Auto shows are a great place to get up close and personal with the cars of tomorrow, but it seems a few individuals wanted an even closer experience with a 2011 BMW 7 Series brought in for the show. Yesterday in downtown Detroit, thieves apparently made off with a 7 Series that was awaiting transport from Cobo Hall back to the automaker’s U.S. headquarters.
As is often the case, BMW brings a handful of vehicles to the auto show to serve as executive shuttles during the press and industry preview days. After fulfilling their duties, cars are then shipped back to BMW’s North American offices in New Jersey. Yesterday, outside the Westin Book Cadillac hotel, a transport truck began loading these vehicles for the return trip home. The truck driver apparently returned to his rig’s cab for just a moment, but the diversion was apparently long enough for crooks to slide behind the wheel. According to Detroit’s WXYZ Channel 7, the vehicle’s keys were left within the Bimmer’s cabin, but the car itself wasn’t running.
BMW says the missing car is a 2011 750i xDrive sedan, painted in Dark Graphite metallic, and valued at roughly $94,000. Standard equipment on every 7 Series is the BMW Assist telematics service, which does incorporate a tracking function. Although the car has been missing for roughly 24 hours, a BMW spokesperson tells us the company is working closely with the Detroit Police Department to find the car, but couldn’t disclose further information.
Seeing as the large sedan is wearing New Jersey manufacturers’ plates front and rear, it shouldn’t be too hard to spot (unless, of course, a glut of similar vehicles are being used in the company’s regional press fleet). BMW appears to have the technological upper hand in the situation, but we hope the automaker is able to recover the 7 before anything nefarious (chop shop, anyone?) happens to it.
Source: BMW, WXYZ