Who Owns BMW?

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Whether you’re a BMW enthusiast or you’re just searching for more information before you buy a new luxury vehicle or sports car, you can learn more about who owns BMW and where BMW is made with the team at Pacific BMW by reading our guide on who owns BMW and where this iconic brand comes from. Many may know BMW as a German company headquartered in Munich, but did you know the parent company, BMW Group, also owns other luxury brands like Mini and Rolls-Royce? Read on to find out who makes BMW, then browse our inventory of stylish BMW vehicles for your next Los Angeles adventure.



About the BMW Group

The parent company, or the company that owns BMW, is the BWW Group, also known as BMW AG in Germany. BMW is recognized as an incorporated entity owned by shareholders. In other words, BMW is a publicly traded company owned by shareholders. Do you have stock in the BMW group? If so, then aside from potentially owning a BMW vehicle, you’re a part-owner of BMW, the company, as is the case for any BMW shareholder. 

Where does BMW get its name from? The iconic cars get the first part of their name “Bavarian Motor Works” from the full German name of the company Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft with the “AG” relating to its status as a shareholder company. 

Who Owns BMW Shares?

The question “Who owns BMW?” is further distinguished by half of all long-term shareholders being a part of the Quandt family, and the other half being owned by public investors. 

  • 29%=Stefan Quandt: A German industrialist and engineer
  • 21%=Susanne Klatten: Successful investor and sister to Stefan Quandt
  • 50%=Public Float: This represents the shares that are owned by public investors.

Who Makes BMW Vehicles?

Hollywood BMW lovers and shoppers alike probably know that BMW is headquartered in Germany, but that is also where BMW is primarily made. The largest of the manufacturing plants is located in Dingolfing. Still, other production facilities who make BMW are the located in:

  • Germany: Berlin, Dingolfing, Landshut, Leipzig, Munich, Regensburg, Wackersdorf
  • Austria: Steyr
  • Great Britain: Oxford
  • China: Shenyang
  • United States: Greer, SC 

Fun fact: The BMW X-Series model line is assembled exclusively in the Greer, SC manufacturing plant!

The locations making the new BMW models and genuine BMW OEM parts can be found all around the world. Production plants where BMW is made are a part of the BMW Group Production Network, and can be found in: 

  • Austria: Graz
  • Brazil: Manaus
  • Egypt: Cairo
  • Germany: Eisenach
  • Great Britain: Goodwood and Swindon
  • Indonesia: Jakarta
  • India: Chennai
  • Italy: Cassinetta
  • Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur
  • Mexico: San Luis Potosi
  • Russia: Kaliningrad
  • South Africa: Rosslyn
  • Thailand: Rayong
  • United States: Spartanburg, SC

Learn More About BMW with Pacific BMW!

Now that you know a bit more behind who makes BMW, explore why you should buy a BMW for your upcoming Burbank drives. Contact our team at Pacific BMW to learn more about all the BMW can offer, or take a look at our other highlighted BMW information like the BMW 0-60 times, or customization options with BMW accessories. 


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