Facts about the BMW 530xi
- The BMW 530xi is fitted with what critics call a Bangle butt. The term is a snarky characterization of the two-level rear end design that has separate rear fenders and a bustle-back boot lid. It was designed by American-born Chris Bangle, BMW's chief automotive design director for 16 years. Although the Bangle butt is considered unattractive by many critics, a few enthusiasts still see it as a stroke of design genius.
- The 530xi carries the unique kidney grille that gets it easily identified as a BMW vehicle. The BMW 303, a mid-size saloon produced in 1933 and 1934, was the first BMW to use the kidney grille. Today, the unique grille is a hallmark of all the company's vehicles.
- The BMW 530xi insignia represents the car manufacturer's aircraft heritage-it used to create aircraft engines until 1918. The company was forced to stop producing aircraft engine by the terms of the Versailles Armistice Treaty, shifted to motorcycle production in 1923 and automobile production in 1928. Staying true to its aircraft roots, the BMW logo symbolizes a spinning propeller.
- The blue and white colors of the BMW 530xi logo are the same colors used in the Bavarian flag. BMW is popularly known as a German manufacturer, and its name actually indicates the place it was founded in-BMW stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke, or Bavarian Motor Works. BMW is headquartered in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.
- The BMW 530xi is one of many BMW vehicles that has a Hofmeister kink. This term is used to name the counter curve in the window-outline at the base of the rear roof pillar of BMW cars. It was first introduced in 1961 and was named after Wilhelm Hofmeister, then head of BMW body design. The unique design highlights the dynamic forward thrust of the car.
- The x in 530xi stands for xDrive, BMW's technology that combines an all-wheel drive with variable torque distribution. The i stands for iDrive Controller, which allows access to a variety of comfort functions displayed on a monitor. The menu system allows front-seat passengers to fine-tune settings for climate control, audio, navigation and communication systems.