BMW officially purchased Alpina last week, a German manufacturer responsible for making high-performance BMWs and Minis in years past.
The two companies have been collaborating since 1965, with Alpina getting factory support in making souped-up Beemers.
The company began solely focusing on motorsport before moving into the passenger car scene in the 1980s.
BMW says the acquisition of Alpina is a step forward in their long-term plans, which revolve around sustainability and electric vehicles.
Perhaps we could be seeing some high-voltage, high-performance Alpina-esque EVs in the near future?
BMW currently sends their cars to Alpina’s factory in Buchloe, Germany, to get modified.
Under the new deal, Alpina will be closing their Buchloe facility and work directly out of BMWs own factories.
Alpina employees will be offered new positions in BMW.
The takeover is expected to be completed in 2025.
How much money exchanged hands is under wraps, but we can imagine it would have been a lot. Last year was Alpina’s strongest in sales and profits in the company’s history.
Alpina prides itself on luxury, power and prestige. The sale to BMW shouldn’t change that, we hope, but it’s likely we might not see the Alpina name post 2025.
If we do, it will be on something electric.
”This marks the beginning of a new chapter,” Alpina said during the announcement.
It also marks the end of one of our favourites.