History of BMW
BMW started out by making aircraft engines in 1918 but after the end of World War I they decided to turn their attentions to manufacturing motorcycles. This then led to car design in 1928 with the company releasing the Dixi 3-15 DA. This one model was so successful that it helped to sustain BMW through the Great Depression, an economic crisis that saw the end of many businesses.
After 1949, BMW continued to develop new vehicles, creating the 502 and V8 engines like the 507 and the 1500, as well as the BMW 1600, 1800 and 2002. The outstanding success of these models helped BMW to become a clear leader in the field of sports car production and after 1970 the company became the renowned and innovative company that they still are today.
More recently, BMW have released the 3 Series, the 7 Series and the M3 Coupe. The mid-sized executive BMW 3 Series is one example of an enduring model that is now in its fifth generation. After impressing many consumers over the years, the 3 Series has also been developed as the sporty E90 and E93, as well as the E92 coupe and the E91 station wagon.
The most popular executive sedan from BMW and the inspiration for many other BMW models has to be the 7-Series. This is largely to do to the fact that it was the first model to be fitted with the iDrive system, a hydrogen-fuelled internal combustion engine, which produces no carbon emissions and excretes just water.
More recently BMW has taken measures to seriously reduce the CO2 output of their vehicles by creating a number of different alternative fuels and eco-friendly engines. Some of these features are available in BMW's newest models which are currently available to lease or purchase.