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The development of the car on the road
Cars today are an every part of life. In the developed world the vast majorities of households have access to at least one car. It is now part of the later stages of childhood that as soon as a teenager is old enough they start to learn to drive. The cars today reflect the development of society and in particular industrialization. A modern car that moves from the assembly lines to the forecourts and show rooms reflects the number of technological advances that the car industry has made in recent years with the computer chip playing an increasing role in the running of the vehicle.
The first cars that were produced were at the end of the 19th century as new technology found a way to produce cars. These were pretty basic models and the building of them was painfully slow. This all changed from 1908 with the Ford Motor Company introducing mass production to make the Model T. The aim of Ford was to produce a car that was affordable for the average consumer. America led the way with the production of the motor car and by 1927 15 million model T’s had been sold. The car is 8th on the list of best selling cars with 16.5 million sales. As the technology of making a car was shared around the world each nation would then produce factories making motor cars. A number of these factories would belong to the successful companies such as Ford, but many new car firms started to be created within each country.
Often the car would reflect the characteristics of the nation. German cars would be seen as highly efficient while Italian cars had a reputation for flair and style. The next best-selling car after the Model T was the Volkswagon beetle. Produced by Volkswagon in Germany from 1938 it sold 23.5 million units until production ceased in 2003. It was famed for being the “people’s car” being cheap to buy and could accommodate the whole family. As the German roads became faster with creation of the autobahns the company increased the size of the engine. In Britain the most successful car was the Mini which sold around 5.5 models. Although this hasn’t sold as many cars as other companies models, the Mini has been voted the second most influential car of the 20th century, after the Model T.
The car war was born from the 1956 Suez Crisis as the British were determined to produce a car that was cheap and efficient to run. Produced by the British Motor Corporation the Mini allowed 80 % of its floor plan to be used for passengers and luggage. The original model measured 10x.4×4 feet. The car actually was so efficient that it won the Dakar rally on three occasions and became an Icon of British culture.
Another car that was an icon of “Britishness” was the Rolls Royce. Owning a Rolls Royce gave the driver a status of affluence of wealth. The company was founded in 1904 by Charles Rolls and Frederick Royce and set out to produce a car of the highest quality. It soon gained the reputation of being the best car in the world with a superior engine quality, a body frame that epitomized style and luxurious interiors. It was never aimed at the mass population as the majority of people simply could not afford one. Those people who did have the money did not hesitate in purchasing a model.
The best-selling car of all time is the Toyota Corolla which has sold over 40 million units. Production started in Japan in 1966 but nowadays Toyota has factories all around the world. The car has remodeled itself over the years but has always remained committed to producing an affordable, reliable family car. The reason that it has stayed ahead of its competitors is that the Company has always led the way in technological advancements. The car is renowned for its fuel economy and s despite its value price it has as many top features as its more expensive competitors.