BMW involvement in the Olympic games has been unmistakable. Erin Baker in The Telegraph has asked the question on many people’s lips – what will happen to all those BMWs after the Olympics games are over?
3,000 cars were provided for the games – doing everything from pulling boats from water and horses across London – as well as ferry the prawn sandwich brigade from location to location. Those 3,000 cars and bikes will soon be coming to the used car market – and it’s an impressive haul:
- 160 BMW 1-series ActiveEs
- 40 Mini Es
- 200 Mini Countryman Cooper Ds
- 1,550 BMW 320d EfficientDynamics
- 700 BMW 520d EfficientDynamics
- 20 BMW 5-series ActiveHybrids
- 17 BMW X3 xDrive 20ds
- 10 BMW X5 xDrive 30ds
- 25 R1200 RT motorbikes
- 400 BMW Streetcruiser bicycles
Perhaps BMW could have given them over the gold medallists? Or selected 3,000 of the Games Makers at random to receive a new ride – after all we’re being repeatedly told how much they contributed to the games.
The truth, however, is a little less imaginative. A BMW spokesman confirmed:
“Post Games, the vehicles will be returned to BMW and in most instances sold as Approved Used Vehicles over a period of time to our corporate partners, employees and the London 2012 organising committee and volunteers. The 320d EfficientDynamic, 520d EfficientDynamic and 318d M Sport Touring models will be sold in this manner.”