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About German Car Brands and Their History –

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Germany is well-known for being a residence to most of the largest and the most powerful automakers around the globe. All of which most of the people from around the world are familiar with. Some of the popular car brands comprises of Volkswagen, Porsche, Mercedes, BMW, Audi… Now, lets look at some of the popular (German auto company,) they are as follows –

Audi –

In the year 1909 it was founded by August Horch, now based in Ingolstadt, Germany. Audi was named after its founder Horch, and the meaning of Horch is ‘listen’ in German. So, audi means ‘listen’ in Latin. One of the things that you will know about the manufacturer is that he is well-known for offering wide range of luxury vehicle ranging from hatchbacks and superminis to SUVs, with the variety of range. Because many companies are branching out electric vehicles, so they are also branching out EVs – with e-tron and they are even producing their supercar – R8. One of the most popular slogan of Audi is, ‘being ahead through technology’ also known as Vorsprung durch Technik. And, they are one of the most luxurious and leading car manufacturer all around the globe.



BMW is also known as Bayerische Motoren Werke. In the year 1916 it was founded by Franz Josef Poppe. Another thing you will know is that it became an automaker in the year 1929. They have their HQs in a building that is shaped like the 4 cylinders of an engine – in Munich. They are one of the most luxury manufacturers which specializes in sports cars and saloons. Another thing, you will know that is that their line-up comprises of hatchbacks, and SUVs and more recently they are popular in their electric and hybrid vehicles like that of i8 and i3. They are similar to most of the manufacturer on the list and BMW is especially known in f1 & touring cars.


Mercedes-Benz –

In the year 1926, Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz created Mercedes Benz which is a luxury automaker now. They are based in Stuttgart. Initially it was called or known as Daimler-Benz, and besides that, one of the founders i.e. Karl Benz is liable for the first practical automobile – the Benz patent motorcar (1885). In the year 2018, (Mercedes German), was known as the largest superior automaker all around the globe, having sold 2.31 million cars in a year. They are very well-known for making wide range of vehicles leading or ranging from trucks to saloons, to sports cars and even the ultra-luxury Maybach, the production which slowed down off late. The company has even planned on producing all electric SUVs.


Volkswagen –

Volkswagen is also known as VW and it was created in the year 1937 by Ferdinand Porsche. It is also known as people’s car. As an international advertising campaign, the name of Volkswagen is used. It is also one of the (Germany luxury car brands). One of the things that you will know about the VW group is that it comprises of automakers like that of Bentley, Porsche, Audi, Skoda, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce including that of Scania which was the largest auto maker all around the globe with increased sales in the year 2016 and 2017.

Though they do not have the same racing lineage or the luxury names compared to other German manufacturer, Volkswagen still comprises of a wide portfolio of cars that includes super minis, saloons, hatchback, SUVs and trucks. With ID series electric vehicles are also created.


Porsche –

In the year 1931, Porsche was founded by Ferdinand Porsche. One of the things you will know about them is that they are based in Stuttgart. Another thing, you will know about them is that, they specialize in sports cars and have the most racing lineage of the automakers in German. It is only because of their racing lineage; Porsche is especially known for the sports cars and supercars – and everything that they have done is connected with this. They work in a similar way as most of the automakers works, like that of the saloons, supercars, SUVs and will create some electric cars too.


Well-known Throughout History –

This is just a line that describes the German automakers. The German automakers are well-known for their best-selling, and best looking and best performing cars of all the time. And, many of this did not come from the big manufacturer mentioned above. Some of the brands of cars also comprises of Opel, Gumpert, Alpina which perhaps deserve a mention for their works in the area of motorsport and some impressive vehicles in their history.

One of the things that you will know about Germany is that its reputation for automotive engineering is something that is unparalleled. Germany or Germans have the efficiency, quality and innovation in the or amongst the world-leading car brands with some very good reasons for the same. Another thing, you will know is that nation’s heritage goes back to 100 years and has rested within the German culture. Doors to bold new ideas are opened with the precision engineering that is very much valued in Germany.

If you check on an average, you will see that 10 new auto patents are registered each day. On research and development, a 3rd of Germany’s expenditure goes. There are more than 88k people employed in Germany with the R&D roles across the industry. It is not only the brands of Germany that benefits from the same but also other companies across the world are taking advantage of Germany’s innovation and others.

Let Also Take a Sneak -Peek At How The Germany Created Their Reputation For Quality And Best Looking Automotive And Its Engineering Over The Years –

Petrol Powered Car – 1864 –

Automobiles have been planned and designed in some forms or the other forms throughout the years since the inception of the idea. In the 17th century, there existed the steam powered variations, but when people think of car, it is usually the one that we envision is powered by internal combustion engine, – that takes us to 1864 when the 1st petrol powered propulsive vehicle was invented by Siegfried Marcus of Germany.

He was born in the town of Malchin, which was back then known as the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. But now it is a part of Germany. Marcus worked as a engineer and technician in Vienna, creating mechanical and electrical equipment. The first car that he had designed is of a simple handcart, with wheels that were powered by an internal combustion engine which used petrol as the fuel.

In order to start them, the wheels had to be lifted off the ground. Then, Marcus went on to create more petrol-powered cars and each with an improvement on the last one. In the year 1888, Marcus designed a model which was built by Schulz, Bromovsky, and Märky, and it was closer to the kind of early cars which would soon fill the world’s street. It completed the driver’s seat, steering wheel and clutch and brake. You can see the car which is still in the Vienna’s technical museum today.

Petrol Powered Car – 1864

1885- Karl Benz Creation

Though Marcus was the first one to introduce a vehicle with a petrol-powered internal combustion engine, but his designs were not very practical. The first successful automobile which went into complete production was the Benz Patent-Motorwagen. It was designed in Mannheim in the year 1885 by Karl Benz.

Karl has previously also worked in the development of a 4 stroke internal combustion engine late in 1870 and ultimately found a way to fit into a 3 wheel coach in the 1880s.

1885- Karl Benz Creation

1887 – Daimler Creation –

Another inventor, Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler worked independently on a 4 stroke internal combustion engine and he build a similar car and created his own motor company named – Daimler Motoren – Gesellschaft in the year 1887.

1887 - Daimler Creation

1888 – First Long Distance Drive Proved by Karl Benz –

Though Karl had his invention in the year 1886 as patented but his difficulty was in searching for investors to start the production. It was until one fine morning in the year 1888 August, when his wife Bertha Benz took his car to world’s long-distance trip first one – 104 km i.e., 65 miles from Mannheim to Pforzheim to visit her mother, then the concept was proved that the carriage which was horseless is capable of long-distance travel, then this is how ben began the production of his car.

1888 – First Long Distance Drive Proved by Karl Benz

1899 – Growth through Sales in Automotive –

With an increase in the demand for car and for the static engine, Karl Benz had to expand their factory. And, till 1899, there were largest automobiles in the country and had 430 employees and that year in the year 1899 they produced 572 units.

1899 – Growth through Sales in Automotive

1900 – Growth that is Global –

Till 1900 mass production had begun in the United States and France. Automotive companies started to develop in Belgium, Australia, Italy, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland. And, back in Germany there were 900 cars that were being produced every year.

1920s – Challenges Faced Globally –

Even after the successful designs the companies in Germany could not produce the cars quickly enough to meet the needs of the demands of the people – opening a marketplace to American manufacturer which includes Henry Ford, whose company could mass produce the cars much faster. American car manufacturer saw the talent in German designs with Ford opening a successful German subsidiary Ford -Werke in the year 1925 and then the GM taking over the German company Opel in the year 1929.

Then, Germany faced further problems in the industry and with war pretty much things got devastated having huge impact on the economy of Germany. In the year 1920 Germany had around 86 auto companies and by the end of the great depression only 12 survived.

1920 garman car

1926 – Karl Benz’s Mercedes –

Daimler and Benz made a pact together after the economic downfall to standardize their design and production. Then, in the year 1926 the companies merged bringing Daimler-Benz Company.

1926 – Karl Benz Mercedes

1928 – Automotive Industry Welcomes BMW –

The enmity of Benz and Daimler continued and another player soon joined when a former airline engine producer would switch to creating automobiles in the year 1928 – the company was BMW – also known as Bayerische Motoren Werke.


1948 – First Sports Car by Porsche –

In the year 1930s – the Porsche Company was started by Ferdinand Porsche. Initially it was a motor vehicle development company and consulting firm and later it started creating their own cars. Then, later on in the year 1948 Porsche’s son Ferry put the company on a new path and launched 365 Porsche sports car. He even thought to design one car that would complete the criteria for the same.

The components were used from the Volkswagen Beetle which includes engine case, suspension, transmission, and it was made with a sleek body, engine configuration which is air cooled and just 2 seats which made it lighter. In the first race at Innsbruck in 1948 it won and was later refined and re-engineered with a concentration on enhancing its performance even further. The engine was in the back of the vehicle – a trend for which Porsche is still widely known today.

Later in the year 1949, Beetle was introduced in the USA, but sold only 2 units in the first year. To standardise the sales, Volkswagen of America would be launched in April 1955 soon the production ramped up. And, till 1955 1 million VW beetles has been manufactured.

First Sports Car by Porsche

1950 – Camper Van –

Then, other forms of success for VM came when the type 2 t1 camper van was introduced in the year 1950. Its demand had increased and was great, so a plant was opened in Hannover 6 years later. So, the iconic symbols of 1960s were the beetle and the VW camper.

1950 – Camper Van

Present Day Scenario –

One of the things you will know about the German engineers is that they are continuing their development to bring modern chic, revolutionary technology with an impressive performance capability for the future of the cars industry. With brands like Geely and Tesla opening new plants in Germany it clearly shows that the reputation for a ambitious, high-quality machines is recognized all around the globe and will continue in the future too.

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