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Bavarian Motor Works), best known as its abbreviation BMW manufactures German luxury vehicles, motorcycles, and engines. Established in 1916 with Headquarters in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. BMW is the owner of Mini cars and also owns Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. BMW manufactures automobiles under the BMW Motorsport division and motorcycles using BMW Motorrad, and electric autos under the BMW i sub-brand and "iPerformance" models as a part of the regular BMW line. It is one of the top of the top selling luxury automakers in the world. The organization is a part of the Euro Stoxx 50 securities exchange index.

Get The Book: . The Ultimate History of BMW. BMW became an automobile manufacturer in 1929 when it purchased Fahrzeugfabrik Eisenach, which, at the time, built Austin Sevens under licence under the Dixi marque. BMW's team of engineers progressively developed their cars from small Seven-based cars into six-cylinder luxury cars and, in 1936, began production of the BMW 328 sports car. Aircraft engines, motorcycles, and automobiles were BMW's main products until World War II. During the war, against the wishes of its director Franz Josef Popp, BMW concentrated on aircraft engine production, with motorcycles as a side line and automobile manufacture stopped altogether.

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The first auto which BMW successfully built and the auto which propelled BMW toward generatin automobiles was the Dixi, in based upon the Austin 7 with license from the Austin Motor Company of England

In 1992, BMW obtained an extensive stake in California-based DesignworksUSA, an industrial studio which they completely took over in 1995. In 1994, BMW purchased the British Rover Group (which at the time comprised of the Rover, Land Rover and MG brands and along with the rights to retired brands including Austin and Morris), and possessed it for six years. By 2000, Rover was losing large amounts of money and BMW chose to sell them all. The MG and Rover brands were acquired by Phoenix Consortium to form MG Rover, and Land Rover was acquired by Ford. BMW, in the interim, held the rights to manufacture the new Mini, which was available by 2001.

The first BMW automobile was the BMW 3/15 built at first as a "Dixi" from 1927 and 1929 and then after BMW obtained the Dixi business contract in October 1928, in three ensuing renditions as BMWs from July 1929 until March 1932, when BMW surrendered the license under which the Austin designed autos were built. 9,307 Dixi 3/15s were made between 1927 and 1929, which was nearly the same number of autos as all the prior Dixi models together. 18,976 BMW 3/15s were built built from 1929 to 1932.

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1920s

BMW 3/15 (1927-1929)

1927 BMW 3/15
1927 BMW 3/15
The BMW 3/15 was BMW's first car, produced in its initial version as a "Dixi" between 1927 and 1929 and then, following BMW's acquisition of the Dixi business in October 1928, in three subsequent versions as BMWs from July 1929 till March 1932, when BMW gave up the licence under which the Austin designed cars were produced 9,307 Dixi 3/15s were manufactured between 1927 and 1929, which was almost as many cars as all the earlier Dixi models together. 18,976 BMW 3/15s were manufactured between 1929 and 1932.

1930s

BMW 3/20 PS (1932–1934)

1932 BMW 3/20 PS Limosine
1932 BMW 3/20 PS Limosine
The BMW 3/20 PS was the first BMW automobile designed entirely by BMW. It was manufactured from 1932 to 1934, replacing the 3/15 model that was initially an Austin 7 manufactured under license from the Austin Motor Company. The engine used in the 3/20 was based on the Austin Seven engine used in the 3/15, but its crankshaft ran in plain bearings instead of roller bearings and had an 80 mm (3.1 in) stroke, generating a displacement of 48.1 cu inches The new engine design also had a water pump and an overhead valve cylinder head.

BMW 303 (1933–1937)

1933 BMW 303 Limosine
1933 BMW 303 Limosine
The BMW 303 was a small family saloon produced by BMW in 1933 and 1934. It was the first BMW motor car with a six-cylinder engine and the first BMW motor car with the "kidney grille" associated with the brand. The platform developed for the 303 was used for several other BMW cars, including the BMW 309, a four-cylinder version of the 303, the BMW 315, a 1.5-litre version of the 303 which replaced it in 1934 and was built until 1937, the BMW 319, a 1.9-litre version of the 303 produced alongside the 315 from 1935 to 1937, and the BMW 329, a development of the 319 with styling based on the newer, larger BMW 326, that briefly replaced the 319 in 1937.

BMW 328 (1936–1940)

1936 BMW 328 Roadster
1936 BMW 328 Roadster
1940 BMW 328
1940 BMW 328
The BMW 328 is a roadster sports car made by BMW between 1936 and 1940, with the body design credited to Peter Szymanowski, who became BMW chief of design after World War II (although technically the car was designed by Fritz Fiedler).

BMW 326 (1936–1941)

1936 BMW 326
1936 BMW 326
The BMW 326 is a medium-sized luxury sedan produced by BMW between 1936 and 1941, and again briefly, under Soviet control, after 1945. The 326 was BMW's first four-door sedan. It had an innovative design and sold well despite its relatively high price. It also had an unusually involved afterlife. Designed by Fritz Fiedler, the 326 featured a box-section frame that could readily be adapted for derivative models. Also innovative were the torsion bar rear suspension, inspired by the dead axle suspension of the Citroën Traction Avant, and the hydraulic braking system, the first to be used on a BMW car.

BMW 320 (1937–1938)

1937 BMW 320 Cabrolet
1937 BMW 320 Cabrolet
The BMW 320 mid size luxury car was manufactured by BMW from 1937 to 1938, replacing the 319-based BMW 329. It was offered in 2 door saloon and convertible versions. The 320 was built on a shortened BMW 326 frame and used a 326 engine with a single carburetor and an output of 45 hp. The suspension, which was carried over from the 329, consisted of an independent front suspension with a high-mounted transverse leaf spring acting as upper control arms and a conventional live axle on semi-elliptic springs at the rear. The 320 was replaced by the BMW 321 in 1938.

BMW 327 (1937-1941)

1939 BMW 327 Coupe
1939 BMW 327 Coupe
1940 BMW 327 Coupe
1940 BMW 327 Coupe
The BMW 327 is a medium-sized touring coupé produced by the Bavarian firm between 1937 and 1941, and again produced after 1945. It sat on a shortened version of the BMW 326 chassis. The first 327, launched in 1937, was a cabriolet. In 1938, this was joined by a fixed head coupé version. The car was shorter and lower than its sedan counterpart, but shared the famous BMW grill and a streamlined form representative of the more progressive designs of the 1930s.

BMW 321 (1938–1941)

1938 BMW 321
1938 BMW 321
The BMW 321 is a compact six-cylinder luxury automobile produced by the Bavarian firm between 1938 and 1941. After 1945, production of the 321 resumed at the Eisenach plant and continued until 1950. The 321 was introduced at the start of 1939 as a successor to the BMW 320. It sat on a shortened version of the BMW 326 chassis. The 321 differed from the 320 in its front suspension, its larger tires, and its styling. While the 320 used front suspension derived from the BMW 303, with a high mounted transverse leaf spring and lower control arms, the 321 used the front suspension from the 326, with upper control arms and a low mounted transverse leaf spring.

BMW 335 (1939–1941)

1939 BMW 335
1939 BMW 335
1941 BMW 335 Cabrolet
1941 BMW 335 Cabrolet
The BMW 335 is a six-cylinder sports sedan produced by the Bavarian firm BMW between 1939 and 1941. Commercial success for the BMW 326, introduced in 1936, encouraged a move upmarket. This would involve BMW in challenging the dominance then enjoyed by Mercedes-Benz over a lucrative sector, with their 320 and 340 models. The car was sold as a four-door sedan and as a two- or (more unusually) four-door cabriolet.

1940s

BMW 321 (1945–1950)

1947 BMW 321
1947 BMW 321
The BMW 321 is a compact six-cylinder luxury automobile produced by the Bavarian firm between 1938 and 1941. After 1945, production of the 321 resumed at the Eisenach plant and continued until 1950. 8,996 BMW 321s are thought to have been built between 1945 and 1950. Most appear to have remained to the east of the Iron Curtain, many being taken to the Soviet Union as part of a reparations package in respect of the Second World War. Evidence also exists for exports to the west: the car was advertised in Switzerland in 1949 with a retail price of 10,300 Swiss Franks (10,299.23 United States Dollars).

BMW 326 (1945–1946)

1945 BMW 326
1945 BMW 326
The BMW 326 is a medium-sized sedan produced by BMW between 1936 and 1941, and again briefly, under Soviet control, after 1945. The 326 was BMW's first four-door sedan. It had an innovative design and sold well despite its relatively high price. It also had an unusually involved afterlife. A modernized version, badged initially as the BMW 340, emerged around 1948. Despite the nomenclature, it was clear that BMW’s Eisenach plant was no longer under the control of BMW: later BMW 340s, still based on the prewar 326, were badged as EMW 340s following a protracted dispute concerning title to the BMW name. It was, perhaps, a tribute to the 326's perceived excellence, together with the skills of the workers who had struggled to revive it, that the Eisenach plant was permitted to produce the BMW design till approximately 1955, long after the Auto Union assembly facilities at nearby Zwickau had been dismantled and removed to Russia as part of the war reparations package.

BMW 327, grand tourer (1946–1955)

1953 BMW 327 Grand Tourer
1953 BMW 327 Grand Tourer
1954 BMW 327 Grand Tourer
1954 BMW 327 Grand Tourer
After the war, it became clear that the Soviets would not return the Eisenach factory to BMW. BMW-branded automobiles produced between 1946 and 1951 were therefore being produced outside the control of BMW headquarters in Munich. This caused a protracted dispute concerning title to the BMW brand and other assets, but in 1952 it was determined that Eisenach-produced models such as the 327s should be badged as EMW (Eisenacher Motoren Werke) rather than as BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke). EMW changed their badge from BMW's blue and white roundel to a red and white roundel. It is not clear how many of the post war 327s were branded as BMWs and how many as EMWs, but 505 were produced with one or other of the badges.

BMW 340 (1949–1955)

1952 BMW 340
1952 BMW 340
1955 BMW 340
1955 BMW 340
The BMW 340, subsequently rebadged as the EMW 340, was a large six-cylinder four-door passenger saloon produced at Eisenach initially in the name of BMW. Five-door 340 station wagons were also manufactured. It was described in 1948 as the first new car model produced in Germany after the war: despite new body panels, under the skin it was a modified version of the BMW 326 with which it shared its engine and wheelbase, and which had originally been commercialized in 1936. The 326 had nevertheless been an innovative and well regarded product and the 340, which incorporated several improvements, was seen as a desirable car well into the 1950s. Early years were dogged by disputes centred on ownership of the plant where it was assembled and its manufacturers’ rights to use the BMW name. The cars later appeared badged as EMW 340s, and it was under this name that 340s continued to be sold until at least 1953.

1950s

BMW 501 (1952-1958)

1953 BMW 501
1953 BMW 501
1955 BMW 502
1955 BMW 502
The BMW 501 was a luxury saloon fabricated from 1952 to 1958. Presented in 1951 at the initial Frankfurt Motor Show , the 501 was the automobile manufactured by BMW after World War II. The 501 and its variations, including the V8 powered BMW 502, were nicknamed "Rococo Angels" by the German public. The 502 was the first postwar German auto to be built with a V8 engine. Although the 501 and 502 models were discontinued in 1958, varieties of the model, with the same body and platform, were continued until 1963.

BMW Isetta (1953–1962)

1958 BMW Isetta
1958 BMW Isetta
1962 BMW Isetta
1962 BMW Isetta
The Isetta is an Italian-designed microcar built under license in a number of different countries, including Argentina, Spain, Belgium, France, Brazil, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Because of its egg shape and bubble-like windows, it became known as a bubble car, a name also given to other similar vehicles. In 1955, the BMW Isetta became the world's first mass-production car to achieve a fuel consumption of 78 mpg‑US). It was the top-selling single-cylinder car in the world, with 161,728 units sold. Initially manufactured by the Italian firm Iso SpA, the name Isetta is the Italian diminutive form of Iso, meaning "little Iso".

BMW 503 (1956–1959)

1956 BMW 503 Cabrolet
1956 BMW 503 Cabrolet
1958 BMW 503 Coupe
1958 BMW 503 Coupe
The BMW 503 is a two-door 2+2 grand touring automobile from the 1950s. BMW developed the 503 alongside their 507 roadster in an attempt to sell a significant number of luxury cars in the United States. The 503 and 507 cost about twice their projected price and did not recover their costs. During production from May 1956 to March 1959, 413 units of the 503 were built. Even though it was a prestige model it resulted in heavy losses for BMW.

BMW 507 (1956–1959)

1957 BMW 507 Roadster
1957 BMW 507 Roadster
1959 BMW 507 Roadster
1959 BMW 507 Roadster
The BMW 507 is a roadster that was produced by BMW from 1956 to 1959. Initially intended to be exported to the United States at a rate of thousands per year, it ended up being too expensive, resulting in a total production figure of 252 cars and heavy losses for BMW. The BMW 507 was conceived by U.S. automobile importer Max Hoffman who, in 1954, persuaded the BMW management to produce a roadster version of the BMW 501 and BMW 502 saloons to fill the gap between the expensive Mercedes-Benz 300SL and the cheap and underpowered Triumph and MG sports cars. BMW engineer Fritz Fiedler was assigned to design the rolling chassis, using existing components wherever possible.

BMW 700 (1959–1965)

1960 BMW 700 Coupe
1960 BMW 700 Coupe
1965 BMW 700 Coupe
1965 BMW 700 Coupe
The BMW 700 is a small rear-engine car which was produced by BMW in various models from August 1959 to November 1965. It was the first BMW automobile with a monocoque structure. The 700 was a sales success at a time when BMW was close to financial ruin. The 700 was also successful in its class in motorsport, both in its stock form and as the basis of a racing special called the 700RS. More than 188,000 were sold before production ended in November 1965. Upon discontinuing the 700, BMW left the economy car market.

1960s

BMW 3200 CS (1962–1965)

1962 BMW 3200 CS Coupe
1962 BMW 3200 CS Coupe
1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupe
1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupe
The BMW 3200 CS was a sports touring car manufactured by BMW between January 1962 and September 1965. It was designed by Bertone and was introduced at the 1961 Frankfurt Motor Show. More than five hundred were built. The 3200 CS was the final variation on BMW's early postwar luxury platform that began with the 501 introduced in 1951. The styling of the 3200 CS influenced the 2000 CS coupe version of the New Class and the later New Six coupes. It was the first BMW to feature the Hofmeister kink (which would become the symbol of the company).

BMW New Class (1962-1977)

1962 BMW 1500
1962 BMW 1500
1970 BMW 2000
1970 BMW 2000
The BMW New Class was a mid size luxury car line manufactured between 1962 and 1977. These models ensured the solvency of BMW's after the organization's 1950s financial crisis and established BMW's identity as sports sedans.

The initial New Class vehicle was the 1500, followed by the 1800, 1600 and the 2000.a compact 4-door executive auto with a new M10 (at first called M115) OHC 4-cylinder motor. The 2000C and 2000CS extravagance cars were added to the line in 1965.

Replacement of the New Class models started with the larger 2000C and 2000CS coupes, which were supplanted in 1969 by the 6-cylinder E9 2800CS. 4-door vehicles were replaced by the larger E12 5 Series in 1972.

The New Class coupes presented the Hofmeister kink which has been utilized on most BMW autos since. Another New Class vehicle is the iconic 02 Series, which are are shorter New Class sedans.

BMW New Class (coupés), grand tourer (1965–1969)

1965 BMW 2000 CS Coupe
1965 BMW 2000 CS Coupe
1969 BMW 2000
1969 BMW 2000
The BMW New Class coupé range, which comprised the BMW 2000 C and BMW 2000 CS, was a coupé body style built by Karmann for BMW from the summer of 1965 to 1969. In 1965, BMW ended production of their Bertone-bodied 3200 CS coupé, the last of their line of V8 powered luxury cars from the 1950s. BMW decided to continue with a coachbuilt coupé. Based on the New Class platform, the 2000 C and 2000 CS introduced the 2.0 L version of the M10 4-cylinder engine and replaced the 3200 CS as BMW's flagship model in 1965. The New Class coupes were replaced by the E9 coupés, which were based on a stretched 2000CS chassis and use a 6-cylinder engine.

BMW 02 Series (1966–1975)

1966 BMW 1600 Coupe
1966 BMW 1600 Coupe
1975 BMW 1502
1975 BMW 1502
The BMW 02 Series is a range of compact executive cars produced by German automaker BMW between 1966 and 1977, based on a shortened version of the New Class Sedans. The first 02 Series produced was the 1600-2 (later renamed 1602) in 1966. In 1975, the 02 Series was replaced by the E21 3 Series (except for the 1502 model which continued until 1977).

BMW E9 New Six, grand tourer (1968-1977)

1968 BMW 2800 CS
1968 BMW 2800 CS
1977 BMW 6 Series
1977 BMW 6 Series
The BMW New Six was a full-size line of luxury sedans and GT coupes manufactured from 1968 to 1977. All models utilized the then-new M30 straight-6 engine.

The E3 sedan variant, which denoted BMW's return to the luxury full-size sedan market following a 5 year hiatus, was announced as a reaction to Mercedes-Benz's growing market segment. It was essential in establishing BMW as a luxury and sporting cars builder

The E9 2-coupe were manufactured alongside and racing renditions of the coupe enhancing BMW's auto racing reputation.

Compact (1970s-presemt)

BMW 1 Series (2004-present) Compact

2015 BMW F21 Coupe
2015 BMW F21 Coupe
2017 BMW 1 Series LCI
2017 BMW 1 Series LCI
2018 BMW 1 Series
2018 BMW 1 Series
2019 BMW 1 Series
2019 BMW 1 Series
2020 BMW 1 Series
2020 BMW 1 Series
The 1 Series (F20/F21) is the entry level to BMW's current model range. It is produced in 3-door and 5-door hatchback body styles. A 4-door sedan variant (F52) is also sold in China and Mexico.

BMW 2 Series (2014-present) Compact

2017 BMW F22 Coupe
2017 BMW F22 Coupe
2018 BMW 2 Series Convertible
2018 BMW 2 Series Convertible
2019 BMW 2 Series
2019 BMW 2 Series
The 2 Series (F22/F23) is BMW's entry level coupes and convertibles. The 2 Series range also consists of the "Active Tourer" (F45) and "Gran Tourer" (F46) body styles, which are 5-seat and 7-seat MPVs respectively.

BMW 3 Series E21 (1975-1983),(1982-1994),(1990-2011),(2012-present)

1975 BMW 3 Series
1975 BMW 3 Series
2013 BMW F34 Sedan
2013 BMW F34 Sedan
2017 BMW 3 Series Touring
2017 BMW 3 Series Touring
2019 BMW 3 Series G20 Sedan
2019 BMW 3 Series G20 Sedan
The BMW 3 Series is an executive compact auto produced since May 1975. It succeeded the 02 Series and has been manufactured over six generations. The first 3 Series was was only built as a 2-door sedan, although now the model range has since extended to incorporate a 4-door sedan, 2-door convertible, 2-door coupe, 5-door hatchback and a 5-door station wagon.

In 2013, the car and convertible models began to be badged as 4 Series, and the 3 Series no longer incorporates these body styles. The 3 Series is the best selling BMW model, representing around 30% of the BMW's yearly automobile sales total. The 3 Series has won various awards all through its history. The M rendition of the 3 series, M3, began with the E30 M3 in 1988.

BMW 4 Series (2014-present) Compact

2016 BMW 4 Series
2016 BMW 4 Series
2017 BMW 4 Series F32 Coupe
2017 BMW 4 Series F32 Coupe
2087 BMW 4 Series F32 Coupe
2018 BMW 4 Series F32 Coupe
2019 BMW 440i
2019 BMW 440i
2020 BMW 4 Series Electric GT
2020 BMW 4 Series Electric GT
The 4 Series (F32/F33/F36) range is produced in 2-door coupe, 2-door convertible and 5-door fastback ("Gran Coupe") body styles.

BMW Mid Size (1970s-presemt)

BMW 5 Series E12 (1972-present)

1959 BMW 503
1959 BMW 503
1972 BMW 5 Series
1972 BMW 5 Series
1980 BMW 5 Series
1980 BMW 5 Series
1990 BMW 5 Series
1990 BMW 5 Series
2011 BMW 550i
2011 BMW 550i
2016 BMW 5 Series
2016 BMW 5 Series
2017 BMW 5 Series
2017 BMW 5 Series
2018 BMW 5 Series
2018 BMW 5 Series
2019 BMW 5 Series
2019 BMW 5 Series
2020 BMW 5 Series
2020 BMW 5 Series
The 5 Series (G30/G31) range is produced in sedan and wagon body styles. A long-wheelbase sedan variant (G38) is also sold in China. The mid-size BMW 5 Series has been manufactured since 1972. It succeeded the 4-door sedans of the BMW New Class and is now in its seventh generation.

At first, the 5 Series only came in a sedan. The touring body style was added 1991 and the 5-door hatchback ("Grant Touring") was included 2009.

It is the second best selling model after the 3-Series and in produced around half of BMW's profits in 2010

The 5 millionth 5 Series was produced on January 29, 2008, a 530d Saloon in Carbon Black Metallic.

The 5 Series came by its name as being the fifth of the "new series" autos after the V-8 and Isetta era and was the sequel for the dated four-door New Class vehicles. The current BMW naming tradition started with the firstl 5 Series. As of now, seven BMW 5 Series generations have followed each other:

BMW 6 Series E24 (1976-2003)

1978 BMW 635 CSI Coupe
1978 BMW 635 CSI Coupe
1989 BMW 6 Series
1989 BMW 6 Series
2003 BMW 6 Series Coupe
2003 BMW 6 Series Coupe
The BMW 6 Series is a series of mid-size grand tourers. First was the E24, derived from original 7 Series, the BMW E23. The E24 was announced in 1976 to supplant the 3.0CS and 3.0CSi (E9). In 2003, 14 years after production stopped, BMW announced the all new E63/E64 which came as a convertible and a coupe, based upon the E60 5 Series chasis. Models were the 645Ci (later supplanted with the 650i) and the 630i, while the model with the highest performance is the BMW M6. Released in 2011 for the 2012 model year, the third generation F12 and F13 6 series shared a platform and a few motors with the 5 Series (F10 and the 7 Series (F01), and presenting a four-door fastback coupe called a Gran Coupé.

BMW 6 Series E63/E64 (2004-2010)

2004 BMW 6 Series
2004 BMW 6 Series
2010 BMW E63 Coupe
2010 BMW E63 Coupe
The BMW E63/E64 is the second generation of the BMW 6 Series range of grand tourers, and was sold from 2003 to 2010. The body styles of the range are: 2-door coupé (E63 model code) 2-door convertible (E64 model code) The E63/E64 uses a shortened version of the E60 5 Series chassis and subsequently shares many features. The car initially drew criticism, due to its controversial styling and complicated iDrive system.] The M6 model was released in 2005 in coupé and convertible body styles. It is powered by the S85 V10 engine, with most cars sold with a 7-speed automated manual transmission ("SMG III"). The E63/E64 was replaced by the F12/F13 6 Series in 2011.

BMW 6 Series F06/F12/F13 (2012-2017)

2012 BMW 650 Coupe
2012 BMW 650 Coupe
2012 BMW F06 Sedan
2012 BMW F06 Sedan
2016 BMW 650i
2016 BMW 650i
The BMW F06/F12/F13 is the third generation of the BMW 6 Series range of grand tourers, and was launched in late 2011 as the successor to the E63/E64 6 Series. The body styles of the range are: 4-door sedan (F06 model code, marketed as "Gran Coupé") 2-door convertible (F12 model code) 2-door coupé (F13 model code)

BMW 6 Series G32 (2017-present)

2017 BMW 6 Series GT
2017 BMW 6 Series GT
2018 BMW 6 Series
2018 BMW 6 Series
2019 BMW 6 Series GT
2019 BMW 6 Series GT
The G32 BMW 6 Series is the second generation of the BMW Gran Turismo range of fastback mid-size luxury cars, and was launched in 2017 as the successor to the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo
BMW Full Size (1970s-presemt)
The 7 Series (G11/G12) range is produced in the 4-door sedan and long-wheelbase sedan body styles.

BMW 7 Series E23 (1977-Current)

1977 BMW 7 Series Door Sedan
1977 BMW 7 Series Door Sedan
1986 BMW 7 Series Door Sedan
1986 BMW 7 Series Door Sedan
2016 BMW 740i 4 Door Sedan
2016 BMW 740i 4 Door Sedan
2017 BMW 7 Series
2017 BMW 7 Series
2020 BMW 7 Series
2020 BMW 7 Series
The BMW 7 Series manufactured since 1977, is the successor to the E3 "New Six" sedan and is in its 6th generation. The 7 Series is the flagship BMW and is made as a sedan or extended limousine. It generally presents technologies and exterior designs before they trickle down to smaller BMW vehicles

The original 7 Series was powered by straight-6 gasoline engines, and following generations have been included straight-6, V8 and V12 engines with both non-turbo and turbocharging. Diesel engines have been incorporated into the 7 Series since 1995

BMW 8 Series E31 (1989-1991)

1989 BMW 8 Series E31 Coupe
1989 BMW 8 Series E31 Coupe
1991 BMW 850i Coupe
1991 BMW 850i Coupe
The BMW E31 is the first generation of the BMW 8 Series. It is a grand tourer built by BMW from 1989 to 1999 powered by either a V8 or V12 engine. While it did supplant the original E24 based 6 Series in 1991, a common misconception is that the 8 Series was developed as a successor. It was actually in an entirely new model class aimed at a different market, with a substantially higher price and performance than the 6 Series.

BMW 8 Series G14/G15/G16 (2018-present)

2018 BMW 8 Series Coupe
2018 BMW 8 Series Coupe
2019 BMW 8 Series Coupe
2019 BMW 8 Series Coupe
2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible
2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible
The model range was later reintroduced in 2018 with the second generation, G15 8 Series. It is y available in a coupé (G15), a convertible (G14), and four-door Gran Coupé (G16) body styles, as the successor to the F06/F12/F13 6 Series lineup. The G15 8 Series introduces an inline-six diesel engine, and a high-performance M8 model is also expected to be launched in the future.

BMW Crossovers and SUVs (1970s-presemt)
BMW X models refer to the following BMW crossover and sports activity vehicle models:

BMW X1 - F48 - SUV (2009-present)

2009 BMW X1 SUV
2009 BMW X1 SUV
2016 BMW X1 SUV
2016 BMW X1 SUV
2018 BMW X1 SUV
2018 BMW X1 SUV
2019 BMW X1 SUV
2019 BMW X1 SUV
2020 BMW X1 SUV
2020 BMW X1 SUV
based on 1 Series platform. The E84 X1 is the first generation model and was originally presented as the BMW Concept X1 at the Paris Motor Show in 2008. It is based on the same platform as the E91 3 Series Touring, and features similar dimensions including the same 109 inch wheelbase. It was not introduced to the United States until 2012. In 2013, the E84 X1 underwent a facelift, featuring restyled exterior and interior design elements, as well as the integration of BMW Efficient Dynamics on all models. The original X1 sold 820,529 units.

BMW X2 F39 SUV (2018-present)

2018 BMW X2 F39 SUV
2018 BMW X2 F39 SUV
2019 BMW X2 F39 SUV
2019 BMW X2 F39 SUV
2020 BMW X2 M SUV
2020 BMW X2 M SUV
The F39 BMW X2 is a subcompact luxury SUV produced by BMW. It was first released as the BMW Concept X2 at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, with a production version unveiled on October 2017. Sales commenced in March 2018. The X2 is based on the same front-wheel drive UKL2 architecture as the BMW X1 and MINI Countryman, and features the same 105 inch wheelbase length. The X2 is also available with xDrive all-wheel drive on higher end models.

BMW X3 - G01 - SUV (2009-present)

2009 BMW X3 SUV
2009 BMW X3 SUV
2017 BMW X3 SUV
2017 BMW X3 SUV
2018 BMW X3 SUV
2018 BMW X3 SUV
2019 BMW X3 SUV
2019 BMW X3 SUV
2020 BMW X3 M SUV
2020 BMW X3 M SUV
The BMW X3 is a compact luxury crossover SUV manufactured by German automaker BMW since 2003. Based on the BMW 3 Series platform, and now in its third generation, BMW markets the crossover as a Sports Activity Vehicle, the company's proprietary descriptor for its X-line of vehicles. The first generation X3 was designed by BMW in conjunction with Magna Steyr of Graz, Austria

BMW X4 - G02 - SUV (2014-present)

2014 BMW X4
2014 BMW X4
2017 BMW X4 M40i SUV
2017 BMW X4 M40i SUV
2018 BMW X4 SUV
2018 BMW X4 SUV
2019 BMW X4 F98 M G02 SUV
2019 BMW X4 M F98 G02 SUV
2020 BMW X4
2020 BMW X4
The G02 BMW X4 is the second and current generation of the BMW X4 line of subcompact luxury SUV's. It was revealed online on February 2018 as the successor to the F26 X4, with sales commenced in July 2018. The G02 X4 was developed alongside the G01 X3, on which it is based on. The X4 features dual ball joint front axle and five-link rear axle suspension, and uses BMW's Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform that incorporates aluminum and high strength steel. Compared to its predecessor, the X4 is 110 lbs lighter and is 2.0 inches taller, 3.2 inches longer, and 1.5 inches wider.

BMW X5 E53 - G05 - SUV (1999-present)

1999 BMW X5 SUV
1999 BMW X5 SUV
2017 BMW X5 M SUV
2017 BMW X5 M SUV
2018 BMW X5 SUV
2018 BMW X5 SUV
2019 BMW X5 SUV
2019 BMW X5 SUV
2020 BMW X5 SUV
2020 BMW X5 SUV
Based on 5 Series platform, The BMW X5 is a mid-size luxury SUV produced by BMW. The first generation of the X5, with the chassis code E53, made its debut in 1999. It was BMW's first SUV and it also featured all-wheel drive and was available with either manual or automatic transmission. In 2006, the second generation X5 was launched, known internally as the E70, featuring the torque-split capable xDrive all-wheel drive system mated to an automatic transmission, and in 2009 the X5 M performance variant was released as a 2010 model. BMW branded the X5 as a Sport Activity Vehicle (SAV) rather than an SUV, to emphasize its on-road ability despite its size.

BMW X6 - F16- SUV (2009-present)

2009 BMW X6 SUV
2009 BMW X6 SUV
2017 BMW X6 M SUV
2017 BMW X6 M SUV
2018 BMW X6 M SUV
2018 BMW X6 M SUV
2019 BMW X6 SUV
2019 BMW X6 SUV
2020 BMW X6 SUV
2020 BMW X6 SUV
SUV with Coupé roofline, based on X5 platform, The BMW X6 is a mid-size luxury crossover by German automaker BMW. The first generation (E71) was released for sale in April 2008 for the 2009 model year The X6 was marketed as a Sports Activity Coupé (SAC) by BMW. It combines the attributes of an SUV (high ground clearance, all-wheel drive and all-weather ability, large wheels and tires) with the stance of a coupé (styling featuring a sloping roof). It was based on the previous generation BMW 5 and 6 Series. E71 development began in 2003 under Peter Tuennermann, after start of E70 X5 development in 2001. Production began on December 3, 2007.

BMW X7 - SUV (2017-present)

2018 BMW X7 SUV
2018 BMW X7 SUV
2019 BMW X7 SUV
2019 BMW X7 SUV
2020 BMW X7 M SUV
2020 BMW X7 M SUV
SUV based on 5 Series platform. The BMW X7 is a sport utility vehicle manufactured by BMW. It is BMW's flagship Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV). The X7 was first announced by BMW in March 2014] It was officially unveiled on October 17, 2018, with pre-orders being taken online. The X7 will be available at dealers starting in March 2019.

BMW Sports Cars (1970s-presemt)

BMW M1 E26 (1978-1981)

1978 BMW M1 E26
1978 BMW M1 E26
1980 BMW M1 E26
1980 BMW M1 E26
The BMW M1 (BMW type code E26) is a sports car produced by German automotive manufacturer BMW from 1978 to 1981. In the late 1970s, Italian automobile manufacturer Lamborghini entered into an agreement with BMW to build a production racing car in sufficient quantity for homologation, but conflicts arose that prompted BMW to produce the car themselves. The resulting car was sold to the public, from 1978 to 1981, as the BMW M1. It is the first mid-engine BMW automobile to be mass-produced, the second is the i8 hybrid sports car.

BMW Z1 (1989-1991)

1989 BMW Z1
1989 BMW Z1
1991 BMW Z1
1991 BMW Z1
The BMW Z1 is the first model in BMW's line of Z series roadsters (two-seater convertibles), and was produced in limited numbers from 1989 to 1991. The Z1 is unique for its plastic body panels and vertically sliding doors which drop into the door sills. It is one of the first BMWs to use a multi-link rear suspension. The sole drivetrain specification is the 2.5-litre straight-six engine and 5-speed manual transmission from the E30 325i. In 1996, the Z1's successor, the mass-produced Z3, began production.

BMW Electric (1970s-presemt)

BMW i3 101 (2011-present)

2018 BMW I3 Electric
2018 BMW I3 Electric
2019 BMW I3S Electric
2019 BMW I3S Electric
The BMW i is a sub-brand of BMW founded in 2011 to design and manufacture plug-in electric vehicles. The sub-brand initial plans called for the release of two vehicles; series production of the BMW i3 all-electric car began in September 2013, and the market launch took place in November 2013 with the first retail deliveries in Germany. The BMW i8 sports plug-in hybrid car was launched in Germany in June 2014.

BMW i8 112 (2014-present)

2015 BMW I8 Electric
2015 BMW I8 Electric
2019 BMW I8 Electric
2019 BMW I8 Electric
The BMW i8 is a plug-in hybrid sports car developed by BMW. The i8 is part of BMW's electric fleet "Project i" being marketed as a new sub-brand, BMW i. The 2015 model year BMW i8 has a 7.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that delivers an all-electric range of 23 miles under the New European Driving Cycle. Under the United States Environmental Protection Agency cycle, the range in EV mode is 15 miles with a small amount of gasoline consumption. Its design is heavily influenced by the BMW M1 Homage concept car, which in turn pays homage to BMW's last production mid-engined sports car prior to the i8: the BMW M1. The BMW i8 can accelerate from a dead-stop to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds and has an electronic limited top speed of 155 mph. The BMW i8 has a fuel efficiency of 112.0 mpg‑US) under the NEDC test with carbon emissions of 49 g/km. The EPA rated the i8 combined fuel economy at 76 MPGe and 29 miles per gallon when running in pure gasoline mode (after the battery is drained empty).

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