So much misinformation! Planned obsolescence is a concept that was developed by the American Auto Industry, in particular GM way back in the 1920's (not the 2020's). The head of GM at the time, Alfred P. Sloan suggested annual model-year design changes to convince car owners that they needed to buy a new replacement each year, an idea borrowed from the bicycle industry. It has nothing to do with engineering cars to fail after a certain period (close to warranty expiration) and is definitely not a BMW or European concept. The concept of "Planned Obsolescence" has since been adapted by many other industries (cars, motorcycles, boats, appliances, electronics, clothes, even houses, etc.).Unfortunately it’s common practice with all European cars. Engineers call it planned obsolescence. They purposely make it feel as closest possible to a time of their choosing. This all seems to have started some Time around the year 2000 and up for the Germans anyway.