The BMW motor car company
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Founding of the BMW motor car company
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) Translates to Bavarian Motor Works was established in 1913 by a Bavarian named Karl Rapp building aircraft engines named Rapp Motoren Werke. Karl Rapp resigned in 1917 and left the company to Austrian engineer Franz Josef Popp in change and he changed the company name to Bayerische Motoren Werke. Max Friz chief designer that year designed the companies first aircraft engine, the six cylinder type IIIa, this created a strong demand for BMW engines. Then in 1919 the Treaty of Versailles prevented the company building aircraft and aircraft engines so BMW switched to building air brakes for railway cars. The R32 in 1923 was the companies first motorcycle to be developed. The R32 was to hold the world speed record for motorcycles for most of the 1930's.
In 1928 the company acquired Fahrzeugwerke Eisenach (Eisenach Vehicle Factory) A company that makes small cars based in Eisenach, Germany, with this the company entered the automobile business. A line of large touring cars and sports cars began production in the 1930's along with the very successful 328 sports car in1936.
History of BMW motor car company
World War 2 ended in 1945 and Allied forces dismantled the BMW main factories. BMW up until 1948 made kitchen and garden equipment and in 1948 introduced a new inexpensive motorcycle. This resulted in poor sales during the 1950's but in the 1960's every thing turned around with the company focusing on sports sedans and compact touring cars and the company began competing with the likes of Mercedes Benz in the luxury car market in Europe and United States. In 1986 BMW's sales peaked but then dipped partly due to competition from luxury cars like the Lexus made by Toyota and the Infiniti made by Nissan. The removal of the Berlin wall in 1989 led to a huge sale of BMW's in Europe and BMW outsold Mercedes Benz in Europe for the first time in 1992.
BMW and Rolls Royce formed a joint venture to produce aircraft engines for business jets in 1990. In 1992 BMW built its first major automobile plant in the United States, Spartanburg in South Caroline. In 1994 BMW acquired 80 percent of the Rover Group, a British company building small and luxury cars also Land Rover sport, utility vehicles from British Aerospace PLC.
What models and types of cars and automobiles does the BMW motor car company produce?
The models and types of cars and automobiles produced by the company include those detailed on the following list. Whether you enjoy comparing cars and autos, want to conduct some research before you buy a new car or a used car or finally an automobile enthusiast who loves fast, cool, new, old, vintage, classic, antique, sports, top, muscle or exotic cars we have the info you are searching for! Select the automobile you are interested in and click the link for access to an online overview of this BMW vehicle with car guides, online facts, information, statistics, specs, specifications, design details and ratings of cars and autos.