The history of BMW dates back to 1916 with the establishment of Bayerische Flugzeugwerke, an aircraft producer. There were a couple of company mergers and the corporate name became Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) in 1922. They manufactured their first motorcycle in 1923 and became an auto manufacturer in 1928 as a result of buying a company called Fahrzeugfabrik Eisenach. Before World War II, BMW’s main products were aircraft engines, motorcycles, and cars.