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car (or automobile) is a wheeled
motor vehicle used for
transportation. Most definitions of cars say that they run primarily on roads, seat one to eight people, have four
wheels, and mainly transport people rather than goods.
Cars came into global use during the 20th century, and
developed economies depend on them. The year 1886 is regarded as the birth year of the modern car when German inventor
Karl Benz patented his
Benz Patent-Motorwagen. Cars became widely available in the early 20th century. One of the first cars accessible to the masses was the 1908
Model T, an American car manufactured by the
Ford Motor Company. Cars were rapidly adopted in the US, where they replaced
carriages and carts, but took much longer to be accepted in Western Europe and other parts of the world.
Cars have controls for driving, parking, passenger comfort, and a variety of lights. Over the decades, additional features and controls have been added to vehicles, making them progressively more complex, but also more reliable and easier to operate. These include rear-reversing cameras,
navigation systems, and
in-car entertainment. Most cars in use in the early 2020s are propelled by an
internal combustion engine, fueled by the
Electric cars, which were invented early in the
history of the car, became commercially available in the 2000s and are predicted to cost less to buy than gasoline cars before 2025. The transition from fossil fuels to electric cars features prominently in most
climate change mitigation scenarios, such as
Project Drawdown's 100 actionable solutions for climate change. (
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Sunbeam Tiger is a high-performance
V8 version of the British
roadster, designed in part by American car designer and racing driver
Carroll Shelby and produced from 1964 until 1967. Shelby had carried out a similar V8 conversion on the
AC Cobra, and hoped to be offered the contract to produce the Tiger at his facility in the United States. Rootes decided instead to contract the assembly work to
West Bromwich in England, and pay Shelby a
royalty on every car produced.
Two major versions of the Tiger were built: the Mark I (1964–1967) was fitted with the 260 cu in (4.3 L)
; the Mark II, of which only 633 were built in the final year of Tiger production, was fitted with the larger displacement Ford 289 cu in (4.7 L) engine. Two
and extensively modified versions of the Mark I competed in the
1964 24 Hours of Le Mans
, but neither completed the race. Rootes also entered the Tiger in European
with some success, and for two years it was the
American Hot Rod Association
's national record holder over a quarter-mile
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[mɛɐ̯ˈtseːdəsˌbɛnts, -dɛs-]), commonly referred to as Mercedes, is both a German automotive
brand and, from late 2019 onwards, a subsidiary – as Mercedes-Benz AG – of
Daimler AG. Mercedes-Benz is known for producing
luxury vehicles and
commercial vehicles. The headquarters is in
Baden-Württemberg. The name first appeared in 1926 as
Daimler-Benz. In 2018, Mercedes-Benz was the largest seller of premium vehicles in the world, having sold 2.31 million passenger cars.
The company's origins come from
, which is widely regarded as the first internal combustion engine in a self-propelled
. The fuel was not gasoline, but rather a much more volatile petroleum spirit called
. The slogan for the brand is "the best or nothing". (
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- ...that the racing version of the
Dauer 962 Le Mans, winner of
1994 24 Hours of Le Mans, is a roadcar converted from a
Porsche 962 racecar, which dominated
Group C and
IMSA during the 1980s.
- ...that the 25 Millionth
VW Golf rolled off the production line in
Wolfsburg in March 2007. The first Golf started production in 1974, 33 years later the 1.4 litre TSI version became the 25 Millionth car.
- ...that the nearly identical
Ford Model T engines were produced for exactly 12,000 days
- ...that the first production
turbocharged cars were
Chevrolet Corvair and
Jeep introduced the 1993
Grand Cherokee and 2007
Wrangler in the same way — by driving them through a plate glass window?
- ...that a small number of
Renault 20s, badged as
Dacia 2000, were made in the 1980s by
Romania for Romanian
communist dignitaries of that time?
- ...that the
Autobianchi Primula was the
automobile with the
transverse engine setup and
rack and pinion steering?
- ...that the
Plymouth Sundance is a
liftback, even though the outside appearance might suggest that it is a
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