BMW Motor Manufacturer

The BMW engine was first introduced to the aircraft company after the restructuring of the Rapp Motorenwerke aircraft manufacturing company. BMW or Bayerische Motoren Werke AG is a German automobile, motorcycle and engine manufacturing company founded in 1917.

BMW was forced to cease aircraft engine production after the first world war in 1918 in terms of the Versailles Armistice Treaty. In 1923 the company shifted to motorcycle production, followed by automobile production.

BMW is headquartered in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It also owns and produces the Mini and is the parent company of Rolls-Royce. BMW produces motorcycles under BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna.

BMW's first significant engine was the BMW IIIa inline-six liquid-cooled engine of 1918.

In 1992, BMW acquired a large stake in California based Designworks USA. In 1994, BMW bought the British Rover Group and owned it for six years. By 2000, Rover was incurring huge losses and BMW decided to sell the combine. BMW retained the rights to build the new Mini which was launched in 2001.

Chief designer Chris Bangle announced his departure from BMW in February 2009, after serving on the design team for nearly seventeen years. In July 2007, the production rights for Husqrvarna Motorcycles was purchased by BMW for a reported 93 million euros.

BMW Motorrad plans to continue operating Husqvarna Motorcycles as a separate enterprise. All motorcycle development, sales and production, as well as the current ongoing workforce have remained in place.

In June of 2012, BMW was listed as the number 1 most reputable company in the world by Forbes.com.

BMW M, also known as M-Technik was initially created to facilitate BMW’s racing program, which was very successful in the 1960s and 1970s. M-badged cars traditionally include modified engines and transmissions, suspensions, interior trims, aerodynamics, and exterior modifications to set them apart from their counterparts. All M models are tested and tuned at BMW's private facility at the Nurburgring racing circuit in Germany.

Alpina works closely with BMW and their processes are integrated into BMW's production lines. For the 2011 model year, the B7's twin-turbo 4.4-litre BMW V8 is assembled by hand at Alpina's facility in Buchloe, Germany.

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