If you are considering buying into the luxury and technological excellence of the BMW brand, read on. On this page we not only provide a quick guide to essential BMWs but links to more detailed info on each model, and plenty more besides.
BMW - Bavarian Motor Works - the world famous German manufacturer of cars (and motorbikes) is now also the parent company of British car brands MINI and Rolls Royce. The most popular German car brand in the UK, BMW is known for providing the highest levels of luxury and performance along with peerless build quality. The smooth handling, reliability and style of BMW ensures that many owners, once sat behind the wheel, will never settle for a car from another manufacturer during the rest of their lives.
BMW currently sell over one million vehicles annually worldwide and the success of the BMW brand continues in an upward trajectory. The growth in sales recorded by the BMW Group had achieved all time highs by the end of the first six months of 2007. In a June monthly comparison, the company increased the number of automobiles delivered to customers by 15.1% to 150,285. Never before in its history has the leading manufacturer of premium vehicles sold so many in one month. China and Russia continue to be key areas of growth for BMW and a major part of this success story but Western Europe also continues its big love affair with BMW. In June 2007 BMW increased sales by 15.9 per cent alone in this market on the previous period last year. In these markets BMW delivered 90,310 automobiles to customers in June 2007. The previous year was 77,926.
June 2007 compared with previous year; and up to and including June 2007 compared with previous year.
BMW Group Automobiles -150,285 + 15.1%;730,285 + 4.6%
BMW - 127,747 + 14.4%; 622,415 + 4.2%
MINI - 22,465 + 19.4%; 107,576 + 6.4%
Rolls-Royce - 73; 294 +2.4%
We provide hundreds of user reviews about BMW vehicles, providing impartial advice to help you make the right choice about your next BMW purchase. But With BMW car sales going through the roof we also wanted to helrospective buyers out by offering an easy to read guide to the entire BMW range. Click on each BMW series to read more.
BMW 1 Series BMWs small family car series, launched in 2004. The only rear wheel drive vehicle in its class. Superb to drive, great build quality and amazing steering.
BMW 3 Series - The hugely successful 3 Series is hard to beat. The coupe models are amongst the best cars on the planet according to, well, just about everyone. The fifth generation E90 is spacious but still handles like a dream.
BMW 5 Series Mid size executive luxury class arguably the best car to drive in its class. Launched in March 2007, the latest BMW 5 Series increases performance as well as economy and emissions efficiency.
BMW 6 Series Stunning sports coupes and coupe convertibles. Extremely powerful, elegant and fast. Latest editions of the BMW 6 Series Coupe and Convertible are out of this world. Latest BMW 650i, features eight-cylinder 4,799 cc engine.
BMW 7 Series Class leading state of art executive sedans combining limousine comfort with cutting edge technology and performance. 2006s BMW Hydrogen 7 was the first virtually emission-free hydrogen-powered luxury saloon available for standard use.
BMW 8 Series Super fast gadget packed luxury coupe now out of production Models still highly sought after as they are a very smooth to drive. Launched in the late eighties original models were powered by 5 litre V12 engines.
BMW M3 Offering race production technology and the 3 Series look these are cars which offer superior stylings and a powerful and unbeatable driving experience. The latest M3 accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 4.8 seconds.
BMW M5 - The M divisions super powered version of the BMW 5 Series is the fastest luxury 4-door sedan ever made, capable of hitting 205mph.
BMW M6 The best of both worlds. Featuring the M5 engine in the body of a 6 Series styled coupe and convertible. BMWs M6 Convertible powered by the incomparable 5.0-litre V10 engine went on sale September 2006, priced 86,400.
BMW X3 More than a 4 wheel drive, BMW called this a Sports Activity Vehicle based as it is on the E46 3 Series layout within, with unique robust outer look. 2006 model does 0-62mph in 8.9 seconds with a top speed of 128mph.
BMW X5 Available since 2000 this mid size luxury 4 wheel drive is part of the SAV range. It offers a unique hybrid styling and not bad petrol consumption for its class. Latest X5 manages 34.9mpg.
BMW Z3 - Super exotic retro looking sports convertibles these were the first ultra modern roadsters in the BMW range, an exceptional upmarket alternative. Driven by James Bond in the film GoldenEye starring Pierce Brosnan. Production ended in 2002 and replaced by the Z4 but still highly sought after.
BMW Z4 /M - Launched in 2002 as a direct replacement for the BMW Z3 and also known as the E85 in roadster form and E86 in coupe form. There is also a Z4 M high performance production version featuring the engine from the E46 M3 6. The M decorating the rear is for Motorsport. But its not just for decoration.
Why is BMW so successful? Well, without doubt BMW has created some of the greatest cars of all time, many of them listed here, and in the meantime during its 80 years of production it has developed a brand reputation which is synonymous with comfort, flair, speed and engineering perfection.
Need any more incentive to drive a BMW?
Well, James Bond drives one...
Watch the film GoldenEye. Pierce Brosnan can be seen driving the BMW Z3 Roadster.
Bond also returned with BMW in Tomorrow Never Dies driving the more mature BMW 750i.
The World Is Not Enough was the third James Bond outing for BMW and it clearly required something a bit special. Bond can be seen putting the 400-horsepower V-8 BMW Z8 through its paces.
BMWs marketing arrangement with the James Bond franchise has been hugely successful in helping the upward trend in the companys fortunes.