Articles about Automotive History

It’s come a long way from its wartime origins
Still a badge that commands respect on the road
Welcome to Maserati, the car company never content with just doing one thing. Race-car supremos? Maserati has done that. Ultra-luxe touring cars for people who are as rich as Croesus? Done that, too. Tech-heavy supercars? Yup. Pieces of wantonly
There’s more to it than being Toyota’s luxury brand
Lexus is a luxury car brand owned by Toyota. It was founded in the '80s, around the same time rivals Honda and Nissan were launching their Acura and Infiniti brands, respectively, in an attempt to make inroads into the premium-car sector.
It’s the industry’s Jack of all trades
Suzuki is a car manufacturer, except when it isn't. It actually makes a lot of things: motorbikes, ATVs, outboard engines for boats...it's the industry's Jack of all trades, so to speak.It began life as far away from
One of the most popular Japanese brands out there
Honda is the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer. But it does cars too, obviously. Also quad-bikes, lawnmowers, outboard motors, power tools, generators, humanoid robots, and jet aircraft among many other things.Founded as the 'Honda Technical Research Institute' by Soichiro Honda
If you’re a Mazda loyalist, you should know these things by now
Mazda is a carmaker that hails from Hiroshima, Japan. It started life in 1920 as Toyo Cork Kogyo, manufacturing cork as a substitute sealing material. When demand dwindled, it dropped 'cork' from its name in 1927 and began building machinery instead.Its
A look back at the life of the man behind the iconic Italian supercar brand
This year, Italian giant Lamborghini is celebrating the 105th birth anniversary of its founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini. And as such, the supercar marque is taking us on a trip down memory lane to look back on the life of the man who built
The performance nameplate is making its comeback this year
As many of you may already know by now, Acura is resurrecting its famed Type S badge. As a matter of fact, we've already gotten a glimpse of a new high-performance sedan bearing the Type S moniker in the new
From the brand’s beginnings until the present
Kia started out inauspiciously in 1944 as Kyungsung Precision Industry, making steel tubing and bicycle parts. It changed its name to Kia Industries in 1952 (the firm says that its name comes from two Korean characters that roughly translate as 'rising from
Beyond its safety innovations, the brand has a fun side, too
Volvo started building cars in 1927-company founders Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larson saw that foreign cars weren't able to cope with the snowy climes of their native Sweden, and wanted to build something safe enough to stay on the road.
Trivia time
McLaren is named after Bruce McLaren, the New Zealand racer who never won the Formula 1 championship, but set up a team that has managed exactly that 12 times so far. As well as a driver, he was a gifted engineer, which
Did you know Merc could have gone with a four-pointed star?
Audi, DKW, Horch, and Wanderer merged to form the Auto Union in 1932, the circles representing each of the four manufacturers coming together. There's a great story behind the Audi name-August Horch founded his eponymous car company in 1899, quitting
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
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