The new BMW 5 Series was able to win a particularly large number of awards on the East Asian automotive markets. These include for example double victory at the “Car of the Year Award” and the “Automotive Quality Award” in Thailand, first place in the automobile ranking in the competition “Hit Products” of the “Herald Business Newspaper” in Korea and the “Autocar ASEAN Award” in Malaysia. In Indonesia, the BMW 5 Series was up front both at the “Auto Bild Indonesia Award” and the “Top Gear Indonesia Award”. In Singapore, the car won the award given by the newspaper “The Straits Times” in the class “Executive Sedan”. Furthermore, the online magazine “OneShift.com” voted the BMW 535i “Car of the Year”. A further “Car of the Year Award” was presented in Taiwan to the BMW 5 Series Sedan. In Hong Kong, the BMW 5 Series seized six significant awards at once. It was voted “Executive Sedan of the Year” by the magazine “Top Gear”, “Best Executive Sedan” by “Automobile Magazine” and “Best of European Executive Sedan” by “Car Plus Magazine”. In addition, the “JessiCar Award 2010”, the “COTY Gran Prize” and the title “Editor’s Choice – The Best of Executive Sedan 2010” went to the new BMW 5 Series.
The series of internationally most significant awards is completed by outstanding results in a multitude of discerning and renowned safety tests. The new BMW 5 Series completed the Euro NCAP, the US NCAP and the Australian NCAP crash tests with the best mark of 5 stars. In fact, the BMW 5 Series Sedan is the very first car to achieve a 100 percent rating in the category safety features in the Euro NCAP crash test. Moreover, it is one of the first vehicles to receive a special award given by Euro NCAP experts for the enhanced emergency call with automatic positioning and information on the severity of the accident.
The new BMW 5 Series Sedan also coped with the US NCAP crash test in a special way. It is the first car to receive at first go the highest rating of 5 stars in the further significantly tightened test procedure of the US-American National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Furthermore, the new BMW 5 Series was honoured in the USA with another accolade for outstanding occupant protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) voted the car “Top Safety Pick” based on best ratings in all test categories.
The new BMW 5 Series was also successful in setting the benchmark for safety on the Australian and Asian automotive markets. In the Australasian NCAP crash test, the BMW 5 Series Sedan obtained the best result ever achieved in this vehicle class. In New Zealand as well, independent experts honoured the excellent level of occupant protection. At the “AA Motoring Excellence Awards”, the New Zealand automobile club AA (Automobile Association) nominated the new BMW 5 Series safest vehicle of the year.