Bayerische Motoren Werke, also known as BMW, is a German automaker that was founded in 1917. The company first began producing airplane engines until 1927 when the first car was produced called the Dixi. The BMW Group also has the ultra-luxury Rolls-Royce line and the sporty MINI brand in its portfolio. The current product line includes the 1 Series, 3 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, X3, X5, X6, Z4, 1 Series M Couple, M3, M5, M6, X5 M, and X6 M.
BMW is known for its high performance vehicles, which is consistent with its slogan of “The Ultimate Driving Machine.” The company has deep roots in motorsport racing with numerous victory records. BMW has won over 20 races in Formula One, 18 races in the 24 Hours Nürburgring, and 21 races in the Total 24 Hours of Spa.
BMW M, or otherwise known as Motorsport, was established in 1972 to create modified racing versions of its vehicles. The first vehicle was available to the public in 1978 at the Paris Motor Show and has since grown to create tremendous public awareness. Current M models include the M3, M5, M6, X5 M and X6 M. The Motorsport cars are seen as competing against the Audi RS, Lexus F, and Mercedes-Benz AMG models.
While focusing on performance, the company is also progressing towards higher environmental standards through its Efficient Dynamics technologies. There is a current hybrid line of products, using an ActiveHybrid technology in the ActiveHybrid 5 and ActiveHybrid 7 models.
The latest technologies present in BMW vehicles include an xDrive all-wheel drive system, Night Vision, and Hill Descent Control (HDC). The xDrive system is present in the 3 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series, X3, X5, X6, X5 M, and X6 M.
The 3 Series is the best-selling line for BMW, with over 37 years of history and 12.5 million cars sold since its release in 1975. The latest generation 3 Series contains advanced technologies, such as a Land Departure and Active Blindspot Detection, a Heads-Up Display, and an Advanced Automatic Collision Notification. The 3 Series is in direct competition with the Mercedes C class, Audi A4, and Lexus IS series.
|BMW Model||BMW vs. Top Competitor Models|
|128i||Volkswagen GTI, Audi TT|
|135i||Subaru Impreza WRX STI, Nissan 370z, Audi TTS|
|320i||Audi A4, Mercedes C250, Lexus IS250|
|328i||Audi A4, Mercedes C300, Lexus IS250|
|328i xDrive||Lexus IS250AWD, Mercedes C300 4MATIC, Audi A4|
|335i||Lexus IS350, Mercedes C350, Audi S4|
|335i xDrive||Lexus IS350AWD, Mercedes C350 4MATIC|
|335is||Audi S5, Lexus IS350, Mercedes C350|
|528i xDrive||Lexus GS350 AWD, Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz E300 4MATIC|
|535i xDrive||Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz E350 4MATIC, Lexus GS350 AWD|
|535i xDrive Gran Turismo||Audi A7|
|550i xDrive||Mercedes-Benz E550 4MATIC, Audi A6, Infiniti M56x|
|550i xDrive Gran Turismo||Audi A7|
|650i xDrive||Mercedes-Benz SL550|
|650i Drive||Mercedes-Benz SL550|
|750i xDrive||Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC, Lexus LS460AWD, Audi A8|
|750Li xDrive||Lexus LS460L, Mercedes-Benz S550, Audi A8L|
|760Li||Lexus LS600L, Mercedes-Benz S600L, Audi A8L|
|X1 xDrive28i||Audi A4 Allroad, Mini Countryman, Audi Q3,Range Rover Evoque|
|X3 xDrive28i||Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLK350 4MATIC, Acura RDX|
|X3 xDrive35i||Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLK350 4MATIC, Acura RDX|
|X5 xDrive35i||Lexus RX350, Mercedes-Benz ML350, Audi Q7|
|X5 xDrive35d||Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTEC, Audi Q7 TDI|
|X5 xDrive50i||Mercedes-Benz ML550, Audi Q7|
|X6 xDrive35i||Acura ZDX, Infiniti FX35 AWD|
|X6 xDrive50i||Acura ZDX, Infiniti FX50 AWD|
|Z4 sDrive28i||Mercedes-Benz SLK 350, Audi TT|
|Z4 sDrive35i||Mercedes-Benz SLK 350, Audi TTS|
|Z4 sDrive35is||Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG, Audi TT RS|
|ActiveHybrid 5||Mercedes-Benz E400 Hybrid, Lexus GS450h|
|ActiveHybrid 7||Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid, Lexus LS600h L|
|X6M||Porsche Cayenne Turbo, Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged, Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG|
|X5M||Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged|
|M3 Coupe||Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe, Audi RS5|
|M3 Sedan||Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, Audi RS4, Lexus IS-F|
|M3 Convertible||Audi S5 Cabriolet|
|ALPINA B7 xDrive||Mercedes S65 AMG, Audi S8|
|ALPINA B7 xDrive LWB||Mercedes S65 AMG, Audi S8|
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