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BMW AG (an acronym for Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, or in English, Bavarian Motor Works), is an independent German company and manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles. BMW is the world's largest premium car maker[citation needed] and is the parent company of the MINI and Rolls-Royce car brands, and, formerly, Rover.

The company's tagline in English is currently "The Ultimate Driving Machine". The original German slogan is "Freude am Fahren", which translates to "Joy in Driving" in English. In certain regions, BMW also uses the English tagline "sheer driving pleasure" (e.g. Hong Kong).

BMW's main competitors include Acura, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Toyota, Infiniti, Jaguar, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Saab and Porsche.

Main article: BMW 1 Series

A small family car launched in Autumn 2004 in Europe; whether or not it will be launched in the USA has yet to be determined. It is the only rear wheel drive vehicle in its class. A coupé has been announced for 2006, and there are concepts of a hatchback and a minivan. Plans to label these variants as 2 Series have reportedly been scrubbed. It has the same engines as the 318i, 318d, 320i, 320d and 330i as well as a small 1.6L I4 in the 116i.

Main article: BMW 3 Series

The 3 Series is BMW's entry-level luxury sedan, now in its fifth generation (E90). The E90 line has been available in the United States and Canada since the 2006 model year. The E90 is currently available in the 318i (detuned 2.0L I4 engine producing 129 hp), 318d (detuned 2.0L I4 diesel producing 122 hp), 320i (with 2.0L I4 producing 150 hp), 320d (with I4 diesel producing 163 hp), 323i (with I6 producing 174 hp), 325i (with a detuned 3.0 L I6 engine producing 215 hp or a 2.5L I6 producing 218 hp), 330d (3.0L I6 producing 231 hp) and the 330i (with a 3.0 L I6 engine producing 255 hp), as well as the AWD-versions of these two models, named 325xi and 330xi. The new BMW 3 Series sedan (E90) and coupé (E92), both soon to be released (start of production in September, 2006) will both carry the 328i, 328xi, 335i, and 335xi badging. There will not be a separate "ci" designation for coupés. The 328i will feature a 3.0L I6 with 230 hp and 200 lb-ft while the new 335i will feature BMW's new 3.0L I6 twin turbo motor bolsting 300 hp and 300 lb-ft. As 2006 models, the 3 Series coupé and convertible are only available in the fourth generation E46 body style (with a 2.5 L I6 producing 184 hp for the 325ci/cic and a 3.0 L I6 producing 225 hp for the 330ci/cic) until the fall of 2006, when the new 2007 model year coupés will be available. Unlike past generations, the 2006/7 3 Series coupés would have its own internal code of E92. Also available is the all wheel drive Touring (wagon) model. A special edition 320si that is the production version of the 2006 World Touring Car.
M3: The motorsport division's race-inspired version of the 3 Series. Currently available only in the fourth generation E46 body style and with a 3.2 L engine producing 343 hp. A new revision is expected in 2007 with a 400 hp V8. The 2007 version is expected to come in the coupé, roadster and sedan body styles.

Main article: BMW 5 Series

A mid-size luxury car / executive car. This series is available with different engines: the 525i with the same engine as the 325i, the 530i with the same engine as the 330i, and the 545i with a 4.4 L V8 producing 325 hp. For the 2006 model year, the 545i has been phased out in favour of the 550i, with a 4.8 L V8 producing 360 hp. The 520d with the same engine as the 320d, the 530d with the same engine as the 330d and a high performance 535d with a twin turbo 272 bhp version of the standard 3.0L I6 diesel.
M5: The motorsport division's version of the 5 Series. The new M5 (E60) is powered by an F1-inspired V10 engine, producing 507 hp and is mated with a 7-speed Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG) transmission, which is capable of an unlimited top speed of over 200 mph.

Main article: BMW 6 Series

The coupé version of the 5 Series, the 6 Series is currently available in the 650i version with a 4.8 L V8 producing 360 hp and the 630i version with a 3.0 R6 Straight Six engine (it was the first model to use this engine).
M6: A high performance version of the 6 Series. Developed by BMW's M Division, it is powered by the same 5.0 L V10 507 hp engine seen in the BMW M5. It is currently available in Europe, America and Australia.

Main article: BMW 7 Series

A full-size luxury car competing with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A8, and Jaguar XJ. The 7 Series comes in the 730i/730Li, 730d/730Ld, 740i/740Li, 745d, 750i and 750Li with the same engine as their respective 5 Series equivalent, and in the 760i and 760Li, with a 6.0L V12 producing 438hp. The 760Li is also made in a bulletproof version for clients who need extra protection. BMW plans to offer a car that runs on both petrol and hydrogen (hybrid).

Main article: BMW X3

Introduced in late 2003 as a model year 2004, the X3 was BMW's second entry into the luxury SUV segment. The X3 is a compact SUV with sports sedan-like handling characteristics, with emphasis on versatility and affordability, but lacking significant off-road ability.

For model year 2004, it was offered with a 184hp 2.5-liter inline 6-cylinder, the X3 2.5i, and a 225hp 3.0-liter 6-cylinder, the X3 3.0i.

For model year 2006, colored bumpers were added to the X3 3.0i, a Sport Package with a full body colored aerodynamic kit became available for the X3 3.0i (pictured), and the X3 2.5i was dropped. An entry level 2.0d with a 150 hp was added too.

For model year 2007, a face lift and a new version of the inline 6-cylinder will be offered and the model name will change to X3 3.0si. The aluminum/magnesium composite inline 6-cylinder produces 260hp and 225 lb-ft torque. With a manual transmission the manfucturer claims 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds. It competes directly against the Acura RDX and Land Rover Freelander/LR2. It also competes against the Lexus RX350 and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Main article: BMW X5

BMW's first SUV (called SAV or Sports Activity Vehicle by BMW) competing against the Porsche Cayenne and Land Rover Range Rover. The Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Volkswagen Touareg and Audi Q7 fall in the same category, but at a lower prestige. Althougth marketed in Europe as an off-roader, it lacks the off-road capabilities of Land Rover models.

Main article: BMW Z4

A 2-seater roadster and coupé which succeeded the Z3. For 2006 the Z4 Roadster is available as a 3.0i (3.0L I6 with 215 hp), a 3.0si available with the new generation 3.0L I6 with 255 hp, a 2.5si with a 2.5 I6 with 218 bhp or a 2.0i with a 150 bhp 2.0L I4. The Z4 Coupe is available only in the high-performance 3.0si trim powered by the 3.0L 255 HP I6.
Z4 M The new Z4 M roadster has been released as a Z4 with an E46 M3 motor (3.2L, 330 hp), sharing same braking and suspension systems. The new M Coupe shares the same features but in a coupé version. At the Geneva Auto Show BMW has introduced the 2006 M coupé.



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