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January 12th, 2010

Car Facts that you must know

In 1909, Henry Ford had famously commented on his Model T – any customer can have a car painted in any color that he wants so long as it is black. His assembly line production system ensured that a new car rolled out every 15 minutes. Only Japan black color could dry fast enough to keep pace with the production. Model T occupied 55% of the market share of cars in 1916, a record that still stands today and will probably never be surpassed.

Cars are something without which the modern world will come to a standstill. There are more than 600 million passenger cars in the world at the moment and the number is increasing with every passing day. With the amount of gasoline decreasing day by day, car manufacturers are now looking at alternative sources as fuel. The advantage of these new finds is that they are less toxic and more environment friendly.

In 2009, General Motors and Ford, two of the largest car manufacturers in the world, curtailed production drastically due to lack of funds. The whole American finance system almost crashed as a result. Detroit, the car capital of the world, wore a deserted look as ancillary units shut down left and right because they had no one to supply their products to. Thousands of people lost their jobs and thousands of families suffered. The market is on the upswing now but some irrevocable damage was already caused.

Ferrari produces just about 14 cars in a day. And, Toyota Corolla is the highest selling car model in the world. It is so popular across the world that it only takes about 40 seconds for a Corolla to sell. The other car models that make up the top 10 are

  • Ford F Series
  • Volkswagen Golf
  • Volkswagen Beetle
  • Ford Escort
  • Honda Civic
  • Ford Model T
  • Nissan Sunny (now known as Nissan Sentra)
  • Volkswagen Passat
  • Lada Riva

In terms of production, Toyota is the largest car maker in the world. It has now overtaken General Motors, which occupies the second spot. The other biggest car makers in the world are

  • Volkswagen
  • Hyundai-Kia
  • Ford
  • PSA Peugeot-Citroen
  • Honda
  • Nissan
  • Suzuki
  • Renault

Aston Martin Lagonda, manufactured between 1976 and 1989, is considered by many as the ugliest car ever manufactured. Some of the other ugliest cars ever made include

  • AMC Pacer
  • Reliant Regal
  • AMC Gremlin
  • Nissan S Cargo
  • Pontiac Aztec
  • Fiat Multipla
  • Subaru BRAT
  • Ford Edsel
  • Chevrolet Corvair

Although people differ on their opinion on the ugliest cars, these ones top most of the lists.

In terms of status, German cars are considered to be the most popular around the world. Some of the most fantastic car companies are German. Cars like Mercedes Benz, BMW, Porsche, Volkswagen and Audi make up the dreams of car lovers all over the world. However, when it comes to style, Italian cars are supposed to be the best. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo and Maserati produce some of the most beautiful looking cars in the world.

The most expensive cars in the world are also dominated by the European brands. The most expensive cars ever made include –

  • Bugatti Veyron – USD 1,192,057.
  • Ferrari Enzo – USD 1,000,000.
  • Pagani Zonda – USD 741,000.
  • SSC Ultimate Aero – USD 654,400.
  • LeBlanc Mirabeau – USD 645,084.
  • Koenigsegg CCX – USD 600,910.
  • Saleen S7 Twin Turbo – USD – 555,000.
  • Porsche Carrera GT – USD 484,000.
  • Mercedes SLR McLaren – USD 455,500.
  • Maybach 62 – USD 385,250.

All these cars are very expensive and some of them cost upwards of a million dollars. They are the favorite playthings of the rich and the famous.

On the other hand, the least expensive car that has been ever built is the Tata Nano. It costs a measly USD 2,000. Other most inexpensive cars in the world include –

  • Chery QQ3 – USD 5,000.
  • Maruti 800 – USD 5,200.
  • Merrie Star – USD 5,500.
  • S-RV Mini SUV – USD 5,780.

The contrast could not have been more between the most and the least expensive cars. However, it must be borne in mind that the less expensive cars have made it possible for the common people to afford cars and drive them. It is a fact that the least and the most expensive cars cannot be compared on almost any count, but the least expensive cars are good products that do not compromise on quality.

Cars have always been associated with speed. However, the first car ever made had a top speed of 7 mph. The first cars were so slow that around 1898, the New York City Police used bicycles to catch cars that were over speeding. From that time on, the top speed of cars have increased gradually and the modern cars simply whiz by before you can even have a proper look at them. SSC Ultimate Aero is the fastest car and can reach a top speed of 257 mph. The other cars that make up the top ten include –

  • Bugatti Veyron – top speed of 253 mph.
  • Saleen S7 Twin Turbo – top speed of 248 mph.
  • Koenigsegg CCX – top speed of 245 mph.
  • McLaren F1 – top speed of 240 mph.
  • Ferrari Enzo – top speed of 217 mph.
  • Jaguar XJ220 – top speed of 217 mph.
  • Pagani Zonda – top speed of 215 mph.
  • Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 – top speed of 211 mph.
  • Porsche Carrera GT – top speed of 205 mph.

The Automobile Association was formed in the UK in 1905 in order to warn motorists about speed traps. Over the years, the Automobile Association, popularly known as the AA, has become the symbol of car and passenger safety. Every country in the world has automobile associations that make life much simpler for motorists.

As long as human civilization will be there, cars will also be there. There is some concern around the world with the number of cars that are being sold, but instead of reducing production, an alternative solution has to be found to ensure a cleaner, greener world.