Things You Probably Don’t Know about the German Automotive Industry

Germany and cars have long been connected through history. Germany is recognized all over the world as an outstanding manufacturer of many quality and innovative automobile brands and parts. But how much do we really know about this long withstanding correlation? From the German Car experts of Mercedes Benz Werkstatt, here are some interesting facts you might have never heard of about this country’s automotive industry:

  • Built in 1886 by German inventor Carl Benz, the Benz Patent-Motorwagen is believed to be the first modern automobile.
  • In August 1888, Bertha Benz—Carl Benz’s wife—became the first person to drive a car over a long distance. Along with her two eldest sons, she drove one of their Benz Patent-Motorwagens from a town called Mannheim in Southern Germany to Pforzheim. She wanted to prove that the automobile they had invented was a useful contraption for long distance trips.
  • The 2-day road trip that Bertha Benz’s took was a pioneering drive and a key event in the technical development of the Benz Patent-Motorwagens. She was able to solve numerous problems along the way such as brake lining, blocked fuel pipe, and gears for ascending hills.
  • In 1892, Rudolf Diesel a German engineer invented a “New Rational Combustion Engine” –this lead him to building the first Diesel Engine in 1897.
  • Both commercial vehicles and passenger cars were invented in Germany.
  • A total of 600 manufacturers and suppliers of the German automotive industry are focusing on ingenuity for the future.
  • In Germany, more than each forth in research and development works in the automotive industry.
  • According to statistics, every seventh university graduate in Germany begins a career in the automotive industry.
  • In 2011, according to the industry association VDA, Germany’s annual car production reached a figure of some 5.87 million cars—the highest number recorded in the industry’s 125-year history.
  • 80% of cars registered in Albania are Mercedes-Benz
  • At present, Germany is the fourth largest producer of automobiles worldwide. The automotive industry is considered to be the driving force of the German economy.