11 Interesting Facts about BMW Cars

Ashley | 08 - 27 - 2020
11 Interesting Facts about BMW Cars

BMW is one of the leading luxury car companies in the world. What is BMW known for? BMW is known for its distinct and stylish features and its excellent performance. If you are a great fan of the BMW and want to know more about them, you have come to the right place. In this article, you will learn more about BMW car history, where BMWs are made, and related BMW facts

  1. Originally, BMW was a manufacturer of airplane engines before becoming established in the automotive industry. They made major advancements in the aviation industry for both altitude and speed. The fuel efficiency of the engines they made also attracted many people. They were also manufacturing engines for buses, trucks, and pumps.
  2. What BMW stands for? BMW stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke, but it was originally named BMF which stands for Bayerische Flugzeugwerke. It was changed to BMW only in 1917. BMW company history- Originally, in 1916, Franz Joseph Popp, Karl Rapp, and Camillo Castiglioni started the company but Rappe left the company by 1917. In the earlier stages, they introduced several household items, agricultural types of equipment, etc.
  3. After the treaty of Versailles, German companies were banned from producing engines for airplanes and warplanes. Hence they started manufacturing cars. The first car manufactured by BMW is called ‘Dixi’ and they were badged as ‘BMW Dixi’. Later, an updated model called BMW 3/15 DA-2 was released.
  4. The company was born in Bavaria, Germany. The blue and white colors indicate the colors of the Bavarian flag, this is to pay tribute to its origin. This is where the main headquarters of BMW is located. But many people also believe that the spinning propeller in the logo is designed to indicate the history of BMW as it was in the aviation industry making airplane engines before.
  5. Interestingly, the headquarters located in Bavaria was designed to represent the BMWs famous four-cylindrical engines. This was designed by an Austrian architect professor.
  6. BMW was founded in 1916, and the company recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. Though it is one of the oldest car companies in the world, other car companies still struggle to compete with their modern technologies and features.
  7. It is always a great struggle to get parts of classic cars or motorcycles, BMW is one of the few car companies that still produces parts for its vehicles that were introduced in the 1940s.
  8. The BMW M1 supercar was actually planned to be manufactured by the two major companies BMW and Lamborghini. But, Lamborghini left the project due to financial reasons. Hence, BMW hired Baur, a private coachbuilder to take over the part of Lamborghini. This is how the BMW M1 supercar was made.
  9. BMW introduced its first electric car in 1972 and it was called the BMW 1602e. Sadly, it was never introduced in the market. But it laid a great foundation for BMWs upcoming electric cars.
  10. BMW bought two of the best-known British car brands, the Rolls Royce and Mini Cooper. After the company took over Rolls Royce they introduced Rolls Royce Phantom using their original name in 2003.
  11. If you are a great fan of BMW, you might know how distinct the grille looks. It is called a kidney grille. It is one of the features that is instantly noticeable in a BMW. Its origin dates back to the 1930s and BMW 303 is the first model that was introduced with this feature.

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