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History of BMW

BMW, leading automotive manufacturer in the high range, is one of the most prestigious brands in the world. Leads by logo design inspired by a propeller in motion on sky blue, devised when the manufacture of aircraft engines was the main activity.

Beginnings of BMW

The company that split was Rapp Motorenwerke GmbH, founded in 1913. In 1917 it changed its name to BMW, after becoming joint-stock company.

At the beginning ofthe company, the product star were aircraft engines, gained much recognition due to its great performance. The date that can be considered official in the founding of BMW is on 07 March 1916. However, still would be several "moves" business about to occur. In 1922, principal shareholder Camillo Castiglioni left the company to go to the Bayerische Flugzeugwerke AG (BFW), bringing with him rights of the BMW brand. The company was renamed and after Knorr-Bremse S?ddeutsche Bremsen-AG.

Small manufacturer DIXI was bought in 1928, marking the new activity proposed guideline.

First model of BMW

The first car produced by BMW was called 3/15 PS, also known as DA 2. It was released on March 22, 1929 and was billed in Eisenach, with body of the company Ambi-Budd. The first vehicle built entirely by BMW arrived in 1931: the AM1 (Automobilkonstruktion M?nchen Nr. 1, i.e. "construction of vehicle Munich Nr. 1"). However, the AM1 was based on the DIXI (although with numerous advances), so the first car entirely created by BMW technicians was 303, released in 1933.

Then came models with some commercial success, the 326 (1935), the 327 (1937) and the convertible sporty 328; in 1936, all before the second world war. By mandate of the occupation forces, after the war BMW not could make vehicles for a period of three years. It would take up its activities in 1951 with the BMW 501.

Subsequent years

In the post-war period, the economic situation of the company - based in Munich - was complicated, but the injection of money from Herbert Quandt helped recover and develop a model for the middle class, which was the BMW 1500 (1962). The first great successes of sales were reduced size BMW 600, 700 cars and the famous Isetta. Special host had the BMW E30 3 series, launched in 1982 (approximately 2.3 million units sold), and also the E32 7 series.

During the management of Eberhard von Kuenheim (1970-1993), BMW sales multiplied by 18, thanks to the introduction of new models. The production of cars of it quadrupled, and opened new factories in different parts of the world.

At the beginning of the 1990s, was believed to be the only way to stay in the world market as a manufacturer on a large scale. This was purchased in 1994 to the British firm MG Rover Group (Rover, MG, MINI, Land Rover), although the decision was unfortunate, with serious economic consequences. On March 16, 2000, completed the Rover relationship. MG and Rover were sold to British investors, while Land Rover went to Ford. Only Mini remained in the hands of BMW.

BMW plants worldwide

The most important plants of BMW worldwide are as follows: In Germany-Dingolfing (the greater), Regensburg and Leipzig; In United Kingdom-Oxford and Goodwood (factory of the Mini and Rolls Royce, respectively); In South Africa-Rosslyn, near Pretoria; In United States-Spartanburg (South Carolina); China-Shenyang, northeast of the Asian country; India-Gurgaon.

It also has assembly plants, such as from: Cairo, in Egypt; Chennai, in India; Jakarta, in Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Kaliningrad, in Russia; Rayon, in Thailand; Lerma, in Mexico.

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Technical characteristics of BMW Models

Name Year Power Fuel
1 BMW 318i E30 1983 105HP (77 kW) @ 5800 rpm 11 l/100km
2 BMW 525 tds E34 1991 143HP (105 kW) @ 4800 rpm 11 l/100km
3 BMW 525i Touring Automatic E39 2002 191HP (140 kW) @ 6000 rpm 10.5 l/100km
4 BMW 2600 L 1962 109HP (80 kW) @ 4900 rpm 11 l/100km
5 BMW 528Li 2010 258HP (190 kW) @ 6600 rpm n/a
6 BMW 528xi Automatic (US) E60 2007 233HP (171 kW) @ 6500 rpm 8.4 l/100km
7 BMW 530d Automatic E39 2002 183HP (135 kW) @ 4000 rpm 8.3 l/100km
8 BMW 530xi E60 2005 257HP (189 kW) @ 6000 rpm 8.8 l/100km
9 BMW 325i Cabrio E93 2007 218HP (160 kW) @ 6100 rpm 7.9 l/100km
10 BMW X1 sDrive18i 2010 150HP (110 kW) @ 6400 rpm 8.2 l/100km
11 BMW 118d Automatic E87 2007 143HP (105 kW) @ 4000 rpm 5.4 l/100km
12 BMW 325i xDrive Automatic 2009 218HP (160 kW) @ 6100 rpm 7.9 l/100km
13 BMW 325d Coup? E92 2008 196HP (144 kW) @ 4000 rpm 5.7 l/100km
14 BMW 545i Touring E61 2004 332HP (244 kW) @ 6100 rpm 11.3 l/100km
15 BMW 650i Cabrio E64 2007 367HP (269 kW) @ 6300 rpm 12.6 l/100km

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