GERMAN CAR COMPANIES
HISTORY

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Nikolaus Otto
14 June 1832, Holzhausen an der Haide, Nassau - 26 January 1891, Cologne

Furthermore, the four-stroke internal combustion engine used in most automobiles worldwide today was invented by Nikolaus Otto in Germany.
Nikolaus Otto
Nikolaus Otto
14 June 1832, Holzhausen an der Haide, Nassau - 26 January 1891, Cologne
Nikolaus Otto links:
Wikipedia: Nikolaus Otto

Car Companies in Germany

Karl Benz
November 25, 1844, Karlsruhe, – April 4, 1929, Ladenburg, Germany

The automobile was invented in Germany by Karl Benz.
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Carl Benz - How he made the dream of freedom and mobility come true
Karl Benz
Karl Benz
November 25, 1844, Karlsruhe, – April 4, 1929, Ladenburg, Germany
Karl Benz  Patent Motorwagen - 1885 Karl Benz Patent Motorwagen - 1885

Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel
March 18, 1858 – last seen alive September 29, 1913

In addition, the diesel engine was also invented by German Rudolf Diesel.

Video: Diesel engine
Karl Diesel
Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel
March 18, 1858 – last seen alive September 29, 1913
Porsche - German Car Company
Founded: 1931, Headquarters: Zuffenhausen, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Germany is famous for the high-performance and high-quality sports cars made by Porsche.
Video: The Porsche Motorsport History
Ferdinand PorscheFerdinand Porsche
3 September 1875 – 30 January 1951
Daimler-Benz - German Car Company
Founded: 1926, Defunct: 1998, Headquarters: Stuttgart, Germany

Cars of Mercedes-Benz are famous for their quality, safety and technological innovation. Daimler-Benz's predecessor Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft was the industry's oldest firm, Daimler-Benz company dates from 1926. In 1998 it bought the American automobile manufacturer Chrysler, then sold out in 2007 at a heavy loss as it never managed to bring the division to long term profitability.

Daimler-Benz AG was a German manufacturer of automobiles, motor vehicles, and engines which was founded in 1926. An Agreement of Mutual Interest—which was valid until year 2000—was signed on May 1, 1924 between Karl Benz's Benz & Cie. and Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft, which had been founded by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach. Daimler had died in 1900 and Maybach had left in 1907.

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Wilhelm MaybachWilhelm Maybach
March 17, 1834 - March 6, 1900
Gottlieb Daimler
Gottlieb Daimler
March 17, 1834 - March 6, 1900
Karl Benz
Karl Benz
November 25, 1844, Karlsruhe, – April 4, 1929, Ladenburg, Germany
Video: Mercedes-Benz World History Timeline promotional
Opel - German Car Company
Founded: 1863, Headquarters: Rüsselsheim, Germany

Opel was a bicycle company that started making cars in 1898; General Motors bought it out in 1929, but the Nazi government took control and GM wrote off its entire investment. In 1948 GM returned and restored the Opel brand.

Video: Opel Celebrates 110 Years of Automobile Innovation
Adam Opel
Adam Opel
May 9, 1837 – September 8, 1895
Volkswagen (VW) - German Car Company
Founded: Nazi Germany May 28, 1937, Founders: Ferdinand Porsche, Adolf Hitler, Headquarters: Wolfsburg, Germany

Volkswagen is dominant in the popular market; it purchased Audi in 1964. VW's most famous car was the small, beetle-shaped economical "people's car" with a rear-mounted, air-cooled engine. It was designed in the 1930s by Ferdinand Porsche upon orders from Adolf Hitler, who was himself a car enthusiast. However production models appeared only after the war; until then only rich Germans had automobiles. By 1950 Volkswagen was the largest German automobile producer,today, it is one of the three biggest automotive companies, but it is now part of the Porsche Automobil Holding SE. In the meantime, ten different car manufacturers belong to the multicorporate enterprise: Porsche, Volkswagen, Audi, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Bentley, Škoda Auto, MAN, SEAT and Scania AB.

Video: Volkswagen History part 3
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Ferdinand porscheFerdinand Porsche
3 September 1875 – 30 January 1951

Video: Volkswagen History part 4
Adolf HitlerAdolf Hitler
20 April 1889 – 30 April 1945
Audi - German Car Company
Founded: Zwickau, Germany 1909, Founder: August Horch, Headquarters: Ingolstadt, Germany

AUDI AG, (Xetra: NSU) is a German company which produces luxury cars under the Audi brand, pronounced /ˈaʊdi/. It is part of the Volkswagen Group. The name Audi is based on a Latin translation of the surname of the founder August Horch, itself the German word for “listen!" Audi is headquartered in Ingolstadt, Bavaria, Germany and has been a wholly-owned (99.55%) subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group (Volkswagen AG) since 1964. Volkswagen Group relaunched the Audi name when it was acquired as part of Volkswagen's purchase of the Auto Union and NSU Motorenwerke AG (NSU) assets.
August Horch
August Horch
12 October 1868 – 3 February 1951
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BMW - German Car Company
Founded: 1916, Founder: Karl Friedrich Rapp, Headquarters: Munich, Germany

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (info) (BMW), (English: Bavarian Motor Works) is a German automobile, motorcycle and engine manufacturing company. Founded in 1916, it is known for its performance and luxury vehicles. It owns and produces the MINI brand, and is the parent company of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars..
Karl Friedrich Rapp
Karl Friedrich Rapp
24 September 1882 in Ehingen (Danube); 26 May 1962 in Locarno
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List of German Car Companies
(Brands)

German companies brands
Website: www.bmw.com
Auto Catalog: BMW
Wikipedia link: BMW
Website: www.mercedes-benz.com
Auto Catalog: Mercedes-Benz
Wikipedia link: Mercedes-Benz
Website: www.mini.com
Auto Catalog: Mini
Wikipedia link: Mini
Website: www.opel.com
Auto Catalog: Opel
Wikipedia link: Opel
Website: www.porsche.com
Auto Catalog: Porsche
Wikipedia link: Porsche
Website: www.smart.com
Auto Catalog: Smart
Wikipedia link: Smart
Website: www.volkswagen.com
Auto Catalog: Volkswagen
Wikipedia link: Volkswagen