1. The world’s first automobile was developed by Carl Benz in 1885. The top speed of the motor car was 16 km per hour. It had a one cylinder four-stroke engine installed horizontally on a specifically designed chassis. It was known as the Benz Patent Motorwagen.
2. In 1908, the Model T developed by Henry Ford became the first car available to the masses. This was a low-cost car. It cost around $850 in 1908 and $260 in 1925 (the reduction in the cost of the car was mainly because of the invention of the assembly line).
3. The World’s first speeding ticket was issued in 1902.
4. 1 in 4 cars on the UK’s road were made in China.
5. A modern formula 1 car can drive upside down in a tunnel at 120mph.
6. 60 million cars are produced every year.
7. Holding a remote car key to your head doubles its range because the human skull acts as an amplifier
8. Inventor Mary Anderson (1866-1953) invented the first effective windshield wiper. They were initially considered a distraction.
9. For many cars, the “new car smell” is actually toxic. It is composed of over 50 volatile organic compounds.
10. A single car has about 30,000 parts. About 80% of a car is recyclable.
11. White is the most popular car colour.
12. The average consumer spends $400 a year on diagnostics, scheduled maintenance, and tune-ups.
13. A dashboard was initially a piece of wood attached to a horse drawn carriage to prevent mud from splattering up from the horses and onto the driver.
14. Daniel Craig, as a reward for playing James Bond, can take any Aston Martin from the factory for the rest of his life.
15. In 2014, over 87 million cars were produced around the world. In China alone, over 14 million cars were manufactured. Japan and Germany rounded out the top three car-producing countries, at over 7 million and 5 million, respectively.