7 Things You May Not Know about the BMW 528i
- The name of the 528i sedan is based on BMW's tradition of naming its vehicles with a three-digit number. The first digit, 5, stands for the 528i belonging to the fifth of the New Series cars manufactured by BMW after the V-8 and Isetta era, while the following two digits, 28, stand for the sedan's 2.8-liter straight-six engine. The i on the end, meanwhile, stands for the fuel injection system installed on the 528i.
- The first generation of the 528i sedan was designed by the famed Italian car designer Marcello Gandini, who also designed the legendary Lamborghini Countach and Lamborghini Miura. Gardini styled the 528i based on the 1970 BMW Garmisch 2002ti Geneva show car.
- The fourth generation of the 528i is considered to be one of the safest cars on the road in the event of a collision - at least for the brain. In 1999, the International Brain Injury Association gave the 528i and the rest of the BMW 5-Series the honor of being the Safe Car of the Millenium.
- The fifth-generation 528i is recognized as one of the best-selling BMW models despite the fact that it was highly criticized for its non-traditional design, particularly its Bangle butt rear end, as well as for its interior electronics. The fifth iteration of the 528i generated nearly 20% of the automaker's profits and accounted for 25-30% of sales in the US market, outselling its nearest competitor - Mercedes-Benz E-Class - and becoming the de facto leader of its class.
- The sixth and latest generation of the BMW 528i sedan is one of the first-production cars to use an engine block made of lightweight composite magnesium/aluminum alloy.
- BMW has partnered with Google by integrating Google services into the iDrive system on the latest 528i models. 528i drivers can send a destination from the Web directly to the iDrive interface, upload business listings, street addresses, and phone numbers for immediate navigational assistance, and search Google Maps from within the vehicle through the BMW Assist Convenience Plan.
- A hybrid electric version of the 528i was introduced at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. The hybrid, named the BMW Concept 5 Series ActiveHybrid, is designed to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by 10% and is scheduled for release somewhere between late 2012 and early 2013.