BMW Surpasses 1,000,000 Mark with X5 SAV

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When BMW introduced its X5 just before the turn of the century, many faithful roundel fans were shocked and some even dismayed that their sport sedan (and sport wagon) company would put out an SUV. BMW, already owner and purveyor of Land Rover, called the X5 an SAV, however, distinguishing it from off-road capable 4x4s before the word crossover had been formally coined, and then when it ran rings around its own 5 Series Touring all naysayers seemed to just shrug their shoulders and accept it as a true BMW.

Eleven years plus another generation later and BMW has sold over a million X5 SAVs, while ex-CEO Bernd Pischetsrieder's crowning glory, Land Rover, is long gone after two failed marriages. The X5 is now larger and even seats seven, but still maintains superlative road manners and top-tier quality.

Reaching the million mark is an even greater achievement considering all of the competitive luxury crossovers that have gone up against the X5 since its inception. Mercedes' ML was already an item two years prior to when the X5 debuted, as was Lexus RX a year after that, but others have joined the fray since such as Acura's MDX, Audi's Q7, Cadillac's SRX, Infiniti's FX, Land Rover's Range Rover Sport, Lincoln's MKX and now MKT, Porsche's Cayenne, Saab's (ahem) 9-7x (RIP), Volkswagen's Touareg, and Volvo's XC90.

Now, with the X5 available in turbocharged six- and eight-cylinder guises, fuel-efficient clean diesel and outrageously powerful M versions, and soon a hybrid, there's an X5 for everyone capable of spending the money.

Yes, a lot has changed since the X5 came to market, one of the most significant highlighted by its one-millionth sale. That model, a Sapphire Black Metallic X5 with a Cinnamon Brown Nevada leather interior is heading from Spartanburg, South Carolina to China, now one of BMW's largest markets, but one that just started opening its doors to foreign business around the time the X5 was introduced.

Now with the X5 joined by an X6, X3 and soon an X1, BMW is likely not finished expanding its X Series lineup. The X5, however, will long remain the quintessential BMW crossover and a thorn in the side of its competitors.

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Topics: Crossover, BMW, 2010, X5,

Organizations: BMW

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