carpaedia

A History Lesson

The car existed as a primitive mode of transport as far back as the 17th century when Ferdinand Verbiest designed a car which was so small that it was only able to transport itself. One hundred years later in the 18th century the first steam powered vehicle able to carry passengers was built and arrived in the form of a tricycle. The 19th century was the century where it all started getting a little more sophisticated with the arrival of the world’s first internal combustion engine and even saw cars being powered on electricity alone. A German engineer named Karl Benz is often considered to be the original architect of the modern automobile, when he introduced his production vehicles powered by a four-stroke cycle gasoline engine in 1888. In the late 19th century many names which are still familiar to this day were making their moves in the automobile industry, these names include Benz (Mercedes Benz), Maybach and Peugeot.

The next big leap for the automobile industry came when Henry Ford expanded upon the system of large scale production line manufacturing in 1914. Ford motor company's new system was incredibly successful and efficient when compared to previous methods and was capable of manufacturing a car in under 2 hours, getting a new car of the production line every 15 minutes. Since then cars have come a long way and have always been produced with the market and efficiency in mind. They are also produced in a way that means they are available to as many people possible affordability in mind. A great example of attempting to make the automobile affordable to the everyday person is the Volkswagen Beetle which was introduced in 1938 as the people’s car, and was produced for the following 60 years without much change. Production ceased in 2003 for a brief period and has since continued.