The BMW, which stands for Bavarian Motor Works, comes from Munich, Germany. BMW actually started as an aircraft engine manufacturer. In fact, the blue and white logo comes from the head-on view of spinning airplane propellers. The company then moved into motorcycle production and, later, to car production. Even from the early years, it became known as a high-quality vehicle manufacturer. The various motorcycle and car editions BMW came out with were entered into many contests and often took first prize. It quickly began to build a name for itself in the German sports vehicle contest arena.
BMW continued to make airplane engines despite its success in the production of personal vehicles. In 1943, it worked on the first ever mass-produced jet engine. This was groundbreaking news and kept BMW in the forefront of the automobile and aircraft production pack. In 1945, it got its first license to repair US Army automobiles in Germany.
BMW experienced some setbacks because of World War I and was not able to produce cars for a few years. The company was discouraged, but did not give up. It had to discontinue production for some years, but came back in 1949 with another successful motorcycle release. BMW went on to become the World Motorcycle Sidecar champion in the ’50s and held the prestigious title for 20 years. It was not until the late ’60s and early ’70s that BMW began to experience significant commercial success with its cars. It continued to produce newer and better cars that rivaled its biggest peer, Mercedes-Benz.
BMW prided itself on dedication to furthering the advancement of car technology. It invested in research until it was able to come out with an on-board microcomputer that improved fuel economy and engine performance. This made BMW a leader in the automobile technology race.
As it grew and began to build and solidify worldwide demand, BMW built additional plants in South Africa, Japan, and, lastly, the US, but its headquarters remained in Munich, Germany. It is still there. Many of the amazing BMW cars and motorcycles are still produced in Germany, but shipped all over the world for luxury car enthusiasts to enjoy. BMW of America, the American division, started in 1975 and continues to operate today. The current American headquarters is located in New Jersey, but the manufacturing plant is in North Carolina. It is the exclusive manufacturers for all X5 and X6 Sports Activity Vehicles.