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BMW Releases Videos on the History of the 5 Series

It all started more than 40 years ago...

Kelly Pleskot
Jan 3, 2017

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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