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Description

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, BMW, is a Germany multinational company that produces premium automobile and motorcycles. Founded in 1916 as an aircraft engine manufacturer, BMW is one of the largest producer in the luxury / premium segment.

History

Founded in 1916, the company was renamed to BMW in 1922. Its first product was an inline-6 aircraft engine during WWI. After the war, BMW produced industrial products, including a motorcycle that was launched in 1923. In 1928, BMW built its first automobile.
During WWII, BMW manufactured aircraft engines as well as motorcycle and automobiles. Due to its involvement in the war effort, BMW's factories were heavily bombed, and the company was banned from making motor vehicles for years.
BMW resumed motorcycle production in 1948 and car production in 1952. The company went through a renaissance in the 1970s and 1980s. In the 1990s, it purchased the Rover Group, from which it still retains the Mini brand, and the rights to the Rolls Royce brand.

Current Lineup

BMW's vehicle lineup has dramatically expanded in the last two decades to include a large selection of cars and crossovers:
  • 1 Series hatchback
  • 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Series & M3, M5, M8 sedans
  • 3, 5 Series wagons
  • 4, 8 Series & M4, M8 coupes
  • 4, 8 Series, Z4, & M4 convertibles 
  • X1, X2, X3, X4, X5, X6, X7, X3 M, X4 M, X5 M, X6 M crossovers (marketed as "Sports Activity Vehicles" and SUVs)
  • i3 electric hatchback
  • iX3 electric crossover

Scores

3.5Good1 reviews
Innovation
Design
Service
Value
“Was once a great brand”
—kylele on 16 May 2020

Products

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BMW X4 M Competition Compact Crossover (F98 facelift)

The facelifted BMW X4 M (F98) Competition is the high-performance variant of the facelifted BMW G02 X4 compact crossover. It is also the sloped-roof variant ...
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BMW X3 M Competition Compact Crossover (F97 facelift)

The facelifted BMW X3 M (F97) Competition is the high-performance variant of the facelifted BMW G01 X3 compact crossover. It features BMW's high-output S58 i...
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BMW X4 Compact Crossover (G02 facelift)

The facelifted 2rd-gen BMW X4 (G02) is the sloped-roof (coupe) version of the compact, two-row X3 crossover. This mid-cycle refresh includes a range of cosme...
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BMW X3 Compact Crossover (G01 facelift)

The facelifted 3rd-gen BMW X3 (G01) is a compact, two-row crossover. This mid-cycle refresh includes a range of cosmetic changes and technology upgrades, and...
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BMW 2 Series Coupe (2nd gen, G42)

The 2nd-gen BMW 2 Series Coupe (G42) is the true descendent of the original 2 Series, keeping its Coupe body style and RWD drivetrain layout. It is confusing...
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BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Compact Executive Sedan (2nd gen, G26)

The 2nd-gen BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe (G26) is the sedan version of the G22/G23 BMW 4 Series. It comes with the same range of drivetrain options and similar di...

Articles

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BMW 1 Series (F40) Review Rundown

BMW 1 Series may have made the switch to front wheel drive but the car has kept its appeal in terms of driving dynamics. The 1 Series also has increased space inside its higher-quality cabin as a result, and BMW offers a range of efficient yet punchy engi
12 Jul 2021
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BMW 4 Series Convertible (G23) Review Rundown

The 2021 BMW 4 Series Convertible represents a departure from the previous two generations of BMW 3/4-series, both of which had a four-section hard-top. Like the G22 coupe, the new 4-series convertible wears at the front BMW's reimagined upright "double-k
28 May 2021
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BMW M3 (2021) Review Rundown

The 2021 BMW M3 remains a driver's car of excellent quality. For the first time in M3 history, a new all-wheel drive system is available for the M3 Competition. In the normal M3 the I6 engine develops 473bhp, while the new M3 Competition steps things up t
22 May 2021
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BMW iX3 Review Rundown

iX3 is the first BMW model to be produced in China for export to key markets. Based on the same CLAR platform as petrol, diesel, and plug-in hybrid versions of the third-generation X3. Its single electric motor is mounted within the rear axle in a compact
21 Mar 2021

Reviews

kylele · 16 May 2020
3.5
Innovation
Design
Quality
Value
Was once a great brand
BMW has been going downhill for some years now. Are they going to add x8 soon? 9 series? grand coupe? Too many models, too few good ones. In the old days, an M5 was something special. Now every diesel ecobox gets an M...
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