An abbreviation for Bayerische Motoren Werke, the brand BMW was established way back in 1917. It was previously part of Rapp Motorenwerke, the manufacturer responsible for supplying aircraft engines to the German Empire during the First World War. After that, the firm was taken into manufacturing parts for motorcycles that were becoming popular. The headquarters were moved to Munich, which became their stronghold for years to come. After serving the Second World War with a supply of aircraft engines once again, BMW finally focused on automobiles.
For several decades, BMW was known or high-performance bikes and luxury cars. It wasn’t until 1978 that the coveted M Division was established with one goal in mind: making the cars go faster. Shortly afterward, the E30 M3 took the world of racing by storm. What separated BMW from the rest of the pack was that they still outsourced their power units to other manufacturers. The McLaren F1, Rolls-Royce Phantom, and Land Rover Defender, all used BMW engines.
Today, BMW stands as an all-inclusive manufacturer. Whether it is sports bikes, grand tourers, luxury sedans, or racy coupes, BMW has you covered. The 3-series is still going strong with sales stretching across the globe. M-Division has been busy with making mean machines to the likes of M8 Competition, X3M, and the awesome M4 Coupe. The i8 is the next step in developing hybrid and electric vehicles for the future. With so much going for it, BMW is the benchmark for German automotive manufacturing.