On April 27, 1993 German design patents were filed featuring a pre-production prototype as a design representation. From 1989 to 1990 styling work was done initially under design director Claus Luthe through April 1990 , when Boyke Boyer's concept design was chosen and further refined into production form with engineers. These models included body armor, bullet-resistant glass and run-flat tires. Other features included an automatic climate control system with separate controls for the driver and passenger, a three-position memory system for the driver's seat, safety-belt height, new steering wheel and outside mirrors. When the E38 was phased out in 2001 to make way for the new E65, sales of E38s increased noticeably in the car's final months of sales as people moved to buy the car before it was replaced for the 2002 model year. In the 18th James Bond feature film Tomorrow Never Dies, the sixteen E38 cars used during production were modified so they could be driven from the backseat. The engine variants in Europe were 725tds, 728i, 730i, 730d, 735i, 740i 4.
In the Americas, the models were sold as the 740i, 740iL and 750iL. The L7 was only available in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Europe. The E65's radical styling and iDrive were not initially well received by consumers, so used E38s increased in value as demand increased. The continuous-motion Active Comfort Seat technology was introduced in 1998 to improve comfort and reduce fatigue for the driver and front passenger. Patents were later filed on October 27, 1993 in the United States. .
This system required the use of a two-battery system. This airbag was designed to offer head protection in side impact collisions and also maintained inflation for up to seven seconds for rollover protection. Flexible Electronics System Since the start of production the entire in-car entertainment system Radio Function, Navigation System, Television and Telecommunications systems is based on a very flexible automotive computer system. Initial production E38s were available with either a 2. Unfortunately, excessive sulphur from fuel reacts adversely with the nickel, causing very slight blemishes in the top few millimeters of the cylinder bore. The 2000-2001 models had the privacy glass option which gave the luxury of separating the driver from the back passenger. Also contributing to the E38's continued popularity was its appearance in several films such as Tomorrow Never Dies, The Transporter, Bimmer and The Game.
In February 1991, the final production design for the new 7-series was approved by the board 36 months ahead of 1994 production. . . . . . .
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