The model, the "perfect symbiosis of aesthetic design and performance” as BMW likes to call it, received today the Silver medal in the 2011 Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany, a competition presided over by the German Design Council and sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.
“The design of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan deftly translates the vehicle’s attributes into an authentic formal language,” the German manufacturer says in a statement.
“Sheer presence and stylish elegance lend expression to the Sedan’s premium quality and outstanding ride comfort.”
When it was launched, the 5 Series came in the following version 550i (407 hp), 535i (306 hp), 528i (258 hp), 523i (204 hp), 520d (184 hp), 530d (245 hp) and 525d (204hp). The power of the engines is clearly visible on the outside, BMW says.
The 5 Series sedan is equipped with BMW's EfficientDynamics technologies, which include BMW’s automatic transmission, EPS Electric Power Steering, Brake Energy Regeneration, gearshift point indicator, active air flaps control, and on-demand operation of ancillary units including a detachable a/c compressor.
“The superior aesthetics of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan are also conveyed by its perfectly balanced proportions and meticulously executed details,” BMW adds.
BMW won prizes not only for its cars from the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany. Last year, the organization awarded the Silver medal for the HP2 Sport motorcycle, while the 2010 winner of the gold award was the Kinetic Sculpture of the BMW Museum.