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by Tim Beissmann

With the all-new sixth-generation BMW 5 Series just months away from its mid-year Australian launch, the Bavarians have used a press event in Portugal to release official videos of the car.

The new 5 Series will not be left behind tech-wise either. Dynamic Drive Stability Control, Dynamic Damper Control and Integral Active Steering are all at work deep within to make you think you’re a better driver than you actually are.

Adding safety and convenience is a host of other features that falls under the “BMW ConnectedDrive” moniker. These include a reversing camera, night vision, head-up display, speed limit information and limiting device, lane change and departure warnings, active cruise control incorporating collision warning and automatic braking, and parking assist and surround view.

Pricing in Germany has risen by around two percent and a reflection of that in Australia would see the 5 Series range starting at just below $78,000 for the 520d and rising to $174,000 for the 550i.

The 5 Series was one of BMW Australia’s biggest sliders in 2009 with 804 units representing a 42 percent decline compared to 2008.

The beginning of 2010 could again be slow with the car in run-out mode, but BMW will be hoping the all-new sixth-gen can turn it around from its mid-year debut.




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