The Dodge Brothers sued Henry Ford in 1919 on the grounds that a company should act in the interests of its shareholders and not for the good of society, its customers or its employees.
Denmark charges a tax of 150% on all new car purchases.
Before the fall of the German Wall, East Germany lacked significant resources to manufacture cars. As a result, the Trabant automobile used recycled cotton waste for the body instead of steel.
The Pontiac Aztec, considered a commercial failure during its production life, has seen a resurgence in popularity and public interest in the late 2000s and early 2010s thanks to its association with Breaking Bad.
On Space Shuttle Endeavor, astronaut John Grunsfeld called into NPR’s Car Talk and asked why his government vehicle was shaking violently for a couple minutes before the engine died.
Hitler sanctioned the construction of a six-wheeled 3,000hp Mercedes-Benz intended to break the land speed record. It was 27ft long and made its power from a 44.5 liter V12.
A man who ran a Chevy dealership by himself for 50 years had some 500 cars in storage from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s that just sat, one of which had just over 1 mile on the odometer. They sold most of the cars for $2.8m at auction.
The average Bugatti customer has about 84 cars, 3 jets and one yacht.
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. Gov’t tests later vindicated Audi but their sales had already plummeted. ’60 Minutes’ never apologized. The “60 Minutes” whitewash of Audi wasn’t the first time a major news network was caught rigging an automotive test. NBC did it to Chevrolet in 1992, but a firefighter at the test blew the whistle, forcing NBC to cough up an on-air apology.