52 Facts About BMW


In 2017, BMW was the world's fourteenth-largest producer of motor vehicles, with 2, 279, 503 vehicles produced.

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BMW has significant motor-sport history, especially in touring cars, sports cars, and the Isle of Man TT.

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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.

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BMW's first product was a straight-six aircraft engine called the BMW IIIa, designed in the spring of 1917 by engineer Max Friz.

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BMW became an automobile manufacturer in 1928 when it purchased Fahrzeugfabrik Eisenach, which, at the time, built Austin Sevens under licence under the Dixi marque.

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BMW's factories were heavily bombed during the war and its remaining West German facilities were banned from producing motor vehicles or aircraft after the war.

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BMW resumed car production in Bavaria in 1952 with the BMW 501 luxury saloon.

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Slow sales of luxury cars and small profit margins from microcars meant BMW was in serious financial trouble and in 1959 the company was nearly taken over by rival Daimler-Benz.

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BMW 700 was successful and assisted in the company's recovery.

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Also in 1986, BMW introduced its first V12 engine in the 750i luxury sedan.

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In 2000, BMW sold off most of the Rover brands, retaining only the Mini brand.

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In 1998, BMW acquired the rights to the Rolls Royce brand from Vickers Plc.

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On 18 January 2022, BMW announced a new limited edition M760Li xDrive simply called "The Final V12, " the last BMW series production vehicle to be fitted with a V-12 engine.

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BMW retained Rapp's black ring inscribed with the company name, but adopted as the central element a circular escutcheon bearing a quasi-heraldic reference to the coat of arms of the Free State of Bavaria (as the state of their origin was named after 1918), being the arms of the House of Wittelsbach, Dukes and Kings of Bavaria.

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BMW's shares traded at over €77 per share, and its market capitalization was valued at US 55.

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BMW began production of motorcycle engines and then motorcycles after World War I Its motorcycle brand is known as BMW Motorrad.

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Many BMW's are still produced in this layout, which is designated the R Series.

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Shortly after, BMW started making the chain-driven F and G series with single and parallel twin Rotax engines.

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In 2004, BMW introduced the new K1200S Sports Bike which marked a departure for BMW.

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

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The generation of anti-lock brakes available on the 2006 and later BMW motorcycles paved the way for the introduction of electronic stability control, or anti-skid technology later in the 2007 model year.

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BMW has been an innovator in motorcycle suspension design, taking up telescopic front suspension long before most other manufacturers.

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In September 2018, BMW unveiled a new self-driving motorcycle with BMW Motorrad with a goal of using the technology to help improve road safety.

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BMW Museum is a futuristic cauldron-shaped building, which was designed by Karl Schwanzer and opened in 1972.

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In 2001 and 2002, BMW 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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BMW was the principal sponsor of the 1998 The Art of the Motorcycle exhibition at various Guggenheim museums, though the financial relationship between BMW and the Guggenheim Foundation was criticised in many quarters.

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In 2012, BMW 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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BMW has local assembly operation using complete knock-down components in Thailand, Russia, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia and India.

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BMW group produced 1, 366, 838 automobiles in 2006 and then 1, 481, 253 automobiles in 2010.

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BMW Motorcycles are being produced at the company's Berlin factory, which earlier had produced aircraft engines for Siemens.

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In 2018, BMW recalled 106, 000 diesel vehicles in South Korea with a defective exhaust gas recirculation module, which caused 39 engine fires.

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BMW has collaborated with other car manufacturers on the following occasions:.

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BMW made a six-year sponsorship deal with the United States Olympic Committee in July 2010.

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In rugby, BMW sponsored the South Africa national rugby union team from 2011 to 2015.

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

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Since 1999, BMW has been named the world's most sustainable automotive company every year by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

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The BMW Group is one of three automotive companies to be featured every year in the index.

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In 2001, the BMW Group committed itself to the United Nations Environment Programme, the UN Global Compact and the Cleaner Production Declaration.

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BMW is a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

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In 2012, BMW 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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The BMW Group was rated the most sustainable DAX 30 company by Sustainalytics in 2012.

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In 2012, the BMW-owned subsidiary Alphabet began a corporate car-sharing service in Europe called AlphaCity.

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In 2018, BMW announced the launching of a pilot car subscription service for the United States called Access by BMW, in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Between January and November 2014, BMW sold 415, 200 vehicles in China, through a network of over 440 BMW stores and 100 Mini stores.

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On 7 October 2021, BMW announced to be moving the production of the X5 from the United States to China.

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

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In July 2014, BMW 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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Unlike United States manufacturers, such as Ford and GM, which divested from the country in the 1980s, BMW retained full ownership of its operations in South Africa.

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BMW cars have been officially sold in the United States since 1956 and manufactured in the United States since 1994.

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In 2016, BMW was the twelfth highest selling brand in the United States.

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BMW India was established in 2006 as a sales subsidiary with a head office located in Gurugram.

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In March 2022, BMW left Russian market and stopped importing and producing cars in Russia due to International sanctions during the Russo-Ukrainian War.

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