The BMW 5 Series is an executive car manufactured and marketed by BMW since 1972 when the New Class was replaced by the first BMW 5-Series (E12 1st gen). The designation of the BMW model series still used today was introduced here and this model also launched a new stylistic era for BMW.
This was to give the BMW brand its unmistakable countenance. The BMW 528 was presented as the provisional model to top the range of the 5-Series in January 1975. This carburettor version of the 2.8 litre engine was replaced from 1977 by the injector 528i but remained in the range for the South African market until 1981.