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.
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
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
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.