March 27, 2006
BMW claims number-one position as AWD supplier in the premium segment
Munich, Germany – With one in four of the 1.13 million vehicles sold worldwide fitted with xDrive all-wheel drive, BMW claims that it has become the leading supplier of AWD vehicles in the premium market. The company also expects to continue its lead in 2006, offering the system in sedan and touring versions of its 3 and 5 Series cars, and its X3 and X5 vehicles.
The company has also announced that for 2008, it will launch a new, distinctive series with coupe-style design, sporty character, raised seating position and xDrive. The company first offered all-wheel drive in the 1985 325ix, followed by the 525ix in 1991; it entered the SUV market with the X5 in 1999 and the X3 in 2003, both of which received xDrive in 2003. Worldwide, the company currently offers 21 models with the system.