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In this chapter we want to look at the current situation of the German automotive industry from the aspects of its history and a few highlights of the situation in the world.

There are only a few industries in this area that have played a similar role. In order of appearance, Germany must clearly be mentioned first.

Daimler also shipped the first engines out of the country and was able to issue licenses first to France and then to other countries, including Great Britain and of course the USA.

Until around 1900, Benz was the largest manufacturer of complete vehicles, despite much more demand in its neighboring country than in its own country. The durability of the vehicles is proven by early annual competitions.

Mercedes played a major role in motorsport, even together with Auto Union in the 1930s, again after the Second World War and later in Formula 1. Just think of BMW's legendary motorcycle successes.

In terms of history, the second country that has to be mentioned is the USA. Henry Ford with his assembly line production, which was imitated all over the world, and the first eight-cylinder engine cast in one piece.

The implementation of the automatic torque converter, the sensational design of the body, the first made of plastic in the Corvette. In the USA, production figures were reached on an unprecedented scale.

Ford, for example, dominated Formula 1 for years with a single engine, even if it was only through Cosworth that it received its decisive quality. Which means we should change to the UK.

There is the Austin 7, licensed throughout Europe and thus even establishing the beginnings of car construction at BMW, continued in the Mini from 1959. There has never been so little constructed space for four people.

What would the world be without Rolls Royce, Bentley and Aston Martin? We cannot mention all the countries involved in automobile manufacturing here, but France simply cannot be forgotten here.

Louis Renault, the early one, with his patent on the cardan shaft, for example, Andre Citroën, the late one, with his revolutions in automobile construction and then the incredible creations between the wars, including Bugatti.

Just as early as Renault was Fiat, this incredibly fast-growing company with tentacles in many European directions and even America, later absolutely dominating the development in Italy.

The impeccable sporting reputation of Alfa and Maserati later faded a little, and to this day only Ferrari's engine and Italy's design art remains.

The Japanese arrived very late, but at a relentless pace. It will never be forgotten how they extracted maximum performance from the smallest engines, without sacrificing durability.

Progress in the organization of production was evident very early on. A little later, half the world made a pilgrimage there. Successful entry into hybrid technology, at the same time the beginning of the end for the internal combustion engine.

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