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.
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.
Photo Gallery of BMW
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 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.
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
||BMW 525e E28
||124HP (91 kW) @ 4250 rpm
||141HP (104 kW) @ 4800 rpm
||BMW 318i E30
||112HP (82 kW) @ 5500 rpm
||BMW 530d Touring Automatic E61
||218HP (160 kW) @ 4000 rpm
||BMW 330xd Automatic E90
||231HP (170 kW) @ 4000 rpm
||BMW 535d Touring
||300HP (220 kW) @ 4400 rpm
||143HP (105 kW) @ 4000 rpm
||BMW M5 E34
||339HP (249 kW) @ 6900 rpm
||BMW 330xi Automatic (US) E90
||304HP (223 kW) @ 5800 rpm
||BMW 335i Coup? Automatic
||306HP (225 kW) @ 5800 rpm
||BMW 530d Automatic E60
||218HP (160 kW) @ 4000 rpm
||BMW 2800 CS E9
||170HP (125 kW) @ 6000 rpm
||BMW 330d Coup?
||245HP (181 kW) @ 4000 rpm
||BMW 335d Coup?
||286HP (210 kW) @ 4400 rpm
||BMW X6 xDrive50i E71
||406HP (299 kW) @ 5500 rpm