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Did you know? 5 Cool Facts About BMW
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Did you know? 5 Cool Facts About BMW

Believe it or not, BMW is more than 100 years old. A lot can happen in a century, and BMW has certainly made the most of their time. Whether you’re a BMW driver, a German car enthusiast, or simply enjoy tidbits of history, these BMW history facts will be perfect for your next round of car trivia. 1917 BMW IIIa aircraft engine. By Arjun Sarup - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 BMW started out making warplane engines During World War I BMW produced motors for airplanes. Following the war, barred by terms of the Treaty of Versailles, no German company could make warplanes or warplane engines. BMW transitioned into motorcycle production to stay afloat. (How did BMW really start?) BMW 3/15PS (1928-1931). By Clayton Tang - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 BMW built its first car in 1928 After...
August 26, 1959 – The original Mini goes on sale
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August 26, 1959 – The original Mini goes on sale

In part due to Egypt’s nationalization of the Suez Canal in 1956, much of Europe was facing massive fuel shortages. In response, Sir Leonard Lord, head of British Motor Corporation (BMC), set out to build a small, fuel efficient car to compete with the German cars that currently lead that market. His efforts resulted in BMC launching the Mark I Mini on this day in 1959.  1959 Morris Mini-Minor interior. Top: 1959 Morris Mini-Minor by DeFacto. CC BY-SA 2.5 The project began in 1957 and was led by Alec Issigonis, then chief engineer at Morris, who had also created the Morris Minor. Code named ADO 15, for Austin Drawing Office, the car was ready for approval in just two and half years. Lord signed off on the project and the front wheel drive vehicle began to roll off production li...
November 10, 2020 – BMW releases new flying vehicle footage
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November 10, 2020 – BMW releases new flying vehicle footage

This may not be a flying car, but what BMW is doing is for airborne vehicles is incredible. In this video from BMW, "Wingsuit pilot Peter Salzmann does what no other human has ever done before, and sets a new level for flying. After three years of intensive research and countless tests in partnership with BMW i, a dream is coming true at last." Check it out below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGhtJnK9ZWA&feature=emb_logo
September 18, 2004 – BMW releases the 1 Series
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September 18, 2004 – BMW releases the 1 Series

BMW 1 Series by Rudolf Stricker To provide a lower cost entry into BMW ownership than the 3 Series Compact, BMW launched the 1 Series in Europe on this day in 2004. The five door hatchback shared as much as 60 percent of its components with the E90 3 Series due to co-development. The money saved in design and engineering allowed BMW to move the 3 Series up the line in terms of cost, making the 1 Series its new entry level car. By 2008 the 1 Series laid claim to as much as 20 percent of BMW’s sales.

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