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August 22nd, 1902 Henry Leland formed the Cadillac Automobile Company in remnants of the Henry Ford Company (see Ford history). Henry Leland was actually brought in to help liquidate assets from the Henry Ford Company instead he ended up talking Ford’s financial backers into starting a new company and using Leland’s single-cylinder engine. Without Henry Leland’s efforts the automotive industry wouldn’t be where it was today.
Honda got its start in Hamamatsu, Japan in 1946. After WWII, the Japanese needed inexpensive transportation that would also be fuel efficient. So, Soichiro Honda, a motorcycle racer, opened the Honda Technical Research Institute and produced the A-type bicycle engine, and these motorbikes proved to be cheap and efficient transportation. In 1948, Soichiro Honda founded his Honda Motor Company, Ltd. His little company was to become one that achieved a lot of “firsts.”
It is a rarity to be one of the oldest car manufacturers in America. Buick is a pioneer of domestic automobiles and continues to maintain its status in the initial level affluent car arena. The automaker that brought us the Rendezvous Crossover and Terrazza in the new millennium has a long history of producing quality automobiles. Buick’s past began long before the Roadmaster Skylark of the 1950’s and the trendy Y-Job of the 1930’s.
VW or Volkswagen, German for “the people’s car” had its beginnings in pre World War II Germany. At a time when cars were items of luxury owned only by the rich, a few German automakers envisioned an economical car that could be owned by ordinary families for about the cost of a motorcycle. Adolf Hitler embraced this idea, sponsoring a new state owned factory to produce a car designed by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche (see also the history of Porsche cars). The time was 1934 and Europeans would purchase this car buy means of a savings plan, paying in 5 marks per week.
Automotive engineer August Horch founded A. Horch & Cie Motorwagen in 1899 in Ehrenfield, Cologne, Germany. Ten years later, he promptly departed, following a squabble with the supervisory board. Undeterred, he began anew. Legally unable to use his surname as an imprimatur, Horch chose – at his son’s suggestion – to use the Latin rendition of his name, and thus “Audi” Automobile Works debuted in 1910, this was the beginning of Audi history.
History of Mercedes Benz Automobiles
Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler grew up in southern Germany about 60 miles apart, not knowing about each other. They are the fathers and the beginning of the Mercedes Benz history. Benz patented the first gasoline powered car, a tri-wheeler in 1886, later the same year Daimler built a motorized stagecoach. Daimler then made a deal with William Steinway of piano fame, to make Daimler Cars in Long island, New york. Production there began in 1904 until a fire in 1907.
William C. Durant and Louis Chevrolet founded Chevrolet in Detroit in 1911. Louis Chevrolet was a Swiss-born American racecar driver. W.C. Durant was an American automobile pioneer who had purchased Cadillac and built General Motors (read GMC history). However, Durant overextended himself financially and in 1910, the banking interests that assumed control of GM ousted him. The partnership between Durant and Chevrolet formed quickly but just as quickly, a disagreement between the two men emerged. In 1914, W.C. Durant bought out Louis Chevrolet and got sole ownership of the company.
Walter Chrysler and Chrysler Corporation
The car maker Chrysler history began in the early 1920s, when Walter Chrysler left Willys to overhaul the Maxwell Car Company. 1924 saw the introduction of the Chrysler Automobile, a well-received car that included features which, at the time, were reserved for more expensive vehicles. Among these were an air filter on the carburetor and an oil filter. In 1925, the Maxwell Car Company was reorganized into the Chrysler Corporation.
Porsche is a German sports car maker that has a worldwide reputation for making high quality, very fast cars. The car maker is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and employs about 12,000 people around the world. And this a short Porsche car history.
Today, Ford is more than simply an American automaker. It is an automotive icon woven into the American tapestry and therefore something we often take for granted. However, a long and arduous path brought the Ford Motor Co. to this place – the Ford history.