Originally Posted by jfenley
My dealer told me that there are only 1,500 coming to the US in 2006. If this is true (is there a way to verify this??), then I would expect that dealers will be able to charge a premium because the supply will be very limited. There are cars sitting on some dealer lots now because a full year's allocation was shipped in a compressed time frame. Those cars will disappear fast.
Originally Posted by PPG4
Published reports (eg Edmunds write up on the E60 M5) have indicated production to be 2000 per model year.
What I've heard from three seperate dealers (take it with a grain of salt) is that yes, the launch production for the US was front loaded to help alleviate the complaints about the high mark ups that accompanied the E46 M3 and E39 M5 launches in the US. The problem is they produced them so fast, that there were a number of people holding leases with another six months (or more) on high line cars so they weren't ready for delivery (this is how I got my car). In addition, there were a fair number of people with early production spots who decided to hold out for the standard manual.
As it relates to worldwide supply, I would bet that the launch production for the US took a larger percentage of the overall production in these initial months than it will later on...
Do a search--I've posted the yearly E39 M5 US sales numbers a few times. Unless BMW decides to reduce E60 vs. E39 M5 US sales (not likely, since AMG production basically doubled this vs. last generation--11,500 in 2000, to >20,000 in 2004 worldwide), there's simply no way 1,500 or 2,000 per year in the US.
I would agree that the first several months of US sales were abnormally high (some dealers getting 5, 6, 7+ cars per month). The first full year of E39 M5 US sales ('00) was ~3,000...I'd be surprised if it weren't 4,000+ for 2006.
That would be less than 1/dealer/month on average.
The days of BMW M and AMG limited production are over. That segment of the market has exploded and BMW would be foolish not to participate. Anything to the contrary is dealer BS.