Well, even though the ballooning shape of the car isn't to your tastes, I still believe you can view the thinking behind its existence from a neutral standpoint. Being a fairly new member to the US population, I have instantly noticed a certain ingrained mentality here with regards to motor vehicles. From a cultural standpoint I feel USA and Australia are fairly similar, but in the motoring world there are some very noticeable differences. The fact that pick-up sales trump staple family-sedans such as the Camry quickly lets you know that something's different around here. Also, the lack of love for hatches is somewhat perplexing, especially considering the likes of the Corolla/Mazda3 are top-sellers in Australia (I guess size matters over here!). Sure there are some examples of vehicles that have challenged the norm and been relatively successful, but for the most part I feel the US market isn't all that willing to embrace new, dynamic vehicles. The A7's selling well, but at what cost to A6/A8 sales, the CLS is a niche seller as is the BMW X6. I guess the reason why the 5GT has been given the cold shoulder over here is due to the SUV-happy buyer mindset here. Even though I listed why I feel the 5GT exists, it just doesn't seem to matter over here when you can buy an X5 that can be a jack-of-all-trades sort of car. It's weird because the 5GT is a statement of individuality and uniqueness..and by golly is the US all about that..but when it comes to cars people tend to go for traditional options. The 5GT has enjoyed more success in Europe and China where car-buyer culture seems to be more liberal and individualistic. Who knows...maybe the 5GT's just priced too high here, or not properly explained/marketed to buyers.... or maybe people only look skin-deep and focus on its design. Who knows, but I certainly don't buy the "well I'd buy the 5er Touring IF it was available here" excuse because the love for SUV's is simply too great in the US market.