We all know that BMW is a brand that has positioned itself among the best in the world. No one can deny the fact that it is a perfect blend of performance, sophistication, and class. When most of the luxury brands cater to the high-end market, BMW is one of the very few brands which have managed to produce cars that can meet the requirements of everyone. Most of us know the quality of their products and the engineering and innovation that is packed into it. In this article, we will discuss some of the interesting facts about the brand BMW.
Originally manufactured aircraft engines
We all know that BMW is known for producing the best cars in the world. But most of us have no idea that they actually started out by manufacturing flight engines. During World War 1 there was a huge demand for aircraft engines. It was at that time Rapp Motor, and Otto Werke joined together to manufacture aircraft engines. After World War 1 they stopped manufacturing. Again during World War 2 they resumed their production and produced engines for Luftwaffe. The BMW 132 and BMW 801 are some of the best aircraft engines of World War 2. They continued manufacturing engines until 1945.
The treaty of Versailles
The Treaty of Versailles is the main reason for BMW to start manufacturing cars. The Treaty of Versailles banned the German industries from manufacturing engines for warplanes. Hence BMW as forced to diversify their operations. So they started concentrating on producing cars and motorcycles.
The first car
The first ever car from brand BMW was Dixi. When BMW decided to enter the car production segment in the year 1928, they bought Automobiwerk Eisenach. The purchase gave them the rights to build Dixi. In the initial stages, the cars were named BMW Dixi. In the year 1929, the name Dixi was dropped as they came up with the better version of the model. This new version was called BMW 3/15 DA-2, and they started sales in 1929.
When it comes to the BMW logo, there are various speculations. Some say that the logo represents a spinning propeller because BMW used to manufacture engines for warplanes. The logo actually represents the colors that Bavaria. Bavaria is the place in Germany where the company has its headquarters. The roundel is because it was a part of the logo of Rapp Motor which was involved in founding BMW.
Many have a wrong idea that electric cars are modern day invention. But that is not the truth. The very first electric car was designed and manufactured in the year 1828. BMW actually built its first electric car in the year 1972. It was called the BMW 1602e. It never made it to the market, because of various reasons. Even though the 1602e was not a success, it did lay a strong foundation for the company in the electric car sector.