Category: History & Origin

The History of the Porsche Company

THE FATHER: DR. FERDINAND PORSCHE The history of the Porsche company began long before Ferdinand Porsche thought of starting his own auto manufacturing business. As a young engineer, he designed the first electric/gasoline hybrid — in 1900. Over his career, he worked with Daimler, Mercedes, Daimler-Benz, Volkswagen, Auto Union, and others for nearly 50 years. His independent design firm was...

The History Of BMW Company

With the popularity that BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke) has, it is very easy for one to think that this company never experienced any challenges after its inception. The reality is, this company faced numerous challenges. As a matter of fact, BMW saw some of the darkest moments in European history and had it not been for its quick decision to diversify, the company would...

History of Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo is one of the most famous sports cars in the world, along with Porsche, Ferrari, Maserati, Corvette, Lamborghini, and Jaguar. After experiencing severe economic difficulties during the early 1990s, which resulted in the company’s pullout from the U.S. market, Alfa Romeo and its parent company, Fiat, have performed a turnaround of the legendary carmaker–booking international success with the 156...

The History of Volkswagen Group

Volkswagen Group, also called Volkswagen AG, major German automobile manufacturer, founded by the German government in 1937 to mass-produce a low-priced “people’s car.” Headquarters are in Wolfsburg, Germany. A Volkswagen Tiguan being assembled at a factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. The company was originally operated by the German Labour Front (Deutsche Arbeitsfront), a Nazi organization. The Austrian automotive engineer Ferdinand Porsche, who was responsible for the original design of...

History of General Motors

General Motors Corporation (GM) is the world’s largest full-line vehicle manufacturer and marketer. Its arsenal of brands includes Chevrolet, Pontiac, GMC, Buick, Cadillac, Saturn, Hummer, and Saab. Opel, Vauxhall, and Holden comprise GM’s international nameplates. Through its system of global alliances, GM holds stakes in Isuzu Motors Ltd., Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., Suzuki Motor Corporation, Fiat Auto, and GM Daewoo...

History of Toyota Motor Corporation

Toyota Motor Corporation was Japan’s largest car company and the world’s third largest by the year 2000. The company was producing almost five million units annually in the late 1990s and controlled 9.8 percent of the global market for automobiles. Although its profits declined substantially during the global economic downturn of the early 1990s, Toyota responded by cutting costs and...

History of Honda Motor Company

Honda Motor Company Limited is perhaps best known as an automaker–it is the third largest automaker in Japan–but the company has its roots in motorcycles, and is the world’s top motorcycle manufacturer. Its best market is in the United States, where the majority of its sales are generated. Honda’s automobile product line accounts for approximately 90 percent of its sales,...

The History of Mercedes-Benz

In the year 1886, the world’s first gasoline-powered automobile would be introduced. The Patent Motor Model II was the work of Karl Benz which would be a co-founder with Gottlieb Daimler to what would become a multinational division of Daimler AG. The parent company Daimler currently is a multi-billion dollar multinational corporation that employees nearly 300,000 individuals through its many...

The History of Ford Motor Company

As the second-largest automobile company in the world, Ford Motor Company represents a $164 billion multinational business empire. Known primarily as a manufacturer of automobiles, Ford also operates Ford Credit, which generates more than $3 billion in income, and owns The Hertz Corporation, the largest automobile rentalcompany in the world. The company manufactures vehicles under the names Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Jaguar,...

Automobile History: accessories

Lemuel Bosco of Akron, Ohio, spent $5 for an antitheft device that was supposed to lock the Splitdorf ignition switch of his car, but it did not stop a thief. He broke it off and took Bosco’s Mercer for a joyride. The cops found the car undamaged, but Bosco was mad and vowed it would not happen again. Thus was...