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BMW History

The company can trace its origins all the way back to the late 1920s. It
was formed by the joining together of three earlier German industrial
equipment and aircraft manufacturing corporations. The new company adopted
the name Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, which their current moniker is an
acronym for.

Bayerische Motoren Werke brought their first automobile to market in 1927.
Although they have suffered a few rough periods financially, such as the
years directly following World War II, they have successfully marketed
automobiles and motorcycles both at home in Germany and internationally for
nearly 80 years. Today, they are one of the leading upscale, luxury marques
in the world.

5 Cool Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About BMW

  1. The company’s roundel logo was inspired by an airplane propeller.

    Since the company has roots in airplane manufacturing, it’s no great
    surprise that their logo would be influenced by the aeronautical world. In
    addition, the now iconic symbol’s blue and white color scheme was lifted
    from the Bavarian Flag. Bavaria is the region of Germany where the company
    is centered.

  2. The first model to feature the company’s trademark front grille
    design was the 303 saloon of 1933.
    Today, the German marque’s twin kidney grille is instantly recognizable the
    world over. The car on which this classic styling cue originated, the 303,
    is now very rare and extremely collectible.

  3. At one time, the company made a direct competitor to the tiny and
    economical Volkswagen Beetle.

    The 700 was produced from 1959 until 1965. Just like the Beetle, it
    featured a very small, lightweight chassis, a rear-engine layout, and an
    air-cooled boxer engine. Unlike VW’s “people’s car,” though, it never
    really caught on with buyers, despite good initial sales.

  4. The company built production-ready prototypes of several rumored
    models that never made it to show rooms.

    There have been a number of cars over the years, such as the 8-Series
    convertible and E39 M5 Touring, that were hinted at and hotly anticipated
    by enthusiasts, but that never made the final step to production. It turns
    out that the company actual did make a few running, road-ready examples of
    these cars but then canceled production at the last minute due to
    discouraging market research and sales projections.

  5. BMW‘s first-ever car was actually a direct copy of an older English

    The “Dixi,” which was produced from 1927-1929, was based off of British
    company Austin’s “Seven” model. The newly-established German company did
    this to save on engineering and design costs.

Popular BMW Models

Today, the company produces a broader, more varied range of vehicles than
at any other time in its history. From compact sedans to large SUVs to
high-tech sports cars, the German manufacturer offers a lot to choose from.
Their top current models include:

  • X5
    The BMW X5 is a leader in the competitive luxury midsize SUV segment.
    Bristling with advanced technology and long list of active and passive
    safety features, the BMW X5 is equally at home cruising crowded city
    streets and powering over rough off-road trails.

  • 3-Series
    Since its debut in 1975, the 3-Series line of compact coupes, sedans, and
    convertibles has been a perennial best-seller for the company. Now it its
    sixth generation, the 3-Series has a reputation as one of the best-handling
    most, well-engineered vehicles produced at nearly any price. Also checkout the car comparison between the BMW 3-series and the Audi A4: Audi A4 vs. BMW 3-Series

  • 7-Series
    The 7-Series is the company’s flagship large luxury sedan. It features a
    variety of powerful 8 and 12 cylinder engines and, according to many, the
    most well-balanced and precise handling chassis of any car its size.

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