BMW Vision NEXT 100_2 BMW, on 7 March, observed its 100-year existence with lots of pride and joy. To celebrate its Centenary, BMW will set off on a symbolic BMW World Tour, a travelling exhibition with stops in China, UK and USA. For its Asian premiere, the BMW Vision NEXT 100 will travel to Beijing first.

Later it will move on to London, where two further Vision Vehicles will join it, this time from BMW’s British-based brands, MINI and Rolls-Royce. The last port of call on the World Tour will be Los Angeles, one of the BMW’s key markets. Here, the final Vision Vehicle, from BMW Motorrad, will complete the quartet of BMW brands.

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The BMW Vision NEXT 100 World Tour will commence in Beijing from 5 – 15 May, then London from 16 – 26 June and end at Los Angeles from 11 – 16 October.

BMW: Brief milestones of the past century

It all began with the R 32 motorcycle in 1923, followed by the 328 in 1936, one of the very first automobile by the Munich-based marque. In the early 60s, BMW introduced the 1500, a family sport saloon, as well as a new segment. The 70s marked the boom in the Far East markets, and BMW came up with a surprise in the shape of an entirely new bike concept, launched in 1980: the R 80 G/S. At the time, it was the first and only large engined off-roader to offer the ride qualities of a road bike.

In 1999, the automotive world still distinguished between passenger vehicles for the road and off-roaders for rough terrain. BMW, however, came up with a surprising new solution that combined both. It was unveiled at the NAIAS (North American International Auto Show) in January 1999. Long before the SUV boom began, BMW had developed its own interpretation of a vehicle that offered dynamic handling and all-wheel drive as well as elevated seating positions for occupants. The name SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) expressed its sporty focus: it was the BMW X5.

In 2013, the dawn of Electric mobility saw BMW unveil the all-electric BMW i3. Based on an architecture comprising a lightweight carbon passenger cell on an aluminium chassis, the BMW i3 was a complete departure from all that had gone before. Instead, it set out to meet the specific requirements of electro-mobility.