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BMW became a car manufacturer because Germany lost World War 1

Updated: Jul 31, 2020

BMW originally started off as an aircraft manufacturing company. BMW's first product was a straight-six aircraft engine called the BMW IIIa. After Germany's defeat in World War I, all airplane manufacturing companies had to cease production, one of the many terms of the Versailles Armistice Treaty.

Following the end of World War I, BMW remained in business by producing motorcycle engines, farm equipment, household items, and railway brakes. The company produced its first motorcycle, the BMW R 32 in 1923, soon followed by the manufacture of cars in 1928.

Their current logo is a tribute to their aviation heritage. The blue and white in the logo depict the white propeller blades against a blue sky.


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