Articles about Automotive History

Some styling cues are seen on modern production cars
The story goes that back in the late '90s, Volkswagen boss Ferdinand Piech decided his empire was going to build the world's fastest, most powerful supercar. Only he didn't know what badge it was going to have. The Big Man
“You’re steeped in the process, not the product”
The start. That's what this is. The germ, the seed, the Big Bang moment of the passenger car. The heat and light of the expanding universe of the modern vehicle can be traced back to this point. The (Karl) Benz Patent-
Its jeepneys are still chugging along
It's difficult to come by any solid numbers on just how many jeepneys there are in the Philippines. According to an NPR article from 2018, estimates vary from 180,000 to 270,000. About 75,000 of those are crammed in
Did you know about these secret Ford cars?
Over the years, Ford has unsurprisingly designed hundreds of cars you never even saw. In a new book called Secret Fords, former Ford product designer Steve Saxty delves into the unseen world of prototypes, one-offs, and canceled cars.Here are just
Who is Gabby?
The jeepney has practically become synonymous with the Philippines, as closely associated with it as pristine beaches and wide-eyed tarsiers. It has become a cultural symbol with its loud splashes of color, intricate paintings adorning the sides, and figures of horses
It's throwback time
This rather strange-looking vehicle is the Volkswagen Iltis. It's a military 4x4 that also spawned a civilian version. Born in the late '70s, it was an evolution of something called the DKW Munga, brought up to date by borrowing parts
The history behind the mythical carmaker
It's an old story, but a good one.In the late '50s, tractor magnate Ferruccio Lamborghini is disgruntled with the unreliability of his Ferrari. Disassembling the engine and the transmission-he's a mechanic by trade-he discovers his Ferrari's
A brief history lesson
The new Ford Bronco is here (well, for the Americans among us, in any case), and there's hardly any use denying it: It looks cool. Even those among us who detest SUVs (so, most) and find off-roading about as pointless
It’s had quite the fascinating history
In 1937, Germany's ruling National Socialist German Workers' Party (led by Adolf Hitler) created the Gesellschaft zur Vorbereitung des Deutschen Volkswagens mbH (Company for the Preparation of the German Volkswagen Ltd), which-thankfully for us-was renamed Volkswagenwerk GmbH just a
It was ahead of its time
This is the Aston Martin Lagonda Vignale Concept, presented at the 1993 Geneva International Motor Show alongside what would become the DB7. It was produced for Aston Martin by the Ghia design house, which was also part of the Ford portfolio as
Some facts you might not know
Elon Musk did not found Tesla. How about that? In fact, Tesla Motors Inc.-now simply Tesla Inc.-was founded on July 1, 2003 in Palo Alto, California, by American engineers and entrepreneurs Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning. Eberhard was the company'
We love those Ms
Rather like the Queen, BMW has several birthdays (and German blood). The initials stand for 'Bayerische Motoren Werke GmbH,' which in turn translates as 'Bavarian Engine Works Company.'Its roots begin in 1913, and a company called Rapp-Motorenwerke that made aircraft
The character is still there
Like many of the world's biggest car brands these days, Mini was once just a model name. Of course, you already knew that, didn't you? And you already know the story behind the original Mini's conception, but we'll
A true Korean treasure
Hyundai was founded in 1947, two years after the liberation of South Korea. But Hyundai Motor Company didn't open its doors until 1967. Hyundai does so much more than cars, you see-it makes its own steel, builds ships, constructs roads...
The brand that has the best fictional endorser ever
Aston Martin is a British luxury and sports-car manufacturer that seemingly exists only to supply gorgeous cars to Q Division of MI6...which never do seem to make it back in one piece. But, unlike dear James, Aston is a real
You have to start somewhere
BMW didn't do an EV you could actually buy until 2013's excellent BMW i3, but it'd been messing about with sticking batteries in cars for more than 40 years by then. Its first EV was a modified 1602, which
We finally have this model in the Philippines
Home schooling isn't just for the kids, you know. So welcome to today's history lesson: The Volkswagen van that isn't the Transporter.See, it's the 45th birthday of the Volkwagen Crafter. You know, that iconic 45th birthday we
It changed the automotive industry for good
It's a big, American carmaker that got going in 1903, named for the man who founded it (Henry Ford, whose family is still in control over 100 years later). Headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, Ford makes some of the best mainstream cars
It rarely makes a mistake
Porsche is quite an irritating company if: a) you write reviews of cars on the Internet; or, b) you comment on reviews of cars on the Internet. See, Porsche is a company that rarely makes a misstep. Its cars are consistently fantastic
Even if you don't know cars, you know Ferrari
Possibly the greatest, most storied fast-car manufacturer of them all, not least according to Ferrari itself.It may rarely miss a chance to trumpet its own legendary status, but then Ferrari has plenty to trumpet. The Italian carmaker isn't just
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