Several sources are reporting that the current 5 series will cease to be built after this coming December. BMW usually closes factories for several weeks during the holiday season so a December cutoff makes perfect sense as tooling for the F10/11 would begin after the hiatus. We have conflicting reports of when the production of the F10 will begin; us speculating puts the new models in showroom sometime in March.
What this means now is that dealers have been told to only take SPECIAL ORDERS until 10/09/09 for 5 Series models. The remainder of the production run will more than likely be common specced cars for dealer inventory.