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The automobile, one of the most important inventions of mankind has resulted in a great many developments in the world. The early automobiles were dated to as early as 1672, although they were a far cry from the high-tech models that we see today. From the first models that were powered by steam, it has undergone a great deal of transformation. The invention of the internal combustion engine by Issac Rivaz in 1806 brought about a major breakthrough in the development of vehicles.
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.
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.