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History of AutomobilesThe road to modern automobiles touts teamwork and innovation
Take a drive back in time
It began as a worldwide collaboration of some of the brightest engineers. In the late 1700s, Europeans fiddled with motor-powered vehicles, and in 1890, France kick-started auto production. In 1901, the first commercial car hit the U.S. ??? an Oldsmobile boasting 3 horsepower. Models emerged from notable names like Ford, Plymouth, and Volkswagen, each adding its own panache to the world of cars. By the end of the 20th century, General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler reigned as the American Big Three. Today, feature-packed modern vehicles from all over the globe reflect the pioneering spirit of auto history.
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