Bayerische Motoren Werke AG ( pronunciation (help·info); English: Bavarian Motor Works), commonly known as BMW or BMW AG, is a German automobile, motorcycle and engine manufacturing company founded in 1916.
BMW is headquartered in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It also owns and produces Mini cars, and is the parent company of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. BMW produces motorcycles under BMW Motorrad. In 2012, the BMW Group produced 1,845,186 automobilesand 117,109 motorcycles across all of its brands. BMW is part of the "German Big 3" luxury automakers, along with Audi andMercedes-Benz, which are the three best-selling luxury automakers in the world.