Bayerische Flugzeugwerke Company was founded in 1916 by Hustav Otto and Carl Rapp. Nowadays this is colossus of auto market. Does not anyone hear about legendary BMW plant and know what does it produce? As it follows from the name of company - Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (Bavarian Motor Works) - initially the company specialized in developing products for the Air Force.
Developments of BMW in engines have led to unprecedented heights for pilots. Thus, 1919 was heralded by the new world record - Franz Zeno Diemer reached an altitude of 9760 meters. Of course, his plane was equipped by BMW engine. Later, in 1924 the aircraft with a BMW engine performed the first intercontinental transport trip to Persia.
In the prewar period, the main activity was the production of BMW aircraft engines. One of the most significant achievements of this period was that BMW began production of line "six" engine, which provided the impetus for the transition from air to road development.
However, in 1928, BMW bought the car factory in Eisenach (Thuringia) and after that the license to manufacture DIXI car. It should be noted that until the forties all BMW cars were produced in Eisenach, despite the fact that the company's main building was built in Munich. In 1933, the company presents a limousine with part of a typical design for the BMW - grille with two ovals. On the sports field BMW also stood out, releasing a limited 328 model (less than 500 copies.) setting the style of sporty coupe for a long period.
The Second World War completely destroyed the German economy, and the BMW was no exception. Part of productive resources was on the territory of the GDR, and the main market - in fact, Germany - simply absent due to financial insolvency of inhabitants. Trying to go out from a spin, a former aviation company builds first production motorcycle, and then by the license of Izetta issues unique sidecars with a single door in the front. In 1951 the company released the first postwar car, which, a year later, will result in financial failure.
In 1959, having gone through an acute crisis due to losses in the sector of large limousine, the company churns out the first model - BMW 700, which had won universal recognition.
The sixties and seventies are in severe rates of economic growth - and this caused by an increased demand for motorcycles, and the rapid growth of the country. BMW continues to develop the traditions of the coupe. At the end of the 70-ies engineering department of company begins to develop engines with digital control, and in the early 80-ies introduced a system of ABS. In 1988 started production of the first German post-war car, equipped with a 12-cylinder engine - a Z1 roadster (it is currently continues in Z3 and Z9 models).
At steady advancement during the 90-ies the company established a large number of offices around the world. Then it bought the Rolls-Royce brand and entered into a contract for the supply of eight- and twelve-cylinder engines for these cars.
Today, BMW actively develops new technologies, using them in the latest models of their cars. Almost in all of the international automobile showrooms and exhibitions of the late 90s the company presented its new products - it says that the design offices of non-stop work for the benefit of drivers around the world.
That's why one of the BMW slogans is "The driver's car".