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Bayerische Motoren Werke AG

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, abbreviated as BMW, is a German multinational manufacturer of luxury vehicles and motorcycles headquartered in MunichBavaria, Germany. The company was founded in 1916 as a manufacturer of aircraft engines, which it produced from 1917 to 1918 and again from 1933 to 1945.


Automobiles are marketed under the brands BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce, and motorcycles are marketed under the brand BMW Motorrad. In 2017, BMW was the world’s fourteenth-largest producer of motor vehicles, with 2,279,503 vehicles produced. The company has significant motor-sport history, especially in touring carssports cars, and the Isle of Man TT.

BMW is headquartered in Munich and produces motor vehicles in Germany, Brazil, China, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The Quandt family is a long-term shareholder of the company, following investments by the brothers Herbert and Harald Quandt in 1959 that saved BMW from bankruptcy, with the remaining shares owned by the public.

“BMW Group History

Defining moments in the history of the BMW Group

We invite you to take a tour through the history of the BMW Group and describe the most important milestones in its past.

2013 – Launch of the BMW i3.

BMW embarks on a new era of electric mobility. With the BMW i3, the new BMW i brand presented the first all-electric series-production model from the BMW Group. Propelled by an electric motor – and thus entirely emission-free – this vehicle delivers a completely new driving experience that is compelling for its agility and sheer fun. Never has sustainability been so electrifying.

2011 – Mobility Services: DriveNow.

2007 – Opening of BMW Welt.

2005 – The Leipzig Plant starts up production.

2004 – Joint venture in China: Plant Dadong in Shenyang

2004 – The BMW 1 Series – Driving pleasure for the compact class.

2003 – Rolls-Royce Motor Cars launches new Phantom on the market.

2003 – Rolls-Royce Plant Goodwood.

2001 – The MINI – Premium in the small-car segment.

2000 – The BMW Group establishes a new trajectory.

2000 – The Eberhard von Kuenheim Foundation.

1999 – BMW X5: The birth of the Sports Activity Vehicle.

1998 – Rolls-Royce comes to BMW.

1994 – Acquisition of the Rover Group.

1994 – BMW goes to the USA.

1987 – BMW starts up in Regensburg.

1985 – BMW Technik GmbH.

1973 – Worldwide creation of sales subsidiaries.

1973 – The BMW headquarters and the Museum.

1972 – The founding of BMW Motorsport GmbH.

1972 – BMW starts up in South Africa.

1971 – BMW Kredit GmbH.

1969 – Motorcycles to Berlin.

1967 – New location: the plant group Dingolfing.

1961 – The New Class makes a breakthrough.

1951 – The BMW 501. The first post-war BMW automobile.

1945 – The Munich plant is dismantled.

1945 – Reconstruction difficulties.

1942 – Forced labour at BMW.

1941 – BMW in World War II.

1936 – Establishment of the “Shadow Plant” Allach.

1934 – Aero-engine manufacture becomes autonomous.

1923 – BMW R 32 – the first BMW motorcycle.

1922 – Company relocation and new beginning.

1916 – Establishment of BMW.”

*Information from Forbes.com and Bmw.com

**Video published on YouTube by “Alux.com

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