On March 7, 1916, a little company saw the light of day in Germany, in the region of Bavaria. Registered as Bayerische Motoren Werke, the young company picked up Rapp Motorenwerke’s factories, an airplane manufacturer during the World War I. Using the technologies developed in aviation, such as the architecture of the legendary inline six-cylinder engine, BMW survived the post-war era by building motorcycles.
In 1928, the brand launched a small car called the Dixi, which was actually a rebadged Austin 7. Over the years, BMW’s history was filled with some glorious models, such as the 2002, the M3, the 7 Series, the X5 M and the i8—just to name a few. The company is cherished by many automobile enthusiasts.
Celebrating today its one hundredth anniversary, BMW presented a very unique concept. Paying tribute to both the past and the future of the brand, the Vision Next 100 features many innovative technologies.
First of all, BMW is putting the emphasis on autonomous driving and digitalisation. According to them, electronics and automobiles will continue to merge in the next century to the point where they’ll become inseparable. The brand also has the intention of developing recyclable composite materials and 4D printing (in a nutshell, this technology can create materials that can modify themselves in various conditions). We can see this avant-garde technology in the front wheels: with the steering wheel is turned, the “skin” that covers the front of the vehicle deforms itself.
What’s next for BMW? The company’s other brands will join in on the celebration by unveiling similar concepts. On June 16, MINI and Rolls-Royce will release their creations, while motorcycle division BMW Motorrad will also present a concept on October 11.