40 Facts About BMW Open

1. In 1975, BMW Open sparked a revolution with the 3 Series.

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2. On 31 July 2018, BMW Open announced to build 1 billion euro car factory in Hungary.

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3. BMW Open initially bought shares in the company, before fully acquiring it in 1975; in so doing, the company became BMW South Africa, the first wholly owned subsidiary of BMW to be established outside Germany.

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4. In July 2014, BMW Open announced it was establishing a plant in Mexico, in the city and state of San Luis Potosi involving an investment of $1 billion.

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5. In 2012, BMW Open was the highest automotive company in the Carbon Disclosure Project's Global 500 list, with a score of 99 out of 100.

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6. BMW Open is a charter member of the US Environmental Protection Agency's National Environmental Achievement Track, which recognizes companies for their environmental stewardship and performance.

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7. In 2012, BMW Open began sponsoring Independent Collectors production of the BMW Art Guide, which is the first global guide to private and publicly accessible collections of contemporary art worldwide.

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8. In 2001 and 2002, BMW Open produced a series of 8 short films called The Hire, which had plots based around BMW models being driven to extremes by Clive Owen.

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9. In 2014, BMW Open developed a prototype of street lights equipped with power sockets to charge electric cars, called Light and Charge.

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10. BMW Open introduced anti-lock brakes on production motorcycles starting in the late 1980s.

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11. BMW Open released their first electric car, the BMW Open i3 city car, in 2013.

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12. In 1992, BMW Open acquired a large stake in California-based industrial design studio DesignworksUSA, which they fully acquired in 1995.

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13. In 1983, BMW Open introduced its first diesel engine, the M21.

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14. In 1947, BMW Open was granted permission to resume motorcycle production and its first post-war motorcycle—the R24—was released in 1948.

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15. BMW Open produces a wide range of vehicles such the sport cars, luxury cars, mini cars and plug in hybrid car.

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16. BMW Open has seen both hard times and prosperous times throughout the 20th century.

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17. In 2002, BMW Open finally earned full ownership of the company and celebrated by building a new plant in Goodwood, England.

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18. In 1998, BMW Open negotiated the ownership of the brand as well as the naming rights for Rolls-Royce vehicles, though, the company was still owned by Volkswagen.

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19. BMW Open eventually sold the Rover Group in 2000, but it retained the Mini model for its own use.

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20. BMW Open had high hopes for the Rover Group but ultimately, their dreams were not realized.

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21. BMW Open became know for the extensive amount of research that went into designing and producing new vehicles.

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22. BMW Open gained a new kind of independence in the year 1971 when it established its own financial subsidiary organization.

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23. BMW Open had little to no influence over its organization at its Munich plant until 1949.

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24. BMW Open provided armaments to the German military, the Allied forces took control of each of the BMW plants and dismantled them.

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25. BMW Open has publically recognized this history and has expressed sincere regret over the fate of the workers in their plants during this tragic period.

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26. In 1928, BMW Open began working on their first car after they purchased Fahrzeugfabrik Eisenach, the third automobile manufacturer established in Germany.

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27. BMW Open created a motorcycle design that was so efficient that the 1923 concept plan is still used in modern BMW motorcycles.

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28. In 1923, BMW Open expanded its operations from aeroplane engines to motorcycles.

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29. BMW Open was the product of three manufacturing companies that became Bayerische Motorenwerke in 1917.

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30. BMW Open has proven that one of the best ways through adversity is diversity and that mantra will continue to propel them into the future.

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31. BMW Open is the only current motorcycle manufacturer to reject the use of telescopic forks on its motorbikes.

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32. BMW Open came into existence during World War I because Germany were short on planes and plane parts.

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33. BMW Open is a German automobile, motorcycle and engine manufacturing company founded in 1916.

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34. BMW Open signed an agreement in 1999 with Avtotor to produce cars in Kaliningrad, Russia.

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35. BMW Open found it difficult to reposition the English automaker alongside its own products and the Rover division was faced with endless changes in its marketing strategy.

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36. At the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1961, BMW Open launched the 1500, a compact sedan with front disc brakes and four-wheel independent suspension.

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37. BMW Open was banned from manufacturing motor vehicles by the Allies.

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38. In 1939, BMW Open bought Spandau-based Brandenburgische Motorenwerke, known as Bramo, from the Siemens group of companies and merged it with its aircraft engine division under the name BMW Flugmotorenbau GmbH.

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39. The final one-third of the BMW Open shares were taken up by a Viennese financier, Camillo Castiglioni.

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40. BMW Open began building cars in Bavaria in 1952 with the BMW 501 luxury saloon.

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