History | History of the automobile | Juan-Manuel Fangio | Juan-Manuel Fangio | 02100981
History | History of the automobile | Autofreier Sonntag, 1973 | Ban on driving on sunday, 1973 | 02100765
History | History of the automobile | Kubanische Autos - Reportage von Jose Giribas 2004 | A classic car | 00617414
History | History of the automobile | Porsche-Werk in Leipzig - Reportage von Jochen Eckel 2011 | The Porsche factory in Leipzig | 00806951
History | History of the automobile | VW Werk in Bratislava - Reportage von Jochen Eckel 2010 | Volkswagen plant in Bratislava | 00807239
History | History of the automobile | Internationales Trabantentreffen in Zwickau - Reportage von Jochen Eckel 2006 | International Trabant-meeting in Zwickau - Photo Story by Jochen Eckel 2006 | 02101496
History | History of the automobile | Autotest der "Bunten Münchner Illustrierten", 1963 | Autotest der "Bunten Münchner Illustrierten", 1963 | 02244511
History | History of the automobile | Stockcar-Rennen auf der Amor-Bahn in München, 1954 | Racing scene from a stock car race on the Amor-Bahn in Munich, 1954 | 02304858
History | History of the automobile | VW Käfer | VW Käfer | 02350911
History | History of the automobile | Tankstellen historisch | Historical petrol stations | 02350916
History | History of the automobile | Elektroautos historisch (vor 1980) | Elektroauto | 02425444
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.