A source inside BMW attests that there will be no new BMW 5-series planned for introduction in any country at anytime in 2009, contrary to the story by Autocar UK earlier this month.
Autocar’s report came as a shocker to everyone because a full model change in 2009 gives the current BMW 5-Series a model lifespan of only 5 years, much shorter than the lifespan of its predecessors.
The BMW 5-Series began with the E12 and it had a product cycle of 9 years (1972 to 1981). Next up was the E28 from 1982 to 1988, a 6 year cycle. The BMW E34 was launched in 1989, and was in the market up until 1996 – that’s 7 years. The delicious E39 lasted from 1997 to 2004 – that’s another 7 years.
The current 5-series was introduced in 2004 and was updated in early 2007, so following a similiar 7 year (maybe 6, since the market is more competitive now) product cycle we can only expect a replacement perhaps in 2010 or 2011?
Autocar 2010 BMW 5-Series Details Scoop