The mid-size luxury segment is flush with cars that can rock your world. Scions like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, and Jaguar dominate while smaller manufacturers scramble for sales. One of those lesser known manufacturers is Maserati. Granted, the Maserati nameplate is fairly well known in automotive circles and amongst car nuts, but it is often associated with sports cars, not the luxury saloon segment. That is a shame as Maserati builds some exquisite cars that can truly standout in a sea of BMWs and Benzs.
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, primarily known as BMW, has been producing luxury vehicles, motorcycles, engines, and cargo trucks since 1916. BMW is a top-selling luxury brand in every market and is often a symbol of success, making it a great option for business people and families alike. Here, we are going to take a closer look at the history and specs of the popular 5-Series and 7-Series models.
After World War I, BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke or, in English, Bavarian Motor Works) started as an automaker when it acquired Fahrzeugfabrik Eisenach (FE) and Dixi Automobil Werke (DAW). At the time, FE was building the Austin 7, which ended up being one of the most-popular cars of its day, and DAW was building the Dixi 3/15, both of which took on the BMW marque. BMW quickly started modifying and upgrading the Austin 7, and the first six-cylinder luxury car, the BMW 328, was born in 1936. Other cars followed, but after World War II, things got tough for the luxury car maker, which survived by building bicycles and pots and pans. By 1952, BMW started building again with the luxury BMW 501 sedan.