A Few Interesting Facts about BMW Group You Ought To Know
One of the world’s largest car manufacturers, Bavarian Motor Works, or BMW Group, as it is popularly known to the world, stepped into the US motor market for the first time in 1956. And, since then it has went on to become one of the highest selling motor brand sin the country.
All that being said, we are writing this post to share some interesting facts about this automobile giant. So, let us begin –
1. BMW Group’s original name was not BMW
Started in 1916 in Munich, Germany, the company’s original name was Bayerische Motoren Werke, which when translated in English means Bavarian plane manufacturing. It was not until 1917 that the company changed its name to Bayerische Motoren Werke, which translates to Bavarian Motor Works. And, as the initial name signifies the company was not into car manufacturing, rather it made planes.
2. BMW Group’s highest production plant is in the US
While BMW is a German car company, the plant with highest production of its models all across the globe is in the US. It must not come as a surprise that the highest production plant of BMW Group is in Greer, South Carolina, since BMW ranks amongst the top selling cars in the country. Talking about numbers, the plant produces close to 1500 vehicles in a single day.
3. BMW Group’s biggest market is in the US
Another interesting fact that one must know about this car giant is that US holds the biggest market of BMW cars. In the year 2015, the company sold 3, 46, 023 cars in the country. In fact, the company has more than 300 dealerships in the country running successfully, which clearly reflects the popularity of this automobile brand in the country.
4. BMW came up with an electric car in 1972
What Tesla is doing today, BMW started with the concept way back in 1972! In fact, it came up with an all-electric car, a version of BMW 1602, one of the most popular models of BMW back in its day. Although it was not an actual product for purchase, it still came to the world as a big innovation.
5. The logo represents a plane’s spinning propeller
The last, and the most interesting point, we have saved for last. The popular logo, which has become a symbol of luxury for car lovers out there, is a reflection of the company’s rich history in plane manufacturing. If you look closely, it symbolizes the spinning propeller of a plane. The color, blue and white are taken from the flag of Bavaria, where the company was originally born.
Bonus fact: BMW Group got into car manufacturing because of WWI
Since you have made it here, we have one last interesting fact about the company for you. If it was not for the World War I, the company would have not stepped into car manufacturing. It was one of the stipulations of Treaty of Versailles, German planes could not continue manufacturing war planes. As a result of this, this plane manufacturer stepped into automobile manufacturing and the rest as they say is history!!!
As you can see, the crowd pleaser Beamer or Bimmer or Beemer, however you may know it, has a long and interesting history that is more than a century old. And, the company continues to grow with every passing day, leading the charge as not just a German car manufacturer but a global automobile giant.
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