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History of the automobile

The triumph of the modern automobile to the main means of transportation in the world began in 1886 with the motor car by Carl Benz. Besides Benz, Gottlieb Daimler was one of the pioneers of the early automobile production. Rudolf Diesel's patented diesel engine opened up new possibilities for the development of efficient vehicles. The crucial step of the ascent of the automobile was made Henry Ford in 1913 in Detroit: His Model T was now in mass production and the application of the assembly line made it affordable for the general public. Henceforth, this new mobility and independence changed and simplified the daily life of mankind radically.

As part of the continuously growing demand, the automotive industry has become one of the most important industrial sectors of the industrialized world. Gradually, the car has transformed from a mere means of transportation into a status symbol. People long for high-class cars made by Mercedes, Audi or BMW; those who can afford it, favor luxury brands like Porsche or Ferrari, classic cars are collectibles. Cars have long become not only the Germans' favorite toy.