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Exceeding Expectations – BMW 5 Series Touring


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Story by Kevin Power

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The 530Xi Touring Wagon will come standard with the new 260 horse power, 3.0 litre engine and Xdrive all wheel drive. A 6-speed manual, or 6-speed automatic transmission will be offered. Sport and ‘M’ Sport packages will also be available. Either as standard or optional equipment, the Touring Wagon comes with all the innovations and safety features found in the 5 Series sedan. The all aluminum chassis has a newly designed rear suspension to allow for a completely flat floor luggage compartment. Access to the variable luggage compartment will be available through a new remote controlled rear lid. Integrated rear self leveling suspension provides a consistent level ride regardless of payload. Dynamic Drive gives an active suspension capable of reacting to changing road conditions in a fraction of a second. Active Steering with integrated Servotronic offers improved agility, safety and comfort. Dynamic Stability Control completes the active safety offered by the suspension and braking systems.

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Last October, I purchased my latest BMW and first ever convertible. Again, what a car! It’s a 2004 330CI Cabriolet. I picked it up on a very warm afternoon from Brian’s spectacular facility on Boundary Road. I actually purchased the car sight unseen with only a small colour sample of the body to go on. Suffice it to say, when I arrived at the dealership and saw my new ride in the presentation centre, waiting for me with the top down, I was like the proverbial kid under the Christmas tree. It became apparent early on that I had not just purchased back-to back BMW’s (the first time I would have two or more consecutive vehicles from the same manufacturer in my life), but rather, I had forged a bond with BMW, and as such, this was now what I drive, and hereinafter, will continue to be my ride. Simply put, BMW has reinvigorated my passion for the open road. It is the “complete” driving experience. Add to that Brian Jessel BMW’s attention to detail and customer service that is part and parcel of every visit, and you’d be hard pressed to find a more satisfied customer than Joe Leary. My thanks to Valentino and Brian and I look forward to a long-lasting relationship. I’d love to say more, but it’s 16 degrees as I write this, and I’ve to pop the top and go for a spin.

With the performance and handling of a sedan, and the extra versatility of a wagon, the new Touring Wagon has the form and function that is ideal for business, family, and leisure activities.

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