Though BMW has been around as a company since 1916, it took quite some time for them to become a full-time automotive manufacturer. At its inception, BMW was the result of manufacturing companies merging to create proprietary industrial engines. With the acquisition of auto manufacturer Fahrzeugfabrik Eisenach in 1929, BMW focused on developing cars, creating the BMW 328 sports car.
At the inception of World War 2, they were forced to cease car production, sideline their motorcycle development, and focus wholly on creating aircraft engines.
Post-war they created bicycles and dishware, and did not return to creating cars until 1952. The BMW 501 luxury saloon was available for sale that same year, but they had a difficult time turning a profit until 1963, two years after the launch of the New Class.
After that, it was time to go global. 40-year old Eberhard von Kuenheim moved to BMW from Daimler-Benz AG in 1965, becoming the CEO in 1970. Until his retirement in 1993, von Kuenheim oversaw massive expansions of the brand, increasing production four fold and creating sales subsidiaries in dozens of countries.
Today, in the United States alone, BMW is represented by 339 dealerships, all of which offer sales services and knowledgeable staff capable of helping you find the perfect car for your life. Whether seeking the brand new i8, a lease for an M-series, or a certified pre-owned Z4 convertible, a BMW dealer can step you through the process with ease.