BMW Bayerische Motoren Werke AG Munich Bavaria Germany 1916 — Chapter 2

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1980s

1987 BMW 520i LUX - BMW 5-Series (E28)1988 BMW 528ea1 E28 USABMW 520 El MedanoBMW 525i E28 01BMW 525i E28 02BMW 535is USABMW E28m5engine01BMW M5sig (E28) USAE28 5 series compact mid-sized sedan 1981–1988

1988-1990 BMW 320i (E30) convertible1988-1991 BMW 318i (E30) 2-door sedan 011990 BMW 318i (E30) 4-door sedan 011990 BMW 320is 3-4 ant destra saloon1991 BMW 325iX 2-dr, rear rightBMW E30 TouringBMW M20B25 E30 325iE30 3 series sedan, convertible and estate 1982–1994

BMW Z1 frontBMW Z1Z1 roadster 1989–1991

1987 BMW 735i grey vr TCE

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BMW E32 FrontE32 7 series large sedan 1986–1994

BMW 525i E34 USA with narrow grilleBMW 525i Edition Heck

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Bmw 535i m30b35-rightBMW E34 525i skylineBMW E34 rear europaBMW M5 engine S38 B36 PLE34 5 series mid-sized sedan 1988–1996

BMW 840 Ci Sport center consoleBMW 840 Ci Sport E31 M62 V8 engineBMW 840 Ci Sport front BMW 8 Series (E31)BMW 840 Ci Sport rearBMW 850 CSi S70 V12 E31 engineBMW 850i cabrio 8 E31 2015 BME MuseumBMW 850i-ci M70 V12engine E31E31 8 series 2+2 coupe 1989–1999

1990s

1991-1996 BMW 318i (E36) sedan 031993 Bmw e36 325i rear1993 Bmw e36 325i1995-1996 BMW 328i (E36) convertible 021996 BMW M3 E36 coupe1996-1998 BMW 323i (E36) sedan 021998 BMW 328i1999 BMW e36 329iS coupeBMW 3-Series convertible E36BMW 3-Series E36 sedan USABmw 316 e36 engine bay-2BMW E36 Touring HeckBMW M3 E36 berlineBMW-318ti E36BMW-BAUR-TC4(2)Convertible E36E36 3 series sedan, coupe, convertible and touring 1990–2000

1997 BMW 318ti E361998 BMW 316i (E36) hatchback 011998 BMW 316i (E36) hatchback 022014-07-05 NADT Peter Hayden 4BMW 316g logoBMW E46 compact frontBMW E46 compact rearE36 Compact hatchback 1993–2000 (first-generation Compact)

1995 BMW Z3 Roadster James Bond Edition2002 Bmw Z3M coupe frontBMW Z3 black hBMW Z3 black hlBMW Z3 Power hardtopBMW Z3 rearBMW Z3BMWZ3 4ZylBMW-Z3-CoupéZ3 coupe and roadster 1996–2002

M coupe 1998–2002 (first-generation M Coupe)

1996 BMW E38 740iA-interior1997 BMW E38 L7 exterior1997 BMW E38 L7 rear interior1998–2000 BMW E38 735i Sedan1999 BMW E38 728i2001 BMW E38 740iL (Facelifted) (US)BMW 7 series tomorrow never diesBMW 7er (E38) 20090314 frontE38 7 series large sedan 1994–2001

1996-00 BMW 5-Series E39 sedan before facelift1997-00 BMW E39 rear1998 BMW E39 Touring rear before facelift2000-03 BMW 525i (E39) Executive sedan012000-03 BMW 525i (E39) Executive sedan022000-03 BMW 530i (E39) Sport sedan 01BMW 525i station wagon Touring (Japan)BMW E39 gotttobi Angel Eyes MsportE39 5 series mid-sized sedan 1995–2003

2000-03 BMW X5 (E53) 4.4i 022003-06 BMW X5 (E53) 3.0d 012003-06 BMW X5 (E53) 3.0d 022004-06 BMW-X5E53 X5 mid-sized SUV 1999–2006 (BMW’s first SUV)

1998-01 BMW 3-Series (E46)1998-01 BMW E46 convertible1998-2001 BMW 318i (E46) sedan1998-2001 BMW 328i sedan E462000-03 BMW 330Ci (E46) coupe032000-2003 BMW 330Ci (E46) coupe022002-05 BMW 320i (E46) Touring2005 BMW 330Ci ZHP Silver E46BMW E46 Cabrio rearBMW E46 frontBMW E46 rear 2BMW M3 CSL E46 rrBMW M3-csl E46BMW M56 SULEV 2 (E46)BMW M56 SULEV1 (E46)E46 3 series sedan, coupe, convertible and touring 1998–2006

BMW Alpina Z8 hardtopBMW Z8 01BMW Z8 InterieurBMW Z8E52 Z8 roadster 1999–2003

2000s

BMW E46 compact frontBMW E46 compact rearE46 Compact hatchback 2000–2004 (second-generation Compact)

2006 BMW 730d (E65) sedan 01BMW 730d (E65) Facelift frontBMW 730d (E65) Facelift rearBMW 745i 2BMW 760Li E66 before face liftBMW E65 iDrive CBSBMW E65 iDrive Controller UpdateBMW E65 iDrive LCI 7 Series ClimateBMW E65 iDrive LCI SettingsBMW E65 Key FobBMW E65 LCI Centre StackBMW E65 rearBMW E65 rear aBMW E65 rearBMW Hydrogen 7 E65E65/66/67/68 large sedan 2002–2008

2006 BMW Z4 (E85) 2.5si convertible 012006-07 BMW Z42007 BMW Z4 3.0si CoupeBMW Mille Miglia conceptBMW Z4 hatch USAE85/E86 Z4 roadster/coupe 2002–2008 (first-generation Z4)

2003-06 BMW X3 rear2006-08 BMW X3 (E83) 2.5si wagon 012006-08 BMW X3 (E83) 2.5si wagon Australia2007 BMW X3 CC Jutta Kleinschmidt Dakar2011 BMW X3 (F25) xDrive28i wagon 012011 BMW X3 (F25) xDrive28i wagon Australia2015 BMW X3 (F25 LCI) xDrive20d wagonBMW X3 frontE83 X3 crossover SUV 2003–2010

2004-2007 BMW 525d (E60, 5-Series) saloon in Cyberjaya, Malaysia (02)2006-07 BMW 530xi Rear2007-2010 BMW M5 (E60) sedan 012007-2010 BMW M5 (E60) sedan 02BMW 530i (E60) Facelift frontE60 5 series mid-sized sedan 2003–2010

1999 BMW Z9GT E63-E64 022004 BMW 645Ci Sport2004 BMW 645Ci Sport2007 BMW 635d SportBMW 6er Coupé Facelift frontBMW 6-Series Cabriolet E63-E64BMW 645ci E64 rearBMW 645Ci rearBMW 650i 6er Coupé (E63) Facelift rearBMW M6 CoupéE63/E64 mid-sized coupe/convertible 2003–2011

E61 estate 2004–2011

2007-08 BMW X5 4.8i2010 BMW X5M2010-2011 BMW X5 (E70) xDrive35i wagon 022011 BMW X5 (E70, Facelift)BMW V8 engine X5BMW X5 II M-Sportpaket rearBMW X5M EngineE70 X5 mid-sized SUV 2006–present (second-generation X5)

2007 BMW X6 concept2008-10 BMW X6 (E71) xDrive35d wagon 022008-10 BMW X6 (E71) xDrive35d wagon2011 BMW X6 M (E71) 022011 BMW X6 M (E71)2012 BMW X6 hybrid2014 BMW X6 (F16) M50d wagon 012014 BMW X6 (F16) M50d wagon 02BMW X6-ActiveHybrid Rear-viewE71 X6 mid-sized crossover 2008–present (2-door version of X5)

2010 BMW 120i (E87) 5-door hatchback 012012 BMW 125i (F20) 5-door hatchback 01BMW 118i Urban Line (F20)BMW 118i Urban Line (F20)HeckansichtBMW E87 frontE81/E87 1 series hatchback 2004–2011 (first-generation 1 Series)

E82/E88 1 series small coupe/convertible 2007–2011

2010-2011 BMW X1 (E84) sDrive20d wagon 01 Pre facelift Australia2010-2011 BMW X1 (E84) sDrive20d wagon 02 Pre facelift Australia2013 BMW X1 (E84 LCI MY13) sDrive20i wagon 012013 BMW X1 (E84 LCI MY13) sDrive20i wagon 022015 BMW X1 Activeflex Maringa2016 BMW X1 xDrive25d (F48)BMW X1 xDrive20d (E84, 2. Facelift)X1 compact crossover SUV 2009–present

2003-06 BMW X3 rear2006-08 BMW X3 (E83) 2.5si wagon 012006-08 BMW X3 (E83) 2.5si wagon 022011 BMW X3 (F25) xDrive28i wagon 012011 BMW X3 (F25) xDrive28i wagon 022015 BMW X3 (F25 LCI) xDrive20d wagonBMW X3 frontBMW X3 M-Sportpaket (F25)X3 crossover 2004–present

2005-08 BMW 320i (E90) sedan 012005-08 BMW 320i (E90) sedan 022006 BMW 325i pre facelift NHTSA USA2006-10 BMW 325i (E92) coupe 012006-10 BMW 325i (E92) coupe 022007-09 BMW 325i (E93) convertible 022008 BMW 3er (E90) Facelift front2008 BMW 3er (E90) Facelift rear2008-10 BMW M3 (E90) sedan 04BMW 320si Andy Priaulx WTCC 01BMW 328i wagon E91 USABMW E92 M3 AlpinweißBMW E93 325i Saphirschwarz offen HeckE90/E91/E92/E93 3 series sedan/touring/coupe/convertible 2005–2011

2009 BMW 750i rear2013 BMW B7 Alpine Limousine2014 BMW 750Ld Serie 7 LimousineBMW 730d xDrive (F01)FrontansichtBMW 740d (F01) rearBMW ActiveHybrid 7 (F04) rearBMW Alpina B7 BiTurbo Limousine LongF01/F02/F03/F04 7 series large sedan 2008-

2012 BMW Z4 E89 Zagato 12012 BMW Z4 E89 Zagato 22012 BMW Z4 E89 Zagato Coupe2014 BMW Z4 E89 35isBMW Z4 (E89) frontBMW Z4 E89 iDriveBMW Z4 E89 InsideBMW Z4 E89 sDrive23i convertibleBMW Z4 GT3 E89BMW Z4 GTE 56 E89E89 roadster 2009–present (second-generation Z4)

2010 BMW 528i (F10) sedan 012011 BMW 535i NHTSA 2 USABMW 5er GT frontjpgBMW 5-Series F18 Li ChinaBMW 520d Touring (F11) rearBMW M5 (F10) rr Ottawa blackBMW M5 F10 (8694398487)F10 5 series mid-sized sedan 2009–present

F11 5 series mid-sized estate 2009–present

2009 BMW 5-Series F07 GT 02 China2010-11 BMW 550i GT 1F07 5 series GT 4-door coupe 2009–present

2010s

2011 BMW 6 12012 BMW 6 Motorshow Geneva 44302014 BMW 650i Xdrive rearBMW’s 6 Series Gran Coupé and the Paranal ObservatoryF12/F13 6 series midsized coupe/convertible 2011–present

F20/F21 1 series hatchback 2011–present

F25 X3 crossover SUV 2011–present

2012 BMW 328i F30 Armaturenbrett2012 BMW 328i F30 hl2012 BMW 328i F30 Motorraum 12012 BMW 328i F30 vl 22012 BMW ActiveHybrid 32013 BMW 320d Touring (F31) HeckansichtBMW 3 Series (F35), side view long wheelbase

F30 3 series compact sedan 2012–present

2014 BMW X5 (F15) sDrive25d wagon 022014 BMW X5 (F15) xDrive30d wagon 012015 BMW X5 M (MSP15)BMW X5 plug-in hybridF15 X5 mid-sized SUV 2013–present

2011 BMW i3 Concept IAA2014 BMW i3 Frontansicht2014 BMW i3 Heckansicht2014 BMW i3 REx SAO2015 BMW i3 014 BSB with range extender REx2015 BMW i3 charging in Amsterdam(2)2015 BMW i3 in San Francisco

BMW Concept ActiveE
BMW Concept ActiveE

BMW i3 01BMW i3 charging on_Autolib' station in Paris trimmedBMW i3 charging portBMW i3 control panelBMW i3 on Tour Colmore RowBMW i3 SFO white & green sticker zoom inBMW-i3-Electric Drive unit 2BMW-i3-SideMEGA-NYT low res Mega City Vehicle-MCVi3 compact electric city car 2013–present

BMW X4 2014–present

Concepts and prototypes

BMW CS

BMW Concept CS

1972 BMW Turbo hl1972 BMW Turbo red vr TCE1972 Turbo

1990 M8: A high-performance version of the 8 Series coupe designed to compete with the likes of Ferrari.

1991 E1 Electric car.

1993 Z13

Bmw_k100_engine_i4_1000cc_k100rs1995 Just 4/2 A two-seater open sports car with a BMW K series motorbike engine positioned behind the driver and passenger.

1995 bmw z18 concept 31995 Z18

1997 Z07 Concept Previewed the Z8 sports car

BMW_Z9_Concept_Car1999 Z9 Concept Designed by Adrian van Hooydonk that marked a departure from BMW’s traditional conservative style, causing some controversy among BMW enthusiasts. This later on became the 6 Series.

750hL At Expo 2000. A 7 Series sedan powered by a hydrogen fuel cell engine. As of March 2007, there are as many as 100 750hL vehicles worldwide for testing and publicity purposes.

Bmw_x-coupe2001 X-Coupe

2002 xActivity Concept Previewed the E83 X3

2002 CS1 Concept Previewed the E8x generation 1 series

2006 BMW Mille Miglia Coupe Concept

2007 Concept CS

2008 Concept 1 Series tii Previewed BMW Performance Parts to be made available on the E82 1 Series

BMW_Gina_Museum2008 GINA Based on the structure of a Z8 with a light fabric skin and hydro-electric technology to allow the shape to change.

2008 Concept X1 Previewed a compact Sports Activity Vehicle

2009 BMW 535i GT (F07)_front-22013 BMW 3 series GT2008 Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo First of the BMW Progressive Activity Series

2008 M1 Hommage

BMW C1 200 executive, family friend, C1 125 base, executiveBMW C1 family friend with storage box (laterale)BMW C1 FF 200 (frontale)BMW C1executive1 scooter2009 C1-E An electric version of the C1 scooter

Munich-BMW-Welt-i8-InteriorLondon_01_2013_BMW_Vision_Efficient_Dynamics_5684iaa-by-RalfR-248iaa-by-RalfR-246BMW_i8_NY_Auto_Show_2014BMW_i8_IAA_2013_02_croppedBMW_i8_IAA_2013_01BMW_i8_Frontside_2BMW_i8_FrontsideBMW_i8_ConsoleBMW_i8_Concept_rearBMW_i8_Concept_IAA_sideBMW_i8_Concept_IAA_frontBMW_i8_Concept_IAABMW_i8_ConceptBMW_i8_CockpitBMW_i8_BacksideBMW_Concept_Vision_Efficient_Dynamics_Front2013 BMW i8 IAA2009 Vision EfficientDynamics BMWi8 concept

2010 5 Series Concept ActiveHybrid

2010 Concept Gran Coupe Previewed the F14 6 series Gran Coupe

2010 Concept 6 Series Coupe Previewed the F12 / F13 6 Series Coupe and Convertible

TheBMWVisionConnectedDrive2010 Vision ConnectedDrive Previewed future BMW communications technology

2011 328 Hommage

MEGA-NYT_low_res2011 i3 Concept Previewed the i3 premium compact electric vehicle

2011 i8 Concept Previewed the future production i8 plug-in hybrid electric sports car

2012 M135i Concept Previewed the M Performance variant of the F20 1-Series hatchback

2012 Zagato Coupe

2012 Zagato Roadster

2012 Concept Active Tourer Previewed future FWD BMW vehicle architecture and the new 2-Series Gran Turismo

2012 i3 Concept Coupe Previewed a potential coupe version of the future production i3 premium compact electric vehicle

2012 i8 Concept Spyder Previewed a potential spyder version of the future production i8 plug-in hybrid electric sports car

2013 BMW Concept X4 Previewed the F26 X4 Sports Activity Coupe

2013 Concept 4 Series Coupe Previewed the F32 4-Series Coupe

2013 BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe

2013 BMW Concept M4 Previewed the F82 M4 and F80 M3

2013 BMW Concept X5 eDrive Previewed the future F15 X5 plug-in hybrid

2014 Vision Future Luxury Concept Previewed the G11 7-Series and potential 9-Series flagship

M models

Bmw M logo

2010 BMW X5MBMW 1-Series MBMW E24 6er sstBMW E34 M5

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BMW M 2000mqpBMW M1 1BMW M3 E30 frontBMW M3 E36 coupeBMW M3 E46 Cabrio sideBMW M3BMW M5 V10 E60 front leftBMW M5BMW M6 CoupéBMW X6 M (E71)BMW Z4 M Roadster 02M E28 5sig

Main article: BMW M § Lineup

Production series codes

BMW 501 BarockengelBMW 501 — (1952–1958) 6 cylinder Limousine

BMW 502 V8 3,2 LBMW 502 — (1954–1964) 8 cylinder Limousine

BMW 503 ClassicRemiseBerlinBMW 503 Coupé 03

BMW 503 coupe (front)BMW 503 — (1956–1959) 8 cylinder Coupe and Cabriolet

BMW 507 1BMW 507BMW 507 — (1955–1959) 8 cylinder Roadster

BMW 3200 CS convertibleBMW 3200 CSBMW 3200 CS — (1956–1959) 8 cylinder Coupe and 1 Cabriolet

BMW Isetta 100BMW Typ100 — (1955–1962) Isetta

BMW 600BMW Typ106 — (1957–1959) 600

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bmw-700

BMW 700 convertibleBMW Typ110 – (1961–1964) 700 Cabriolet

BMW 2002_2-door

BMW Typ114 — (1966–1976) 1600-2, 1602-2002TI, 1502

1963 BMW 1500 FrontSeitBMW Typ115 — (1963–1964) 1500

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABMW Typ116 — (1964–1966) 1600

1965 BMW 1800 TI-SA white_vr_TCEBMW Typ118 — (1963–1971) 1800-1800TI/SA

BMW_2000CS

BMW Typ120 — (1966–1970) New Class Coupe 2000C/CS

BMW 2000 tii vr neonyellow_TCEBMW Typ121 — (1966–1972) 2000-2000tii

BMW 2800 (E3) New Six sedan-saloonBMW E3 — (1968–1977) 2.5, 2.8, 3.0, 3.3 “New Six” Sedans

BMW 3,0 CS E9 cBMW E9 — (1969–1975) 2800CS, 3.0CS, 3.0CSL “New Six” Coupes

BMW E12 Facelift (1976−1981)BMW E12

BMW M5 F10BMW M535i  M5— (1974–1981) 5 Series Sedan/M535i Sedan

1982 BMW e21 316BMW E21 — (1976–1983) 3 Series Sedan/Convertible

1983-86 BMW 735i (E23) sedan 01 1984 BMW 733i E23 rear BMW 728i E23 rear BMW E23 ParkBMW E23 — (1977–1986) 7 Series Sedan

1980's BMW 635CSi E24 1984-86 BMW 635 CSi E24 1986 BMW M6 E24 BMW 633 CSi E24 Front-Side BMW M635CSi engine PL E24BMW E24

1986 BMW M635 CSi, San Diego, CA 2012 BMW M6 convertible 2013 BMW M6 coupe NYIAS 2014 MY BMW M6 gran coupe BMW E63 M6 CoupéBMW M635i — (1976–1989) 6 Series Coupe/M635i Coupe

1980-05-24 Nelson Piquet im BMW M1, Nürburgring Südkehre BMW Engine M88 from a M1 BMW M1 1 BMW M1 Hommage1 BMW M-M1BMW E26 — (1978–1981) M1 Coupe

1987 BMW 520i LUX E28 1988 BMW 528 E28 ea1 BMW 520 E28 El Medano BMW 525i E28 01 BMW 525i E28 02 BMW 535is E28 USA BMW E28m5 engine 01 BMW M5sig (E28)BMW E28

BMW M5 E28 — (1981–1987) 5 Series Sedan/M5 Sedan

1988–1990 BMW 320i (E30) convertible (Australia) 1988-1991 BMW 318i (E30) 2-door sedan 01 1990 BMW 318i (E30) 4-door sedan (Australia) 1990 BMW E30 320is saloon 1991 BMW 325iX 2-door E30 (US) 1991-1992 BMW E30 Touring BMW E30 325i EngineBMW E30

1995 BMW M3 GT Individual 1995 BMW M3 Lightweight front 1995–1999 BMW M3 (E36) coupe (Australia) 1995–1999 BMW M3 (E36) coupe, photographed in Cronulla, New South Wales, Australia. 1998 BMW M3 Evolution Imola Individual number 42-50 Shown here 2007–2008 BMW M3 (E92) coupe (Australia) 2007-2008 BMW M3 (E93) convertible (United States) 2008–2010 BMW M3 (E90) saloon (Australia) 2009 BMW M3 2010 BMW_M3_GT2_ILMC_Zhuhai_2010 2014 BMW M3 2014 BMW_F30_M3_at_the_2014_Toronto_Auto_Show 2014 BMW_F30_M3_rear_view_Toronto_Auto_Show BMW E36 M3 in the Yukon, Canada, while on the Alcan Winter Rally BMW M3 Coupé E46 BMW M3 CSL. BMW M3 E30 fr Sport Evolution Version BMW M3 E30 BMW M3 E46 CSL. BMW M3 Evo Convertible BMW M3 GT2 (BMW Rahal Letterman Racing) BMW M3 GTS at the Autosport International Show 2011.BMW M3 E30 — (1983–1991) 3 Series Sedan/Coupe/Touring/Convertible/M3 Coupe/Convertible

BMW Z1

BMW Z1 — (1988–1991) Z1 Roadster

BMW 840 Ci Sport front BMW 8 Series (E31)

BMW E31 — (1989–1999) 8 Series Coupe

1987 BMW 735i E32 grey vr TCE

BMW E32 — (1986–1994) 7 Series Sedan

BMW E32 — (1987–1994) 7 Series Sedan long wheelbase

BMW E34 525i skyline

BMW E34

BMW M5 E34 — (1988–1995) 5 Series Sedan/M5 Sedan

BMW E34 — (1991–1996) 5 Series Touring

1997 BMW 318ti E36

BMW E36

BMW M3 E36 — (1991–1999) 3 Series Coupe/M3 Coupe

BMW E36 — (1994–1999) 3 Series Touring

BMW E36

BMW M3 E36 — (1991–1999) 3 Series Sedan/M3 Sedan

BMW E36

BMW M3 E36 — (1993–1999) 3 Series Convertible/M3 Convertible

E36/5 — (1994–2000) 3 Series Compact

E36/7

BMW M Roadster E36/7 — (1995–2002) Z3 Roadster/Z3 M Roadster

E36/8

BMW M Coupe E36/8 — (1997–2002) Z3 Coupe/Z3 M Coupe

BMW 7er (E38) 20090314 frontBMW E38 — (1994–2001) 7 Series Sedan

BMW E38/2 — (1994–2001) 7 Series Sedan long wheelbase

BMW E38/3 — (1998–2001) 7 Series Sedan Protection

2000-03 BMW 525i (E39) Executive sedan01BMW E39

BMW M5 E39 — (1995–2003) 5 Series Sedan/M5 Sedan

BMW E39/2 — (1996–2003) 5 Series Touring

1998-01 BMW 3-Series (E46)BMW E46

BMW M3 E46 — (1999–2006) 3 Series Coupe/M3 Coupe

BMW E46 — (1999–2006) 3 Series Touring

BMW E46 — (1998–2006) 3 Series Sedan

BMW E46/5 — (2000–2004) 3 Series Compact

BMW E46

BMW M3 E46 — (1999–2006) 3 Series Convertible/M3 Convertible

BMW Z8BMW E52 — (1999–2003) Z8 Roadster

2003-06 BMW X5 (E53) 3.0d 01BMW E53 — (1999–2006) X5 Sport Activity Vehicle

BMW 530i (E60) Facelift frontBMW E60

BMW M5 E60 — (2003–2010) 5 Series Sedan/M5 Sedan

BMW E61

BMW M5 E61 — (2003–2007) 5 Series Touring/M5 Touring

BMW 6er Coupé Facelift frontBMW E63

BMW M6 E63 — (2003–2010) 6 Series Coupe/M6 Coupe

BMW E64

BMW M6 E64 — (2003–2010) 6 Series Convertible/M6 Convertible

BMW Hydrogen 7 E65BMW E65 — (2001–2007) 7 Series short wheelbase

BMW E66 — (2001–2007) 7 Series long wheelbase

BMW E67 — (2001–2007) 7 Series Protection

BMW E68 — (2005–2007) Hydrogen 7

2010 BMW X5MBMW E70

BMW X5 M — (2007–2013) X5 Sports Activity Vehicle/X5 M Sports Activity Vehicle

2007 BMW X6 conceptBMW E71

BMW X6 M — (2008–present) X6 Sports Activity Coupe/X6 M Sports Activity Coupe

BMW E72 — (2009–2011) X6 Hybrid Sports Activity Coupe

BMW E87 frontBMW E81 — (2007–2012) 1 Series Hatchback 3-door

BMW E82

BMW 1M Coupe — (2007–2013) 1 Series Coupe/1M Coupe

BMW E83 — (2004–2012) X3 Sports Activity Vehicle

BMW E84 — (2009–present) X1 Compact Sports Activity Vehicle

2006-07 BMW Z4

BMW E85

BMW M Roadster E85 — (2002–2008) Z4 Roadster/Z4 M Roadster

BMW E86

BMW M Coupe E86 — (2006–2008) Z4 Coupe/Z4 M Coupe

BMW E87 — (2004–2011) 1 Series Hatchback 5-door

BMW E88 — (2008–2013) 1 Series Convertible

BMW E89 — (2009–present) Z4 Roadster

BMW 320si Andy Priaulx WTCC 01BMW E90

BMW M3 E90 — (2005–2011) 3 Series Sedan/M3 Sedan

BMW E91 — (2005–2011) 3 Series Touring

2006-10 BMW 325i (E92) coupe 01

BMW E92

BMW M3 E92 — (2006–2013) 3 Series Coupe/M3 Coupe

BMW E93

BMW M3 E93 — (2007–2013) 3 Series Convertible/M3 Convertible

BMW Alpina B7 BiTurbo Limousine LongBMW F01 — (2008–present) 7 Series

BMW F02 — (2009–present) 7 Series long wheelbase

BMW F03 — (2008–present) 7 Series Protection

BMW F04 — (2011–present) 7 Series ActiveHybrid

2011 BMW 6 1

BMW F06

BMW M6 F06 — (2011–present) 6 Series Gran Coupe/M6 Gran Coupe

BMW F07 — (2009–present) 5 Series Gran Turismo

2011 BMW 535i NHTSA 2 USA

BMW F10

BMW M5 F10 — (2011–present) 5 Series Sedan/M5 Sedan

BMW F11 — (2012–present) 5 Series Touring

BMW F12

BMW M6 F12 — (2011–present) 6 Series Coupe/M6 Coupe

BMW F13

BMW M6 F13 — (2011–present) 6 Series Convertible/M6 Convertible

BMW F15 — (2013–present) X5 Sports Activity Vehicle

2008-10 BMW X6 (E71) xDrive35d wagon

BMW F16 — (2014) X6 Sports Activity Coupe

BMW F18 — (2010–present) 5 Series long wheelbase

BMW F20 — (2011–present) 1 Series Hatchback 5-door

2012 BMW 125i (F20) 5-door hatchback 01

BMW F21 — (2012–present) 1 Series Hatchback 3-door

BMW F22 — (2013–present) 2 Series Coupe

BMW F23 — (2014) 2 Series Convertible

2011 BMW X3 (F25) xDrive28i wagon 01

BMW F25 — (2010–present) X3 Sports Activity Vehicle

BMW F26 — (2014–present) X4 Sports Activity Coupe

2012 BMW 328i F30 vl 2

BMW F30 — (2012–present) — 3 Series Sedan

2013 BMW 320d Touring (F31) Heckansicht

BMW F31 — (2012–present) 3 Series Touring

BMW 420i Coupé Luxury (F32) front

BMW F32 — (2013–present) 4 Series Coupe

BMW F33 — (2013–present) 4 Series Convertible

BMW F34 — (2013–present) 3 Series Gran Turismo

2014 BMW 435i Coupé xDrive (rear left)

BMW F35 — (2012–present) 3 Series long wheelbase

2015 BMW 430d Gran Coupé M Sport (F36)

BMW F36 — (2014) 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMW F45 — (2014) 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW F46 — (2014) 2 Series 7 Seat Gran Tourer

BMW F47 — (2017) X2 Compact Sports Activity Coupe

BMW F48 — (2015) X1 Compact Sports Activity Vehicle

BMW F49 — (2015) X1 7 Seat Compact Sports Activity Vehicle

BMW F52 — (2015–present) 1 Series Sedan

2014 BMW M3

BMW F80 — (2014–present) M3 Sedan

2013 BMW Concept M4 Coupe

2014 BMW M4 Coupé 03

BMW F82 — (2014–present) M4 Coupe

BMW M4 Cabrio

BMW F83 — (2014–present) M4 Convertible

2015 BMW X5 M (MSP15)

BMW F85 — (2015) X5 M Sports Activity Vehicle

2011 BMW X6 M (E71)

BMW F86 — (2015) X6 M Sports Activity Coupe

2014 BMW 220d

2014 BMW M235i (F22) rr

BMW F87 — (2015) M2 Coupe

BMW G01 — (2017) X3 Sports Activity Vehicle

2015 BMW G11-G12 eDrive

BMW G11  740 — (2016) 7 Series short wheelbase

2015 BMW G11-G12 eDrive

BMW G12 — (2016) 7 Series long wheelbase

BMW G30 — (2016) 5 Series

BMW i

Main article: BMW i
BMW i01 — (2014–present) i3 compact electric city car
BMW i12 — (2014–present) i8 electric sports car

Model nomenclature

Since 1972, BMW model names have generally been a 3 digit number followed by 1, 2 or 3 letters

  • the first digit represents the chassis type (e.g. 3 series, 5 series)
  • the last two digits represent the engine displacement in litres times 10.
  • the letters provide additional information on the model variant (see below).

Commonly used letters at the end of the model name are:

For example, the BMW 760iL is a fuel-injected 7 Series with a long wheelbase and 6.0 liters of displacement. A 318i represents a 3 series with a 1.8 L engine, in this case the “i” means that the engine is fuel-injected. This badge was used for successive generations, E65 and F01.

When ‘L’ supersedes the series number (e.g. L6, L7, etc.) it identifies the vehicle as a special luxury variant, featuring extended leather and special interior appointments. The L7 is based on the E23 and E38, and the L6 is based on the E24.

When ‘X’ is capitalized and supersedes the series number (e.g. X3, X5, etc.) it identifies the vehicle as one of BMW’s Sports Activity Vehicles (SAV), their brand of crossovers. Predominantly these vehicles feature BMW’s xDrive, though both the E84 X1 and the F15 X5 offer rear wheel drive, badged as sDrive vehicles. The second number in the ‘X’ series denotes the platform that it is based upon, for instance the X5 is derived from the 5 Series. Unlike BMW cars, the SAV’s main badge does not denote engine size, the engine is instead indicated on side badges.

The ‘Z’ identifies the vehicle as a two-seat roadster (e.g. Z1, Z3, Z4, etc.). ‘M’ variants of ‘Z’ models have the ‘M’ as a suffix or prefix, depending on country of sale (e.g. ‘Z4 M’ is ‘M Roadster’ in Canada).

Previous X & Z vehicles had ‘i’ or ‘si’ following the engine displacement number (denoted in liters). BMW is now globally standardizing this nomenclature on X & Z vehicles by using ‘sDrive’ or ‘xDrive’ (simply meaning rear or all wheel drive, respectively) followed by two numbers which vaguely represent the vehicle’s engine (e.g. Z4 sDrive35i is a rear wheel drive Z4 roadster with a 3.0 L twin-turbo fuel-injected engine).

The ‘s’ code has meant different things at different times. The E30 325iS was an options pack for the 325i, however the E30/E36 318iS models used different engines to E30/E36 318i models. The ‘s’ code was dropped in 1999 after the 325tds model (the last use in North America was for the 1995 325is). However, the ‘s’ code was revived on the 2011 model year BMW 335is and BMW Z4 sDrive35is. The 335is has a more powerful engine, sports options and an optional dual clutch transmission that slots between the regular 335i and top-of-the-line M3.

The ‘M’ – for Motorsport – identifies the vehicle as a high-performance model of a particular series (e.g. M3, M5, M6, etc.). For example, the M6 is the highest performing vehicle in the 6 Series lineup. Although ‘M’ cars should be separated into their respective series platforms, it is very common to see ‘M’ cars grouped together as its own lineup on the official BMW website.

A similar nomenclature is used by BMW Motorrad for their motorcycles.

Exceptions

There are exceptions to the numbering nomenclature, most commonly relating to SUV models, turbocharged engines and differing specification despite the same engine capacity.

SUV models
The M versions of the X5 M and X6 M, could not follow the regular naming convention, since “MX5” was used for Mazda‘s MX-5 Miata and MX-6.

Turbocharged engines
The 2008 BMW 335i and 535i also have 3.0-liter engine; however the engines are twin-turbocharged (N54) which is not identified by the nomenclature. Nonetheless the ’35’ indicates a more powerful engine than previous ’30’ models that have the naturally aspirated N52 engine. The 2011 BMW 740i and 335is share the same twin-turbo 3.0 N54 engine, although the badging is not consistent (’40’ and ‘s’). Due to the move to turbocharged engines, the 2009 750i has a 4.4 L turbocharged engine, compared with a 4.8 L naturally-aspirated engine for the 2006 750i.

Due to the increased use of turbocharging recently, it will become increasingly common for the last two digits to not represent the engine capacity (for example the F30 328i uses a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine).

Different specification levels but same engine capacity
In the 2008 model year, the BMW 125i, 128i, 328i, and 528i all had 3.0 naturally aspirated engines (N52), not a 2,500 cc or 2,800 cc engine as the series designation number would lead one to believe. The ’28’ is to denote a detuned engine in the 2008 cars, compared to the 2006 model year ’30’ vehicles (330i and 530i) whose 3.0 L naturally aspirated engines are from the same N52 family but had more output.

A similar situation occurred with the E36/E46 323i and E39 523i models. These models all used 2.5-litre engines. However, the previous 325i and 525i models were higher in the model range than their replacements, therefore the replacements were called 323i and 523i (which also provided a bigger gap to the future 328i and 528i models). BMW has not produced a 2.3-litre gasoline engine since the early 1990s.

The opposite situation occurred with the 1996 E36 318i, since it used a 1.9 L engine (M44) as opposed to the 1.8 L (M42) used in the 1992 to 1995 models. This was done to avoid changing the model code for the base model (i.e. otherwise consumers would need to be taught that the base model was now called 319i).

Another example of an exception is the 1980s 325e and 525e models. These cars actually used 2.7-litre engines (which were tuned for fuel economy rather than power).

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Motorcycles

BMW Motorrad has produced motorcycles bearing the BMW name since the introduction of the BMW R32 in 1923. Prior to that date it produced engines for other manufacturers’ motorcycles.

Present day

See also

References

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New Class

Main article: BMW New Class

The New Class (German: Neue Klasse) was a line of compact sedans and coupes starting with the 1962 1500 and continuing through the last 2002s in 1977. Powered by BMW’s celebrated four-cylinder M10 engine, the New Class models had a fully independent suspension, MacPherson struts in front, and front disc brakes. Initially a family of four-door sedans and two-door coupes, the New Class line was broadened to two-door sports sedans with the addition of the 02 Series 1600 and 2002 in 1966.

Sharing little in common with the rest of the line beyond power train, the sporty siblings caught auto enthusiasts’ attention and established BMW as an international brand. Precursors to the famed BMW 3 Series, the two-doors’ success cemented the firm’s future as an upper tier performance car maker. New Class four-doors with numbers ending in “0” were replaced by the larger BMW 5 Series in 1972. The upscale 2000C and 2000CS coupes were replaced by the six-cylinder BMW E9, introduced in 1969 with the 2800CS. The 1600 two-door was discontinued in 1975, and the 2002 was replaced by the 320i in 1975.

Current models

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 BMW X1 xDrive20d (E84)

2011 BMW 535i -- NHTSA_2

 BMW 5-Series (F10)

The 1 Series, originally launched in 2004, is BMW’s smallest car. Currently available are the second generation hatchback (F20) and first generation coupe/convertible (E82/E88). The 3 Series, a compact executive carmanufactured since model year 1975, is currently in its sixth generation (F30); models include the sport sedan (F30), and fourth generation station wagon (F30), and convertible (E93), and the Gran Turismo. In 2014, the 4 Series has been released and replaced the 3 Series Coupe and Convertible. The 5 Series is a mid-size executive car, available in sedan (F10) and station wagon (F11) forms. The 5 Series Gran Turismo (F07), which debuted in 2010, created a segment between station wagons and crossover SUV2012_BMW_Z4_--_2012_DCBMW Z4 (E89)

BMW’s full-size flagship executive sedan is the 7 Series. Typically, BMW introduces many of their innovations first in the 7 Series, such as the iDrive system. The 7 Series Hydrogen, having one of the world’s first hydrogenfueled internal combustion engines, is fueled by liquid hydrogen and emits only clean water vapor. The latest generation (F01) debuted in 2009. Based on the 5 Series’ platform, the 6 Series is BMW’s grand touring luxury sport coupe/convertible (F12/F13). A 2-seater roadster and coupe which succeeded the Z3, the Z4 has been sold since 2002.

The X3 (F25), BMW’s second crossover SUV (called SAV or “Sports Activity Vehicle” by BMW) debuted in 2010 and replaced the X3 (E83), which was based on the E46 3 Series’ platform, and had been in production since 2003. Marketed in Europe as an off-roader, it benefits from BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system. The all-wheel drive X5 (E53) was BMW’s first crossover SUV (SAV), based on the 5 Series, and is a mid-size luxury SUV (SAV) sold by BMW since 2000. A 4-seat crossover SUV released by BMW in December 2007, the X6 is marketed as a “Sports Activity Coupe” (SAC) by BMW. The X1 extends the BMW Sports Activity Series model lineup.

The BMW i is a sub-brand of BMW founded in 2011 to design and manufacture plug-in electric vehicles. The sub-brand initial plans called for the release of two vehicles; series production of the BMW i3 all-electric car began in September 2013, and the market launch took place in November 2013 with the first retail deliveries in Germany. The BMW i8 sports plug-in hybrid car was launched in Germany in June 2014. As of June 2015, over 30,000 i brand vehicles have been sold worldwide since 2013, consisting of over 26,000 i3s and about 4,500 i8s. The all-electric BMW i3 ranked among the world’s top ten best selling plug-in electric vehicles as of May 2015.

M models

Main article: BMW M

2013 BMW M6 coupe NYIAS

 BMW M6 (F13)

BMW produce a number of high-performance derivatives of their cars developed by their BMW M GmbH (previously BMW Motorsport GmbH) subsidiary.

The current M models are:

  • M3 – F80 Sedan (2013 to present)
  • M4 – F82 Coupé/F83 Convertible (2013 to present)
  • M5 – F10 Saloon (2011 to present)
  • M6 – F06 Gran Coupé/F12 Convertible/F13 Coupé (2012 to present)
  • X5 M – F15 SAV (2014 to present)
  • X6 M – F16 SAV (2014 to present)

Motorsport

Main article: BMW in motorsport

BMW has been engaged in motorsport activities since the dawn of the first BMW motorcycle in 1923.

Motorsport sponsoring

Motorcycle

BMW S1000RR race

 BMW S1000RR

Formula One – F1

Main article: BMW in Formula One

 BMW Sauber F1 Team Logo.

2006 BMW Jacques Villeneuve Canada Formula One

 BMW first entered Formula One as a full-fledged team in 2006.

BMW has a history of success in Formula One. BMW powered cars have won 20 races. In 2006 BMW took over the Sauber team and became Formula One constructors. In 2007 and 2008 the team enjoyed some success. The most recent win is a lone constructor team’s victory by BMW Sauber F1 Team, on 8 June 2008, at the Canadian Grand Prix with Robert Kubica driving. Achievements include:

  • Driver championship: 1 (1983)
  • Constructor championship: 0 (Runner-up 2002, 2003, 2007)
  • Fastest laps: 33
  • Grand Prix wins: 20
  • Podium finishes: 76
  • Pole positions: 33

BMW was an engine supplier to Williams, Benetton, Brabham, and Arrows. Notable drivers who have started their Formula One careers with BMW include Jenson Button, Juan Pablo Montoya, Robert Kubica and Sebastian Vettel.

In July 2009, BMW announced that it would withdraw from Formula One at the end of the 2009 season. The team was sold back to the previous owner, Peter Sauber, who kept the BMW part of the name for the 2010 season due to issues with the Concorde Agreement. The team has since dropped BMW from their name starting in 2011.

Sport cars

Touring cars

BMW has a long and successful history in touring car racing.

BMW announced on 15 October 2010 that it will return to touring car racing during the 2012 season. Dr. Klaus Draeger, director of research and development of the BMW Group, who was in charge of the return to DTM racing (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters), commented that “The return of BMW to the DTM is a fundamental part of the restructuring of our motorsport activities. With its increased commitment to production car racing, BMW is returning to its roots. The race track is the perfect place to demonstrate the impressive sporting characteristics of our vehicles against our core competitors in a high-powered environment. The DTM is the ideal stage on which to do this.”

Rally

Sponsorships

In football, BMW sponsors Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt.

It was an official sponsor of the London 2012 olympics providing 4000 BMWs and Minis in a deal made in November 2009. The company also made a six-year sponsorship deal with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in July 2010.

BMW has sponsored various European golf events such as the PGA Championship at Wentworth, the BMW Italian Open and the BMW International Open in Germany.

In 2012, BMW Australia announced a 2-year sponsorship agreement with the Australian Film Institute’s Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards. As part of the agreement, BMW supplied a fleet of vehicles renowned for appearing in feature films. The vehicles supplied included a range of elegant BMW limousines, iconic BMW’s of the past and the BMW 6 Series which featured in Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol.

Environmental record

The company is a charter member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency‘s (EPA) National Environmental Achievement Track, which recognizes companies for their environmental stewardship and performance. It is also a member of the South Carolina Environmental Excellence Program.

In 2012, BMW was named the world’s most sustainable automotive company for the eighth consecutive year by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. The BMW Group is the only automotive enterprise in the index since its inception in 1999. In 2001, the BMW Group committed itself to the United Nations Environment Programme, the UN Global Compact and the Cleaner Production Declaration. It was also the first company in the automotive industry to appoint an environmental officer, in 1973. BMW is a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

BMW is industry leader in the Carbon Disclosure Project’s Global 500 ranking and 3rd place in Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index across all industries. BMW is listed in the FTSE4GoodIndex. The BMW Group was rated the most sustainable DAX 30 company by Sustainalytics in 2012.

BMW has taken measures to reduce the impact the company has on the environment. It is trying to design less-polluting cars by making existing models more efficient, as well as developing environmentally friendly fuels for future vehicles. Possibilities include: electric power, hybrid power (combustion engines and electric motors) hydrogen engines.

BMW offers 49 models with EU5/6 emissions norm and nearly 20 models with CO2 output less than 140 g/km, which puts it on the lowest tax group and therefore could provide the future owner with eco-bonus offered from some European countries.

However, there have been some criticisms directed at BMW, and in particular, accusations of greenwash in reference to their BMW Hydrogen 7. Some critics claim that the emissions produced during hydrogen fuel production outweigh the reduction of tailpipe emissions, and that the Hydrogen 7 is a distraction from more immediate, practical solutions for car pollution. The BBC’s Jorn Madslien questioned whether the Hydrogen 7 was “a truly green initiative or merely a cynical marketing ploy”

Bicycles

BMW has created a range of high-end bicycles sold online and through dealerships. They range from the Kid’s Bike to the EUR 4,499 Enduro Bike. In the United States, only the Cruise Bike and Kid’s Bike models are sold.

BMW nomenclature

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 BMW M5 (F10)

2012 BMW 730d xDrive (F01)

 BMW 730d xDrive (F01)

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 BMW X5 (F15)

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 BMW X6 (E71)

BMW vehicles follow a certain nomenclature; usually a 3 digit number is followed by 1 or 2 letters. The first number represents the series number. The next two numbers traditionally represent the engine displacement in cubic centimeters divided by 100. However, more recent cars use those two numbers as a performance index, as e.g. the 116i, 118i and 120i (all 2,0L petrol-powered), just like the 325d and 330d (both 3,0L diesel) share the same motor block while adjusting engine power through setup and turbocharging. A similar nomenclature is used by BMW Motorrad for their motorcycles.

The system of letters can be used in combination, and is as follows:

historic nomenclature indicating “td” refers to “Turbo Diesel”, not a diesel hatchback or touring model (524td, 525td)

†† typically includes sport seats, spoiler, aerodynamic body kit, upgraded wheels and Limit Slip Differential on pre-95 model etc.

For example, the BMW 750iL is a fuel-injected 7 Series with a long wheelbase and 5.4 litres of displacement. This badge was used for successive generations, E65 and F01, except the “i” and “L” switched places, so it read “Li” instead of “iL”.

When ‘L’ supersedes the series number (e.g. L6, L7, etc.) it identifies the vehicle as a special luxury variant, having extended leather and special interior appointments. The L7 is based on the E23 and E38, and the L6 is based on the E24.

When ‘X’ is capitalised and supersedes the series number (e.g. X3, X5, etc.) it identifies the vehicle as one of BMW’s Sports Activity Vehicles (SAV), their brand of crossovers, with BMW’s xDrive. The second number in the ‘X’ series denotes the platform that it is based upon, for instance the X5 is derived from the 5 Series. Unlike BMW cars, the SAV’s main badge does not denote engine size; the engine is instead indicated on side badges.

The ‘Z’ identifies the vehicle as a two-seat roadster (e.g. Z1, Z3, Z4, etc.). ‘M’ variants of ‘Z’ models have the ‘M’ as a suffix or prefix, depending on country of sale (e.g. ‘Z4 M’ is ‘M Roadster’ in Canada).

Previous X & Z vehicles had ‘i’ or ‘si’ following the engine displacement number (denoted in litres). BMW is now globally standardising this nomenclature on X & Z vehicles by using ‘sDrive’ or ‘xDrive’ (simply meaning rear or all-wheel drive, respectively) followed by two numbers which vaguely represent the vehicle’s engine (e.g. Z4 sDrive35i is a rear-wheel-drive Z4 roadster with a 3.0 L twin-turbo fuel-injected engine).

BMW last used the ‘s’ for the E36 328is, which ceased production in 1999. However, the ‘s’ nomenclature was brought back on the 2011 model year BMW 335is and BMW Z4 sDrive35is. The 335is is a sport-tuned trim with more performance and an optional dual clutch transmission that slots between the regular 335i and top-of-the-line M3.

The ‘M’ – for Motorsport – identifies the vehicle as a high-performance model of a particular series (e.g. M3, M5, M6, etc.). For example, the M6 is the highest performing vehicle in the 6 Series lineup. Although ‘M’ cars should be separated into their respective series platforms, it is very common to see ‘M’ cars grouped together as its own lineup on the official BMW website.

Exceptions

There are exceptions to the numbering nomenclature.

The M version of the BMW 1 Series was named the BMW 1 Series M Coupe rather than the traditional style “M1” due to the possible confusion with BMW’s former BMW M1 homologation sports car.

The M versions of the Sports Activity Vehicles, such as the X5 M, could not follow the regular naming convention since MX5 was used for Mazda‘s MX-5 Miata.

For instance in the 2008 model year, the BMW 125i/128i, 328i, and 528i all had 3.0 naturally aspirated engines (N52), not a 2,500 cc or 2,800 cc engine as the series designation number would lead one to believe. The ’28’ is to denote a detuned engine in the 2008 cars, compared to the 2006 model year ’30’ vehicles (330i and 530i) whose 3.0 naturally aspirated engines are from the same N52 family but had more output.

The 2008 BMW 335i and 535i also have 3.0-litre engine; however the engines are twin-turbocharged (N54) which is not identified by the nomenclature. Nonetheless the ’35’ indicates a more powerful engine than previous ’30’ models that have the naturally aspirated N52 engine. The 2011 BMW 740i and 335is shares the same twin-turbo 3.0 engine from the N54 family but tuned to higher outputs, although the badging is not consistent (’40’ and ‘s’). The 2013 BMW 640i Gran Coupe’s twin-scroll single turbo 3.0L inline-6 engine makes similar output to the older twin turbo inline-6 engines.

The E36 and E46 323i and E39 523i had 2.5-litre engines. The E36 318i made after 1996 has a 1.9 L engine (M44) as opposed to the 1.8 L (M42) used in the 1992 to 1995 models. The E39 540i had a 4.4 L M62 engine, instead of a 4.0 L as the designation would suggest.

The badging for recent V8 engines (N62 and N63) also does not indicate displacement, as the 2006 750i and 2009 750i have 4800 cc (naturally aspirated) and 4400 cc (twin-turbocharged) engines, respectively.

Carsharing services

In June 2011, BMW and Sixt launched Drivenow, a joint-venture that provides carsharing services in several cities in Europe and North America. As of December 2012, DriveNow operates over 1,000 vehicles, which serve five cities worldwide and over 60,000 customers.

Light and Charge

BMW has developed street lights equipped with sockets to charge electric cars, called Light and Charge.

Community

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 BMW logo sign in Düsseldorf

From the summer of 2001 until October 2005, BMW hosted The Hire, showcasing sporty models being driven to extremes. These videos are still popular within the enthusiast community and proved to be a ground-breaking online advertising campaign.

Annually since 1999, BMW enthusiasts have met in Santa Barbara, CA to attend Bimmerfest. One of the largest brand-specific gatherings in the U.S., over 3,000 people attended in 2006, and over 1,000 BMW cars were present. In 2007, the event was held on 5 May.

BMW slang

The initials BMW are pronounced [ˈbeː ˈɛm ˈveː] in German. The model series are referred to as “Einser” (“One-er” for 1 series), “Dreier” (“Three-er” for 3 series), “Fünfer” (“Five-er” for the 5 series), “Sechser” (“Six-er” for the 6 series), “Siebener” (“Seven-er” for the 7 series). These are not actually slang, but are the normal way that such letters and numbers are pronounced in German.

The English slang terms Beemer, Bimmer and Bee-em are variously used for BMWs of all kinds, cars and motorcycles.

In the US, specialists have been at pains to prescribe that a distinction must be made between using Beemer exclusively to describe BMW motorcycles, and using Bimmer only to refer to BMW cars, in the manner of a “true aficionado” and avoid appearing to be “uninitiated.” The Canadian Globe and Mail prefers Bimmer and calls Beemer a “yuppie abomination,” while the Tacoma News Tribune says it is a distinction made by “auto snobs.” Using the wrong slang risks offending BMW enthusiasts. An editor of Business Week was satisfied in 2003 that the question was resolved in favor of Bimmer by noting that a Google search yielded 10 times as many hits compared to Beemer.

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