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BMW
BMW
(Bayerische Motoren Werke in German, or Bavarian Motor Works in English) is a German multinational company which currently produces automobiles and motorcycles, and also produced aircraft engines until 1945. The company was founded in 1916 and has its headquarters in Munich, Bavaria. BMW
BMW
produces motor vehicles in Germany, Brazil, China, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. In 2015, BMW was the world's twelfth largest producer of motor vehicles, with 2,279,503 vehicles produced.[2] The Quandt family are long-term shareholders of the company, with the remaining stocks owned by public float. Automobiles are marketed under the brands BMW
BMW
(with sub-brands BMW
BMW
M for performance models and BMW i
BMW i
for plug-in electric cars), Mini
Mini
and Rolls-Royce. Motorcycles are marketed under the brand BMW
BMW
Motorrad. The company has significant motorsport history, especially in touring cars, Formula 1, sports cars and the Isle of Man TT.

Contents

1 History

1.1 1916—1923: Aircraft engine
Aircraft engine
production 1.2 1923—1939: Motorcycle
Motorcycle
and car production 1.3 1939—1945: World War II 1.4 1945—1959: Post-war rebuilding 1.5 1959—1968: Near bankruptcy and New Class 1.6 1968—1978: New Six, 3 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series 1.7 1978—1989: M division 1.8 1989—1994: 8 Series, hatchbacks 1.9 1994—1999: Rover ownership, Z3 1.10 1999—2006: SUV models, Rolls-Royce 1.11 2006—2013: Shift to turbocharged engines 1.12 2013—present: Electric/hybrid power

2 Company name and logo 3 Motorcycles 4 Automobiles

4.1 i models 4.2 M models 4.3 Naming convention for models

5 Motorsport 6 Involvement in the arts

6.1 Art Cars 6.2 Architecture 6.3 Film 6.4 Visual arts

7 Production 8 Sales 9 Industry collaboration 10 Sponsorships 11 Environmental record 12 Bicycles 13 Car-sharing services 14 Overseas subsidiaries

14.1 Brazil 14.2 Canada 14.3 China 14.4 Egypt 14.5 India 14.6 Japan 14.7 Mexico 14.8 South Africa 14.9 United States

15 Marketing

15.1 Slogan 15.2 April Fools 15.3 Audio logo

16 See also 17 References 18 Further reading

History[edit] Main articles: History of BMW
History of BMW
and History of BMW
History of BMW
motorcycles 1916—1923: Aircraft engine
Aircraft engine
production[edit]

BMW IIIa
BMW IIIa
aircraft engine

BMW's origins can be traced back to three separate German companies: Rapp Motorenwerke, Bayerische Flugzeugwerke and Automobilwerk Eisenach. The history of the name itself begins with Rapp Motorenwerke, an aircraft engine manufacturer. In April 1917, following the departure of the founder Karl Friedrich Rapp, the company was renamed Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW).[3](p11). BMW's first product was the BMW IIIa
BMW IIIa
aircraft engine. The IIIa engine was known for good fuel economy and high-altitude performance.[4] The resulting orders for IIIa engines from the German military caused rapid expansion for BMW. After the end of World War I
World War I
in 1918, BMW
BMW
was forced to cease aircraft-engine production by the terms of the Versailles Armistice Treaty.[5] To maintain in business, BMW
BMW
produced farm equipment, household items and railway brakes. In 1922, former major shareholder Camillo Castiglioni
Camillo Castiglioni
purchased the rights to the name BMW, which led to the company descended from Rapp Motorenwerke
Rapp Motorenwerke
being renamed Süddeutsche Bremse AG (known today as Knorr-Bremse). Castiglioni was also an investor in another aircraft company, called "Bayerische Flugzeugwerke", which he renamed BMW.[6] Automobilwerk Eisenach
Automobilwerk Eisenach
The disused factory of Bayerische Flugzeugwerke was re-opened to produce engines for busses, trucks, farm equipment and pumps, under the brand name BMW. BMW's corporate history considers the founding date of Bayerische Flugzeugwerke (7 March 1916) to be the birth of the company. 1923—1939: Motorcycle
Motorcycle
and car production[edit]

BMW
BMW
model 3/15PS ( BMW
BMW
Dixi) from 1930

As the restrictions of the Armistice Treaty began to be lifted, BMW began production of motorcycles in 1923,[7] with the R32 model. BMW's production of automobiles began in 1928, when the company purchased the Automobilwerk Eisenach
Automobilwerk Eisenach
car company. Automobilwerk Eisenach's current model was the Dixi 3/15, a licensed copy of the Austin 7
Austin 7
which had begun production in 1927. Following the takeover, the Dixi 3/15 became the BMW
BMW
3/15, BMW's first production car.[8][9][10] In 1932, the BMW 3/20
BMW 3/20
became the first BMW
BMW
automobile designed entirely by BMW. It was powered by a four-cylinder engine, which BMW designed based on the Austin 7
Austin 7
engine. BMW's first automotive straight-six engine was released in 1933, in the BMW
BMW
303. Throughout the 1930s, BMW
BMW
expanded its model range to include sedans, coupes, convertibles and sports cars. 1939—1945: World War II[edit]

BMW 801
BMW 801
engine

With German rearmament in the 1930s, the company again began producing aircraft engines for the Luftwaffe. The factory in Munich
Munich
made ample use of forced labour: foreign civilians, prisoners of war and inmates of the Dachau concentration camp.[11] Among its successful World War II engine designs were the BMW 132
BMW 132
and BMW 801
BMW 801
air-cooled radial engines, and the pioneering BMW 003
BMW 003
axial-flow turbojet, which powered the tiny, 1944–1945–era jet-powered "emergency fighter", the Heinkel He 162
Heinkel He 162
Spatz. The BMW 003
BMW 003
jet engine was first tested as a prime power plant in the first prototype of the Messerschmitt Me 262, the Me 262 V1, but in 1942 tests the BMW
BMW
prototype engines failed on takeoff with only the standby Junkers Jumo 210
Junkers Jumo 210
nose-mounted piston engine powering it to a safe landing.[12][13] The few Me 262 A-1b test examples built used the more developed version of the 003 jet, recording an official top speed of 800 km/h (497 mph). The first-ever four-engine jet aircraft ever flown were the sixth and eighth prototypes of the Arado Ar 234 jet reconnaissance-bomber, which used BMW 003
BMW 003
jets for power. Through 1944 the 003's reliability improved, making it a suitable power plant for air frame designs competing for the Jägernotprogramm's light fighter production contract. which was won by the Heinkel He 162
Heinkel He 162
Spatz design. The BMW 003
BMW 003
aviation turbojet was also under consideration as the basic starting point for a pioneering turboshaft powerplant for German armored fighting vehicles in 1944–45, as the GT 101.[14] Towards the end of the Third Reich, BMW
BMW
developed some military aircraft projects for the Luftwaffe, the BMW
BMW
Strahlbomber, the BMW Schnellbomber and the BMW
BMW
Strahljäger, but none of them were built.[15][16] 1945—1959: Post-war rebuilding[edit]

BMW
BMW
Isetta
Isetta
with a front opening door

During World War II, many BMW
BMW
production facilities had been heavily bombed. BMW's facilities in East Germany
East Germany
were seized by the Soviet Government and the remaining facilities were banned by the Allies from producing motorcycles or automobiles. During this ban, BMW
BMW
used basic secondhand and salvaged equipment to make pots and pans, later expanding to other kitchen supplies and bicycles. In 1947, BMW
BMW
was granted permission to resume motorcycle production and its first post-war motorcycle - the R24 - was released in 1948. BMW
BMW
was still forbidden from producing automobiles, however the Bristol Aeroplane Company (BAC) was producing cars in England based on BMW's pre-war models, using plans that BAC had taken from BMW's German offices. Production of automobiles resumed in 1952, with the BMW 501
BMW 501
large sedan. Throughout the 1950s, BMW
BMW
expanded their model range with sedans, coupes, convertibles and sports cars. In 1954, the BMW 502
BMW 502
was BMW's first to use a V8 engine. To provide an affordable model, BMW began production of the Isetta
Isetta
micro-car (under licence from Iso) in 1955. Two years later, the four-seat BMW 600
BMW 600
was based on a lengthened version of the Isetta
Isetta
design. In 1959, the BMW 600
BMW 600
was replaced by the larger BMW 700
BMW 700
coupe/sedan. 1959—1968: Near bankruptcy and New Class[edit]

New Class sedan

By 1959, BMW
BMW
was in debt and losing money.[17] The Isetta
Isetta
was selling well but with small profit margins.[18] Their 501-based luxury sedans were not selling well enough to be profitable and were becoming increasingly outdated.[19] Their 503 coupé and 507 roadster were too expensive to be profitable.[19] Their 600, a four-seater based on the Isetta, was selling poorly.[20] The motorcycle market imploded in the mid-1950s with increased affluence turning Germans away from motorcycles and toward cars.[21] BMW
BMW
had sold their Allach plant to MAN in 1954.[22] American Motors
American Motors
and the Rootes Group
Rootes Group
had both tried to acquire BMW.[23] At BMW's annual general meeting on 9 December 1959, Dr. Hans Feith, chairman of BMW's supervisory board, proposed a merger with Daimler-Benz. The dealers and small shareholders opposed this suggestion and rallied around a counter-proposal by Dr. Friedrich Mathern, which gained enough support to stop the merger.[18][23] At that time, the Quandt Group, led by half-brothers Herbert and Harald Quandt, had recently increased their holdings in BMW
BMW
and had become their largest shareholder.[23] In 1960, the development program began for a new range of models, called the "Neue Klasse" (New Class) project. The resulting New Class four-door sedans, introduced in 1962, are credited for saving the company financially and establishing BMW's identity as a producer of leading sports sedans. In 1965, the New Class range was expanded with the 2000 C and 2000 CS luxury coupes. The range was further expanded in 1966 with the iconic BMW 02 Series
BMW 02 Series
compact coupes. BMW
BMW
acquired the Hans Glas
Hans Glas
company based in Dingolfing, Germany, in 1966. Glas vehicles were briefly badged as BMW
BMW
until the company was fully absorbed. It was reputed that the acquisition was mainly to gain access to Glas' development of the timing belt with an overhead camshaft in automotive applications,[24] although some saw Glas' Dingolfing
Dingolfing
plant as another incentive. However, this factory was outmoded and BMW's biggest immediate gain was, according to themselves, a stock of highly qualified engineers and other personnel.[25] The Glas factories continued to build a limited number of their existing models, while adding the manufacture of BMW
BMW
front and rear axles until they could be closer incorporated into BMW.[26] 1968—1978: New Six, 3 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series[edit]

E9 3.0 CSL

In 1968, BMW
BMW
began production of its first straight-six engine since World War II. This engine coincided with the launch of the New Six large sedans (the predecessor to the 7 Series) and New Six CS large coupes (the predecessor to the 6 Series). The first 5 Series range of mid-size sedans were introduced in 1972, to replace the New Class sedans. The 5 Series platform was also used for the 6 Series coupes, which were introduced in 1976. In 1975, the first model of the iconic 3 Series range of compact sedans/coupes was introduced. The 7 Series large sedans were introduced in 1978.

1978—1989: M division[edit]

E30 M3

The 1978 BMW M1
BMW M1
was BMW's first mid-engined sports car and was developed in conjunction with Lamborghini. It was also the first road car produced by BMW's motorsport division, BMW
BMW
M. In 1980, the M division produced its first model based on a regular production vehicle, the E12 M535i. The M535i is the predecessor to the BMW
BMW
M5, which was introduced in 1985 based on the E28 plaftorm. In 1983, BMW
BMW
introduced its first diesel engine, the M21. The first all-wheel drive BMW
BMW
- the E30 325iX - began production in 1985, and in 1987 the E30 was BMW's first model produced in a wagon/estate body style. The 1986 E32 750i was BMW's first V12 model. The E32 was also the first sedan to be available with a long-wheelbase body style (badged "iL" or "Li"). The BMW M3
BMW M3
was introduced in 1985, based on the E30 platform. 1989—1994: 8 Series, hatchbacks[edit]

E31 8 Series

The 8 Series range of large coupes was introduced in 1989 and in 1992 was the first application of BMW's first V8 engine in 25 years, the M60. It was also the first BMW
BMW
to use a multi-link rear suspension, a design which was implemented for mass-production in the 1990 E36 3 Series. The E34 5 Series, introduced in 1988, was the first 5 Series to be produced with all-wheel drive or a wagon body style. In 1989, the limited-production Z1 began BMW's line of two-seat convertible Z Series models. In 1993, the BMW 3 Series
BMW 3 Series
Compact was BMW's first hatchback model (except for the limited production 02 Series "Touring" models). These hatchback models formed a new entry-level model range below the other 3 Series models. In 1992, BMW
BMW
acquired a large stake in California-based industrial design studio DesignworksUSA, which they fully acquired in 1995. The 1993 McLaren F1
McLaren F1
is powered by a BMW
BMW
V12 engine. 1994—1999: Rover ownership, Z3[edit]

Z3 roadster

In 1994, BMW
BMW
bought the British Rover Group[27] (which at the time consisted of the Rover, Land Rover, Mini
Mini
and MG brands as well as the rights to defunct brands including Austin and Morris), and owned it for six years. By 2000, Rover was incurring huge losses and BMW decided to sell off several of the brands. The MG and Rover brands were sold to the Phoenix Consortium to form MG Rover, while Land Rover was taken over by Ford. BMW, meanwhile, retained the rights to build the new Mini, which was launched in 2001. In 1995, the E38 725tds was the first 7 Series to use a diesel engine. The E39 5 Series was also introduced in 1995, and was the first 5 Series to use rack-and-pinion steering and a significant number of suspension parts made from lightweight aluminium. The BMW Z3
BMW Z3
two-seat convertible and coupe models were introduced in 1995. These were the first mass-produced models outside of the 1/3/5 Series and the first model to be solely manufactured outside Germany (in the United States, in this case). In 1998, the E46 3 Series was introduced, with the M3 model featuring BMW's most powerful naturally aspirated engine to date. 1999—2006: SUV models, Rolls-Royce[edit]

E53 X5

BMW's first SUV, the BMW
BMW
X5, was introduced in 1999. The X5 was a large departure from BMW's image of sporting "driver's cars", however it was a very successful and resulted in other BMW X Series
BMW X Series
being introduced. The smaller BMW X3
BMW X3
was released in 2003. The 2001 E65 7 Series was BMW's first model to use a 6-speed automatic transmission. In 2002, the Z4 two-seat coupe/convertible replaced the Z3. In 2004, the 1 Series hatchbacks replaced the 3 Series Compact models as BMW's entry level models. The 2003 Rolls-Royce Phantom was the first Rolls-Royce vehicle produced under BMW
BMW
ownership. This was the end result of complicated contractual negotiations that began in 1998 when Rolls-Royce plc licensed use of the Rolls-Royce name and logo to BMW, but Vickers sold the remaining elements of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
to Volkswagen. In addition, BMW
BMW
had supplied Rolls-Royce with engines since 1998 for use in the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph. In 2005, BMW's first V10 engine was introduced in the E60 M5. The E60 platform is also used for the E63/E64, which reintroduced the 6 Series models after a hiatus of 14 years. 2006—2013: Shift to turbocharged engines[edit]

F01 ActiveHybrid 7

BMW's first turbocharged petrol engine was the six-cylinder N54, which debuted in the 2006 E92 335i. In 2011, the F30 3 Series was released, with turbocharged engines being used on all models. This shift to turbocharging and smaller engines was reflective of general automotive industry trends. The M3 model based on the F30 platform is the first M3 to use a turbocharged engine. BMW's first turbocharged V8 engine, the BMW
BMW
N63, was introduced in 2008. Despite the trend to downsizing, in 2008 BMW
BMW
began production of its first turbocharged V12 engine, the BMW
BMW
N74. In 2011, the F10 M5 became the first M5 model to use a turbocharged engine. In 2007, the production rights for Husqvarna Motorcycles
Husqvarna Motorcycles
was purchased by BMW
BMW
for a reported 93 million euros. The BMW X6
BMW X6
SUV was introduced in 2008. The X6 attracted controversy for its unusual combination of coupe and SUV styling cues. In 2009, the BMW X1
BMW X1
compact SUV was introduced. The BMW 5 Series
BMW 5 Series
Gran Turismo fastback body style was also introduced in 2009, based on the 5 Series platform. Controversial designer Chris Bangle
Chris Bangle
announced his departure from BMW in February 2009, after serving on the design team for nearly seventeen years.[28] BMW's first hybrid-powered car, the F01 ActiveHybrid 7, was introduced in 2010. 2013—present: Electric/hybrid power[edit]

i8

BMW
BMW
released their first electric car, the BMW i3
BMW i3
city car, in 2013. The i3 is also the first mass-production car to have a structure mostly made from carbon-fibre. BMW's first hybrid sportscar (and their first mid-engined car since the M1) is called the BMW i8
BMW i8
and was introduced in 2014. The i8 is also the first car to use BMW's first inline-three engine, the BMW
BMW
B38. In 2013, the BMW 4 Series
BMW 4 Series
replaced the coupe and convertible models of the 3 Series. Many elements of the 4 Series remained shared with the equivalent 3 Series model. Similarly, the BMW 2 Series
BMW 2 Series
replaced the coupe and convertible models of the 1 Series in 2013. The 2 Series was produced in coupe (F22), five-seat MPV (F45) and seven-seat MPV (F46) body styles. The latter two body styles are the first front-wheel drive vehicles produced by BMW. The F48 X1 also includes some front-wheel drive models. The BMW X4
BMW X4
compact SUV was introduced in 2014. The 2016 G11 740e and F30/F31 330e are the first plug-in hybrid versions of the 7 Series and 3 Series respectively. Company name and logo[edit]

BMW
BMW
badge on a 1931 Dixi

Flag of Bavaria

The name BMW
BMW
is an abbreviation for Bayerische Motoren Werke (German pronunciation: [ˈbaɪ̯ʁɪʃə mɔˈtʰɔʁn̩ ˈvɛɐ̯kə] ( listen)). The German name is not grammatically correct, because motorenwerke is a single word in German. The term Bayerische Motorenwerke (which has been used in several German publications and advertisements in the past[29][30]) translates into English as Bavarian Motor Works, which has been used by BMW
BMW
for marketing products in English-speaking countries.[31] The suffix AG, short for Aktiengesellschaft, signifies an incorporated entity which is owned by shareholders. The terms Beemer, Bimmer and Bee-em are commonly used slang for BMW
BMW
in the English language[32][33] and are sometimes used interchangeably for cars and motorcycles.[34][35] In the United States, some people prescribe that "beemer" should be used specifically for motorcycles and "bimmer" should be used for cars.[36][37][38][39][40] Some of these people claim that "true aficionados" make this distinction[41] and those who don't are "uninitiated."[42] Usage in North American mainstream media also varies, for example the Canadian Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
prefers Bimmer and calls Beemer a "yuppie abomination",[43] and the Tacoma News Tribune says that it is "auto snobs" who use the terms to distinguish between cars and motorcycles.[44] An editor of Business Week
Business Week
was satisfied in 2003 that the question was resolved in favor of Bimmer by noting that a Google search yielded 10 times as many hits compared to Beemer,[45] though googling gives very different results today.[46] The circular blue and white BMW
BMW
logo or roundel evolved from the circular Rapp Motorenwerke
Rapp Motorenwerke
company logo, from which the BMW
BMW
company grew, combined with the blue and white colors of the flag of Bavaria.[47] The BMW
BMW
logo still used today was created in 1917, albeit with various minor styling changes.[48] The origin of the logo is often thought to be a portrayal of the movement of an aircraft propeller with the white blades cutting through a blue sky. However, this portrayal was first used in a BMW advertisement in 1929 - twelve years after the logo was created - so this is not the origin of the logo itself.[49] Motorcycles[edit] See also: BMW Motorrad
BMW Motorrad
and History of BMW
History of BMW
motorcycles

The R32 motorcycle, the first BMW
BMW
motor vehicle.

The 2015 BMW
BMW
R1200RT

BMW
BMW
began production of motorcycle engines and then motorcycles after World War I.[50] Its motorcycle brand is now known as BMW
BMW
Motorrad. Their first successful motorcycle after the failed Helios and Flink, was the "R32" in 1923, though production originally began in 1921.[51] This had a "boxer" twin engine, in which a cylinder projects into the air-flow from each side of the machine. Apart from their single-cylinder models (basically to the same pattern), all their motorcycles used this distinctive layout until the early 1980s. Many BMW's are still produced in this layout, which is designated the R Series. The entire BMW
BMW
Motorcycle
Motorcycle
production has, since 1969, been located at the company's Berlin-Spandau factory. During the Second World War, BMW
BMW
produced the BMW R75
BMW R75
motorcycle with a sidecar attached. Having a unique design copied from the Zündapp KS750, its sidecar wheel was also motor-driven. Combined with a lockable differential, this made the vehicle very capable off-road, an equivalent in many ways to the Jeep. In 1982, came the K Series, shaft drive but water-cooled and with either three or four cylinders mounted in a straight line from front to back. Shortly after, BMW
BMW
also started making the chain-driven F and G series with single and parallel twin Rotax
Rotax
engines. In the early 1990s, BMW
BMW
updated the airhead Boxer engine which became known as the oilhead. In 2002, the oilhead engine had two spark plugs per cylinder. In 2004 it added a built-in balance shaft, an increased capacity to 1,170 cc and enhanced performance to 100 hp (75 kW) for the R1200GS, compared to 85 hp (63 kW) of the previous R1150GS. More powerful variants of the oilhead engines are available in the R1100S and R1200S, producing 98 and 122 hp (73 and 91 kW), respectively. In 2004, BMW
BMW
introduced the new K1200S Sports Bike which marked a departure for BMW. It had an engine producing 167 hp (125 kW), derived from the company's work with the Williams F1 team, and is lighter than previous K models. Innovations include electronically adjustable front and rear suspension, and a Hossack-type front fork that BMW
BMW
calls Duolever. BMW
BMW
introduced anti-lock brakes on production motorcycles starting in the late 1980s. The generation of anti-lock brakes available on the 2006 and later BMW
BMW
motorcycles pave the way for the introduction of electronic stability control, or anti-skid technology later in the 2007 model year. BMW
BMW
has been an innovator in motorcycle suspension design, taking up telescopic front suspension long before most other manufacturers. Then they switched to an Earles fork, front suspension by swinging fork (1955 to 1969). Most modern BMWs are truly rear swingarm, single sided at the back (compare with the regular swinging fork usually, and wrongly, called swinging arm). Some BMWs started using yet another trademark front suspension design, the Telelever, in the early 1990s. Like the Earles fork, the Telelever significantly reduces dive under braking. BMW
BMW
Group, on 31 January 2013, announced that Pierer Industrie AG has bought Husqvarna for an undisclosed amount, which will not be revealed by either party in the future. The company is headed by Stephan Pierer (CEO of KTM). Pierer Industrie AG is 51% owner of KTM and 100% owner of Husqvarna. Automobiles[edit] Main article: List of BMW
BMW
vehicles See also: Mini (marque)
Mini (marque)
and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars The current model lines of BMW
BMW
automobiles are: The 1 Series (F20/F21) is the entry level to BMW's current model range. It is produced in 3-door and 5-door hatchback body styles. A 4-door sedan variant (F52) is also sold in China.

F20 1 Series

F52 1 Series

The 2 Series (F22/F23) is BMW's entry level coupes and convertibles. The 2 Series range also consists of the "Active Tourer" (F45) and "Gran Tourer" (F46) body styles, which are 5-seat and 7-seat MPVs respectively.

F22 2 Series

F45 2 Series

F46 2 Series

The 3 Series (F30/F31/F34) range is produced in 4-door sedan, 4-door wagon (estate) and 5-door fastback ("Gran Turismo") body styles. A long-wheelbase sedan variant (F35) is also sold in China.

F30 3 Series

F31 3 Series

F34 3 Series

F35 3 Series

The 4 Series (F32/F33/F36) range is produced in 2-door coupe, 2-door convertible and 5-door fastback ("Gran Coupe") body styles.

F32 4 Series

F33 4 Series

F36 4 Series

The 5 Series (G30/G31) range is produced in sedan and wagon body styles. A long-wheelbase sedan variant (G38) is also sold in China.

G30 5 Series

G31 5 Series

The 6 Series (F06/F12/F13) range is produced in 2-door coupe, 2-door convertible and 4-door fastback ("Gran Coupe") body styles.

F06 6 Series

F12 6 Series

F13 6 Series

The 7 Series (G11/G12) range is produced in the 4-door sedan and long-wheelbase sedan body styles.

G11 7 Series

G12 7 Series

The X models consist of the X1 (F48), X3 (G01), X4 (F26), X5 (F15) and X6 (F16).

F84 X1

G01 X3

F26 X4

F15 X5

F16 X6

The Z Series consists of the Z4 (E89) 2-seat roadster.

E89 Z4- front

Sometimes the model series are referred to by their German pronunciation: "Einser" ("One-er") for the 1 Series, "Dreier" ("Three-er") for the 3 Series, "Fünfer" ("Five-er") for the 5 Series, "Sechser" ("Six-er") for the 6 Series and "Siebener" ("Seven-er") for the 7 Series. These are not actually slang, but are the normal way that such letters and numbers are pronounced in German.[52] i models[edit] Main article: BMW
BMW
i

BMW i3
BMW i3
electric car

BMW i8
BMW i8
plug-in hybrid

The BMW i
BMW i
is a sub-brand of BMW
BMW
founded in 2011 to design and manufacture plug-in electric vehicles.[53][54] The sub-brand initial plans called for the release of two vehicles; series production of the BMW i3
BMW i3
all-electric car began in September 2013,[55] and the market launch took place in November 2013 with the first retail deliveries in Germany.[56] The BMW i8
BMW i8
sports plug-in hybrid car was launched in Germany
Germany
in June 2014.[57] In 2014, BMW
BMW
developed a prototype of street lights equipped with power sockets to charge electric cars, called Light and Charge.[58] Two of these charging facilities were installed at BMW's headquarters in Munich.[59] In 2015, BMW
BMW
in cooperation with SCHERM Group has started deploying electric trucks on European roads, making it the first company to ever do so. The truck itself is manufactured by the Terberg Group, one of the world's largest independent specialist vehicle suppliers.[60][61][62] Combined sales of the BMW i
BMW i
brand models reached the 50,000 unit milestone in January 2016.[63] Two years after its introduction, the BMW i3
BMW i3
ranked as the world's third best selling all-electric car in history.[64] Global sales of the BMW i3
BMW i3
achieved the 50,000 unit milestone in July 2016.[65] In February 2016, BMW
BMW
announced the introduction of the "iPerformance" model designation, which will be given to all BMW
BMW
plug-in hybrid vehicles from July 2016. The aim is to provide a visible indicator of the transfer of technology from BMW i
BMW i
to the BMW
BMW
core brand. The new designation will be used first on the plug-in hybrid variants of the latest BMW
BMW
7 Series.[66] Global sales of all BMW
BMW
plug-in electrified models achieved the 100,000 unit milestone in early November 2016, consisting of more than 60,000 BMW
BMW
i3s, over 10,000 BMW
BMW
i8s, and about 30,000 from combined sales of all BMW
BMW
iPerformance plug-in hybrid models.[67] As of November 2016[update], four BMW
BMW
electrified models have been released, the BMW X5
BMW X5
xDrive40e iPerformance, BMW
BMW
225xe iPerformance Active Tourer, BMW
BMW
330e iPerformance, and the BMW
BMW
740e iPerformance.[68] The BMW 530e iPerformance
BMW 530e iPerformance
is scheduled to be released in Europe March 2017 as part of the upcoming seventh generation BMW 5 Series
BMW 5 Series
lineup.[69] Global sales of all plug-in electrified models achieved the 100,000 unit milestone in early November 2016, consisting of more than 60,000 i3s, over 10,000 i8s, and about 30,000 from combined sales of all BMW
BMW
iPerformance plug-in hybrid models.[67] Combined global sales of BMW’s electrified models totaled more than 62,000 units in 2016,[70] and 103,080 in 2017, including MINI brand electrified vehicles.[71] BMW
BMW
cumulative sales of BMW
BMW
Group's electrified vehicles passed the 200,000 unit milestone in December 2017.[72] M models[edit]

BMW M4
BMW M4
(F82)

BMW M5
BMW M5
(F90)

Main article: BMW
BMW
M BMW
BMW
produce a number of high-performance derivatives of their cars developed by their BMW M
BMW M
GmbH (previously BMW Motorsport
BMW Motorsport
GmbH) subsidiary. The current M models are:

M2 – F87 Coupé
Coupé
(2015 to present) M3 – F80 Sedan (2013 to present) M4 – F82 Coupé/F83 Convertible (2014 to present) M5 – F90 Saloon (2017 to present) M6 – F06 Gran Coupé/F12 Convertible/F13 Coupé
Coupé
(2012 to present) X5 M – F15 SAV (2014 to present) X6 M – F16 SAV (2014 to present)

Naming convention for models[edit] Main article: List of BMW vehicles
List of BMW vehicles
§ Naming convention for models

Motorsport[edit] Main article: BMW
BMW
in motorsport BMW
BMW
has a long history of motorsport activities, including:

Touring cars, such as DTM, WTCC, ETCC and BTCC Formula One Endurance racing, such as 24 Hours Nürburgring, 24 Hours of Le Mans, 24 Hours of Daytona
24 Hours of Daytona
and Spa 24 Hours Isle of Man TT Dakar Rally American Le Mans Series Formula BMW
Formula BMW
– a junior racing Formula category. Formula Two

2016 BMW M4
BMW M4
DTM

2016 BMW M6
BMW M6
GT3

2016 BMW
BMW
S1000RR

Involvement in the arts[edit] Manufacturers employ designers for their cars, but BMW
BMW
has made efforts to gain recognition for exceptional contributions to and support of the arts, including art beyond motor vehicle design. These efforts typically overlap or complement BMW's marketing and branding campaigns.[73] Art Cars[edit] Main article: BMW
BMW
Art Car In 1975, Alexander Calder
Alexander Calder
was commissioned to paint the 3.0CSL driven by Hervé Poulain at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which became the first in the series of BMW
BMW
Art Cars. This led to more BMW
BMW
Art Cars, painted by artists including Andy Warhol, Jenny Holzer, Roy Lichtenstein
Roy Lichtenstein
and others. The cars, currently numbering 17, have been shown at the Louvre, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
and New York's Grand Central Terminal.[74]

1975 Art Car by Alexander Calder

1979 Art Car by Andy Warhol

2010 Art Car by Jeff Koons

Architecture[edit]

BMW
BMW
Headquarters

Main article: BMW
BMW
Headquarters BMW's Munich
Munich
headquarters represents the cylinder head of a 4-cylinder engine. It was designed by Karl Schwanzer
Karl Schwanzer
and was completed in 1972. The building has become a European icon[74] and was declared a protected historic building in 1999. The main tower consists of four vertical cylinders standing next to and across from each other. Each cylinder is divided horizontally in its center by a mold in the facade. Notably, these cylinders do not stand on the ground; they are suspended on a central support tower. BMW Museum
BMW Museum
is a futuristic cauldron-shaped building, which was also designed by Karl Schwanzer
Karl Schwanzer
and opened in 1972.[75] The interior has a spiral theme and the roof is a 40-metre diameter BMW
BMW
logo. BMW's exhibition space in Munich, BMW
BMW
Welt, was designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au and opened in 2007. It includes a showroom and lifting platforms where a customer's new car is theatrically unveiled to the customer.[76] The BMW Central Building
BMW Central Building
in Leipzig
Leipzig
was designed by Zaha Hadid.

BMW Museum
BMW Museum
interior

BMW
BMW
Welt

Film[edit] In 2001 and 2002, BMW
BMW
produced a series of 8 short films called The Hire, which had plots based around BMW
BMW
models being driven to extremes by Clive Owen.[77] The directors for The Hire
The Hire
included Guy Ritchie, John Woo, John Frankenheimer
John Frankenheimer
and Ang Lee. In 2016, a ninth film in the series was released. The 2006 " BMW
BMW
Performance Series" was a marketing event geared to attract black car buyers. It included the " BMW
BMW
Pop-Jazz Live Series" - a tour headlined by jazz musician Mike Phillips - and the "BMW Blackfilms.com Film Series" highlighting black filmmakers.[78] Visual arts[edit] BMW
BMW
was the principal sponsor of the 1998 The Art of the Motorcycle exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
and other Guggenheim museums, though the financial relationship between BMW
BMW
and the Guggenheim was criticised in many quarters.[79][80] In 2012, BMW
BMW
began sponsoring Independent Collectors production of the BMW
BMW
Art Guide, which is the first global guide to private and publicly accessible collections of contemporary art worldwide.[81] The 2016 edition features 256 collections from 43 countries. Production[edit]

BMW Headquarters
BMW Headquarters
in Munich. The towers and museum are visible in the back right.

BMW
BMW
plant in Leipzig, Germany: Spot welding
Spot welding
of BMW
BMW
3 series car bodies with KUKA
KUKA
industrial robots

BMW
BMW
produces complete automobiles at its factories in Germany
Germany
(Munich, Dingolfing, Regensburg
Regensburg
and Leipzig), United States (Greer), South Africa (Rosslyn) and China (Shenyang). BMW
BMW
also has local assembly operation using complete knock down components in Thailand, Russia, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, and India (Chennai), for 3, 5, 7 series and X3.[82] In 2006, the BMW
BMW
group (including Mini
Mini
and Rolls-Royce) produced 1,366,838 four-wheeled vehicles, which were manufactured in five countries.[83] In 2010, it manufactured 1,481,253 four-wheeled vehicles and 112,271 motorcycles (under both the BMW
BMW
and Husqvarna brands).[84] BMW
BMW
Motorcycles are being produced at the company's Berlin factory, which earlier had produced aircraft engines for Siemens. By 2011, about 56% of BMW-brand vehicles produced are powered by petrol engines and the remaining 44% are powered by diesel engines. Of those petrol vehicles, about 27% are four-cylinder models and about nine percent are eight-cylinder models.[85] On average, 9,000 vehicles per day exit BMW
BMW
plants, and 63% are transported by rail.[86] Annual production since 2005 is as follows:

Year BMW MINI Rolls-Royce Motorcycle*

2005 1,122,308 200,119 692 92,013

2006 1,179,317 186,674 847 103,759

2007 1,302,774 237,700 1,029 104,396

2008 1,203,482 235,019 1,417 118,452

2009 1,043,829 213,670 918 93,243

2010 1,236,989 241,043 3,221 112,271

2011 1,440,315 294,120 3,725 110,360

2012 1,547,057 311,490 3,279 113,811

2013 1,699,835 303,177 3,354 110,127

2014 1,838,268 322,803 4,495 133,615

2015 1,933,647 342,008 3,848 151,004

Sales[edit] Vehicles sold in all markets according to BMW's annual reports.

Year BMW MINI Rolls-Royce Motorcycle*

2005 1,126,768 200,428 797 97,474

2006 1,185,089 188,077 805 100,064

2007 1,276,793 222,875 1,010 102,467

2008 1,202,239 232,425 1,212 115,196

2009 1,068,770 216,538 1,002 100,358

2010 1,224,280 234,175 2,711 110,113

2011 1,380,384 285,060 3,538 113,572

2012 1,540,085 301,525 3,575 117,109

2013 1,655,138 305,030 3,630 115,215**

2014 1,811,719 302,183 4,063 123,495**

2015 1,905,234 338,466 3,785 136,963**

* Since 2008, motorcycle productions and sales figures include Husqvarna models. ** Excluding Husqvarna, sales volume up to 2013: 59,776 units. In China, BMW
BMW
sold 415,200 vehicles between January and November 2014, through a network of over 440 BMW
BMW
stores and 100 Mini
Mini
stores.[87] Industry collaboration[edit] BMW
BMW
has collaborated with other car manufacturers on the following occasions:

McLaren Automotive: BMW
BMW
designed and produced the V12 engine that powered the McLaren F1.[88][89] Peugeot
Peugeot
and Citroën: Joint production of four-cylinder petrol engines, beginning in 2004.[90] Daimler Benz: Joint venture to produce the hybrid drivetrain components used in the ActiveHybrid 7.[91][92] Toyota: Three-part agreement in 2013 to jointly develop fuel cell technology, develop a joint platform for a sports car (the 2018 BMW Z4/ Toyota
Toyota
Supra) and research lithium-air batteries.[93][94][95] Audi
Audi
and Mercedes: Joint purchase of Nokia's Here WeGo
Here WeGo
(formerly Here Maps) in 2015.[96]

Sponsorships[edit]

BMW
BMW
sponsor car at the London 2012
London 2012
Olympics

In soccer (football), BMW
BMW
sponsors Bundesliga
Bundesliga
club Eintracht Frankfurt.[97] At the London 2012
London 2012
Olympic games, BMW's sponsorship included providing 4000 BMWs and Minis.[98] BMW
BMW
also made a six-year sponsorship deal with the United States Olympic Committee
United States Olympic Committee
(USOC) in July 2010.[99][100] In golf, BMW
BMW
has sponsored various events,[101] including the PGA Championship,[102][103] the BMW
BMW
Italian Open, the BMW Masters
BMW Masters
in China[104][105] and the BMW International Open
BMW International Open
in Germany.[106] In rugby, BMW
BMW
sponsored the South Africa national rugby union team from 2011 to 2015.[107][108] Environmental record[edit] The company is a charter member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Environmental Achievement Track, which recognizes companies for their environmental stewardship and performance.[109] It is also a member of the South Carolina Environmental Excellence Program.[110] Since 1999, BMW
BMW
has been named the world's most sustainable automotive company every year by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.[111] The BMW Group is one of three automotive companies to be featured every year in the index.[112] In 2001, the BMW Group
BMW Group
committed itself to the United Nations Environment Programme, the UN Global Compact and the Cleaner Production Declaration. It was also the first company in the automotive industry to appoint an environmental officer, in 1973.[113] BMW
BMW
is a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.[114] In 2012, BMW
BMW
was the highest automotive company in the Carbon Disclosure Project's Global 500 list, with a score of 99 out of 100.[115][116] The BMW Group
BMW Group
was rated the most sustainable DAX
DAX
30 company by Sustainalytics in 2012.[117] To reduce vehicle emissions, BMW
BMW
is improving the efficiency of existing fossil-fuel powered models, while researching electric power, hybrid power and hydrogen for future models.[118] Bicycles[edit] BMW
BMW
branded bicycles are sold online and through dealerships.[119] The BMW
BMW
Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie electric mountain bike was produced in partnership with Specialized and the BMW
BMW
Cruise e-Bike NBG III uses a Bosch motor and battery.[120][121] Car-sharing services[edit] Main articles: DriveNow
DriveNow
and ReachNow DriveNow
DriveNow
is a joint-venture between BMW
BMW
and Sixt
Sixt
that was launched in Munich
Munich
in June 2011, and now operates in thirteen cities around Europe. As of December 2012, DriveNow
DriveNow
operates over 1,000 vehicles, which serve five cities worldwide and over 60,000 customers.[122] In the United States, BMW
BMW
launched the ReachNow
ReachNow
car-sharing service in Seattle in April 2016.[123] ReachNow
ReachNow
currently operates in Seattle, Portland and Brooklyn. Overseas subsidiaries[edit] Brazil[edit] On 9 October 2014, BMW's new South American automobile plant in Araquari, Santa Catarina assembled its first car, an F30 3 Series.[124] The cars assembled at Araquari
Araquari
are the F20 1 Series, F30 3 Series, F48 X1, F25 X3 and Mini
Mini
Countryman.[125] Cars are assembled from complete knock-down components.[126] Canada[edit] The first BMW
BMW
dealership in Canada was opened in 1969.[127] In 1986, BMW
BMW
established a head office in Canada.[128] BMW
BMW
sold 28,149 vehicles in Canada in 2008.[129] China[edit] Main article: BMW
BMW
Brilliance Signing a deal in 2003 for the production of sedans in China,[130] May 2004 saw the opening of a factory in the North-eastern city of Shenyang
Shenyang
where Brilliance Auto
Brilliance Auto
produces BMW-branded automobiles[131] in a joint venture with the German company.[132] Egypt[edit] Bavarian Auto Group
Bavarian Auto Group
became sole importer of the BMW
BMW
and Mini
Mini
brands in 2003. At the BMW
BMW
assembly plant in 6th of October City, the 3 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series, X1 and X3 are assembled from complete knock-down components.[125] India[edit] Main article: BMW
BMW
India BMW India
BMW India
was established in 2006 as a sales subsidiary in Gurugram. A BMW
BMW
assembly plant was opened in Chennai
Chennai
in 2007, assembling 3 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series, X1, X3, X5, Mini
Mini
Countryman and motorcycle models from complete knock-down components.[125][133] Japan[edit] BMW
BMW
Japan Corp, a wholly owned subsidiary, imports and distributes BMW vehicles in Japan.[134] Mexico[edit] In July 2014, BMW
BMW
announced it was establishing a plant in Mexico, in the city and state of San Luis Potosi
San Luis Potosi
involving an investment of $1 billion. The plant will employ 1,500 people, and produce 150,000 cars annually, commencing in 2019.[135] South Africa[edit] BMWs have been assembled in South Africa since 1968,[136] when Praetor Monteerders' plant was opened in Rosslyn, near Pretoria. BMW
BMW
initially bought shares in the company, before fully acquiring it in 1975; in so doing, the company became BMW
BMW
South Africa, the first wholly owned subsidiary of BMW
BMW
to be established outside Germany. Unlike United States manufacturers, such as Ford and GM, which divested from the country in the 1980s, BMW
BMW
retained full ownership of its operations in South Africa. Following the end of apartheid in 1994, and the lowering of import tariffs, BMW
BMW
South Africa ended local production of the 5 Series and 7 Series, in order to concentrate on production of the 3 Series for the export market. South African–built BMWs are now exported to right hand drive markets including Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong, as well as Sub-Saharan Africa. Since 1997, BMW
BMW
South Africa has produced vehicles in left-hand drive for export to Taiwan, the United States and Iran, as well as South America. Three unique models that BMW Motorsport
BMW Motorsport
created for the South African market were the E23 M745i (1983), which used the M88 engine from the BMW
BMW
M1, the BMW
BMW
333i (1986), which added a six-cylinder 3.2-litre M30 engine to the E30,[137] and the E30 BMW
BMW
325is (1989) which was powered by an Alpina-derived 2.7-litre engine. BMWs with a VIN starting with "NC0" are manufactured in South Africa. United States[edit]

BMW
BMW
Spartanburg factory

Main article: BMW
BMW
in the United States BMW
BMW
cars have been officially sold in the United States since 1956[138] and manufactured in the United States since 1994.[139] The first BMW
BMW
dealership in the United States opened in 1975.[140] In 2016, BMW
BMW
was the twelfth highest selling brand in the United States.[141] The manufacturing plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina
Spartanburg, South Carolina
has the second highest production of the BMW
BMW
plants worldwide,[142] currently producing approximately 1,400 vehicles per day.[143] The models produced at the Spartanburg plant are the X3, X4 and X5 SUV models. In addition to the South Carolina manufacturing facility, BMW's North American companies include sales, marketing, design, and financial services operations in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Latin America. Marketing[edit] Slogan[edit] The slogan 'The Ultimate Driving Machine' was first used in North America in 1974.[144][145] In 2010, this long-lived campaign was mostly supplanted by 'Joy', a campaign intended to make the brand more approachable and to better appeal to women, but by 2012 BMW
BMW
had returned to 'The Ultimate Driving Machine'.[146] April Fools[edit] BMW
BMW
has garnered a reputation over the years for its April Fools pranks, which are printed in the British press every year. In 2010, they ran an advertisement in The Guardian
The Guardian
announcing that customers would be able to order BMWs with different coloured badges to show their affiliation with the political party they supported.[147] Audio logo[edit] In 2013, BMW
BMW
replaced the 'double-gong' sound used at the end of TV and radio advertisements since 1999.[148] The new sound was described as "introduced by a rising, resonant sound and underscored by two distinctive bass tones that form the sound logo's melodic and rhythmic basis."[149] The new sound was first used in the BMW 4 Series
BMW 4 Series
Concept Coupe TV commercial.[150][151] See also[edit]

Bavaria
Bavaria
portal Companies portal Cars portal

BMW
BMW
Bank BMW
BMW
FIZ BMW Group
BMW Group
Classic List of BMW
BMW
engines ConnectedDrive

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Grunert, Manfred; Triebe, Florian (2006), BMW Group
BMW Group
Mobile Tradition, ed. (in German), Das Unternehmen BMW
BMW
seit 1916, München: BMW
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Group Mobile Tradition, ISBN 978-3-932169-46-5  Kiles, David (2004) (in German), Driven: Inside BMW, the Most Admired Car Company in the World, Wiley, pp. 328, ISBN 978-0-471-26920-5  Schrader, Halwart (2004) (in German), Typenkompass BMW, Stuttgart: Motorbuch, ISBN 3-613-02386-5  Werner, Constanze (2006) (in German), Kriegswirtschaft und Zwangsarbeit bei BMW, München: Oldenbourg, ISBN 978-3-486-57792-1  Noakes, Andrew (in German), BMW. Vom 328 Roadster und der Isetta
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bis zum 5er Gran Turismo, Bath: Parragon Books, ISBN 978-1-4075-6814-0  Schrader, Halwart (2011) (in German), BMW. Passion – Power – Perfektion., Stuttgart: Motorbuch-Verlag, ISBN 978-3-613-03378-8 

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