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What does BMW stand for? BMW is the shortened form of the German brand Bayerische Motoren Werke, an automobile company that operates out of Germany. The English translation of the name is "Bavarian Motor Works", which coincidentally still has the initials BMW.  They manufacture cars, SUVs, motorcycles and engines. The company was founded in 1916 and since then has been known for its top of the line luxury vehicles. It is also the parent company of the Rolls Royce line of vehicles.

What Does BMW Stand For?

There are a number of newer models currently being produced by BMW they are categorized in a number of different series each offering slightly different features.

BMW 1 Series

This line was put on the market in 2004 and is the most compact car ever created by the BMW manufacturers. It includes two models coupe or convertible (E82/E88) and the hatchback (E81/E87).

BMW 3 Series

This line was first established in 1975 and is a compact executive car that includes the current E 90 sports sedan, E91 station wagon, the E92 coupe and E93 convertible. It is considered the automobile measuring stick and many of its competitors use this standard to gauge the quality of their own cars. Despite its price tag it has managed to out sell more affordable luxury cars like Ford Mondeo. Of the entire series it accounts for the highest number of overall BMW sales.

BMW 5 Series

This is a mid-size executive car that includes the E60 Sedan and E61 station wagon. The F07 was released in 2010 and fills the gap between station wagons and the larger SUV. 

BMW 7 Series

This line produces the larger more advanced sedans. Most new innovations are tested on this model first. This was the first car within the line to implement the iDrive system. It was also the first to have a hydrogen internal combustion engine. Basically the car uses liquid hydrogen without the side effects of harmful emissions. F01 is the newest model in this line. 

BMW 6 Series

This line produces the E63/E64 grand touring luxury sport coupe/convertible.


The X3 E83 SUV or as it is more accurately called the SAV Sports Activity Vehicle, emerged on the market in 2003. It is an off-road vehicle that features BMW xDrive all-wheel drive system. The X1 is set to be released very soon and will be the follow up to the X3.

BMW M3 Coupe E92

This line is targeted at race car enthusiast. It is praised for its state of the art engine and innovative design. The latest model was V powered and went on the market in 2007.

Now you know the answer to the question, "What does BMW stand for?"