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Posted by Evan... on October 24, 1999 at 14:45:42:

In Reply to: Re: "E" is for "Entwicklung", German for "developm posted by What about 46? on October 24, 1999 at 09:53:41:

: What about '46' ? How did the numbering got started?
: Appreicate your comments.

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: : The German word for "development project", or "development" is "Entwicklung" -- that's where the "E" comes from.

: : Mercedes-Benz uses "W", i.e. W214 (no idea what model that is) -- it comes from "Wagen", the German word for car.

: : Lorenz

The numbers, ie;36 for e36 or 39 for e39, and 46 for e46, are for models that they produced. BMW designs alot of model or varients of models but only produced the e46 model inbtween making the last 5 series (the e39), they then made many models in between that and the e46 or the next model that made it into production. Remember the e36 was built before the e38(7 series) I am sure they designed a 37 but was not produceed. The number systems do not go by model 3,5,7, they go by designs the company does. The e53 is the S.A.V. it was designed right after the e46 and comes out next but BMW desighned 47,48,49,50,51,52. but only brought the "53" varient into production. Hope that made sense I did not know how to explain it.

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