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November 10, 2021

BMW 520i, BMW X5, BMW Z4 - what appears to many BMW fans to be a puzzle of letters and words is actually a sophisticated system: the naming of BMW models.

Over the years the system has changed, but hasn’t become any less comprehensible. So if you're looking for an aha-moment, this episode of Changing Lanes, the official podcast of BMW, is for you.

Learn now from Nicki and Jonathan why the naming strategy has changed, and how model designations come about today.

2:17 Decoding a BMW model name
7:08 History of the model namings
11:40 Model names at BMW M
16:39 Model names at BMW I

And if you want to read more about BMW namings, go to

“Changing Lanes” is the official podcast of BMW. Subscribe for new episodes each week, in which the hosts take you on an exciting journey and talk about innovative technologies, lifestyle, design and more.

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