Staying in the United States most people grow up not learning much about other countries. We buy a car and do not really think about where they were constructed unless they were luxury cars. Europe produces some very good cars and some of the best are not by organizations people would think of.
When folks think of European cars, they think of the luxurious brands like BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar, Lamborghini or Rolls Royce. But there are actually three companies that make great economical cars. This article goes European to take a look at Volvo, Volkswagen, and also Audi.
It is remarkable to think of a country of just nine million people, having a single car maker, but to have two is unthinkable. Sweden is that particular nation containing both Volvo and Saab. Volvo, which happens to be owned by Ford Motor Company, has had the largest influence on the car industry. Their cars were regarded as the safest automobiles in the entire industry in a time safety standards were low. Volvo created safety features that most cars these days have like front end crumple zones and reinforced roofs. They started to be well known for generating top quality and ultra safe vehicles. It was as a consequence of Volvo’s desire for excellence that boosted the safety standards of cars throughout the world.
There is a car that everyone knows about, even if they don’t know its history, and that is the Volkswagen Beetle. The Beetle was produced to be the first people’s car, and it was first developed in the 1930s in Germany. Right after World War II, it had become the most popular and one of the top selling cars of all time. The Beetle made it possible for people from every walk of life to have a car. No matter if you were a farmer, beatnik, college student or consultant, you can easily get a Beetle. The Beetle finished its run in the United States in the 1970’s but continued to be manufactured in Mexico up until the early 2000’s.
Long ago, Audi released the first all-wheel drive Quattro and this was considered a great advancement in technology. Audi threw down the gauntlet, and let the auto world know that Quattro was now the standard to judge all luxury sedans from then on. Audi was way in advance of their competition because of their Quattro systems. Their traction and road handling was so far advanced in comparison to the competition, that the cars were not allowed in certain racing competitions.
There you have a tiny amount of the history of three automobile companies from Europe that were exceptional. But if you truly ponder about what they did for the auto industry, the more accurate word is extraordinary.