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BMW Group U.S. Reports June 2015 Sales

  • BMW brand up 6.5 percent, sets June record
  • MINI brand sales up 14.8 percent

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 6.5 percent in June for a total of 32,176 compared to 30,201 vehicles sold in June, 2014.

 

"There's no better follow-up to a record May than a record June with the numbers showing a consistent momentum for BMW as the year reaches the half-way point," said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America. "It's clear the U.S. is more in love with light trucks than ever before and the hardest part is supplying the demand.  At the same time, I am delighted to see MINI gaining more traction as model availability continues to increase."

 

In June, notable vehicle sales included the BMW 2 Series which increased 56.9 percent to 1,067 vehicles, the BMW 4 Series which increased 69.4 percent to 6,625 vehicles and the BMW X5 which increased 89.0 percent to 7,508 vehicles.

 

BMW Group Sales

  • In total, the BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported June sales of 38,350 vehicles, an increase of 7.8 percent from the 35,577 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago.

MINI Brand Sales

  • For June, MINI USA reports 6,174 automobiles sold, an increase of 14.8 percent from the 5,376 sold in the same month a year ago

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2 things shock me.  I would have never thought half the 3-series sales were coupes.  They sold a lot of 4-series.  And what happened to the 5-series and 6-series?  They tanked and the X5 and X6 sales soared.  I can't believe they sold so few cars and so many crossovers. 

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2 things shock me.  I would have never thought half the 3-series sales were coupes.  They sold a lot of 4-series.  And what happened to the 5-series and 6-series?  They tanked and the X5 and X6 sales soared.  I can't believe they sold so few cars and so many crossovers. 

What is so surprising about the 5 and 6 Series tanking in sales and both the X5 and X6 soaring in sales?

 

1. The 3 Series and 4 Series are the models that define BMW...Through ultimate driving machine heritage to flagship model as its the M3 and now the M4 are the face of BMW speed.  Plus...the 3 Series remains as the company's bread and butter mainstream offering...

 

2. The current 5 Series is UGLY and its aging...not a very good combo.

 

3. The current 6 Series...its supposed to be a 4 door coupe...yet it lacks the sex appeal and mojo of both of  its German rivals..the CLS and A7...plus its aging...again....not a very good combo.

 

4. This SUV craze has been 30 years in the  making....and BMW is amongst the first to creat this crossover segment thing...especially the sporty SAV crossover thing....with the X5...and then a new niche with the X6...

So...while BMW is continuing refining this SAV niche thing...they are negelcting the Ultimate Driving niche thing...and although the 3/4  Series is not hurting...mainly because the X1 and X3 are butt ugly...the X5/X6 are supermodels...and the marketing is top notch...so....the 5/6 Series is suffering...

 

Let me put it this way...BMW focuses on SAVs...makes a fantastic marketing campaign with the new term SAV...Sports Activity Vehicle....while neglecting Ultimate Driving Machine mantra...sooo...20 years after the intro of X5 and X6....comes wild success with crossovers....at the expense of the the butt ugly and less appealing, crappier handling duo of 5/6 Series...

Its ironic to me that quite possibly....the X5/X6 ride better and handle much nicer that the 5/6 Series....plus newer...

 

 

So....where is the surprise?

And this may be a glimpse of things to come...and not only with BMW...but perhaps with Mercedes Benz too...

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I live next to an area that lots of wealthy tribal folks.  This is not a political thing, just saying i see a lot of expensive metal around where i drive due to the cash flow and it is interesting to see what those folks drive.

 

Someone had a custom painted BMW X6.  it was painted Barney the dinosaur purple blue in Matte, was quite hideous but i bet it cost an arm and a leg.  Point being, i doubt they bought the hefty X6 due to its driving machine capabilities.  But BMW is a great label.

 

I see lots of X1, X3, X5 and 3 series.  A new 5 series or 7 series is a rare sight anymore.  I would bet the CT6 might sell pretty well out of the gate even against the new 7 series.  Audi large sedans are what i see most often recently in addition to the years of S classe.....

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I don't get why a 5/6 series would have worse ride and handling  than an X5 or X6.  BMW SUVs are build on their car platforms, so you are just adding weight and height.  Saying the X5 handles better than a 535i is like saying the X3 handles better than a 335i.  And as far as styling goes, they basically look the same, the 5-series front end isn't too different from an X5.  I was just surprised that their sedan sales crashed and burned, but the crossovers are on fire.

 

Mercedes is still a car maker, the C-class outsells the GLK by a lot, the E-class outsells the ML.  The ML and GL are not built on a car platform but a crossover platform just for those two vehicles.  The C-class, GLC and 2017 E-class are on the MRA platform.  I think Mercedes still makes cars that sell, BMW has 3/4-series which always sells like hotcakes, but further up the line things don't look so good.

 

The 6-series is way overpriced too.  If costs as much as a 7-series which makes no sense.  If it is supposed to be liek a 5-series coupe, then a 635i should be like $57,000.  They price a 635i above an M4, gee I wonder why the 6-series doesn't sell. 

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I don't get why a 5/6 series would have worse ride and handling  than an X5 or X6.  BMW SUVs are build on their car platforms, so you are just adding weight and height.  Saying the X5 handles better than a 535i is like saying the X3 handles better than a 335i.  And as far as styling goes, they basically look the same, the 5-series front end isn't too different from an X5.  I was just surprised that their sedan sales crashed and burned, but the crossovers are on fire.

 

Mercedes is still a car maker, the C-class outsells the GLK by a lot, the E-class outsells the ML.  The ML and GL are not built on a car platform but a crossover platform just for those two vehicles.  The C-class, GLC and 2017 E-class are on the MRA platform.  I think Mercedes still makes cars that sell, BMW has 3/4-series which always sells like hotcakes, but further up the line things don't look so good.

 

The 6-series is way overpriced too.  If costs as much as a 7-series which makes no sense.  If it is supposed to be liek a 5-series coupe, then a 635i should be like $57,000.  They price a 635i above an M4, gee I wonder why the 6-series doesn't sell. 

 

Like I said...BMW did this on their own...they put some love into their "SAVs"...

They are letting the 5/6 Series rot on the vine...plus...the 5/6 Series have strayed too far away from what makes a BMW a BMW...

 

Why buy a 5 Series GT when the nicer cooler X5 is hippier....and it probably handles better...and the ride is probably more smoother...

Why buy a regular 5 Series when it aint cool anymore to be seen in a 5 Series...the X6 is hip....Hell...the Russian Mafia swear buy it...

 

 

 

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That represents the last time a 5 Series was cool.

It was a cop car in a very popular video game franchise...

Coincidentally, that was before BMW created the SAV...

 

Remember...not only did BMW dropped the slogan "The Ultimate Driving Machine" but  BMW also crapped out on the driving dynamics of their cars...but...their SAVs on the other hand...well....they do market them as sports activity vehicles that handle the roads better than any other SAVs around...it aint hard to put 2 & 2 together.

 

AND...like I said...the crossover segment is the hottest segment...it has been for the last 20-30 years...and BMW helped create this segment...and BMW nurtured  and cared for their crossovers very carefully...unlike the 5/6 Series...

 

I dont know how else I can explain that to you...

 

As far as M-B goes...I wasnt talking about crossovers outselling their cars...

 

I was talking about both BMW and M-B diluting their image and possibly damaging it...

When you stray too far away from what you marketed yourself and from what made you a success in the first place with sub-par, mediocre and complete opposite products from what made you famous...well...you will start losing market share...in the long run...

 

BMW...well...it wont take long to start losing sales from even the 3/4 Series if the 3/4 Series become any bigger...and become more like a pony car/American family car to its closest competition...Lexus and Cadillac.

 

BMW...famous for small cars that handle like Go-Karts with the punishing ride. The perfect balance of man and machine doing their thing...where the car does exactly what the driver wants it to do...and the car responds to its driver and communicates to its driver every single the inch of that road...

 

Now...does the 5/6 Series fit that bill?

Does the X5/X6 fit that bill?

 

Now that all the car manufacturers are buildiing their own SAVs...Jaguar is on its way shortly...Cadillac is but 1 year away...will the X5/X6 continue to be  the "in" SAV...remember...BMWs are known as "Ultimate Driving Machines"...

 

Cadillacs...well...they are known to be big, brash, and arrogant...and the 'Slade only reinforces that...Cadillac aint tied to any mantra...as long as it either big, brash or arrogant...it could handle the twisties...or it cant...it dont matter...

 

The X5/X6 are still sold as SAVs...not as SUVs...which implies that they are "sportier" than SUVs...Im afraid that BMW has put themselves into a corner...

Even M-B...

The Maybach failed...ultra luxury from M-B failed...when Cadillac gets up and running in that segment...I feel sorry for the S-Class...because...M-B Sprinters and B Class and CLAs are gonna be just as much their downfall as Cadillac re-capturing their place as "The Standard of the World"

 

Its easy for Cadillac to be "The Standard of the World"...Cadillac need not produce blue collar machines to taint snobby appeal...

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Why does this matter the 5/6 series sales falling??? BMW absorbed that fall with a shift of customers buying a more depreciated vehicles in the X5 and X6? It is no different than if buyers at Cadillac weren't buying CTSs, but bought Escalades, XTS, and SRXs instead. The only people that should be crying in that situation would be the designers or engineers of the CTS as they might feel their "baby" wasn't getting any love. The Escalade is already profitable as hell, simply because of its sheer numbers being sold via K2xx under the Silvy, Sierra, Tahoe, Suburban, Yukon, XL, and Escalade. XTS the same due to Impala, Malibu, LaX, Regal, Insignia. The SRX is profitable as hell.. simply because its 6 years old.. sits on a hybridized platform of Epsilon/Theta, and has sold  well since day one.

 

 

Where BMW is smartest is that it has these alternatives aplenty for shifts in the market with none of their cars, most likely veering to far off course in profitability or initial costs from the next. In other words if a 5 series cost $20K to build the 6 Series only cost $2,000 more. X5 somewhere in the middle. I'm exaggerating but U get my point. 

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And as far as styling goes, they basically look the same, the 5-series front end isn't too different from an X5.  I was just surprised that their sedan sales crashed and burned, but the crossovers are on fire.

 

 

 

 

Why is this a surprise? U sound like what must go thru Cadillac Brand manager's mind. CUVS ARE THE CRAZE RIGHT NOW!!! In all segments. Build more CUVS, but keep building and establishing (in Cadillac's case) cars when the market shifts again in 5 years

 

 

As for your styling comment. I found this and altho off topic.. At a glance U can only really tell which is which if U look at their hoods and bottom grill adornments

 

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To Oldshurst442, I guess Chevy should stop producing SUVs and pickups because they are hurting the image of the Corvette.  Crossovers don't hurt BMW's image, it has made them more popular with a larger segment of prospective buyers. And clearly you can't build a sport car and a truck.  How could Mercedes sell a Sprinter at the same dealer as an S-class?  Maybe the same way Chevy sells Corvette Z06s at the same dealership that sells Express work vans.  All these brands build multiple products.

 

The X5/X6 are only one model year newer than the 5-series, as they are built on a 5-series chassis.  And that has how it has been for years, and will continue to be I'd imagine.  And I don't understand how a 5,000 lb SAV out handles a 4,000 lb sedan on the same chassis.  last I checked and M5 can beat an X5 M around the Nurburgring.

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To Oldshurst442, I guess Chevy should stop producing SUVs and pickups because they are hurting the image of the Corvette.  Crossovers don't hurt BMW's image, it has made them more popular with a larger segment of prospective buyers. And clearly you can't build a sport car and a truck.  How could Mercedes sell a Sprinter at the same dealer as an S-class?  Maybe the same way Chevy sells Corvette Z06s at the same dealership that sells Express work vans.  All these brands build multiple products.

 

The X5/X6 are only one model year newer than the 5-series, as they are built on a 5-series chassis.  And that has how it has been for years, and will continue to be I'd imagine.  And I don't understand how a 5,000 lb SAV out handles a 4,000 lb sedan on the same chassis.  last I checked and M5 can beat an X5 M around the Nurburgring.

 

Hey...it aint Chevy or GM that tagged the phrase SPORTS ACTIVITY VEHICLE   for SAV rather than SPORTS UTILITY VEHICLE for SUV....that would be BMW...and I see that you completely IGNORED the fact that an E39 5 Series was the last cool ride that BMW made...after that...it is all X5/X6....

 

WHY?

 

Because BMW was the one to DEFINE it as a SPORTS ACTIVITY VEHICLE...

 

And the handling part of the argument....dont blame that on me...blame the BMW marketing people...

 

Its them that came up with the new niche SPORTS ACTIVITY VEHICLE...

 

 

This is what garbage I have to listen to:

 

"The fastest crossover"

 

"You shouldnt be able to do things this like this in a crossover"

 

"This thing feels like a lot closer to Nissan GTR...not quite as fast obviously"

 

 

And this clip was sponsored by BMW....THAT is the message that BMW wants out...and because crossovers are the hot sellers now...for the last 30 years actually...the 5/6 Series suffers...

 

Like I said...the X5/X6 ride and handle better than the 5/6 Series because BMW wants you to believe that...dont hate me...hate BMW for that message...

 

 

PS: Chevy produces REAL BOF SUVs...and markets them as such...

 

Chevy produces FAMILY oriented crossovers and markets them as such...

 

Chevy produces BLUE COLLAR pick-ups and markets them as such...

 

Chevy produces yacht hauling pick-ups and markets them as such...

 

Chevy produces cool Z/71 off roading pickups and markets them as such...

 

Chevy produces reverse gravitational pulling power pickups and markets them as such...

 

What Chevy does not do...is try to make SUVs cool and "in"...and falsely claim them to be SPORTS ACTIVITY VEHICLES...

 

Chevy lets the population themselves deem their SUVs and pickup trucks as cool...no need to "Hollywood"  them up...

 

 

Alan Jackson...chose to drive a Chevy pickup...and used his Chevy in a video...no product placement...

 

 

BMW would KILL to have that kind of cool for their SUVs...sorry...SAVs

 

But they do...the Russian Mafia really loves their X6s...

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Why does it really matter if it is an activity vehicle or a utility vehicle?  You can do activities in an X5, I wouldn't say it is false advertising.

 

The X5 M and X6 M probably are the fastest best handling crossovers, maybe the Cayenne Turbo S is.  Every company builds crossovers, I think BMW just wants to state how their crossovers have better performance than other people's.  Doesn't mean the X5 is better performing than an M3. But when you have Acura, Lexus, Cadillac, Lincoln all selling front drive V6 crossovers, I can see why BMW wants to brag about rwd and 550 hp, because the other guys (other than Mercedes) can't do what they do.

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About the 5/6 Series...

 

The BMW marketing machine does not give them love...so people stay away...

The BMW marketing machine compares a 5500 lbs SUV...sorry...SAV...to a Nissan GTR....but slightly slower...

The BMW marketing machine has stopped trying to product place their 5/6 Series cars...

 

They have with Motorcycles...

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They have with the i8

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and the crossover market is :hot: :hot: :hot:

 

So that leaves the 5/6 Series to rot rot rot...

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Why does it really matter if it is an activity vehicle or a utility vehicle?  You can do activities in an X5, I wouldn't say it is false advertising.

 

The X5 M and X6 M probably are the fastest best handling crossovers, maybe the Cayenne Turbo S is.  Every company builds crossovers, I think BMW just wants to state how their crossovers have better performance than other people's.  Doesn't mean the X5 is better performing than an M3. But when you have Acura, Lexus, Cadillac, Lincoln all selling front drive V6 crossovers, I can see why BMW wants to brag about rwd and 550 hp, because the other guys (other than Mercedes) can't do what they do.

Why?

I dont know....ask BMW what the difference is....why wasnt "utility" good enough?

 

Whatever the answer is...It worked!!!

But to the detriment of the 5/6 Series...those cars aint cool no more...

 

And THAT is what Im saying...and THAT is what YOU refuse to admit.

On the flip side...I aint fooled by that term...trust me...Id rather a M5 over a X6M any day of the week.

But the buying public dont think so...

And THAT is alls Im saying.

And...why are YOU soooooo surprised by that fact that the crossover segment is hot and that SAVs from BMW are hot and the 5/6 Series is not?

 

Image....thats all it is...

BMW has perfected the art of image...

From The Ultimate Driving Machine

To James Bond Z8s and Z3s..but the Z3s fizzled fast...

To SAV X5s and X6s...

 

They had the 5 Series in the bag...but decided to concentrate elsewhere...

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I was just surprised that the 5-series took a 63% decline, especially in a month when the E-class was also down.  If this was a year from now and the new E-class was out against a dated 5-series I might not be so surprised.  I am not surprised that crossover sales are up, but they sold 7,500 X5's.  That is a huge number, that vehicle averages like 3-4,000 a month.  The X5 outsold the 3-series and nearly tripled the X3.  Pretty good month for BMW when their number 1 seller has a base price of $53k, most probably sold around $60k with options.

 

And I don't even like BMW, I am glad 5/6 series sales are in the tank.  I'd say it is more sales for Mercedes, but BMW still sold 32,000 units.  I'd love to see the 5-series, A6, CTS and GS all selling less than 1,500 a month with the E-class selling 6,000+ a month.  Maybe the new E-class can crush the 5-series the way the S-class crushes the 7-series.

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      The front axle of the new 2019 BMW M5 Competition is equipped with a redesigned mounting for the anti-roll bar. Making the springs at the front and rear axles ten per cent stiffer than the standard version of the new BMW M5 produces a firmer ride and has a positive impact on steering response. Shorter auxiliary springs reduce fluctuation in wheel loads, as does the unique tuning for the damper hydraulics. The athletic character of the new 2019 BMW M5 Competition really comes out with the three modes selectable at the touch of a button. This means the direct connection of chassis to driveline can also be clearly felt in Comfort mode. Selecting Sport mode activates the damper settings perfected for harsher tarmac and curbing of a track like Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit. Sport Plus lends itself to the smoother pavement and curbing of grand prix circuits.
      The ultimate in braking and grip.
      The outstanding stopping power of the new 2019 BMW M5 Competition is provided by low-weight M compound brakes, featuring six-piston fixed callipers and perforated, inner-vented brake discs at the front wheels and single-piston floating callipers with integrated parking brake at the rear. The optional M carbon-ceramic brakes, distinguished by their even lower weight, offer greater extreme thermal stability and excellent resistance to wear.
      Standard specification for the new 2019 BMW M5 Competition includes exclusive M light-alloy wheels sporting a Y-spoke design in a bi-colour finish. The 20-inch forged wheels are shod with tires measuring 275/35 R 20 at the front and 285/35 R 20 at the rear.
       
      Specifications
      2019 BMW M5 Competition Sedan
      Seats -- 5 Number of Doors -- 4 Drive type -- AWD Length inches 195.5 Width inches 74.9 Height inches 57.8 Width including mirrors inches 83.7 Wheelbase inches 117.4 Ground clearance inches 5 Turning radius ft 20.7 Shoulder width front inches 58.7 Shoulder room rear inches 55.9 Legroom front inches 41.4 Legroom rear inches 36.5 Headroom front inches 40.7 Headroom rear inches 38.5 Trunk volume (SAE) ft³ 18.7 Fuel Tank capacity gallons 20.1 Curb weight lbs 4,370 Weight distribution Front / Rear % 54.7 / 45.3 Gross vehicle weight lbs 5,380 Payload lbs 925 Engine type -- S63 Cylinders -- 8 Valves per cylinder -- 4 Stroke mm 88.3 Bore mm 89 Displacement cm³ 4,395 Compression rate :1 10 Engine power hp 617 at rpm 1/min 6,000 Engine torque ft lbs 553 at rpm 1/min 1,800-5,860 Fuel type -- gasoline Recommended Fuel -- AKI 93 Engine oil capacity quarts 10.6 Output per liter hp/liter 140.4 Transmission type -- M8HP75 Transmission type -- automatic transmission Gear ratios 1st gear -- 5 2nd -- 3.2 3rd -- 2.14 4th -- 1.72 5th -- 1.31 6th -- 1 7th -- 0.82 8th -- 0.64 Reverse gear -- -3.48 Final drive ratio -- 3.15 Power-steering type -- EPS Steering ratio :1 14.3 Front tires -- 275/35 ZR20 102Y XL Front wheels inches 9.5J x 20 Rear tires -- 285/35 ZR20 104Y XL Rear wheels inches 10.5J x 20 Track front inches 64 Rear track inches 62.8 Cx -- 0.31 0-60 mph seconds 3.1 Top speed mph 155 Top speed with M Drivers Package mph 189
    • By William Maley
      BMW is making the M5 just a slightly bit more aggressive with the debut of the M5 Competition. Following in the footsteps of the M2 Competition, the M5 version tweaks the powertrain, chassis, and exterior.
      Beginning under the hood, the twin-turbo 4.4L V8 sees a slight boost in horsepower from 600 to 617. Torque remains at 553 pound-feet, although BMW has broadened the peak torque range. 0-60 mph sees a slight improvement of 0.3 seconds - 3.1 vs. 3.4.
      For the chassis, BMW has added stiffer engine mounts, M-specific Variable Damper Control system, revised mounting points for the front anti-roll bar, lowered ride height, and a stiffer rear anti-roll bar.
      To have the Competition stand out from other M5s, BMW has blacked out a number trim pieces, along with the door handles and fender vents. A set of forged 20-inch alloy wheels are standard.
      Pricing for the M5 Competition begins at $110,995, which includes a $995 destination charge. That's about $7,000 more than the standard M5. Production begins in July.
      Source: BMW

       

      The All-New 2019 BMW M5 Competition Sedan.
      Model specific tuned suspension and engine mounts. TwinPower Turbo engine offers 617 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. 189 mph top speed with optional M Driver’s Package. New standalone Competition model segment within the M brand. MSRP of $110,995 including destination. Production beginning July 2018. Woodcliff Lake, NJ – May 8, 2018 …Today, BMW M GmbH unveiled the most powerful BMW M5 sedan ever. The new 2019 BMW M5 Competition Sedan raises the bar for performance, agility and precision within its class. With engine output increased to 617 hp, sharper responses and enhanced chassis tuning, the M5 Competition Sedan delivers a driving experience with motorsport undertones. The new 2019 BMW M5 Competition Sedan succeeds in blending performance, a superbly exclusive aura and an unruffled ease in everyday use.
      A history of success: Competition, the ultimate in M performance.
      The launch of the new 2019 BMW M5 Competition Sedan, along with the recently announced M2 Competition Coupe, marks the creation of a new product category within BMW M GmbH’s line-up, with the most powerful variants of its high-performance cars to be available in the future as standalone Competition models. This restructuring of the M portfolio has been prompted by the strong popularity of the various model-specific M Competition packages. M Competition packages were first offered for the predecessor to the current BMW M5 and are currently available for the BMW M4 Coupe, BMW M4 Convertible and BMW M3 Sedan. Some 40 percent of all previous-generation BMW M5 models sold worldwide were equipped with the M Competition package. The line-up’s crowning glory came in the form of the BMW M5 Competition Edition, which was capped at just 200 units and boasted a power output of 600 hp along with an ultra-exclusive standard specification.
      Exclusive design features.
      Light-alloy wheels specially developed for the new 2019 BMW M5 Competition Sedan play a part in its exceptional performance capabilities and add to the model’s exclusive looks. Other distinctive design features of the Competition include high-gloss black finishers on the door handles, mirror bases and mirror triangles, plus the exterior mirror caps and the mesh of the signature M gills in the front flanks. High-gloss Shadow Line trim is featured on the door window surrounds and B-pillar trim.
      The kidney grille’s surrounds feature high-gloss black accenting as does the detailing for the rear bumper cover. This forms a color-coordinated composition with the tailpipes in black chrome. Both the rear spoiler and “M5” boot lid logo – which gains “Competition” lettering – are also finished in high-gloss black.
      Moving inside the new 2019 BMW M5 Competition, black seat belts with a striped pattern in BMW M GmbH colors and floor mats with model-specific piping plus an “M5” logo provide the finishing touches. A distinctive “M Competition” graphic appears in the instrument cluster to greet the driver as vehicle is starting up.
      Engine: more power and performance.
      The emotion-packed driving experience that defines the new BMW M5 Competition stems from the unique performance characteristics of its engine. The high-revving power unit with M TwinPower Turbo technology developed for the standard BMW M5 has undergone meticulous retuning to optimise torque and power delivery.
      The 4.4-liter V8 now generates 617 hp at 6,000 rpm. Peak torque stands at 553 lb-ft. between 1,800 and 5,860 rpm (a 160-rpm wider band than in the standard version of the new BMW M5). This means the linear power delivery for which M models have become synonymous for is sustained for even longer – into a rev band where the engine’s maximum output comes into play. The modified power delivery results in a faster 0 to 60 mph acceleration time of just 3.1 seconds, while the 124 mph mark is reached from a standing start in 10.8 seconds – 0.3 seconds quicker than in the standard version of the new BMW M5.
      M Sport exhaust system develops an unmistakable sound.
      The BMW M5’s 4.4L V8 engine’s technological wizardry includes a cross-bank exhaust manifold. Here, precisely directed exhaust gas flows ensure exceptionally quick turbocharger response along with an optimized gas-exchange cycle.
      The new 2019 BMW M5 Competition comes with a model-specific M Sport exhaust system. This version of the flap-controlled, twin-pipe exhaust system produces an extremely distinctive sound with a sportier tone – especially when the engine is pushed hard and at high revs. The various engine modes, which can be selected at the push of a button, include changes to the sound emitted by the exhaust system. The acoustic profile activated by Sport Plus mode, for example, is even more purposeful in nature. The driver can vary the engine’s aural character using the M Sound Control button, enabling a quick switch to a far more understated sound. The M Sport exhaust system makes a great visual impression too, thanks to the black chrome embellishers of the tailpipe pairs nestled neatly into the left and right of the rear apron.
      Specially designed engine mounts optimize responsiveness and cornering characteristics.
      The new 2019 BMW M5 Competition features model-specific engine mounts, which have a noticeable impact on its performance abilities. The engine mounts have modified characteristics and feature an increased spring rate – from the 3,312 lbs/in. of the standard-spec new BMW M5 to 5,139 lbs/in. The drive unit’s firmer connection to the vehicle’s structure results in a more direct engine response resulting in a more immediate transfer of power to the drivetrain. The car turns into corners with noticeably greater directness and precision due to the mountings’ stiffer characteristics.
      Power transfer via eight-speed M Steptronic transmission and M xDrive.
      The task of transferring the new 2019 BMW M5 Competition’s engine power to the wheels is handled by the eight-speed M Steptronic transmission, whose design and functionality have been carefully designed for extreme performance. Incredibly short shift times and swift, precise responses to every nudge of the accelerator ensure that the engine’s capabilities are instantly translated into action. Three different modes offering a choice of efficient, sporty or ultra-high performance driving can be activated using the Drivelogic rocker switch on the gear selector. Manual gear selections are possible with either the selector lever or the shift paddles on the steering wheel. A specially designed transmission oil cooler keeps the transmission operating within the desired temperature range, even when the car is being pushed to the limit on the track.
      The M xDrive system, which made its debut in the standard version of the new 2019 BMW M5, already has all the required tools to deliver scintillating performance. The intelligent all-wheel-drive technology is capable of effortlessly directing the BMW M5 Competition’s greater power to the road in and generating just enough extra traction to achieve acceleration times worthy of a super-sports car. The centrally controlled interaction between M xDrive and the Active M Differential is largely responsible for channelling the engine’s remarkable output to the car’s wheels without any loss of power en route. The engine’s torque is distributed between the front and rear wheels by the transfer case’s fully variable, electronically controlled multi-plate clutch, before the Active M Differential splits it again as needed between the two rear wheels.
      The rear-wheel bias of the M xDrive system contributes to the tremendous agility of the high-performance sedan. The system makes it possible to program in an individual power distribution configuration, and the driver is able to influence both the way the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) works and how drive torque is distributed between the front and rear axles – all at the press of a button. As an alternative to the basic setting, the new BMW M5 and M5 Competition both offer a choice of M Dynamic mode offering greater slip angles and particularly fun handling, as well as three additional modes with DSC deactivated that are geared towards track driving. Besides the 4WD and 4WD Sport modes, there is the option of pure rear-wheel drive (2WD), which allows experienced and skilled drivers to revel in the experience offered by past generations of the BMW M5 – i.e. handling in its purest form, with no control system intervention.
      Model Specific chassis tuning for the ultimate precision and performance.
      Like every BMW M car, the new 2019 BMW M5 Competition is equipped with chassis technology matched to the performance characteristics of its engine. The modifications ensure precisely controllable handling at all times, even in extremely dynamic driving situations. This is down to the M-specific kinematic and elastokinematic properties of the high-performance sedan’s double-wishbone front suspension and five-link rear suspension. They result in neutral steering behaviour and a linear build-up of lateral force up to the car’s dynamic limits. An M-specific version of the Variable Damper Control system is fitted, the Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus modes selectable at the press of a button activating different damper settings. The electromechanical M Servotronic steering conveys a sense of supreme accuracy on turn-in, while delivering clear feedback to the driver.
      The 2019 M5 Competition ride height has been lowered by seven millimetres compared to the M5 Sedan, with additional, model-specific chassis tuning, featuring tweaks to the springs and dampers. Increased negative camber at the front axle enhances the car’s ability to absorb lateral forces through high-speed corners. Fitting the toe links with ball joints instead of rubber mounts has resulted in more precise wheel guidance at the rear axle. The spring rate of the rear anti-roll bar is firmer, causing the body roll that occurs through high-speed corners to be distributed with a pronounced rear bias.
      The front axle of the new 2019 BMW M5 Competition is equipped with a redesigned mounting for the anti-roll bar. Making the springs at the front and rear axles ten per cent stiffer than the standard version of the new BMW M5 produces a firmer ride and has a positive impact on steering response. Shorter auxiliary springs reduce fluctuation in wheel loads, as does the unique tuning for the damper hydraulics. The athletic character of the new 2019 BMW M5 Competition really comes out with the three modes selectable at the touch of a button. This means the direct connection of chassis to driveline can also be clearly felt in Comfort mode. Selecting Sport mode activates the damper settings perfected for harsher tarmac and curbing of a track like Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit. Sport Plus lends itself to the smoother pavement and curbing of grand prix circuits.
      The ultimate in braking and grip.
      The outstanding stopping power of the new 2019 BMW M5 Competition is provided by low-weight M compound brakes, featuring six-piston fixed callipers and perforated, inner-vented brake discs at the front wheels and single-piston floating callipers with integrated parking brake at the rear. The optional M carbon-ceramic brakes, distinguished by their even lower weight, offer greater extreme thermal stability and excellent resistance to wear.
      Standard specification for the new 2019 BMW M5 Competition includes exclusive M light-alloy wheels sporting a Y-spoke design in a bi-colour finish. The 20-inch forged wheels are shod with tires measuring 275/35 R 20 at the front and 285/35 R 20 at the rear.
       
      Specifications
      2019 BMW M5 Competition Sedan
      Seats -- 5 Number of Doors -- 4 Drive type -- AWD Length inches 195.5 Width inches 74.9 Height inches 57.8 Width including mirrors inches 83.7 Wheelbase inches 117.4 Ground clearance inches 5 Turning radius ft 20.7 Shoulder width front inches 58.7 Shoulder room rear inches 55.9 Legroom front inches 41.4 Legroom rear inches 36.5 Headroom front inches 40.7 Headroom rear inches 38.5 Trunk volume (SAE) ft³ 18.7 Fuel Tank capacity gallons 20.1 Curb weight lbs 4,370 Weight distribution Front / Rear % 54.7 / 45.3 Gross vehicle weight lbs 5,380 Payload lbs 925 Engine type -- S63 Cylinders -- 8 Valves per cylinder -- 4 Stroke mm 88.3 Bore mm 89 Displacement cm³ 4,395 Compression rate :1 10 Engine power hp 617 at rpm 1/min 6,000 Engine torque ft lbs 553 at rpm 1/min 1,800-5,860 Fuel type -- gasoline Recommended Fuel -- AKI 93 Engine oil capacity quarts 10.6 Output per liter hp/liter 140.4 Transmission type -- M8HP75 Transmission type -- automatic transmission Gear ratios 1st gear -- 5 2nd -- 3.2 3rd -- 2.14 4th -- 1.72 5th -- 1.31 6th -- 1 7th -- 0.82 8th -- 0.64 Reverse gear -- -3.48 Final drive ratio -- 3.15 Power-steering type -- EPS Steering ratio :1 14.3 Front tires -- 275/35 ZR20 102Y XL Front wheels inches 9.5J x 20 Rear tires -- 285/35 ZR20 104Y XL Rear wheels inches 10.5J x 20 Track front inches 64 Rear track inches 62.8 Cx -- 0.31 0-60 mph seconds 3.1 Top speed mph 155 Top speed with M Drivers Package mph 189
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    • By William Maley
      Author's Note: As we reported last month, General Motors will be reporting their sales numbers quarterly. The next time you will see GM and their subsequent brands will be in June. -WM
      Volvo Cars of North America, LLC - Up 17% (8,333 Vehicles Sold This Month, 28,416 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Audi of America - Up 7.4% (20,090 Vehicles Sold This Month, 50,052 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      FCA US LLC - Up 5% (184,149 Vehicles Sold This Month, 698,918 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Volkswagen of America - Up 4.5% (28,794 Vehicles Sold This Month, 112,746 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      BMW Group U.S. - Up 4.2% (27,213 Vehicles Sold This Month, 111,581 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mercedes-Benz USA - Up 2.1% (30,115 Vehicles Sold This Month, 117,096 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Subaru of America, Inc. - Up 1.5% (53,170 Vehicles Sold This Month, 202,873 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Porsche Cars North America, Inc. - Up 0.7% (5,570 Vehicles Sold This Month, 19,524 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Jaguar Land Rover North America - 0% (8,467 Vehicles Sold This Month, 40,762 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mazda North American Operations - Down 4.6% (23,056 Vehicles Sold This Month, 107,051 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mitsubishi Motors North America - Down 4.6% (7,990 Vehicles Sold This Month, 43,762 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Ford Motor Company -  Down 4.7% (204,651 Vehicles Sold This Month, 804,232 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Toyota Motor North America - Down 4.7% (192,348 Vehicles Sold This Month, 764,381 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Kia Motors America - Down 5.2% (50,585 Vehicles Sold This Month, 177,530 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      American Honda Motor Co. - Down 9.2% (125,701 Vehicles Sold This Month, 488,192 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Maserati North America, Inc. - Down 24.9% (950 Vehicles Sold This Month, 3,663 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Nissan North America - Down 28.1% (87,764 Vehicles Sold This Month, 503,767 Vehicles Sold This Year)

      Hyundai Motor America - 

      Brands:
      Acura - Down 15.9% (11,888 Vehicles Sold This Month, 45,302 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Alfa Romeo - Up 173% (1,847 Vehicles Sold This Month, 7,639 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Audi - Up 7.4% (20,090 Vehicles Sold This Month, 50,052 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      BMW - Up 3.8% (23.482 Vehicles Sold This Month, 97,317 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Chrysler - Down 18% (14,189 Vehicles Sold This Month, 60,422 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Dodge - Up 4% (40,994 Vehicles Sold This Month, 157,965 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Fiat - Down 45% (1,404 Vehicles Sold This Month, 5,418 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Ford - Down 4.3% (196,133 Vehicles Sold This Month, 773,252 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Genesis - 
      Honda - Down 8.4% (113,813 Vehicles Sold This Month, 422,890 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Hyundai - 
      Infiniti - Down 17% (8,960 Vehicles Sold This Month, 49,847 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Jaguar - Down 37% (2,019 Vehicles Sold This Month, 10,068 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Jeep - Up 20% (82,641 Vehicles Sold This Month, 310,746 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Kia - Down 5.2% (50,585 Vehicles Sold This Month, 177,530 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Land Rover - Up 24% (6,448 Vehicles Sold This Month, 30,694 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Lexus - Down 2.1% (21,642 Vehicles Sold This Month, 85,853 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Lincoln - Down 12.1% (8,518 Vehicles Sold This Month, 30,980 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Maserati - Down 24.9% (950 Vehicles Sold This Month, 3,663 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mazda - Down 4.6% (23,056 Vehicles Sold This Month, 107,051 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mercedes-Benz - Up 1% (27,207 Vehicles Sold This Month, 105,681 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mercedes-Benz Vans - Up 28.4% (2,815 Vehicles Sold This Month, 11,001 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      MINI - Up 7.2% (3,731 Vehicles Sold This Month, 14,264 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mitsubishi - Down 4.6% (7,990 Vehicles Sold This Month, 43,762 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Nissan - Down 29.1% (78,804 Vehicles Sold This Month, 453,920 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Porsche - Up 0.7% (5,570 Vehicles Sold This Month, 19,524 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Ram Trucks - Down 9% (43,074 Vehicles Sold This Month, 156,728 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Smart - Down 74.5% (93 Vehicles Sold This Month, 414 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Subaru - Up 1.5% (53,170 Vehicles Sold This Month, 202,873 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Toyota - Down 5.1% (170,706 Vehicles Sold This Month, 678,528 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Volkswagen - Up 4.5% (28,794 Vehicles Sold This Month, 112,746 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Volvo - Up 17% (8,333 Vehicles Sold This Month, 28,416 Vehicles Sold This Year)

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    • By William Maley
      Author's Note: As we reported last month, General Motors will be reporting their sales numbers quarterly. The next time you will see GM and their subsequent brands will be in June. -WM
      Volvo Cars of North America, LLC - Up 17% (8,333 Vehicles Sold This Month, 28,416 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Audi of America - Up 7.4% (20,090 Vehicles Sold This Month, 50,052 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      FCA US LLC - Up 5% (184,149 Vehicles Sold This Month, 698,918 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Volkswagen of America - Up 4.5% (28,794 Vehicles Sold This Month, 112,746 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      BMW Group U.S. - Up 4.2% (27,213 Vehicles Sold This Month, 111,581 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mercedes-Benz USA - Up 2.1% (30,115 Vehicles Sold This Month, 117,096 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Subaru of America, Inc. - Up 1.5% (53,170 Vehicles Sold This Month, 202,873 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Porsche Cars North America, Inc. - Up 0.7% (5,570 Vehicles Sold This Month, 19,524 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Jaguar Land Rover North America - 0% (8,467 Vehicles Sold This Month, 40,762 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mazda North American Operations - Down 4.6% (23,056 Vehicles Sold This Month, 107,051 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mitsubishi Motors North America - Down 4.6% (7,990 Vehicles Sold This Month, 43,762 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Ford Motor Company -  Down 4.7% (204,651 Vehicles Sold This Month, 804,232 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Toyota Motor North America - Down 4.7% (192,348 Vehicles Sold This Month, 764,381 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Kia Motors America - Down 5.2% (50,585 Vehicles Sold This Month, 177,530 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      American Honda Motor Co. - Down 9.2% (125,701 Vehicles Sold This Month, 488,192 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Maserati North America, Inc. - Down 24.9% (950 Vehicles Sold This Month, 3,663 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Nissan North America - Down 28.1% (87,764 Vehicles Sold This Month, 503,767 Vehicles Sold This Year)

      Hyundai Motor America - 

      Brands:
      Acura - Down 15.9% (11,888 Vehicles Sold This Month, 45,302 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Alfa Romeo - Up 173% (1,847 Vehicles Sold This Month, 7,639 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Audi - Up 7.4% (20,090 Vehicles Sold This Month, 50,052 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      BMW - Up 3.8% (23.482 Vehicles Sold This Month, 97,317 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Chrysler - Down 18% (14,189 Vehicles Sold This Month, 60,422 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Dodge - Up 4% (40,994 Vehicles Sold This Month, 157,965 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Fiat - Down 45% (1,404 Vehicles Sold This Month, 5,418 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Ford - Down 4.3% (196,133 Vehicles Sold This Month, 773,252 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Genesis - 
      Honda - Down 8.4% (113,813 Vehicles Sold This Month, 422,890 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Hyundai - 
      Infiniti - Down 17% (8,960 Vehicles Sold This Month, 49,847 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Jaguar - Down 37% (2,019 Vehicles Sold This Month, 10,068 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Jeep - Up 20% (82,641 Vehicles Sold This Month, 310,746 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Kia - Down 5.2% (50,585 Vehicles Sold This Month, 177,530 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Land Rover - Up 24% (6,448 Vehicles Sold This Month, 30,694 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Lexus - Down 2.1% (21,642 Vehicles Sold This Month, 85,853 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Lincoln - Down 12.1% (8,518 Vehicles Sold This Month, 30,980 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Maserati - Down 24.9% (950 Vehicles Sold This Month, 3,663 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mazda - Down 4.6% (23,056 Vehicles Sold This Month, 107,051 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mercedes-Benz - Up 1% (27,207 Vehicles Sold This Month, 105,681 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mercedes-Benz Vans - Up 28.4% (2,815 Vehicles Sold This Month, 11,001 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      MINI - Up 7.2% (3,731 Vehicles Sold This Month, 14,264 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mitsubishi - Down 4.6% (7,990 Vehicles Sold This Month, 43,762 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Nissan - Down 29.1% (78,804 Vehicles Sold This Month, 453,920 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Porsche - Up 0.7% (5,570 Vehicles Sold This Month, 19,524 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Ram Trucks - Down 9% (43,074 Vehicles Sold This Month, 156,728 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Smart - Down 74.5% (93 Vehicles Sold This Month, 414 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Subaru - Up 1.5% (53,170 Vehicles Sold This Month, 202,873 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Toyota - Down 5.1% (170,706 Vehicles Sold This Month, 678,528 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Volkswagen - Up 4.5% (28,794 Vehicles Sold This Month, 112,746 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Volvo - Up 17% (8,333 Vehicles Sold This Month, 28,416 Vehicles Sold This Year)
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