The BMW E60 was the fifth generation of the 5 Series. Its styling (designed by late BMW designer Davide Arcangeli) and many of its advanced features received mixed reviews. It is noted for its non-traditional BMW design. Despite some criticism over its exterior design and interior electronics, this became the best-selling 5 Series.Considered the heart of the BMW brand, it generated 20 percent of the company’s profits and accounted for between 25 and 30 percent of sales in the key U.S. market.
The E60 represented a significant step forward in technology over the previous generation. The controversial iDrive interface featured electronic control over all aspects of the vehicle from the suspension, to brightness of interior lights, to different temperature zones within the cabin. The vehicle was also equipped with an array of safety features from adaptive headlamps to Hill start assist, and was also equipped with a Trailer Stability Program to aid when towing a large trailer or caravan. Other major options included Active Cruise Control and Active Steering.
Source: Wikipedia, 2012