It is a historical fact that Henry Ford, the renowned industrialist and founder of Ford Motor Company, resisted making significant improvements to the Model T for a long time. However, it’s important to note that this decision was not entirely without reason.
At the time, the Model T was a runaway success, and Ford had achieved incredible economies of scale by streamlining the production process. Making significant changes to the design would have required a massive overhaul of the entire manufacturing process, which Ford deemed too costly and time-consuming.
However, it’s also true that Ford was known for his strong personality and at times, extreme behavior. There are several accounts of him destroying prototypes that didn’t meet his expectations.
Despite his reluctance to change the Model T, Ford’s legacy as an innovator and inventor cannot be denied. He revolutionized the manufacturing industry with his assembly line techniques, and his introduction of the $5 workday helped to transform the American middle class.
Norway has the highest per capita number of electric vehicles in the world. In fact, electric and hybrid vehicles make up over 50% of all new car sales in Norway. This is due in part to the country’s generous incentives for electric vehicle owners, including exemptions from certain taxes and fees, as well as access to bus lanes and free public parking.
Norway has a high number of charging stations per capita, with over 7,000 stations and more than 23,000 charging points in the country. This extensive charging infrastructure, along with various incentives for EV ownership, has contributed to the high adoption rate of EVs in Norway.
Electric vehicles are so popular in Norway that they have helped to significantly reduce the country’s carbon emissions from the transportation sector.
In 1950s, Toyota made their first car called the Toyopet Crown, then they made the Corona and Corolla in the 1960s, which means “Crown” and “Little Crown” in Latin, then they made the Camry which means “Crown” in Japanese, and the car that became the foundation of Lexus is called the Crown RS.
During the 1990’s, Volkswagen sold three special editions of the Golf as part of sponsoring three rock bands’ European tours: The Golf Pink Floyd Edition, the Golf Rolling Stones Edition, and the Golf Bon Jovi Edition.
Limousines are made from cars being cut in half instead of just making the limo. One exception is the presidential limousines. They are built from the factory so that they can integrate all of the secret security technology.
In the Trans-Am sports car racing series, from 1967-69, Roger Penske had their Camaro’s dipped in acid to reduce the weight of the steel body. There is controversy about whether or not they cheated on the min. weight limits by having a normal car inspected but racing an acid-dipped car.
In 1993 a French man driving a Citroen car in a remote area of the Moroccan desert had a breakdown and became stranded. To survive he tore down the car, built a motorcycle from the parts, and rode it back to civilization. When he arrived he was ticketed for operating an illegal vehicle.
GM recalled 800k cars in 2014 for faulty ignitions. The cars would shut off while being driven which meant drivers lost power steering/brakes, and the airbags wouldn’t deploy. They knew about the problem since 2005 but never fixed it because it would be ‘too expensive’. 124 people died.