BMW group celebrates its 100th Anniversary on March 7th. Bayerische Motoren Werke (Bavarian Motor Works), for that is what BMW stands for. It started with making aircrafts and quickly moved on to building motorcycles and cars as the times and the periods of war demanded. The iconic blue and white logo that signifies the state colors of Bavaria represents its heritage as an aircraft manufacturer. With cars, BMW became famous with its professional racing wins and the iconic kidney grille. From the 2002 to the BMW Z4 and beyond, the rest, as they say, is history. The BMW 100th Anniversary Celebration in pictures showcases some of the finest moments and highlights of the iconic marque over its glorious 100 years!
The company has continually evolved and in some cases, reinvented itself. With the aim of continuing that into the future, the BMW group’s actions are geared towards the future, opening up new segments.
Check out a celebration of 100 years of the BMW group in a series of photos and videos:
Bayerische Flugzeugwerke AG was established on March 7, 1916, as the successor to aircraft manufacturer Gustav-Otto-Flugmaschinenfabrik. The head office was in Munich. By 1922, engine construction, the official company name and the brand logo of Bayersiche Motoren Werke AG were combined into one single company – BMW AG.
In 1919, test pilot Zeno Diemer set a world record altitude of 32,021 feet in his Deutsche Flugzeugwerke aircraft. It was powered by a BMW IV 6-cylinder inline engine.
BMW Motorrad (it’s motorcycle division) unveiled its first motorcycle the R32 at the 1923 German Motor Show in Berlin. It had a horizontally opposed twin-cylinder four-stroke boxer engine.
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