Why is BMW called BMW?

Date Published: November 12, 2020

BMW has managed to build a great reputation for performance, safety, and quality. Millions of people across the globe support BMW and believe that it is the no.1 premium automotive company. However, very few people know what BMW stands for, or why this automotive brand is called BMW.

Why is it called BMW

BMW stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke, which in English, translates to Bavarian Motor Works. In German, the BMW acronym is pronounced differently. The German pronunciation is – “bae-em-vae”.

Bayerische Motoren Werke is not grammatically correct because Motorenwerke is a single word in German. BMW cars are also popularly known as “bimmers.”

Why is a BMW car also known as a Beemer?

The names Bimmer, Beemer or Beamer refer to BMW vehicles. Bimmer is the correct term for BMW cars, while Beemer and Beamer are the terms used for motorcycles.

BSA was one of the big motorcycle brands that existed when BMW emerged in the motorcycle industry. Since BSA motorcycles were popularly known as Beesers, BMW fans decided to call BMW motorcycles Beemers. Overtime, the spelling Beemer got mixed up as some people started using the term Beamer instead of Beemer.

BMW car enthusiasts wanted a new term to differentiate from motorcycles and came up with the term Bimmer.

What’s The Real Story Behind the BMW Logo?

The BMW logo was designed in 1917 and has made no major changes since then. The logo is a constant reminder of where BMW originated. The blue and white colors in the BMW logo were borrowed from the blue and white panels of the Bavarian flag. However, many people have a different idea of what inspired the BMW logo. 

Many people think the logo is a reference to the rotating airplane propeller, dating back to BMW’s days as an aircraft manufacturer. This is mainly because of a BMW advertisement published in 1920 using the BMW logo as a spinning propeller.

Author: Omega Fumba