BMW corporate operations manager Alan Waldie said: 'We are operating with a very high level of forward orders running some 45% up on our record performance last year. We are working to try to bring delivery times back to more acceptable timescales, but in the interim I would urge fleet managers to encourage users to place their orders as early as possible.'
BMW's request coincides with a 0.9% price rise on 3 and 5 series models but all derivatives get extra equipment to compensate for the increase. All 3 series models get an upgraded stereo while SE and Touring models get metallic paint as standard. The 5 series gets dual airbags, an on-board computer, SE versions get a multi-function steering wheel with cruise control and the 540i receives traction control as standard.