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Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) is a German automobile, motorcycle and engine manufacturing company founded in 1916. It also owns and produces more

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) is a German automobile, motorcycle and engine manufacturing company founded in 1916. It also owns and produces the MINI brand, and is the parent company of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. BMW produces motorcycles under BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna brands. BMW is known for its performance and luxury vehicles.

After World War I, BMW was forced to cease aircraft (engine) production and the company consequently shifted to motorcycle production in 1923, followed by automobiles in 1928–29. In 1959 the automotive division of BMW was in financial difficulties and a shareholders meeting was held to decide whether to go into liquidation or find a way of carrying on. It was decided to carry on and to try to cash in on the current economy car boom. The rights to manufacture the Italian Iso Isetta were bought; the tiny cars themselves were to be powered by a modified form of BMW''s own motorcycle engine. This was moderately successful and helped the company get back on its feet.

In 1994, BMW bought the British Rover Group and owned it for six years. By 2000, Rover was making huge losses and BMW decided to sell the combine. The MG and Rover brands were sold to the Phoenix Consortium to form MG Rover, while Land Rover was taken over by Ford.

The 1 Series, launched in 2004, is BMW''s smallest car, and is available in coupe/convertible and hatchback forms. The 3 Series, a compact executive car manufactured since 1975, is currently in its fifth generation. The 5 Series is a mid-size executive car, available in the sedan and station wagon forms. The 5 Series Gran Turismo beginning in 2010, will create a segment between station wagons and crossover SUV.

BMW''s full-size flagship executive sedan is the 7 Series. BMW introduced many of their innovations first in the 7 Series, such as the iDrive system. The 7 Series Hydrogen, featuring one of the world''s first hydrogen fueled internal combustion engines, is fueled by liquid hydrogen and emits only clean water vapor. The latest generation debuted in 2009. Based on the 5 Series'' platform, the 6 Series is BMW''s luxury sport coupe/convertible. A two-seater roadster and coupe which succeeded the Z3, the Z4 has been sold since 2002.

The X3 was BMW''s first crossover SUV. It made its debut in 2003 and is based on the E46/16 3 Series platform. The all-wheel drive X5 is a mid-size luxury SUV sold by BMW since 2000. The X6 is marketed as a "Sports Activity Coupe" (SAC) by BMW. The upcoming X1 extends the BMW Sports Activity Series model lineup.

BMW India was established in 2006 as a sales subsidiary in Gurgaon (National Capital Region). A state-of-the-art assembly plant for BMW 3 and 5 Series started operation in early 2007 in Chennai. Construction of the plant started in January 2006 with an initial investment of more than one billion Indian Rupees. The plant started operation in the first quarter of 2007 and produces the different variants of BMW 3 Series and BMW 5 Series.

BMW Road Tests / First Drives

BMW reviews, road tests and comparisons by CarWale Experts.

  • BMW 3-series
    BMW 3-series

    Ninad Mirajgaonkar, 14 Feb 2013

    Is the BMW 320d SportLine truly the ‘Ultimat3’ sports sedan for India? Ninad Mirajgaonkar finds out.

  • Boom Boom Bimmer
    Boom Boom Bimmer

    Rachit Hirani, 03 May 2011

    December 2010 was a great month for BMW as it unveiled a product that was its cheapest yet, the X1. But, the trust in BMW ensured buyers did not look down upon it; instead they ...

  • Style Accessory
    Style Accessory

    Vikrant Singh, 01 Aug 2011

    The BMW 6-series is not just a car; it’s a style accessory that not many can carry off. But how is it as a car, and is it worth the huge sticker price? We drive it to find ...

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BMW User Reviews

Recent user reviews on BMW cars.

  • Trapped with BMW.

    on BMW 3 Series by richa.johri, 14-Apr-2014
    Hi my parents, recently bought (Nov'13) 320D from Infinity Cars (Indore) and this what their experience is, "I am an unfortunate, punished customer of BMW 320D which I bought in [...]


    on BMW 3 Series by Umang.Saxena0109, 24-Mar-2014
    Hi, I am a Sad owner of BMW 320d 2012 ( new shape ) and owning a BMW has only filled my life with Sorrow, misery & sadness. In last 02 months I have taken my car to Bird Auto 07 [...]

  • Dr Pradeep gupta

    on BMW X1 by Praveen Gupta, 23-Mar-2014
    Exterior Good, I like kidney shaped grill, looks front side and back chrome looks, body coloured mirrors and handles, motorised, this is excellent car for two people, best car in this [...]

  • Mr Varanasi Viswanath

    on BMW 3 Series by Varanasi Viswanath, 20-Mar-2014
    Exterior is very good and attractive. Interior (Features, Space & Comfort) Good and comfortable. Engine Performance, Fuel Economy and Gearbox Very good. Ride Quality & [...]

  • Great car but fails due to Run flat failures and no spare

    on BMW 5 Series by Nj, 02-Feb-2014
    I got this car in late 2012 after an extensive comparison with Audi and Mercedes. I really liked the model 530d and bought it. It had been very satisfying experience with the car [...]

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