Think of BMW automobiles and the image of the kidney grilles immediately comes to mind. Indeed, they have long been a symbol of the Bavarian automaker and featured prominently in every model to leave the factory floor for almost 90 years.
Though they have evolved dynamically in design over the years as the brand innovated, the spirit of this unique heritage remains the same. Here is a look at 10 design milestones and how far they have come.
BMW 303 (1933)
As the brand’s first model with a six-cylinder engine, the BMW 303 was also the first to feature the double kidney grille to facilitate air intake. Though the centre bar-divided the radiator masks were not groundbreaking at the time, the car nevertheless achieved a highly sculptural effect with the grilles. Rounded at both the top and bottom, the BMW emblem was proudly shown in between the upper arches.