Archive for the ‘1940 – 2000’ Category
The general conditions of economy of this time has been responsible for the rise and fall in popularity of the automobile and the one time when it waned drastically was during the Great Depression as well as the World War after which, the automobile industry enjoyed a great deal of popularity. This period encouraged the car manufacturers to a great extent and they concentrated on providing the maximum possible benefits through their vehicles. Accordingly, they built cars not just to suit the whims and fancies of the ultra rich, but also to cater to the common man who had to save up pretty hard to own a car.
The automobile industry has witnessed a lot of development since the very first steam powered cars came to be invented in the 1700s. It took more than a century thence for cars to be mass produced and Karl Benz, in 1888, started manufacturing assembly line vehicles in Germany. This later spread to other European countries as well as USA, and contributed a great deal towards the development of the world in general.
Self-propellant vehicles had been in the offing since late 1700s in Europe, and by the middle of 1800, engineers had come out with models that ran on steam, combustion as well as electrical energy. While the steam powered cars lasted only till the 1920s, and production of electric cars too ceased beyond the first decade of the twentieth century, combustion engines caught on and underwent development at various stages, to contribute to the progress of the automobile industry.