2007-04-11 — Good Characters (Leave a message)
宝 (bao) means treasure or of high value.
马 (ma) is a horse.
BMW’s Chinese transliterated name, 宝马 (bao ma, pronounced bow mah), literally means, a treasured horse. This is like an imperial Chinese royalty’s way of saying, “The Ultimate Driving Machine”; imagine that.
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