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How Much Do You Know About the First Automobiles?
by John Miller

Everyone can attest to the convenience that an automobile provides. An automobile or motorcar by definition is a wheeled vehicle that is powered by an internal combustion engine and is used for the transportation of goods and people. 

The invention of such a necessary and remarkable tool cannot be credited to just one individual. Several inventors made their contributions to the automobile world. Some automobiles made the use of wind power, and others used steam.

Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot invented one such automobile in 1769. His three-wheeled vehicle featured a heavy steam-engine that allowed the car to travel a mere 2.25mph. Perhaps the first real automobile powered by a gasoline engine was created by the two German men: Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler. These inventors separately produced two gasoline automobiles in 1886. Soon, the car making business crossed the oceans and America too was on board.

They immediately dominated the automotive industry with the three companies Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler. However, their reign did not last forever. With the high demand for automobiles pushed by World War II, Japan joined in the automotive business and became the leading car manufacturer in the late 20th century. Fast forward to today, automobiles are nothing like what they first started out as. The question is, do you know enough about their humble beginnings to pass our quiz?

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