It’s got style, it’s got grace, and no, we’re not just reciting lyrics to Madonna’s Vogue. We’re describing the beautiful and powerful BMW 7-Series. A vehicle that, despite its prestige and price tag, was left alone to get stolen outside of a hotel during the Detroit Auto Show.
BMW brought 19 units of the $90,000 vehicle with them to this year’s auto show so the company’s top executives could all hitch a ride in one during the show. After the 7-Series’ job was done, the cars were loaded into a car carrier for transport back to their New Jersey home. The only problem is that only eighteen arrived.
Police say a hotel valet brought the BMW out of the garage and handed it over to the transporter. After that, the handler stepped away for a second and that’s when witnesses say two car thieves seized the opportunity to jump in and ride off. The stolen vehicle is dark gray and has New Jersey plates, but don’t go rushing the search party just yet. The vehicle is equipped with BMW Assist so the two carjackers should be caught within a reasonable time-frame. Bet they didn’t think of that, huh?
UPDATE 01/15/11: The BMW 750i xDrive luxury sedan that was improbably stolen at the Detroit Auto Show has been found, ending a few days worth of embarrassment for the German manufacturer. The car, which was left unattended a few days ago and was subsequently boosted, was found near Telegraph and Glendale Street in Detroit’s West Side. Apparently, the tracking system inside the BMW was cut and disabled, but it’s highly probable that because of the wide media attention brought about by the dastardly thievery, the criminals might have decided that the car wasn’t worth it anymore. All’s well that ends well, right? Yeah, try telling that to BMW.