Bayerische Motoren Werke AG—better known today as the BMW Group—marked its 100th anniversary on March 7th in Munich this year.

A whirlwind visit to the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show proved that Japanese car manufacturers take a back seat to none when it comes to sheer ingenuity.

It has been 50 years since car one rolled off the assembly line in the old Morris plant in Cowley, Oxfordshire, on May 8, 1959. The little Brit defied all style, and won the hearts of many and the world’s most famous rally.