BMW is a well-established brand in the car industry and is possibly the best-known German car manufacturer. It has become synonymous with high-performance vehicles that are sophisticated in appearance and comfortable to drive. While many luxury car brands simply cater to the high-end of the market, BMW manufactures a wide range of vehicles with some aimed at the upper-end of the market and other models that are accessible to the regular Joe. While most people are aware of this company due to its long history and the high numbers of cars it has produced, not everyone knows specific details about this company and the vehicles they have manufactured over the years. Even hardcore car enthusiasts may not know many pieces of information about this German automobile company. With this in mind, here are 20 interesting facts you might not know about the car manufacturer BMW.
They Were Founded in 1916
In 1916, Franz Joseph Popp, Karl Rapp, and Camillo Castiglioni founded the company which is based in Munich Germany. They called the company Bayerische Motoren Werke which was later shortened to BMW. This was a sensible move as the original name is such a mouthful. Rappe had already left the company by 1917 and it wasn’t until then that they manufactured their first product. This was the BMW Illa aircraft engine. In the early years of the company, they manufactured a range of products, including railway brakes, household items, and agricultural equipment. They also manufactured engines for buses, trucks, farm equipment, and pumps. This was a necessity at the time as World War I was taking place. Not only did it make it difficult for BMW to find their forte, it was also a necessity of the time for themselves for financial reasons. Furthermore, they were meeting the needs of the surrounding community by creating such a wide range of products.