BMW has revealed what the letters and numbers represent on its sedans’ model names.
These series ascend based on vehicle size, starting at one.
But BMW previously used the next two digits as a car’s engine size marker.
Lastly comes the letter at the end of a model name.
BMW uses the letter d for diesel, x for all-wheel drive, and i to represent their future of mobility branding for hybrid and electric vehicles.
The German auto manufacturer’s launched its letter i brand in 2011 with the motto: “Born electric.”
But seeing the letter i on a BMW made before 2011 means something completely different.
BMW previously used the letter i to represent its fuel-injected cars — but the company’s push toward sustainable electric driving resulted in a change.
But seeing the letter i on a newer BMW’s plate means something other than fuel injection.
The first badge covered is Mercedes-Benz’s C lettering, which means coupé. A Coupé is a two-door car.
But today, Mercedes-Benz’s C-Class also comes in a four-door configuration.
The following badge mentioned is Mercedes-Benz’s D, which means diesel.
Drivers first saw the diesel engine in the Mercedes-Benz’s 1936 260 D passenger car, according to MotorTrend.
This TikTok’s narrator highlights Mercedes-Benz’s E badge as Einspritzung, representing fuel-injected engines.
The video’s motors buff notes that Mercedes-Benz had initially classified its off-road vehicles with G, translating to Geländewagen.
Today, the German automaker groups all its SUVs under the G-Class badge.
If you want to verify whether a Mercedes-Benz has a supercharged engine, this TikToker says a Kompressor badge will give you your answer.
Supercharged engines have higher energy output since they contain a compressor that increases the pressure delivery of a motor’s air.
If you ever see the letter L on a Mercedes-Benz, this gearhead says the badge means Leicht for sporting cars, or Lang, which designated long wheelbase sedans.
The Rennen badge encapsulates the racing side of Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
This TikTok’s narrator ends by explaining that S means Sonderklasse, meaning special class or flagship vehicles, and T was for touring.
Touring cars have station wagon-style bodies.