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Posted by timc on November 05, 2000 at 16:50:08:

In Reply to: Actually....... posted by timc on November 05, 2000 at 16:34:39:

It will be released in Germany in early 2001 but the rest of us will have to wait til 2002.

Interesting note........ I went to the British motor show last weekend and saw the concept Z9. It featured a new control system for all things like the heater/air con/sat nav etc called iDrive. This consisted of a centre mounted knob which could be rotated and moved about to control a menu system that was displayed on a screen on the dash. The BMW representitive told me to pay close attention to this as it was going to be in the next gen 7.

The next generation 7 Series (E65) is going to be released in the U.S. in late summer/early fall 2001 for model year 2002. The E38 was released in late summer/early fall 1994 for model year 1995. BMW redesigns their cars every seven years regardless of what market it is sold in. Just my $0.10 worth.

There are rumors the E65 7 Series will have a much more intuitive, user friendly and advanced DVD based navigation system. Given the fact BMW makes claims that technical innovation is their exception, they are the leaders in technical innovation and they are always making enhancements to their cars, this rumor is most likely true (at least if they want to live up to their claims and slogan (the ultimate driving machine) but I don't know for sure. And if they want to live up to these claims, they will most likely make a cabin mounted 6-disc CD changer or in-dash CD player with the nav instead of that dated trunk mounted unit. The cabin mounted 6-disc changers and in-dash CD players let you have the convenience and safety of inserting and removing CDs from inside the car. With the trunk mounted unit, you have to put up with the inconvenience and danger of pulling over, getting out of the car, going into the trunk and removing and inserting CDs. I say danger because you are more likely to become a victim of a crime (car jacking, assault, kidnapping, rape (especially women) and even homicide). If you remove and insert CDs from inside the car this is less likely because you can lock your doors. This is the main reason BMW has lost quite a bit of sales to Mercedes, Lexus, even Audi as these competitors offer cabin mounted 6-disc CD changers or in-dash CD players with their navigation systems. If BMW wants to take away sales from these competitiors they must follow suit starting with the redesign of the 7 Series. Just my $0.50 worth.



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