BMW 545

The BMW 545 is available as both a sedan and a touring automobile. Chris Bangle and Adrian van Hooydonk take credit for the exterior design of the vehicle, which has turned out to be quite controversial in terms of a few design choices. The high ridge line 'slab' billboard like siding and the "Bangle-butt" rear have not exactly been well received by many in the automotive industry. The eyebrow look of the front headlights is also an area of concern for those who say it took away the aggressive look of the cars to come before it. Nevertheless, the options available to buyers are sure to please most if they can get past the oddities of the exterior. The iDrive system has been simplified compared with that in the 7 series and the 545 can be ordered with options such as active cruise control, active steering, head-up display and for audiophiles – the Harman Kardon Logic7 stereo system, which will surely add to the driving experience. The 545 belongs to the coveted 5 Series, which has produced five generations of models to date. The various models can be differentiated from each other by their unique chassis numbers (EXX). For the first time with the 5 Series, BMW began its tradition of named its models with a three-digit number. This in fact is a very logical naming scheme. The first digit (5 in this case) represents the model, and the following two digits (typically) represent the size of the engine. The additional letters or words added to the end of the three-digit number are used to define the fuel type (petrol or diesel), engine or transmission details, and the body style. This has allowed consumers to easily recognize the model to suit their fancy and also to allow onlookers to identify what may be located under the hood without having to bother the car owner with giving them a peak.