History of Cars: The Land Rover Series 1

History of Cars: The Land Rover Series 1

The Land Rover Series 1 If there was a measure of consistency in the car industry, then the Land Rover Series 1 would be the true representation of that. The Land Rover’s inception came about at a time when the Willy’s World War II Jeep had established itself as a wartime reliability machine. During the 2nd World War, British manufacturers were forced to turn their factories to producing war tanks engines and aircraft. At the end of World War II, Rover found itself with two good factories and a skilled workforce ready to go into production. Maurice Wilks who was the Chief Designer of the Rover Company at the time had a war salvage Willy’s Jeep he had been using in his farm. He wanted to repair the jeep for continued farm use but it was too beat up to be used as an agricultural…

History of Cars: The First Generation Toyota Corolla

History of Cars: The First Generation Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla, The World’s Best Selling Car History The name Tatsuo Hasegawa may not ring a bell unless you are an avid follower of classic cars stories but you certainly know, or have even owned and driven the famous Toyota Corolla. What the VW Beetle is to Volkswagen is what the Corolla is to Toyota. The first generation was launched in 1966 and over 45 Million units have been sold since. It is the world’s best selling car. Tatsuo Hasegawa was an automotive engineer, development chief of the first generation Toyota Publica and the Toyota Corolla. In around 1962 Japan had entered an era of steady economic growth following the Toyota Publica’s launch in 1961. The then Japanese cabinet had come up with an “Income Doubling Plan” which significantly enhanced consumer economy and Tokyo had been selected to host the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games….

Volkswagen Beetle Story

Volkswagen Beetle Story

The VW Beetle is one of the most exceptional success stories in the history of making cars. Adolf Hitler had this idea of an affordable automobile for the German people and so he charged an engineer by the name Ferdinand Porsche with the responsibility of designing a low-cost vehicle for his idea. Ferdinand embarked on designing the vehicle but the beetle’s production had to wait until after the 2nd world war. Since commencing production, up to 2003, over 21 beetles were made and for a single model this is quite a record. In the late 1930s Germany, most of the motorists were inexperienced, the roads conditions were… 1930 of course. The Beetle was built with all these in mind. The mechanics of the Beetle were made simple. An example was the air-cooled engine that prevented the car from overheating and reliability was guaranteed by…

The Rise And Fall Of The Volkswagen Beetle

The Rise And Fall Of The Volkswagen Beetle

The Volkswagen Beetle is the longest-running and most manufactured car of a single platform. Its origin is as controversial as its demise. However, The Beetle is an icon in the car manufacturing industry and a pioneer in many ways. The Beetle was a concept by Adolf Hitler, who wanted a cheap and reliable car to be mass-produced for the German market. He gave an order to Porsche to produce a Volkswagen which means “people’s car”. His idea was to have a car that could transport 2 adults and 3 children. That is how Volkswagen and its first car, The Beetle, came to be. There were many adjustments that had to be made in the “people’s car” to suit the budget and the target market. For instance, it had to be designed to ensure that parts were easily and inexpensively exchanged. Additionally, the engine was…