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origins in the aviation industry, story begins in 1910 one Gustav Otto got his pilot’s and founded the Gustav Otto Primarily a builder of military at the onset of World War I, the company to get a contract to build planes for the military because of quality This sent the company financial difficulty and it was ultimately into a new company; Bayerische (BFw).

BFw did get military contracts, but the problems plagued BFw aircraft since the staff was basically the from Otto. However, a effort at reorganization and the enforcement of quality standards soon those issues. BFw went on to the largest aircraft-manufacturing outfit in

Good times ensued, the war ended. With demand for sharply curtailed, the company was to diversify to survive. So it went outfitting kitchens and building

Gustav Otto’s engine was Karl Rapp’s Rapp Rapp also had a deal to V12 aircraft engines for Austro-Daimler. To the production of the V12 engines, Austro-Daimler Franz Josef Popp to the factory. Upon arrival, began to involve himself in the of the company. Popp convinced to bring Max Friz on as an engine and the result was the BMW IIIa.

Designed to be more efficient at altitudes, the engine was essentially a of earlier unsuccessful Rapp

The success of the engine generated an for 600 copies of it, a number Rapp was to produce quickly and efficiently. So a reorganization of the company was undertaken to the capital needed to meet the This brought in investors who edged Rapp out of a controlling in the company. Another result of the design was the realization Rapp’s were in actuality holding the back.

On July 25, 1917, was ousted altogether. Four earlier, the company had been Bayerische Moteren Werke when it had been decided tenure was at an end.

In December of 1917, the new company was registered. It consisted of a black bearing the company name, the blue and white panels of the flag. In the late 1920’s, interpretation of the logo was the blue and field represented a white spinning against a blue

Through the war, BMW concentrated on airplane engines. It went in 1918, and was renamed BMW AG. However the war ended that year and for its products collapsed. Most of the fledexcept oneCamilo Castiglioni, who the rest of them out. He BMW had a future building engines for applications and set Popp to work engines for peacetime purposes; boats, trucks, and motorcycles.

BMW did a deal with Knorr-Bremse; a of pneumatic brakes for trains to its excess production. Knorr-Bremse bought Castiglioni out.

Knorr-Bremse grew the company however it was more interested in its business than building In 1922, Castiglioni repurchased the building part of the company and the BMW with it. He didn’t get the manufacturing though; he just got all the plans, drawings, and machine tools with Popp and Friz. So he production back to the old Ropp

This iteration of BMW’s success came from engines to the Soviet Union. It launched its first motorcycle, the

The company’s first car came in The Dixi was an Austin Seven under license. BMW later the Dixi Company and renamed the the BMW 3/15. BMW’s first model came in 1933. The BMW 303 was a coupe.

The next model in 1936, the 326 four-door sedan. The of World War II found BMW drafted to again produce aircraft time for the Nazi regime’s Reich. The company stopped cars altogether for the duartion of


At war’s end, Germany lost the war and its production facilities blasted into obliteration by raids, BMW found itself out of business. The company tried a of different car modles with success until it bought a to produce the Isetta, an Italian-designed car. The 1955 BMW Isetta the company when it became single cylinder car in the world. profit margins on the Isetta small.

BMW needed a product of its own to get on footing again.

Sensing the of the company despite its financial a number of manufacturers showed primarily to get control of BMW’s designs. However the Quandt ultimately garnered two-thirds of the in BMW and to this day the Quandt family the controlling interest in the company. the way a few interesting cars found way out of the BMW factory, the most notable the legendary 1956 BMW 507 roadster.

However, BMW’s big break with the 1960s development of “New Class” line of

In 1961, the company introduced the BMW compact sedan with the of a sports car. Front brakes, an independent rear system, and the free winding BMW four-cylinder engine made the car an delight to drive. This the driver-oriented DNA of BMW automobiles, which to this day.

Two door of the 1500 appeared in 1966, ultimately evolved into the BMW 2002which in turn evolved today’s mainstay of the BMW marque, the BMW 3 autos.

The forerunner to BMW’s 5 automobiles was launched in 1968, inline six-cylinder engines their way into the New Class Four years later, line of cars became the 5 BMW vehicles. The success of these fostered an expansion farther and the 6 Series vehicles and 7 Series appeared.

With the SUV boom of the late 20 th BMW introduced the X5its take on the SUV The spiritual successor to the 507 emerged in with the introduction of the BMW Z3 sports (The first BMW automobiles in the United States.)

Today, the manufactures a full line of from the compact to the luxury along with a brace of Utility Vehicles. Additionally, the BMW owns the MINI and Rolls brands, in addition to a thriving of motorcycles.

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