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BMW produces more than 1.5 million vehicles annually around the globe, not including motorcycles, and its subsidiaries add more than four hundred thousand to that number. In the United States, BMW offers cars ranging from compact executive models to large sedans, station wagons, sports cars, crossovers, and more. The company is also influential in alternative powertrains and technologies, including hydrogen and gasoline-electric hybrids.

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BMW Percentage 1-Owner

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Many used BMW shoppers start their search at by looking for 1-owner cars. The popular 5 Series offers 33 percent 1-owner. The 3 Series is nearly the same at 32 percent, while the more expensive 7 Series has 24 percent 1-owner cars. If your preference is the Z3, there are only 11 percent 1 owners used Z3s currently for sale.

BMW Annual Percentage Accident Free

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The average percentage accident free for all BMW models combined are fairly flat from 2002-2006--77 to 79 percent, and then steadily rise to reach 96 percent accident free by the 2012 model year.

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Founded in 1916, Bayerische Motoren Werke AG ("Bavarian Motors Works" or BMW) is the oldest German automotive manufacturer, building automobiles, motorcycles and engines. BMW is the parent company of Mini and Rolls-Royce. Before World War I, BMW was part of the Rapp Motorenwerke group which built aircraft engines. After the war, the company was required to cease aircraft production and moved into motorcycles, splitting off from Rapp and then moving into automotive in 1928 after post-war restrictions were lifted.

As an automaker, however, BMW did not become renowned until after World War II when production of small city and efficient commuter cars was augmented and then largely supplanted by the building of luxury vehicles. The acquisition of Hans Glas in 1956 added forward-thinking engine development to the company's repertoire and by the 1970s, BMW had solidified its name as a luxury carmaker with signature German handling and performance as their hallmark.

BMW is a charter member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Environmental Achievement Track and is world-renowned for its corporate sustainability practices and clean manufacturing processes. For eight years running, up to 2012, BMW was named the world's most sustainable automotive company by Dow Jones and it was the first car company to appoint an environmental officer, doing so in 1973. BMW ranks third in all industries in the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index.

BMW currently manufactures cars globally, including at their facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina (the Greer plant). The facility produces the X3, X5, X6 and upcoming X4 models.

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