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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BMW Cars Reviews



BMW M1 – E26 was manufactured in the year 1978 and continued to be in existence till 1981. In late 70s, Lamborghini had made an agreement with BMW to produce more racing cars for homologation. Later on, conflicts arose and that prompted BMW to manufacture racing cars on its own.

BMW i3

BMW i3

BMW i3 was previously known as Mega City Vehicle, a five door sedan developed by the German automotive giant. It was a part of "Project i" and later launched as new BMW i. The new i3 is the company’s 1st zero emissions mass-produced vehicle just because of its electric power-train and BMW has been at its best in launching a vehicle featuring carbon-fiber reinforced plastic in order to improve energy consumption.

BMW 1602

BMW 1602

The BMW 1602 was expanded into 02 series- 2002 and 1600. With suspension and power-train details of the actual 4-door design, the 02 series has gained the attention of auto enthusiasts.

Technical characteristics of BMW Models

Name Year Power Fuel
1 BMW 525e E28 1983 124HP (91 kW) @ 4250 rpm 11 l/100km
2 BMW 507 1955 141HP (104 kW) @ 4800 rpm 11 l/100km
3 BMW 318i E30 1987 112HP (82 kW) @ 5500 rpm 11 l/100km
4 BMW 530d Touring Automatic E61 2004 218HP (160 kW) @ 4000 rpm 8 l/100km
5 BMW 330xd Automatic E90 2005 231HP (170 kW) @ 4000 rpm 9.3 l/100km
6 BMW 535d Touring 2010 300HP (220 kW) @ 4400 rpm 6.3 l/100km
7 BMW 318d 2010 143HP (105 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.5 l/100km
8 BMW M5 E34 1994 339HP (249 kW) @ 6900 rpm 11 l/100km
9 BMW 330xi Automatic (US) E90 2007 304HP (223 kW) @ 5800 rpm 8.3 l/100km
10 BMW 335i Coup? Automatic 2010 306HP (225 kW) @ 5800 rpm 8.4 l/100km
11 BMW 530d Automatic E60 2003 218HP (160 kW) @ 4000 rpm 6.9 l/100km
12 BMW 2800 CS E9 1968 170HP (125 kW) @ 6000 rpm 11 l/100km
13 BMW 330d Coup? 2010 245HP (181 kW) @ 4000 rpm 5.7 l/100km
14 BMW 335d Coup? 2010 286HP (210 kW) @ 4400 rpm 6.6 l/100km
15 BMW X6 xDrive50i E71 2007 406HP (299 kW) @ 5500 rpm 12.5 l/100km