Volkswagen owns Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, SEAT, Škoda, Ducati, MAN, and Scania.
2. Rolls Royce didn't start selling cars with bodywork until 1946. Up until then, they only sold the chassis and motor with a recommendation to use Barker & Co Ltd to build a customized body and coach. One of their designs is the world's most expensive car at $57,000,000.
3. The Honda City Turbo is a car that included a little motorized folding scooter designed to fit in the trunk.
4. An Italian tractor manufacturer was so upset with the bad clutches in Ferrari's cars that he complained to Enzo Ferrari himself, who arrogantly dismissed the concerns. The tractor maker, Ferruccio Lamborghini, decided to make his own cars to compete.
5. In 1986, '60 Minutes' ran a scathing exposé on the Audi 5000, alleging it could wildly accelerate on its own. However, their on-air demonstration used a rigged car to show falsified results. Government tests later vindicated Audi but their sales had already plummeted. '60 Minutes' never apologized.
61979 Chevy Malibu
General Motors purposely kept the 1979 Chevy Malibu gas tank dangerously close to the rear of the vehicle. Instead of paying an extra $8.59 per vehicle to move the gas tank to a safer location, GM estimated that they would only have to pay $2.40 per vehicle to pay off personal-injury lawsuits.
7. Ford had a concept nuclear-powered car (Ford Nucleon) in the 1950's. This became the inspiration for the Fallout franchise's cars.
8. The designer of the Porsche 911, Butzi Porsche, was kicked out of industrial design school in his first year for apparent lack of talent. When he went to work for his father at Porsche, the company's design director rejected his ideas, so he had the 911 prototype built by an outside contractor.
9. Mitsubishi once offered "0–0–0" financing (0% down,0% interest,$0 in payments the first year). Initially, sales leaped, but many buyers defaulted at the end of the grace period, leaving Mitsubishi with used cars for which they had received no money and were now worth less than they cost to build.
10. The Dubai police fleet includes a Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Bentley. This is to allow them to catch speeders who can outrun other cars.
In 2004, Volvo introduced a concept car (Volvo YCC) that was built for women without a hood and dent-resistant bumpers.
12. The top speed of the Bugatti Veyron is limited not by the engine, but rather by the possibility of the tires exploding.
13. Car tires are black because one manufacturer wanted "more distinguished looking" tires and had carbon black added to the white rubber. The resulting tires lasted 4-5 times longer.
14. The Mercedes-Benz SLS has explosive bolts that separate the doors from the car for the easy exit during a serious accident.
15. Land Rover's first design had the steering wheel in the middle so it could be used in left or right side driving counties without modifications.
Chevrolet Vegas were shipped vertically in their rail cars.
17. Top Gear staged breakdowns of the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Roadster, making electric cars seem unviable. Show defenders said that it was all in fun.
18. The Bugatti Chiron has a maximum speed of 463 km/h but is electronically limited to 420 km/h.
19. One of the fastest speeds ever achieved on the German Autobahn was 432kph (268mph) in a Mercedes-Benz W125, in the year 1938.
20. 3/4 of the cars that Rolls Royce has ever produced are still on the road.
21Amphicar Model 770
President Lyndon B. Johnson owned an amphibious car (Amphicar Model 770) that served as both a vehicle and a boat. He used it to scare guests by driving them into his lake while screaming that the brakes were malfunctioning.
22. "Project sound" is a car suspension system by Bose. It was over-engineered to the point of being deemed unviable commercially, but it outperformed everything on the market.
23. The aerodynamics of the McLaren P1 create more downforce than the weight of the car itself. The rear wing also retracts past 150mph to prevent the downforce from breaking the suspension.
24. The Honda Prelude was the first mass-produced car that featured a mechanical 4-wheel steering system. In its debut year, it beat every car in the slalom test, including Porsche and Ferrari.
25. Electric vehicles predate the Model T, and in the year 1900, comprised 38% of cars on the road.