230 (227) km/h (143/141 mph) coming in sixth gear conceived on the automatic transmission version as an active overdrive, economy gear.

Multi-Stage Turbocharging in the BMW 535d.

BMW is once again setting a new standard in passenger car diesel engine technology, the leadership of the brand being borne out yet again by the 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel with multi-stage turbocharging scheduled to enter the market in both the Sedan and Sports Wagon as of autumn 2004 in the 535d. Maximum output of this innovative power unit is 200 kW (or 272 bhp). But the incomparable driving characteristics of this engine on the road are even more impressive, two-stage turbocharger technology providing a torque level of 500 Newton-metres or 369 lb-ft at just 1,200 rpm and peaking at 560 Newton-metres or 413 lb-ft at 2,000 rpm. Acceleration to 100 km/h, in turn, comes in a mere 6.6 seconds.

Introducing two-stage turbocharger technology, BMW's engineers have succeeded for the first time in eliminating that typical "turbo gap" when setting off or accelerating from low speeds, thus avoiding a drawback of virtually all conventional turbo engines. In practice this means very powerful and forceful acceleration from all engine speeds. And it goes without saying that this high-performance diesel meets all the demanding EU4 emission standards.

European Debut of the BMW 645Ci Dream Convertible.

photo by bmw 2003The presentation of the new BMW 645Ci Convertible in Geneva marks yet another European debut. Introducing this dream convertible, BMW is return-ing to the luxury segment of the four-seater high-end convertible market. The most outstanding features of the car are its thrilling design, awe-inspiring technology, and top athletic performance. Through its innovative fin-design roof, the 6 Series Convertible retains its coupé-like, elegant look also with the roof closed. At the same time the vertical, fully retracting rear window offers fresh air motoring enjoyment quite unique in the world of motoring. And last but of course not least, the prize-winning 4.4-liter 8-cylinder ensures the right kind of superior performance appropriate in a car of this calibre.

BMW X3: Proceeding to Success on Every Route.

photo by bmw 02-2004The new BMW X3 will certainly be yet another highlight at the Geneva Motor Show. Representing the first premium offer in the Sports Activity Vehicle segment beneath the X5, the BMW X3 first hit the headlines in its world debut with a 3.0-liter engine and now sees the introduction of the straight-six 2.5-liter in the X3 2.5i marking the performance potential and practical value of this new, unique model series. Maximum output of 141 kW (192 bhp) and peak torque of 245 Newton-metres (181 lb-ft) ensure truly outstanding   performance wherever you go, combined with moderate fuel consumption of only 11.2 liters/100 km (25.2 mpg Imp). BMW's innovative, intelligent xDrive all-wheel drive system spreads out engine power and torque infinitely and fully variably between the front and rear axle, providing particular benefits, for example, in fast and dynamic bends where xDrive is able to feed optimum power and torque to the wheels at all times, significantly minimising any under- or oversteer in the process. The result is a substantial increase in agility, driving pleasure and safety, xDrive at the same time offering much better traction on rough or slippery surfaces by immediately feeding drive power to the wheels with good surface grip as soon as one of the wheels threatens to spin.

Expansion of BMW Warranty Terms.

Entering the 2004 model year, all BMW cars come with a 12-year warranty against rust perforation. And warranty coverage on the paintwork now covers a period of three years.

BMW Group PressClub
February 2004

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