By Drew Johnson
Monday, Apr 5th, 2010 @ 11:44 am
 
BMW pulled the sheet off its all-new 5-Series wagon early last month, but kept quite on the cargo-haulers United States plans. However, the German automaker has officially made a decision on the subject, with the U.S. market set to be left out in the cold.

As United States buyers tend to shy away from traditional wagon offerings, it was widely believed that BMW would forgo the U.S. market for the next-generation of the 5-Series wagon. Those reports have now been confirmed, with BMW officially deciding not to import the new 5-Series wagon to the U.S.

Filling the place of the 5-Series wagon in the United States will be BMW's new 5-Series GT. Designed with American tastes in mind, the 5-Series GT offers the versatility of a hatchback while still offering the body lines of a sedan.

However, those U.S. buyers wanting a traditional wagon with a BMW badge will not completely be left behind - BMW will continue to offer a wagon variant of the 3-Series. But don't expect a huge spike in 3-Series wagon sales going forward as BMW sold fewer than 1,000 examples of the 5-Series wagon in the U.S. last year.

References
1. 'Crossover, and out....' view