Bayerische Motoren Werke AG pronunciation (help·info) (BMW; English: Bavarian Motor Works is a German automobile, motorcycle and engine manufacturing company founded in 1917. BMW is headquartered in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is the parent company of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. BMW produces motorcycles underBMW Motorrad and Husqvarna brands.
More than 12,000 "Sport Auto" readers voted her "most sporty cars 2012". With four class wins and six placings on the podium BMW achieved an outstanding result.
The new BMW M5 will secure a class win
The BMW xDrive M550d secured just weeks after the launch of a rank in category "Diesel". The new BMW M5 was at once a victory in his category "sedans over 80 000 €" it. Another class victory was attributable to the BMW 335i coupe in the "coupe to 50 000 €." The triumph of the BMW M GmbH is also completed by the fourth title: The selected "Sport Auto" readers to BMW M "series sporting brand".
The BMW brand was awarded as the most innovative car brand. Even in the "Connected Vehicle" and "security systems", the first place went to Munich developers. With 119 index points, the BMW Group landed in the category "Innovation strongest group" narrowly in second place.
Compared with the N55, the N57 delivers pure, seamless thrust right from standstill – even when you’re easy on the gas pedal – the ZF swiftly shuffling through its eight ratios. It’s perfect for the cut-and-thrust of London, where you’re constantly hustling for the smallest advantage in the traffic. The gobs of instant grunt mean rolling response on the freeway is impressive, too – just wiggle your big toe, and the 535d jumps to attention, allowing you to plug that gap in the fast moving stream of Benzes, Jags, and Range Rovers heading for the Home Counties on a Friday afternoon.
The problem is the N55 is almost impossible to drive smoothly in stop-start traffic. There is a strange hesitation in the power delivery when you accelerate from a standstill – almost as if the turbocharger has to spool – and then a big surge of torque arrives all at once. It’s the single most annoying characteristic of our N55-powered 535i GT long termer.
In the consistent reduction of fuel consumption and emissions, BMW EfficientDynamics reached another milestone: More than two million vehicles worldwide are equipped as standard with the fuel-saving technologies. Already meet approximately 40 percent of all BMW Group vehicles in Europe, the level of 140 g / km of CO2, this is an average consumption of 5.3 l/100km. A proof that environmentally friendly mobility and driving pleasure go together perfectly. Convince them personally. See our best in class BMW model finder also determines your next BMW.
The design of a new BMW originates in an intensive and passionate process. Its most distinctive feature is the unique BMW internal design competition. This is where designers in the disciplines of exterior and interior compete against each other with their proposals. Their ideas and designs are first sketched two-dimensionally on paper or on the computer. They then later assume a three-dimensional form as elaborate clay models or in virtual renderings.
A BMW is not only technologically impressive but also emotionally moving. Characteristic of this is the perfect harmony of proportions, surfaces and details.
The typical combination of long wheelbase, short overhangs, a long bonnet and the rearward-positioned passenger compartment lend each BMW sporting elegance and dynamics even when standing still. The individual character of every model manifests itself through sophisticatedly modelled surfaces and is defined by precise contours. Fine details set multifaceted accents.
Over the past two model generations, the BMW Group has reduced the consumption of its fleet in Europe by more than 25 percent. Made possible by the award-winning BMW EfficientDynamics technology package. What is behind it, is not a single measure, but a whole package of interdependent technologies. They all serve to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, while enhancing the driving pleasure. And the standard in all new BMW models. Thus, already on the way over two million vehicles with BMW EfficientDynamics technologies on the streets.
1932 was the year the BMW AM 4 (Ausfuhrung Munchen 4 Gange - Munich Version 4 Speeds) - a.k.a. BMW's first "real" car - went into production. The AM 4, also called the 3/20 PS, was the successor to the Dixi and the first production car to be built entirely in-house by BMW. The powerplant was a 782cc 4 cylinder unit which featured suspended valves and a double chain driving the camshafts, producing 20 horsepower at 3500 rpm and providing the saloon with a 50 mph top speed.
The origins of BMW trace back to 1913 when Karl Friedrich Rapp, a Bavarian who had been a well-known engineer in a German aircraft company, formed Rapp Motoren Werke in a suburb of Munich. The company specialized in airplane engines however Rapp found that they were problematic and suffered from excessive vibration. Nearby, Gustav Otto, also an airplane specialist, set up his own shop, Gustav Flugmaschinefabrik, building small aircraft. Because of the faulty engines, Rapp Motoren Werke secured a contract with Austro-Daimler, who was unable to meet its demands, to build V12 Aero engines under license. The company expanded too quickly, however, and by 1916 Rapp resigned from the company because of financial troubles. In his place Franz Josef Popp and Max Friz, two Austrians, took over the company. In March that same year, Rapp Motoren Werke merged with Gustav Flugmaschinefabrik to form Bayersiche Flugzeungwerke. It was shortly afterwards renamed Bayersiche Motoren Werke (Bavarian Motor Works), or BMW, forming the company we know today.