Bayerische Motoren Werke, popularly known as BMW, is a German based automobile manufacturing company. It was founded by Franz Josef Popp in 1916. BMW is headquartered in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. With an employee count of 105,876, as of 2012, BMW is one of most admired and trusted automobile manufacturer besides Audi and Mercedes-Benz.
BMW is the parent company for the much revered, royal-class automobile maker Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. BMW currently manufactures and produces cars and motorcycles, with latter being shipped under BMW Motorrad. The company forms the trio of the luxury automobile manufacturers popularly called as "German Big 3", with Audi and Mercedes-Benz being the other two.