What Does BMW Stand For?

December 1st, 2018 by

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Whether you own a new BMW model or you’re just a fan of German engineering, you may have wondered: what does BMW stand for? BMW stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke in German or Bavarian Motor Works in English. This German company, which was founded in 1916, has become one of the world’s most popular brands. Find out more about BMW such as the history of this brand and more below.

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BMW History

Companies Rapp Motorenwerke, Bayerische Flugzeugwerke, and Automobilwerk Eisenach were all a part of the BMW history. What started as Rapp Motorenwerke, then became Bayerische Motoren Werke in 1917, and the company’s first product was a BMW Illa aircraft engine. Because of the engine’s impressive fuel efficiency and performance, the German military requested the Illa engines for battle, causing BMW to experience rapid expansion.

In 1923, BMW decided to test its hand at creating motorcycles, and the R32 model was born. In 1928, BMW decided to produce vehicles when it purchased Automobilwerk Eisenach, and the company’s Dixi 3/15 vehicle became the BMW 3/15. The company continued to build motorcycles, vehicles, and aircraft engines until the start of WWII.

BMW During the War

During WWII, many BMW facilities were heavily bombed and the company had to start the rebuilding process. They were not able to produce motorcycles or automobiles due to a ban by the Soviet Union, and the company started to see downfalls. While they were given permission to build motorcycles again in 1947, they weren’t allowed to build automobiles again until 1952. All of this coupled together and by 1959 the company was near bankruptcy. Eventually, with the help of the new models being produced, the company prevailed. These new models led to the BMW models we know and love today.

Learn More About BMW at Competition BMW of Smithtown

Whether you still have questions about the BMW or you want to see how these models perform on the Smithtown streets, you can head to Competition BMW of Smithtown. Our team will be happy to show off our new inventory of vehicles or talk to you more in-depth about how fast our models can go or about past models like the 1993 BMW M5. If your Commack commute could use an upgrade, contact us at Competition BMW of Smithtown today.

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