- Automotive History
Two minutes is not long, but it enough time for Land Rover to celebrate a motoring icon. The Range Rover has pioneered design, refinement and engineering innovation since 1970 and Land Rover has showcased the evolution of its luxury SUV through four generations with a unique animation lasting only 120 seconds.
The brand with the four rings is celebrating the anniversary of the Audi A3. The successful Audi model debuted 20 years ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Today the premium compact is available in a choice of four body styles, four drive systems and three trim lines.
The iconic Fiat convertible turns 50. It crossed decisive decades of the past century with a touch of elegance and sportiness to present day. It was California Dreamin' back in 1966, and not by chance the model's exciting new evolution was presented in Los Angeles in 2015. Today, its style embodies the timeless beauty of its predecessor while remaining true to its real self and is setting out to fascinate a new generation of fans.
The Renault Etoile Filante has returned to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA where, six decades ago on September 5, 1956, it famously clocked up a speed of 308.9 kmph (192 mph) to establish four new world records two of which still stand to this day.
Skodas rich sporting and performance history reaches a historic milestone in 2016 with the 15th anniversary of the vRS brand in UK. Since the first Octavia vRS arrived in showrooms back in 2001, Skoda has continually developed the vRS range; adding more power, performance and excitement to cars wearing the famous three letter badge.
The Volvo 850 was the car that changed everything a front-wheel-drive Volvo with a five-cylinder transverse engine. It was the result of the Galaxy project, which got its name because it was aiming for the stars. The 850 series achieved great success in the field of motorsport, and was the first car from Volvo available with AWD.
Innovative and attractive were the buzzwords when Mercedes-Benz unveiled the SLK (R 170) 20 years ago at the 66th Turin Motor Show. The premiere of this compact, two-seater sports car at the end of April 1996 caused a sensation. For the first time, Mercedes-Benz was offering a small roadster positioned below the SL. At the same time, the vehicle set new standards in pioneering engineering and technology.
One of the most successful model series in the automotive world made its debut 20 years ago. In 1996, Skoda Auto presented its Octavia saloon for the first time to international media representatives. Over the following two decades, the Octavia became a worldwide hit and is still the traditional Czech automakers best-selling model. The vehicle has been instrumental in the successful development of the Skoda brand.
The Skoda 1000 MBX De Luxe turns 50. The elegant two-door celebrated its debut at the International Motor Show in Geneva in March 1966. The spacious five-seater with rear engine and rear wheel drive was launched into series production in the October of the same year. The model represented the pinnacle of the 1.0-litre class in its day.
At its launch in January 1976, the Mercedes-Benz 123 model series offered a persuasive combination of elegance and multiple technical innovations. The saloon was the first model to become available. The range was expanded a year later by the Coupe and, for the first time, an Estate model.
The Mercedes-Benz F 100 research vehicle celebrated its world premiere 25 years ago. Never before had the designers and engineers realised so many new ideas and innovative solutions in a single vehicle. At the same time, with all its technology, the vehicle was a forerunner of today's connected car, of which the latest Mercedes-Benz standard-production vehicle is the new E-Class.
The birth certificate of the automobile bears the number DRP 37435. For that was the reference under which the patent on a as-powered vehiclefiled by the Mannheim engineer Carl Benz on January 29, 1886 was registered with the German Imperial Patent Office in Berlin.
The Targa Florio was the decisive contest in the 1955 World Sports Car Championship. Under tremendous pressure to succeed in this, the final race of the season, Mercedes-Benz finished first and second with the 300 SLR, just enough to win the World Championship. This was a triumph that allowed the Mercedes star to shine more brightly than ever before.
Anyone in the know will already be slavering at this model designation: launched in 1990, 25 years ago, the Mercedes-Benz 500 E with V8 engine and subtly muscular body is the top-of-the-range model in the 124 model series - and has long been one of the brand's most desirable 'young classic' models.
Back in 1964, the Cobra was all dominant except at such high-speed European circuits as Le Mans. Carroll Shelby duly tasked designer Peter Brock with penning a sleeker body and the resulting Cobra Daytona Coupes beat Ferrari to the 1965 FIA Sports Car Championship.
Since a BMW 3.0 CSL painted by Alexander Calder lined up for the Le Mans 24-hour race exactly 40 years ago, the BMW Art Car Collection has fascinated both art and design enthusiasts as well as car and technology fans all around the world.
Some 60 years after Mercedes-Benz triumph at the Mille Miglia, three of the greatest heroes of the thousand-mile race in 1955 are returning to the route between Brescia and Rome: together with the legendary Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR (W 196 S) racing car, Mercedes-Benz racing drivers Stirling Moss and Hans Herrmann are remembering the 1955 race at this year Mille Miglia event, which is being held between May 14-17, 2015.
First unveiled at the 1975 Frankfurt Motor Show, the BMW 3 Series has since developed into both the brand most successful model range and an international bestseller. Among the key milestones along the way has been its success in pioneering a new category of vehicle and becoming the world top-selling premium car. The BMW 3 Series was launched to replace the already legendary BMW 02, and is now set to enter its sixth generation.
It is 50 years this April since Joginder Singh and his brother Jaswant crossed the finish line of the Safari Rally in first place in their Volvo PV 544. The white Volvo's victory in the world's toughest rally became news all over the world.
Fifty years ago a car was launched that heralded the birth of the stylish, high quality small cars that Peugeot is famous for today. We take front-wheel drive cars for granted now, but half a century ago they were out of the ordinary, revolutionary even. That meant the 204 was at the forefront of automotive innovation when it was revealed to surprised Peugeot dealers in Paris on April 22, 1965.
This year marks the 21st anniversary of Land Rover introduction of the Autobiography designation then and now the pinnacle of the Range Rover model line-up. Across two decades the Range Rover Autobiography has denoted the ultimate combination of Land Rover design and luxury settling a benchmark in the premium SUV market.
It all started with an X. This letter was first used as a model designation for a BMW automobile as early as in the mid-1980s to indicate that it featured four-wheel drive technology. 15 years further on, a complete BMW X family has developed from the pioneer of a new vehicle category.
La Poste, the French postal service is paying tribute to Citroen by telling its history with the introduction stamps aimed at collectors. The 10 stamps reflect the brand history through some of its most emblematic models. One could either buy a complete book of all 10 stamps, or two collector booklets of five stamps.
Ford Motor Company turned 111 years old on Monday, June 16, 2014. To celebrate this milestone, the American auto manufacturer released a time lapse video that captures 24 hours in the life of the iconic company around the world.
One third of all Jaguar D-Types were sold to buyers in the USA including XKD523. First purchased in New York, it was sold by its first owner to drag racer Joe Grimaldi after a disgruntled individual at a race in Nassau put sand into the dry sump tank.
Aeroplane engines, motorcycles and cars BMW has made them all. If you love automobiles, love engineering, and have a penchant for history, the BMW Welt and Museum should definitely be on your list of things to do if you ever visit Munich.
The Skoda 1000 MB is now 50 years old. The compact car made its debut on March 21, 1964, as the successor to the former Skoda Octavia. As the first Skoda with rear wheel drive, a rear engine and unibody construction, the Skoda 1000 MB is a milestone in the nearly 119-year history of Skoda. In its heyday, the four-door model was one of the best vehicles in the one-litre class and set new standards in terms of comfort and performance.
It was early one August morning in 1888 when Bertha Benz, the wife of motor car inventor Carl Benz, embarked on the first ever long-distance journey in automotive history in a Benz Patent-Motorwagen Type III (patent motor car type 3) accompanied by her two sons.
2013 marks 65 years of Land Rover, a car-maker with a rich heritage, and today a maker of some of the most sought-after and luxurious cars in the world. Funny to think that it all began with a British-built version of an American original.
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