I am about to embark in a never-ending article. Not sure why, but every time I read or learn something new about this industry, I find it extremely interesting and thought it would be good to organize and share the information.
Naturally, this will continue to grow as I stumble on to new trivia, and as new items are created, so stay tuned.
2008: Alfa returns to the US with a limited number of 85 cars. First one bought by James Glickenhaus.
1995: Last year for Alfa in the US.
1987: Chrysler purchases American Motors.
1969: Last year for the Rambler nameplate.
1980: Introduced as Audi's frist car to feature their all-wheel-drive system.
1980-1991: Production cycle in Europe.
1983-1986: 664 Quatros sold in the US.
2007: 240 units sold.
2008: Includes the first full-LED headlamp.
2008: 900 units sold.
2010: First S4 with a V6.
TT2007: No TTs produced this year.
2008: 4486 units sold.
2008: First year for second generation.
1928: The 6.5-liter Bentley built from 1928-30 was known as the "Speed Six".
1956-1959: Production cycle.
Designed by Albrecht Graf von Goetz.
Born from a suggestion to BMW by importer Max Hoffman.
1966: The two-door 1600 is introduced. 1573cc, 85hp.
1968: The 2002 is introduced (replacing the 1600) with a 1990cc, 100hp engine.
1968: First production BMW to offer a turbocharged engine.
1968-1976: Production life of 2000Tii.
1971: The Kugelfischer fuel-injected 2002 Tii increases horsepower by 30 percent.
1974: 2002 get a minor facelift with square taillight (replacing the round ones) with bigger and heavier bumpers.
1974: Last year for the 2002 Tii in the US market.
1976: Last year for the 2002 models, after nine years of production.
1995: First US model year.
1999: Last year for M3.
2001: First year of E-46. First US M3 to be same as Europe spec.
2005: Last year of E-46.
2008: First model with a V8.
2001: First year with M3's S54 engine.
2002: Last year of Z3M production.
2008: Last year of first generation Z4.
2009: First year of second generation Z4 (hardtop convertible).
1963: Debuts at the Paris Motor Show.
1963-1964: Offered only in a sport-coupe body.
1953: New top-of-the-line convertible debuts.
1908: Cadillac wins the Dewar Trophy for building the first car manufactured with interchangeable parts.
1976: The Chevy Nova-based Seville debutes.
1928: 5 millionth car made.
1960-1966: Production life. About 3 million produced.
1997: Z8, Last year with LT1.
2010: Returns to market.
1957: 2,244 produced.
1958: First year of quad headlights and only year for "washboard" hood.
1963: 1-year only design with rear split window.
1967: Louvers on each side and square reverse light over license plate this year only.
1969: 2,722 made with the 435 HP 427 V8.
1975: Last year for convertibles.
1979: 53,807 Corvettes built (record year).
1979: Black was the most popular color, followed by white.
1986: Convertibles return.
1990: the 375 hp ZR1 was introduced as a joint venture between GM and Lotus.
1996: Last year of C4.
1957: 1 year only body style.
1925: Walter Chrysler adds the Maxwell-Chalmers Motor Corp. to his year-old Chrysler Motor Corporation and changes the company's name to Chrysler Corporation.
1927: Chrysler produces the first Plymouth and DeSoto motor cars and buys Dodge.
1987: Chrysler purchases American Motors.
1961: 618 built.
1964: Complete redesign. 23,295 produced, 922 of them as convertibles.
Newport Dual Cowl Phaeton.
1941: Five concept cars built.
Town & Country
1984: Introduction of the "minivan" segment. (Lee Iacocca had pitched the idea while at Ford, but it was rejected by Henry Ford II).
The Cord 810 IS most known for the innovation of front-wheel drive.
1968: The 510 becomes the first car styled for the US Market.
1958: The 1200 becomes the first sedan in America.
1967: The 2000 Roadster is the first production sports car to come with a 5-speed.
1914: The first Datsun is built.
1969: Introduction of the "Z" as a 1970 model.
2008: Last year for the 350Z.
2009: First year for the 370Z.
1991: First re-design (of second generation).
1996: Re-design (of third generation).
2005: Re-design (of fourth generation).
1970: "sunroof" code was M51.
1969: 560 produced.
1955-56: A lavender and white car designed for women.
1995: Neon ACR. First year of production.
1999: GTS ACR Group homologated for club racing (spring 1999 introduction).
2002: GTS Final Edition—Last 360 Viper Coupes red with white stripes, special badging.
2003: SRT10 Convertible introduced with all-new 8.3-liter V-10, 500-horsepower.
2006: SRT10 Coupe introduced with all-new 8.3-liter V-10, 500-horsepower.
1959: The Ferrari 250 GT ShortWheel Base is born. “The Ferrari” epitome, sporty performance and timeless elegance. Archetype of the technical-aesthetic process of evolution Ferrari Pininfarina. Presented at the Paris Motor Show, it was be produced two years later in 200 units.
1962: Debuts at Sebring.
1962-1964: Production cycle. 36 made.
1972: 120 produced.
1987-1992: Production cycle. Last car commissioned by Enzo Ferrari. First legal road car to pass 200mph.
1968: Pininfarina presented two concepts in Turin: the Ferrari P6, a very meaningful concept incorporating the seeds that were to develops into the following Ferrari BB and 308 GTB, and the BLMC 1100.
1908: Ford Model T introduced.
1914: Ford's Highland Park plant, the "Crystal Palace," becomes the first to use a moving assembly line to produce over 1,000 cars per day.
1919: The Ford family becomes sole owners of Ford Motor Co.
1922: Ford buys the bankrupt Lincoln Motor Company for the bargain price of $8 million. The Leland brothers leave six months later.
1924: Henry Ford lowers the price of his Model T to $290.00
1927: Ford ceases Model T production after 18 years and more than 15 million cars.
1928: Ford introduces the Model A.
1946: Ford offered 1 new model this year.
1958: Edsel introduced. 110,000 are sold until 1960.
1998: Focus makes its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show
1998: Focus production begins at Germany’s Saarlouis Assembly Plant (August)
1999: By March, 100,000 had been sold in Europe alone, with 200,000 orders waiting
1999: North American Focus production begins at Wayne Assembly in Michigan and Hermosillo Assembly in Mexico
1999: Ford Focus WRC replaces successful Escort model in the World Rally Championship
2000: Focus introduced in North American markets, wins “North American Car of the Year”
2001: Focus production begins in Taiwan
2001: Focus becomes first flex-fuel European product – capable of running on E85
2001: Focus becomes the world’s best-selling car at year’s end with 917,000 sales
2002: Production begins at Saarlouis for export models for Australia
2002: Introduction of first performance models, in North America as an SVT model and in Europe as the Focus ST170. First Focus RS model is also introduced in Europe 2002: Russian production of the Focus begins at the Vsevolozhsk plant near St. Petersburg
2003: Premiere of Focus C-MAX at Geneva Motor Show
2003: Focus begins seven-year run as best-selling foreign vehicle in Russia
2004: 2-millionth Focus produced in Saarlouis (February)
2004: 1-millionth Valencia (Spain) Assembly Plant-built Focus produced
2004: Production begins of second-generation Ford Focus in Saarlouis
2004: Focus production begins in the Philippines
2005: Focus becomes the first E20-capable passenger car in Thailand
2005: North American Focus receives fresh exterior, new interior – first major redesign
2005: Focus four-door production begins in China
2005: Focus ST production kickoff in Europe (October)
2005: Focus production begins in South Africa
2006: Focus five-door production begins in China
2006: Focus Coupe-Cabriolet introduced in Europe, engineered with Pininfarina
2006: 4-millionth Focus built in Saarlouis
2006: All North American Focus production consolidated at Wayne Assembly Plant, Michigan
2006: Ford Vsevolozhsk plant produces 100,000th Russian-built Focus
2006: Focus wins FIA World Rally Championship manufacturer’s title for Ford
2007: Last year for Focus hatchback and wagon in North American markets
2007: Focus receives five-star rating from China Automotive Technology and Research Center in C-NCAP testing, the highest rating to date for a C-car in China
2007: Focus wins China Circuit Championship
2007: Focus scores another World Rally Championship manufacturer’s title for Ford
2007: New Focus introduced in North America (October). Two models available: Sedan and, for the first time, a Focus Coupe. Popular SYNC® in-vehicle communications system launched
2008: Major facelift of Focus in Europe, introducing kinetic design exterior and new interior
2008: Focus production in Ford’s Asia-Pacific and Africa region nears half-million point with assembly in the Philippines, South Africa, Vietnam and China
2009: Valencia produces its 2-millionth Focus (January)
2009: Focus production in China hits 400,000
2009: Production of a new limited-edition Focus RS – the highest-performance road-going Focus ever – begins in Europe
2009: Russian production of Focus reaches 300,000 units (June)
2009: Ford’s first European passenger battery car, a prototype Focus BEV, is displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show
2009: New Ford Focus ECOnetic debuts, the first Ford of Europe production model with Auto-Start-Stop, Smart Regenerative Charging, Ford Eco Mode and Low Tension FEAD
2010: World preview of the next-generation Focus at the North American International Auto Show (January)
1948 : F-Series “Bonus Built” trucks are introduced on January 16 (F-1 through F-8), the first of Ford Motor Company’s all-new postwar line of vehicles.
1953: F-100 pickup is introduced, replacing F-1.
1959: Ford’s 4x4s are introduced, primarily for commercial use, but just in time for the growth in recreational off-road driving and personal use of pickup trucks in the 1960s.
1965: Twin I-Beam front suspension is introduced, allowing F-Series to “drive like a car – work like a truck.” Nearly two-thirds of pickup owners use trucks for recreational and personal use. In response, Ford introduces its Camper Special package for F-100 and F-250, an industry first.
1974: Ford introduces F-Series SuperCab, signaling further growth in personal use of pickup trucks.
1975: F-150 pickup debuts.
1977: F-Series becomes best selling Full Size Pickup Truck.
1978: Ford sells 864,000 F-Series trucks, a record.
1980: Most extensive redesign of F-Series to date. Ford’s first diesel pickups debut with 6.9-liter V-8.
1982: F-Series becomes best-selling vehicle in America.
1987: F-Series becomes first truck with rear-wheel, anti-lock brakes.
1992: Ford confirms that it has more trucks on the road with 250,000 miles than any other competitor, according to R.L. Polk.
1994: Driver’s-side air bags introduced.
1995: F-Series surpasses Volkswagen Beetle as world’s best-selling vehicle nameplate. F-Series introduces the Eddie Bauer edition truck. Ford Motor Company enters the Ford F-150 in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Joe Ruttman gives Ford its first Craftsman Truck Series win at Bristol Motor Speedway in June.
1997: Completely redesigned F-150 and F-250 models introduced. SuperCab features industry’s first standard third door in a full-size pickup. J.L. Polk Company recognizes the Ford F-150 with the Automotive Household Loyalty Award.
1998: AutoWeek names F-150 'America's Best Pickup Truck' in a reader determined award grant. F-150 continues to win this honor the next eight consecutive years.
1999: Ford and Harley-DavidsonÔ form an alliance and introduce the first Harley-Davidson edition of the F-150 as a 2000 model year vehicle. The Ford SVT F-150 Lightning is introduced. It is powered by a supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 with 360 horsepower. Ford launches a new F-Series Super Duty built on its own unique frame to usher in the first true medium duty pickup truck. Ford chalks up its first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series manufacturers championship.
2000: Greg Biffle wins the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship behind the wheel of a Ford F-150.
2001: The latest version of the SuperCrew features four full doors and luxurious rear-seat accommodations with more passenger space than offered by the previous SuperCab. Ford debuts the new super-premium King Ranchâ edition truck. Ford unveils the second Harley-Davidson edition based on an F-150 SuperCrew.
2002: Country star Toby Keith signs on to be spokesman for the F-Series. Ford becomes presenting sponsor of his concert tours.
Edmunds.com grants Ford F-150 the 'Editors Most Wanted: Large Pickup' award.
2003: Ford’s third Harley-Davidson edition F-150 debuts. The 6.0-liter Power Strokeâ diesel joins the Super Duty line up. J.D. Power & Associates names the Ford F-150 'Most Dependable Light Duty.'
2004: All-new F-150 reflects shifts in market with more consumers using pickup as a daily vehicle. All models feature four-doors – even regular cab models. F-Series sets record in sales with 939,511. The F-Series honored as the 'Best Truck Line of Texas' by the Texas Auto Writer Truck Roder. Money Magazine grants F-150 their 'Best Pickup' designation. F-150 goes on to win the award again in 2005.
2005: Ford launches an all-new, redesigned and more capable Super Duty. 'Consumers Most Wanted' award, as presented by Edmunds.com. Awarded again in 2006. Automovil Panamerico names F-150 'Pickup of the Year'. Consumers Digest calls Ford F-150 a 'Best Buy'. MotorWeek readers grant F-150 the honor 'Driver's Choice: Best Pickup'. SEMA recognizes F-150 as the 'Most accessory friendly truck'. Car and Driver magazine names F-150 among it's '5 Best'. Texas Auto Writers Association again names F-150 'Full-size Truck of Texas'.
2006: Ford’s fourth Harley-Davidson edition F-150 and the first Harley-Davidson edition built on the new 2004 F-150 platform. King Ranch F-150 is named the 'Best Fullsize Pickup Truck' by the Texas Auto Writers Truck Rodeo.
2007: Ford introduces a supercharged F-150 Harley-Davidson edition truck. All-new Super Duty is launched for the 2008 model year. For the first time the Super Duty includes the F-450 pickup and 6.4-liter PowerStroke clean Turbo Diesel. The 2008 F-Series 60th Anniversary Editions are introduced.
1964: Premiered at the NY World's Fair on April 17. First planned as a 2-seat roadster.
1965: 409,260 coupes, 77,079 fastbacks, 73,112 convertibles sold.
1974: Completely redesigned Mustang II was introduced. (Compared with the 1973 model, the Mustang II was 19 inches shorter and 490 pounds lighter. It was available in a notchback, including a luxury Ghia model and a 2+2 fastback. For the first time, there was no V-8 engine and no Mustang convertible option available.)
1975: V-8 power returned to the Mustang. But the 302-cid V-8 engine produced only 130 horsepower and came only with an automatic transmission.
1976: The Cobra II package joined the lineup, replete with non-functional hood scoop, racing stripes and front and rear spoilers. Available in white with blue stripes, blue with white stripes, and black with gold stripes, the Cobra II was intended to recall the looks of the famed Shelby Mustangs.
1976: In an attempt to appeal to convertible fans, fastback models became available with T-Top removable glass roof panels. A new Sports Performance Package added a four-speed manual transmission to the 302-cid V-8.
1978: The new King Cobra model was the first Mustang to wear a 5.0 badge – the metric equivalent of 302 cubic inches.
1979: The new “Fox” platform made its debut. The new model was longer and taller than the Mustang II, yet it was 200 pounds lighter. A sleek, “Euro” design replaced many traditional Mustang styling cues. Engine choices included a 2.3-liter four-cylinder, a 2.8-liter V-6, a 3.3-liter inline six-cylinder and a 140-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8.
1980: The 302-cid V-8 engine was dropped and replaced by an economy-minded 119-horsepower, 225-cid V-8 derivative.
1981: Performance headed to the back burner, as the turbo four-cylinder was dropped from the Mustang engine lineup and new emissions controls dropped the 255-cid V-8’s power to 115 horsepower.
1982: The Mustang GT returned after a 12-year absence. The 5.0-liter V-8, which delivered 157 horsepower was also back, and optional T-Tops returned.
1987: New design.
1995: New design.
1995: GT SN95 debut year.
2005: New body.
2008: The 2010 model is revealed on November 18, 2008. New Mustang emblem.
1992-1996: Best selling car in US.
1955: Top had no porthole (like 56 and 58) but fit all 3 years.
1910: William Durant founds Chevrolet.
1911: Charles Kettering develops first electrical self-starter and sells 8,000 to Cadillac.
1912: Cadillac is the first U.S. car to feature an electric starter, along with new lighting and ignition devices.
1917: Henry and Wilfred LeLand leave General Motors to found the Lincoln Motor Company.
1914: Cadillac develops the V8 engine.
1926: Purchase of Fisher Body Co.
1927: Harley Earl designs the LaSalle for Cadillac.
1930: Cadillac develops the V16 engine.
1997: GM's first car to run purely on batteries.
1975: Front-wheel-drive compact offered the option of the Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion engine.
1992: Civic Si, first year for VTEC civic.
Second longest continuos running nameplate.
1999: Introduced as a 2000 model.
2008: Club racer-inspired S2000 CR trim introduced.
2009: Last year after selling over 110,000 world-wide, (65,000 in the US).
1954: Hudson Italia styled by Ghia with coackwork by Touring. (21 are known to still exist).
1955: Final year of U.S. production
1954: 435 built.
1968: Lamborghini Miura Roadster is introduced.
1963-1966: Quattroporte I. 230 produced.
1967-1970: Quattroporte I, Serie 2. 500 produced.
1974-1978: Quattroporte II. 12 prototypes produced.
1979-1990: Quattroporte III. 2110 sold.
1993-2000: Quattroporte IV. 2375 sold.
2009: First Quattroporte S.
110S Cosmo Sport
1967: Mazda builds its first rotary vehicle.
1980: Mazda introduces the front-wheel-drive Mazda 323.
1989: Introduction of the all-new 323 3-door hatchback.
1978: Mazda introduces the 626 series.
1982: Introduction of the front-wheel-drive 626.
1983: Mazda 626 is awarded Motor Trend "Import Car of the Year."
1984: Mazda 626 named as one of Car and Driver "10Best."
1987: Mazda restyles the 626 series.
1987: Mazda introduces the 929 luxury sedan.
1991: Introduction of the all-new MY1992 Mazda 929 luxury sedan.
1978: Introduction of the Mazda B2000 compact pickup truck.
1985: Introduction of the completely redesigned B-Series Truck.
1993: Introduction of Mazda’s all-new MY1994 B-Series Truck.
1998: Debut of the MY1998.5 Mazda B-Series Cab Plus 4, the first 4-door import brand truck.
1977: Introduction of the Mazda GLC "Great Little Car."
2003: Mazda introduces 2004 MAZDA3 4-Door and 5-Door.
2004: AutoWeek awards MAZDA3 "America’s Best Economy car."
2004: Mazda introduces 2004 MAZDA6 5-Door and Sport Wagon
1989: Mazda introduces the MX-5 Miata sports car as a 1990 model.
1989: Named as one of the five "World’s Best Cars" by Road & Track.
1990: Receives "Automobile of the Year" award from Automobile Magazine.
1991: Receives a Car and Driver "10Best" award.
1992: Receives a "10Best" award from Car and Driver.
1993: Automobile Magazine names MX-5 Miata to its "All-Star" list.
1994: First year with 1.8.
1995: Automobile Magazine names MX-5 Miata and Millenia to its "All-Star" list.
1997: Automobile Magazine names MX-5 Miata to its "All-Star" list.
1998: Redesign of the MX-5 Miata for the first time since its introduction 9 years earlier, debuting as a 1999 model.
1998: Receives a Car and Driver "10Best" award.
1999: Celebrates its 10th anniversary with a Special-Edition model.
2002: Named to Automobile Magazine "All-Star" list for the 12th time.
2004: Introduction of MAZDASPEED MX-5 Miata.
1994: Introduction of the 1995 Mazda Millenia, an all-new luxury sedan.
1995: Millenia S Miller-cycle engine named as one of the "Best Engines" by Ward’s Auto World.
1995: Millenia S named "Best New Luxury Car" by Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.
2001: Introduction of the MP3, a production-quality sport compact car.
1988: Introduction of the MY1989 Mazda MPV minivan.
1990: Named "Best New Van" by Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.
1999: Mazda debuts MY2000 MPV.
1991: Introduction of the all-new MX-3 sports coupe, the first in its class offered with a 1.8-liter V6 engine, the smallest V6 in mass production.
1987: Mazda introduces the MX-6 sports coupe.
1990: Mazda enters the U.S. sport-utility market segment with the 2-door Mazda Navajo.
1990: Introduction of the Mazda Protegé, which replaces the Mazda 323 sedan.
1994: Mazda introduces the MY1995 Protegé, featuring OptiSpace design.
1998: Introduction of the all-new third-generation Protegé as a 1999 model.
2001: Introduction of the Mazda Protegé5 as a 2002 model.
2002: Introduction of turbocharged MAZDASPEED Protegé as a 2003 model.
2003: Mazda introduces the 2003.5 MAZDASPEED Protegé.
1970: First mass-produced rotary-powered car in America.
2003: Introduction of 2004 RX-8 sports car. The world’s only rotary-engine sports car first with "Freestyle" door system.
2003: RX-8 RENESIS rotary engine wins 2003 International Engine of the Year.
2004: Mazda RX-8 awarded 2004 Le Guide de l’Auto Car of the Year.
1978: Debut of the rotary-powered RX-7 sports car.
1983: Named as a Car and Driver "10Best."
1985: Introduction of the second-generation RX-7.
1986: Awarded Motor Trend "Import Car of the Year"
1987: Turbo named as a Car and Driver "10Best."
1992: Introduction of the MY1993 RX-7.
1993: Named as a Car and Driver "10Best."
1994: Named as a Car and Driver "10Best."
1995: Receives fifth "10Best" award from Car and Driver.
1974: Mazda debuts the rotary-powered RX-4.
1972: Mazda debuts the rotary-powered RX-3.
1971: Mazda debuts the rotary-powered RX-2.
2000: Tribute introduced as a 2001 model year vehicle.
1994: First to use a carbon fiber monocoque chassis.
1926: Karl Benz merged with Daimler to form Mercedes-Benz.
300 SL Roadster
Produced from 1957 to 1963. Featured stacked headlights.
1959: Introduced as the Austin and Morris 850 in North America.
1962: Rebadged as Mini.
1969: Mini is spun off into its own marque.
2008: Introduction of second generation Mini Clubman.
1924: Nash installs electric clocks in its dashboards.
1967: Only plymouth with a 150 MPH speedo (all others were 120 MPH).
1970: 1920 produced.
1950's: The term 'silver streak' referred to the "side spears" on early 1950s Pontiacs.
1964: GTO is introduced. (sited as the first real Muscle car).
Fathered by John Delorean.
Began as a trim line of the Tempest.
GTO stands for "Gran Turismo Omologato".
1967: 7,000 coupes and 65,176 hardtops produced.
1957: Brand for Pontiac's station wagon line debuts.
1967: Porsche introduced its ground-breaking Targa roof style.
1964: Debuts at the Paris Motor Show in September of 1964. It was halted after only 82 units were built because of a trademark-infringement protest from Peugeot.
911 (964): 1989-1993.
911 (993): 1994-1998.
911 (996): 1999-2004.
911 (997): 2005-
1964: On October 27th, the first model with the type designation 911 was delivered.
2008: Last year for Tiptronic.
2009: First year for PDK.
1965-1969: Over 30,000 produced.
1975: Reintroduced (as the 912e) with the 914's Volkswagen 2.0 liter. 2000 produced.
1970: Introduced and produced until 1976.
1972: 914-6 dropped due to poor sales.
1973: 2.0 litre engine becomes an option.
1974: Bore increases to 1795cc.
1977-1988: Production life.
1979: Turbo introduced (until 1984).
1981: Carrera GT introduced.
1982: Carrera GTS intorduced.
1985: 924 replaced by 924s.
1978: Introduced to the US market as a 1978 model (until 1995).
1980: 928s introduced.
1983: 928 and 928s replaced by 928s2 (until 1986).
1987: 928s4 introduced Until 1992).
1989: 928GT introduced (until 1991).
1992: 928 GTS introduced (until 1995).
1983-1991: Production life.
1985: 944 Turbo introduced (until 1991).
1987: 944s introduced (until 1988).
1988: 944 Turbo S introduced.
1989: 944s2 introduced (until 1991).
1988: 283 built.
1992-1995: Production life.
1993: 968 Club Sport introduced (until 1995).
1993: 968 Turbo S introduced (until 1994).
1994: 968 Sport introduced (until 1995).
1997: Boxster 986 introduced.
1997-2004: Production life.
1999: Boxster S 986 introduced.
2003: Boxster 986 facelift and gain 8hp.
2005: Boxster 987 introduced.
2003: Introduced and produced until 2006. 1260 produced.
2003: Cayenne S introduced.
2003: Cayenne Turbo introduced.
2004: Cayenne introduced.
2006: Cayenne Turbo S introduced.
2007: Cayenne GTS introduced.
2009: Cayenne Diesel introduced.
2005: Cayman S Introduced.
2007: Cayman Introduced.
2009: New 2.9 liter 265hp engine.
1956: Saab American debut as a car manufacturer at the 1956 New York Auto Show.
Shelby Daytona Coupe
1964-1965: Production cycle. Only 6 produced.
1958: Subaru 360 is the first automobile mass produced by Subaru.
351 cars produced between 1967-1970.
Over 3 million built during its 30-year lifespan.
The first Triumph sports car with wind-up windows.
Also known as the Type 1. The longest running and most produced (21.5 million) automobile of a single design.
Designed by Ferdinand Porsche and envisioned by Adolf Hitler.
1934: First prototype beetle with 22 hp.
1938: Split Rear Window.
1950: Cloth Sunroof introduced as an option.
1956: Optional sunroof now made of plastic instead of cloth.
1958: New instrument panel. Larger windshield and rear window.
1964: Metal replaces fabric in optional sunroof.
1978: "Champagne II Edition" convertible introduced.
1975: Unveiled in 1975 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
1977–1984: MK1, first generation.
1973: Hatchback. Presentation in August of the first Passat as a hatchback saloon and estate, with engines ranging from 1.3-ltr., 44 kW/60 bhp to 63 kW/85 bhp.
1980: Hatchback. Second generation as hatchback saloon and estate shown in November, engines from 1.3-ltr. and 44 kW/60 bhp to 2.2-ltr. and 85 kW/115 bhp.
1988: Third generation, initially just as saloon, engines from 1.6-ltr. and 55 kW/75 bhp to 1.8-ltr. and 79 kW/107 bhp.
1997: Passat Estate, Premiere of the new 5th generation at the Geneva motor show.
2001: Optional rear parking distance warning system offered.
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