Cars of the world – GermanyWritten by Nick Shultz | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Automotive enthusiasts owe a great deal to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the German inventors from the 19th century. Indeed, it was the early works of Nicolaus Otto who refined and patented the internal combustion engine. Other major inventions that greatly influenced automobile manufacture and design also came from Germany. Gottlieb Daimler, Karl Benz, Dr Rudolph Diesel and Wilhelm Maybach were all 19th century German inventors who played crucial roles in early automobile engine design and production.
Most motor-heads will recognize at least some of the names listed above. For most others those names have little, if any, meaning. I assure you; however, it was their work that drove the early automotive i9ndustry throughout the world. These men’s work still impacts the industry today.
Mercedes Benz, Daimler Benz, Audi, Volkswagen, BMW, Mini Cooper, Audi, Smart, Porsche and Opel are all German car manufacturers building cars today. Each of these German manufacturers follows a philosophy of manufacturing somewhat different from their competition around the world. German automobile manufacturers concentrate on quality versus quantity in their manufacturing techniques. It is that guiding principle that has allowed the German manufacturers to remain relatively sound financially while other major automobile manufacturers around the world have suffered.
Indeed German cars are synonymous with quality. The determining factor for many car buyers when choosing a German manufactured vehicle is the perceived quality.
Perception is Reality! Folks who drive one of these German built nameplates are certain they are driving one of the finest engineered vehicles in the world. German car manufacturers, therefore, have some of the highest customer loyalty ratings everywhere throughout the world. J.D. Powers and Associates, an automotive customer satisfaction surveying group, consistently ranks several of the German car manufacturers in the top ten. The Germans are able to sustain these high ratings year after year.
If someone mentions the name Mercedes, we immediately think of luxury and quality. Speak the name Volkswagen and we think of an affordable yet reliable car. If we go looking for a fast yet dependable car we will probably stop at the BMW dealer first. The name Porsche is legendary for both its quality and its speed. Every one of the German car manufacturers has found a niche within the car buying community.
German cars are not just about quality. Germany offers some of the most fuel efficient non-hybrid vehicles made in the world. The Volkswagen Diesel powered Jetta easily exceeds the manufacturers listed 42 miles per gallon on the highway. Volkswagen offers two other diesel powered vehicles for sale in the States that rate better than 40mpg.
The German built Smart car is the most fuel efficient all gas powered vehicle sold in the USA today according to the fueleconomy.gov web site. Pretty nifty considering you can get into a base model for around $12,000.00.
German cars are also about luxury. One of the most prestigious luxury sedans in the world is built by Mercedes Benz. The Maybach, named after Wilhelm Maybach mentioned earlier in this article, is Mercedes premier luxury offering. Starting at over $435,000.00 and climbing in price to nearly a cool million you can get any amount of luxury you choose.
It was German engineering that allowed a small yet reliable internal combustion engine to be mounted to a carriage in the late 1800′s. German engineers today are at the forefront of technology. From greener cars, electronically controlled exhaust systems, automated guidance systems, and advanced night vision systems German engineers have not sat by. Much of the technology commonly used in today’s high tech cars comes from the German labs. Certainly the cars of tomorrow will include German technology.
Fuel efficient, reliable and luxurious German built cars have had a direct impact on the world car market. The standard of quality which was established by the German manufacturers has now become the benchmark for every successful car maker in the world today. We no longer must purchase a German built car to dependability.
It is hard to tell where the car market will be in twenty years but rest assured that the Germans will be offering one of the most dependable versions of whatever the consumer is buying.
Nick Shultz is an instructor of Automotive Technologies at Owens Community College. He is an arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau who specializes in cases involving the Ohio and Michigan Lemon laws. He is a certified master automotive technician by ASE, General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. Shultz, a Toledo native, will take questions from readers at email@example.com.