What Do the Letters in BMW Stand For?

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Q: What does BMW stand for?

A: BMW stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke, or, translated into English, Bavarian Motor Works. If you’re a little rusty on world geography, Bavaria is a southern state in Germany where BMW originally started making airplane engines around 1917. The current BMW group is composed of BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce, with its headquarters in Bavaria’s capital, Munich.

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