Germany has long been recognised as the car capital of the world. Not only are German marques vaunted for their performance, build quality, and style, but their owners and enthusiasts also reflect an aura of upmarket opulence.
But, in the 21st century do Audi, BMW, Volkswagen and Porsche still deserve their unsurpassed reputations among the car makers of the world? Are German cars reliable? Are German cars luxurious? Are German cars good still? And where did this prominent standing come from?
A German Was The Founding Father Of The Modern Car
Germany started it all and they’ve been at it a long time. In 1878, Karl Benz - whose name still adorns the premium badges on Mercedes-Benz autos - set about designing a viable two-stroke petrol engine. A year later Benz completed his work and in June 1880he was awarded a patent. The genius of Benz can still be seen today, every time we get behind the wheel. The engineer later developed the throttle, ignition, clutch, and gear shift systems upon which all petrol cars would be based for a century and a half. All who came later had to compete against the original German standard.
Performance Underpinned On Track And Highway
Since racing automobiles for fun, riches, and fame began, German track cars have been used as a template and a testing ground for their road-going cousins. Few countries can boast of a competitive motoring legacy like Germany, from the iconic Nürburgring (‘Green Hell’ circuit) to legendary rally, touring car, Le Mans, and Formula One teams of Audi, BMW, Porsche, and Mercedes respectively.
Additionally, the country’s highway system - the famed Autobahn - largely has no speed limit so German cars are built to be fast. All that melded together and it's no wonder German cars are rated among the best in the world.
German Cars Have An Enviable Reputation For Luxury
Germany is a nation that has along, proud engineering history with a special value placed on it both in education and as a profession. That culture emphasises two core facets -Leidenschaft (passionate fervour) and Detail Verliebtheit (attention to detail). These ingrained philosophies in the German mindset along with the country’s car manufacturers forever competing with each other for the finest engineering talent and innovative designers means Deutschland is responsible for two-thirds of luxury car sales worldwide.
Everyone Instantly Recognises A German Car Brand
Ask pretty much anyone in the street which country Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, and VW come from, and the answer will be correct. The German producers have perfected brand recognition and marketing for their high-end vehicles (think Vorsprung Durch Technik). The ‘big four’ German car makers benefit from the reputations of each other too. It simply means that in the eyes of the auto-buying public, Germany is the ultimate nation for luxury cars.
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