Although the first car wasn't built in the United States -- the first is generally agreed to be the "motorwagen" created by Karl Benz, who later gave his name to Mercedes-Benz -- America was an early innovator in carmaking. American Fords and Chevrolets were imported to all parts of the world in the early 20th century.
However, during the oil crisis of the 1970s, Japan made major inroads in automobile production, and it seemed like America's time as automaker-to-the-world was finished. Everyone wanted Hondas and Toyotas, which were small, gas-efficient and highly reliable. American automakers struggled to rebound -- but rebound they have, with their own fuel-efficient, hybrid and electric cars. That's not to mention the sports-car designs that could only have come from the United States (we're looking at you, Mustang!)
If you bleed 91 octane, we've got a quiz for you! Test yourself on the automakers of the United States, from the "Big Three" to the scrappy little carmakers that never quite got off the ground, or thrived at midcentury before being folded into a larger company. Do you know, for example, which failed car was the subject of a movie starring Jeff Bridges? Or where the short-lived Saturn brand was produced? We'll test you on all this and more. Buckle up and get started!
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