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First German Car

Germany is the cradle of modern day car industry. The first German car made in 1885 set the tone for automobile revolution world over. The German entrepreneurs gradually came up with impeccable engineering, style, luxury, and speed to define car transportation for years to come.

First German Car

The first German car shown in the picture is both the older and restored versions of the same vehicle. Now days, the Germans lead in manufacturing many of the world's top luxury vehicles. We think of BMW, Mercedes Benz and Audi whenever we talk about luxury cars. The auto industry in the country that began with production of the first German car continues to be popular world over.

Motorwagen to Mercedes

Karl Benz manufactured the first German car Motorwagen in 1885. Appearing like a horse carriage, it was also the first motor car in the world. He developed and patented his invention four-stroke internal combustion engine in 1886. The first German car model built in 1885 crashed during a public demonstration.

Soon Benz developed a better model running on gasoline and went for its commercial production in 1887. The vehicle hit the market next year and was an instant hit. In 1988, Benz's wife travelled 65 mile in the car to see her ailing father. It drew public attention and soon Benz's car began to be sold in Germany and France.

In the early 1900s, several German car makes came into existence. While Benz Sons dominated the market, Opel produced its first German car in 1906. It became the first German car manufacturer maker to set up a mass production assembly line. In 1935, Opel was the first German car manufacturer to cross 100,000 vehicle productions in a year.

Volkswagen, founded in 1937 by the Nazi regime, was the first German car maker to produce family cars for common people, such as Thing, Amarok, and Beetle. In the post-war era, the company led the auto revolution in West Germany. Its engineering achievements are widely acclaimed.

Audi, established in 1910, became the first German car company to exclusively focus on vehicles with powerful engines. Its earliest models Sport-Phaeton and Type B and subsequent six cylinder models had more powerful engines than their contemporaries. Audi was also the first German car maker to produce left-handed car the Audi Type K.

BMW entered the car market in 1959 and was the first German car maker to go for ultra-luxury and sports car segment. It owns BMW, Rolls Royce, and Mini brands, among the costliest car brands in the world.

Modern German Car Industry

The first German car produced more than a century ago continues to be a trendsetter for the country's auto industry. Innovation still drives the car manufacturing industry in the country. Every car model has something new to showcase.

Germany is the fourth biggest producer of cars in the world. The German car makers, such as Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler, Porsche, and Audi, produce six million cars at home and another 5.5 million abroad. Volkswagen is the third biggest auto company in the world. The museums in the country have dedicated auto galleries that have all symbolic cars, from the first German car made by Benz to the latest sedans, on display.