BMW buys Alpina, the manufacturer of luxury vehicles


After almost 60 years of constant march, BMW and luxury tuner brand Alpina are finally getting marriedthe first announcing an acquisition deal expected to close in 2025.

Where did Alpina come from?

the roots of Alpina dates back to the 1960s, when the manufacturer of typewriters and textiles began producing high-performance carburettors and crankshafts for BMW vehicles.which are reflected in the brand鈥檚 shield, and, finally, complete racing vehicles.

Over the decades, the partnership between the automaker and the tuner has grown, and Alpina now pulls chassis directly from the BMW assembly line to modify them. Alpina鈥檚 focus has also shifted from racing to building luxury grand touring vehicles, such as the Alpina B8 Gran Coupe and Alpina XB7.

BMW 7 Series Alpina B7
BMW 7 Series Alpina B7. / Photo: Courtesy BMW.

BMW and Alpina working hand in hand until 2025

Pending German regulatory and antitrust approval, the current partnership of BMW and Alpina will run until December 31, 2025. BMW will continue to supply vehicles to Alpina for final build and modification with unique powertrain, chassis, aerodynamic equipment and interior.

BMW said: 鈥淭he Bovensiepen family-owned company will continue to use its engineering expertise to develop, manufacture and sell BMW Alpina vehicles within the existing cooperation until the end of 2025.鈥 Alpina鈥檚 service, parts and accessories business will also continue to operate independently with existing staff.

What will happen after 2025

However, after 2025, the remaining Alpina staff will be offered new positions within the BMW Group and the current Alpina brand, trademarks and vehicle program will be canceled and incorporated into the BMW mothership.

BMW cites the 鈥渢ransformation towards electromobility and increased regulation worldwide鈥 as potential risks for small-series manufacturers like Alpina, citing 鈥渆missions legislation, software validation and requirements for fuel systems.鈥 monitoring and driver assistance鈥 as obstacles that the BMW Group will help the boutique brand to navigate.

BMW 3 Series.
BMW 3 Series. / Photo: Courtesy BMW.

Here in the US, you might have thought that Alpina was already a sub-brand of BMW. Bimmer already handles import, sales and service for Alpina vehicles. For example, the Alpina B8 Gran Coup茅 is sold here as the BMW Alpina B8 Gran Coup茅, which you can build and order using the BMW Web Configurator.

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