What Does BMW Stand For?

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Are you a Visalia driver searching for a BMW with personality, speed, and performance, and wondering “what does BMW mean?” Simple enough—BMW is a German car company based in Munich, Bavaria, and BMW stands for Bayerische Motoren Werk, which translates to Bavarian Motor Works.


What Does BMW Stand For?

BMW stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke, which is German for Bavarian Motor Works. That’s because the birthplace of BMW is located in the financial and industrial powerhouse of Bavaria, which is the southernmost and largest state in Germany.

It was in Bavaria that BMW first moved from making airplane engines to personal vehicles. From there, BMW later expanded into the BMW Group which owns other luxury brands like MINI and Rolls-Royce. To learn more about your unique BMW, explore our expert team’s model research guides, and read on below for a deeper look into BMW over the last hundred years.

A Brief BMW History

Now that you know what BMW stands for, you may still be wondering how this illustrious car company began producing vehicles with such panache. BMW actually started in 1916, and was first known as BFW, or Bayerische Flugzeug Werke (Flugzeug roughly translates to “aircraft”) in reference to its work making airplane engines. So although the car company is now known as BMW, and it stands for Bavarian Motor Works, it didn’t take on this alternate three-letter name until 1917.

From 1917 on, BMW continued to make high-quality engines into the 1920s and beyond, when it began making motorcycles. It wasn’t until 1928 that BMW really began producing automobiles at scale. But once it did, for the next 20 years, it was neck and neck with much of its competition.

With the introduction of the 700 series in 1959, BMW gained popularity across Europe, overseas, and in the U.S. Since then, BMW has been known worldwide as an unrivaled producer of high-performance luxury vehicles that stand the test of time. So, in a less literal way, BMW stands for a premier producer of high-quality sports sedans, performance-oriented SUVs, and luxury vehicles! Find out how you can turn heads on the Merced roads without breaking the bank with our new leasing and finance specials.

Where is BMW Today?

Today, BMW AG is a public company that manufactures its quality vehicles across the globe, although its largest facility still resides in Germany. See where BMW crafts its fleet below:

  • Germany: Berlin, Dingolfing, Landshut, Leipzig, Munich, Regensburg, Wackersdorf
  • Austria: Steyr
  • Great Britain: Oxford
  • China: Shenyang

Of course, this list neglects the incredible BMW Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, with over 1500 stunning coupes and exhilarating sports activity vehicles produced daily. If you have questions about your luxury coupe, try our BMW GENIUS™ product experts, or stop in at our showroom, just outside of Merced!

Discover Your Piece of BMW History at BMW Fresno

Now that you know what BMW stands for and how the company began, if you’re looking to find the perfect  new or certified pre-owned BMW for your lifestyle near Visalia or Madera, our finance center is more than capable of lending a hand. And if you’re interested in more ways to love your BMW, learn more from the BMW-certified experts in our service department at BMW Fresno near Modesto!

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