Part of what makes the auto industry so fascinating is that it is constantly changing. Like clockwork, every five to seven years most models get redesigned. With reputations and standards to uphold, not to mention customers to impress, stakes are always high for automakers as they go back to the drawing board to rethink, restyle and, occasionally, reinvent their offerings.
The iconic BMW 5 Series has long been a favorite among those in the know, so the release of a new version is always anxiously awaited. Lauded for its balance of luxury and sportiness, it’s been a major player in the midsize luxury sedan space for decades. As a new 5 Series is released for 2018, let’s look back at the exterior design of the four prior generations, starting with the model released in the mid-90’s.
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