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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: June 11, 2010 @ 8:56 am

    Live Launch Blog: BMW 5 Series Touring

    Michael McAleer

    10.00am
    Good morning from a very sunny Munich where we have arrived to drive the new BMW 5 Series Touring. With low emissions from the new range of diesel engines, the Touring offers the perfect alternative to the carbon-coughing SUV. We will bring you more throughout the morning and afternoon live from the launch.

    Press conference for 5 Series Touring to start at 11am. (10am Irish Time)

    BMW 5 Series Touring: On Sale in September

    We do know that the car will go on sale in Ireland this September and will cost from €45,730 for what will be the big-seller, the 520d.

    11.13am:

    Frank-Peter Arndt is telling us that BMW has already sold more than 13,000 of the new saloon model and that there are waiting lists and that 50 per cent of all 5 Series models will be Touring models.

    He goes on to tell us that the average CO2 figure of the BMW fleet is now just 150g/km.

    Head of Exterior Anders Warming is talking about the exterior. He is finding lots of fancy ways of saying, “we added a large boot”.

    Just about to set off in the new 520d Touring

    16.20pm

    We’ve driven just one model today, the 520d and this is the engine that will be the big seller in Ireland and it certainly is a good one. It is definitely geared towards economy and it isn’t a rocket but it is no slouch either. Also, the fact that it comes with Band B emissions means it is pretty cheap to run too. Perhaps this will persuade people out of SUVs and finally into the estate car again.

    You can read the full review of the new 5 Series Touring in Wednesday’s Motors.


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