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Interview: Dr. Oetker and the BMW M3/335is Dilemma

We’ve been having an internal debate here at BMWBLOG as to which car represents the greater value, the 335is or the M3. After the dust settled we decided to consult with our resident expert, the…

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Analysis: BMW 1 Series Coupe Styling

The Amish are renowned for their restrained appearance, and a well crafted simplicity. Loath to emulate what they view as the discordant modern world, they have shunned any affect of modernity. Amish building and furniture…

Origins of the BMW Roundel

A recent story in the New York Times dispels the ‘spinning propeller’ myth of the BMW roundel. Much to the dismay of many, the article is 100% correct, the origins of the blue and white…

The Origins of DesignworksUSA’s Heritage

  DesignworksUSA is a design ‘skunk works’, a hotbed of automotive styling located in southern California. But it wasn’t always in BMW’s hands. It was purchased from Chuck Pelly by BMW. So who is Chuck…

Editorial: Bangle’s Legacy

Column: When a Supplier Is More Than a Supplier

Floating below the surface of the news that Magna International is in negotiations to purchase Opel is Magna’s future relationship as a Tier 1 supplier to other auto manufacturers. If Magna was strictly a parts…

It Was Fifty Years Ago Today . . .

In the late fall of 1959, BMW was on the ropes. The demand for motorcycles was soft, they had cars at two market extremes, luxury and economy, and there was no middle ground. In addition…