Karl Friedrich Rapp, who is the founder of BMW that began as an aircraft engine manufacturer. The roundel BMW still uses the white and blue colors like the checkered flag of Bavaria. It is frequently thought to be a symbol of a white propeller with a blue sky background that was acquired after the logo was previously in use.
BMW received a contract to manufacture V12 engines for Austro-Daimler in 1916. When extra money was a necessity, Rapp turned towards Camillo Castiglioni and Max Friz for financial funding. Therefore, the company was altered and revised and became the Bayerische Motoren Werke GmbH. Due to the over expansion causing complications, Rapp left the company. In 1917, Austrian industrialist Franz Josef Popp took over the company and a year later named the company BMW AG.
In 1919, there was a Treaty of Versailles, after World War l, forbidding aircraft manufacturing in Germany. Otto didn’t give up on his business. Instead, he altered it by manufacturing railway brakes after closing the aircraft production factory down. Additionally, BMW designed their first motorcycle engine and was placed in the Victoria model that was assembled and created by the Nuremberg company.
BMW built their first R32 motorcycle with a 500cc air-cooled horizontally opposed engine in 1923. The main technology was the use of the driveshaft in place of a chain that operates the rear wheel. BMW motorcycle began to become well known for their shaft drive boxer engine.
In 1928, BMW bought the Dixi Company that manufactured a car, called tiny Dixi, a year prior, then turned out to be BMW’s first automobile, renaming it the BMW 3/15. Five years later in 1933, they were generating and manufacturing cars that they could truly call their own. BMW began producing higher quality cars such as 16 sports and sedans.
The Husqvarna Motorcycles was bought by BMW for 93 million euros in July 2007. After being part of the design team for 17 years, Chief designer Chris Bangle declared his departure from BMW in 2009. Adrian Van Hooydonk took over as chief designer. BMW Motorrad intends to remain operating Husqvarna Motorcycles to the same degree as a separate enterprise. Husqvarna Motorcycles has continued with the same workforce, all the same, development, sales, and production activities as well as stayed in its original location at Varese.
In 2010, BMW announced they were returning to car racing touring during the 2012 season. BMW will return, to the DTM, to demonstrate the remarkable sporting characteristics of their vehicles and how it goes against their competitors. In 2011, BMW began manufacturing and designing two electric vehicles the i3 and i8. In September of 2013, i3 was manufactured and released then two months later BMW delivered their first i3 to Germany. By June 2014, BMW launched the i8 sports hybrid electric car. As of December 2015, BMW received a substantial amount of sales totaling 41,586 i3s and 7,197 i8s. The BMW I models, in January 2016 attained a 50,000 units’ milestone. In 2015, BMW i3 was rated to be the third most popular electric car sold.
In 2014, BMW opened a new manufacturing company in Araquari, Santa Catarina and made their first car by October 9th of the same year. Their goal in production was to make 30,000 vehicles a year and create 1,300 new jobs. In July 2014, BMW declared they were planning to establish a new plant in Mexico by San Luis Potosi with a large investment of one billion dollars. A few of their motivating factors was due to the difference in the economy and Mexico’s free trade agreements. By placing a new plant in Mexico, it will give 1,500 people employment, plus be capable of manufacturing 150,000 cars annually beginning in 2019.