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BMW is an acronym for Bayerische Motoren Werke AG -- or, in English, Bavarian Motor Works. Whatever you call it, the German-based company is one of the world's most respected automakers, renowned for crafting luxury cars and SUVs that offer superior levels of driving enjoyment.

BMW is an acronym for Bayerische Motoren Werke AG -- or, in English, Bavarian Motor Works. Whatever you call it, the German-based company is one of the world's most respected automakers, renowned for crafting luxury cars and SUVs that offer superior levels of driving enjoyment.

Founded in Munich, the company began in the early 1910s as an aircraft manufacturer. BMW's current logo, designed to represent white propeller blades against a blue sky, reflects these origins; its blue-and-white color scheme also references Bavaria's blue-and-white checkered flag.

It wasn't until 1928 that production began on the first BMW automobile, the Dixi. The car proved tremendously popular, and its success helped the manufacturer weather the Depression. BMW's best-known pre-World War II vehicle was the Type 328 roadster, a supple two-seater that racked up more than 120 victories on the motorsport circuit between 1936 and 1940. Postwar BMW cars maintained this tradition, with several racing, rallying and hill climb victories.

The early 1950s saw the launch of the BMW 501, a roomy, voluptuous sedan that was resplendent with all of the hopefulness of that era. It was soon followed by the 502, which was powered by the world's first light-alloy V8, foreshadowing BMW's ongoing commitment to developing new technology. The best-selling BMW of that decade was the Isetta, a petite two-seat "microcar" typically powered by a 12- or 13-horsepower engine. The mid-'50s also saw the debut of the limited production and breathtakingly beautiful 507 sports car, which had an alloy body and used the 502's V8 for propulsion. In the 1960s, BMW sales strengthened significantly, thanks in part to the immense popularity of the 1500, a sporty family sedan.

By the 1970s, BMW was establishing itself as a full-fledged car company. It was a pioneer for many emerging technologies, including turbocharging and advanced vehicle electronics. BMW of North America was established at that time, and consumers who coveted both sports and luxury cars became loyal "Bimmer" owners. The '70s also saw the birth of BMW's three-tier sport sedan range consisting of the compact 3 Series, midsize 5 Series and large 7 Series cars and the creation of its performance M division. Though the 3 Series could be had with four-cylinder power, it was the company's inline-6 engines that developed BMW's reputation for spirited, yet highly refined performance. At decade's end, the limited production, short-lived M1 supercar debuted.

Throughout the 1980s, BMW became the unofficial poster car of yuppies, as the brand ostensibly signified one's financial success as well as a passion for driving. The elegant 6 Series coupe debuted, and the latter part of the decade saw the high-performance M division working its magic on various production models.

In the early 1990s, BMW replaced the 6 Series with the powerful (V12-powered at first) but heavy 8 Series grand touring coupe. A bit later, BMW introduced its popular Z3 roadster. The company also opened its first U.S. manufacturing plant in the latter half of the 1990s.

The 2000s brought a midsize SUV (the X5) as well as a compact SUV (the X3) as BMW joined the hot-selling segment. Since then, BMW has replaced the Z3 with the Z4, introduced the compact 1 Series, produced hybrid versions of a few models and debuted the X6 fastback crossover. The company has also expanded its empire to include Mini and Rolls-Royce and continues to build motorcycles, something it has done since the 1920s.

BMW's famous advertising slogan describes each of its vehicles as "the ultimate driving machine," and it's not mere hyperbole. Over the past couple of decades, BMWs have become the standard for performance and luxury in most of the "over $30,000" segments. With family-friendly wagons, crisp sedans, distinctive coupes, nimble sports cars and spacious SUVs offered, BMW's model roster is diverse. But its vehicles all share a common characteristic: the ability to make drivers feel gloriously connected to the road.

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2013 BMW 1 Series 135i Convertible Exterior View photos

BMW 1 Series Convertible

Fuel economy:19 cty/28 hwy mpg

MSRP from $37,200
2013 BMW 1 Series 135is Coupe Exterior View photos

BMW 1 Series Coupe

Fuel economy:19 cty/28 hwy mpg

MSRP from $31,500
2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible Exterior View photos
MSRP not available
2014 BMW 2 Series M235i Coupe Exterior View photos

BMW 2 Series Coupe

Fuel economy:23 cty/36 hwy mpg

MSRP from $32,100
2016 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 4dr Hatchback Exterior View photos
MSRP not available
2013 BMW 3 Series 335i Convertible Exterior View photos

BMW 3 Series Convertible

Fuel economy:17 cty/26 hwy mpg

MSRP from $47,900
2013 BMW 3 Series 335i Coupe Exterior View photos

BMW 3 Series Coupe

Fuel economy:19 cty/28 hwy mpg

MSRP from $38,700
2015 BMW 3 Series 328d Sedan Exterior View photos
MSRP from $38,900
2014 BMW 3 Series ActiveHybrid 3 Sedan Exterior View photos
MSRP from $49,900
2014 BMW 3 Series 320i Sedan Exterior View photos
MSRP from $32,750
2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive Wagon Exterior View photos
MSRP from $41,750
2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo 335i xDrive 4dr Hatchback Exterior View photos

BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Hatchback

Fuel economy:22 cty/33 hwy mpg

MSRP from $41,450
2014 BMW 4 Series 428i Convertible Exterior View photos

BMW 4 Series Convertible

Fuel economy:23 cty/34 hwy mpg

MSRP from $48,750
2014 BMW 4 Series 428i Coupe Exterior View photos

BMW 4 Series Coupe

Fuel economy:23 cty/35 hwy mpg

MSRP from $40,600
2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe 428i Sedan Exterior View photos

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Sedan

Fuel economy:23 cty/34 hwy mpg

MSRP from $40,300
2014 BMW 5 Series 535d xDrive Sedan Exterior View photos

BMW 5 Series Diesel

Fuel economy:26 cty/38 hwy mpg

MSRP from $56,600
2013 BMW 5 Series Sedan Exterior View photos

BMW 5 Series Hybrid

Fuel economy:23 cty/30 hwy mpg

MSRP from $61,400
2013 BMW 5 Series Sedan Exterior View photos

BMW 5 Series Sedan

Fuel economy:23 cty/34 hwy mpg

MSRP from $47,800
2012 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo 4dr Hatchback Exterior View photos

BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo Hatchback

Fuel economy:20 cty/30 hwy mpg

MSRP from $58,300
2014 BMW 6 Series 650i Convertible Exterior View photos

BMW 6 Series Convertible

Fuel economy:20 cty/31 hwy mpg

MSRP from $83,600
2014 BMW 6 Series 650i Coupe Exterior View photos

BMW 6 Series Coupe

Fuel economy:21 cty/32 hwy mpg

MSRP from $76,100
2014 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe 640i  Sedan Exterior View photos

BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Sedan

Fuel economy:20 cty/31 hwy mpg

MSRP from $78,300
2014 BMW 7 Series Sedan 750Li Exterior View photos

BMW 7 Series Sedan

Fuel economy:23 cty/31 hwy mpg

MSRP from $82,500
2014 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 Sedan Exterior View photos

BMW ActiveHybrid 5 Sedan

Fuel economy:23 cty/30 hwy mpg

MSRP from $61,400
2014 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Sedan Exterior View photos

BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Sedan

Fuel economy:22 cty/30 hwy mpg

MSRP from $84,300
2014 BMW ALPINA B7 Sedan Exterior View photos

BMW ALPINA B7 Sedan

Fuel economy:16 cty/25 hwy mpg

MSRP from $128,300
2014 BMW i3 4dr Hatchback Exterior View photos
MSRP from $41,350
2014 BMW i8 Coupe Exterior View photos
MSRP not available
2013 BMW M3 Convertible Exterior View photos

BMW M3 Convertible

Fuel economy:13 cty/20 hwy mpg

MSRP from $69,050
2013 BMW M3 Coupe Exterior View photos

BMW M3 Coupe

Fuel economy:14 cty/20 hwy mpg

MSRP from $60,100
2015 BMW M3 Sedan Exterior View photos

BMW M3 Sedan

Fuel economy:17 cty/26 hwy mpg

MSRP from $62,000
2015 BMW M4 Convertible Exterior View photos

BMW M4 Convertible

Fuel economy:17 cty/26 hwy mpg

MSRP from $72,500
2015 BMW M4 Coupe Exterior View photos

BMW M4 Coupe

Fuel economy:17 cty/26 hwy mpg

MSRP from $64,200
2013 BMW M5 Sedan Exterior View photos

BMW M5 Sedan

Fuel economy:14 cty/20 hwy mpg

MSRP from $90,200
2014 BMW M6 Convertible Exterior View photos

BMW M6 Convertible

Fuel economy:14 cty/20 hwy mpg

MSRP from $118,200
2015 BMW M6 Coupe Exterior View photos

BMW M6 Coupe

Fuel economy:14 cty/20 hwy mpg

MSRP from $111,900
2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe Sedan Exterior View photos

BMW M6 Gran Coupe Sedan

Fuel economy:14 cty/20 hwy mpg

MSRP from $115,700
2014 BMW X1 xDrive35i 4dr SUV Exterior View photos

BMW X1 SUV

Fuel economy:23 cty/34 hwy mpg

MSRP from $30,900
2015 BMW X3 xDrive28i 4dr SUV Exterior View photos

BMW X3 Diesel

Fuel economy:27 cty/34 hwy mpg

MSRP from $41,900
2015 BMW X3 xDrive28i 4dr SUV Exterior View photos

BMW X3 SUV

Fuel economy:21 cty/28 hwy mpg

MSRP from $38,400
2015 BMW X4 4dr SUV Exterior View photos
MSRP from $44,700
2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d 4dr SUV Exterior View photos

BMW X5 Diesel

Fuel economy:19 cty/26 hwy mpg

MSRP from $56,700
2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i 4dr SUV Exterior View photos

BMW X5 SUV

Fuel economy:16 cty/23 hwy mpg

MSRP from $47,500
2013 BMW X5 M 4dr SUV Exterior View photos

BMW X5 M SUV

Fuel economy:12 cty/17 hwy mpg

MSRP from $88,850
2014 BMW X6 xDrive35i 4dr SUV Exterior View photos

BMW X6 SUV

Fuel economy:17 cty/24 hwy mpg

MSRP from $60,800
2013 BMW X6 M 4dr SUV Exterior View photos

BMW X6 M SUV

Fuel economy:13 cty/17 hwy mpg

MSRP from $93,900
2016 BMW X7 4dr SUV Exterior View photos
MSRP not available
2012 BMW Z4 sDrive28i Convertible Exterior View photos

BMW Z4 Convertible

Fuel economy:22 cty/34 hwy mpg

MSRP from $48,950
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