The history of the automobiles is a fascinating tale of vision and achievements born out of the daring dreams of a few. The first automobile, powered by steam and capable of transporting was built in the 1769 by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot. The first car in the world had been designed by a man named Francois Issac de Rivaz in the year 1807 and featured an internal combustion engine that was fuelled by Hydrogen.
A number of vehicles have been in vogue for different eras throughout the history of mankind and developments were made through the invention of specific parts like hand-brakes, steering system betterment and etcetera which have led to the gradual existence of all brands of vehicles.
The Birth of the Modern Automobiles
The year 1886 has been considered to be the birth date of what we today recognize as a car. The invention of the car is owed to a quaint inventor called Karl Benz who built the first model of the Benz Patent-Motorwagen. Benz, thus, paved the way for all brands of vehicles that dominate the current market. The Motorwagen featured a 954cc four-stroke engine with a trembler coil ignition system and the engine was mounted on the rear. The car could reach maximum speeds of 10 mph or 16 km/h. However, the popularity of the modern car can be traced to the 20th century only.
Production of Cars
The production of the cars was started by Karl Benz in the year 1888 in Germany. However, the first production of the modern car can be attributed to the Czechoslovakian company, Nesselsdorfer Wagenbau (Tatra) which developed the automobile, Prasident. The first company which exclusively produced automobiles was Panhard et Levassor, a French company. By the beginning of the 20th century, the trend of the automobiles was taking the world by storm, especially France and Western Europe.