Sales for the 5 are showing a 35% increase year to date, and Touring versions are also forward sold for the year. Demand is also expected to be high for the latest lead-in Touring version of the 3 series. Priced at £17,665 on the road, the model costs just £890 more than the saloon on which it is based and is offered with automatic air conditioning for an extra £500.
Meanwhile, BMW (GB) has supplied a 16-strong fleet of specially-prepared R1100RS motorcycles to the Metropolitan police. The machines, worth a total of £166,000, have gone to the special group which escorts members of the Royal family, visiting heads of state and VIPs.