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How did Germany become a country of cars? Everything you don't know!

On the edge of the Black Forest in southwest Germany, Edgar Meyer diverted his car on a very narrow and ancient road.


Grapevines were hanging on the gardens on the side of the road. There were only two voices on the road at the time, the birds chatting and Edgar Meyer's old BMW car.

We were passing through a busy town of Dozen Haim, but none of us was traveling on this quiet and small road in this town.

Technically, this less paved road is a bit off the Bertha Benz Memorial Route, which was conceived by Edgar Meyer.

The mayor is a retired sales executive and states that this road is one of the oldest routes on horseback, and on this route, Bertha Benz and her young children board a first petrol-powered car on their first trip to the world in August 1888. Turned out.

The 194-kilometer journey between Mainzheim, the hometown of the Benz family and Bertha's mother, Forces Haim, emerged as a symbol of revolution in the automobile industry.

Bertha Benz made the trip in Benz Motor Wagon No. 3 without her husband Carl Benz's knowledge. The Benz Motor Wagon No. 3 was a modified motor vehicle of the original motor wagon registered by Benz in 1886.

1886 is generally regarded as the year of the launch of vehicles.

Bertha also used her dowry to finance a business started by her husband, but the motor wagon was still in trouble.

Officials from the Manheim government banned the vehicle from being taken on the road, and it was because of an unfortunate incident during the initial test drive of a motor wagon when horse and dog ducks were alarmed by the noise of the vehicle. Went to


So taking this initial form of vehicle on an illegal drive was not only an open declaration that the vehicle was safe and salable, but also a message to Carl Benz that he courageously continued his work.

Bertha traveled through many cities, towns and villages during this trip.

Edgar Meyer, who researched this route in 2008, says: 'It was not just Carl who invented the car but it was Carl and Bertha's team. They both relied on the motor wagon and both worked together on it. I wanted to give them a place in history that they deserve. ”

Prior to the invention of road maps and GPS, Bertha had only river and rail tracks to take her to her mother's house. Imagine how brave she was, and maybe even a little obsessed, on a horse-drawn carriage driven by two horsepower on a black stone road and a wooden wheeled car. That is probably why their plan was successful.

Thinking about Germany's place in the automobile world brought me to the industrial center in the south. I was traveling by road to the states of Baden WŁ¹rttemberg and Bavaria, where German luxury carriers are located. I came here to see automobile shows and museums.

When we were passing through the countryside, the mayor said, 'When you try to look at a country from a completely different angle, such as the history of cars there, you make brand new discoveries. This is the real adventure. "


Bertha's journey played an important role in the beginning of the automobile era. Instead of being lost in history, by the end of 1888 the production of motor wagon number 3 had begun and by 1900, Benz & Company had become the world's largest car manufacturer.

Speaking of the present day, Germany still remains the epicenter of the automotive and culture of the automobile culture.

According to a research published in 2018 by German think tank Frederick Ebert Stftong, in 2016 more than half of Europe's passenger vehicles and more than two-thirds of the world's most expensive vehicles were German.

The question is why?

"You could say this was a period of change across Europe," says Gear Harde Hybrink of the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Archive, pointing to the development of machines in Britain, France, and Germany in the early 19th-century industrial era. Was.

In the meantime, complex laws of property in Baden-Wrtemberg and Bavaria were constantly dividing family lands into smaller pieces. Every subsequent generation had to be creative for employment, so when Carl Benz graduated and started working as a mechanical engineer, he found himself surrounded by several inventors in an area that until then. Nate had become the focus of new business ideas and heavy industries.

The success of the cargo companies may have also contributed to some historical German characteristics, such as dedication and perseverance.

For example, at the Technology Museum in Mannheim, a 1990s Porsche vehicle assembly line has been redesigned to the true size while holding beer bottles available to workers during shifts.

What if this is not finicky? And today's Mercedes-Benz brand's creator Gottlieb Daimler, founder of Daimler AG Company and his life-long business partner, Wilhelm May Bach, kept their corporate motto as 'no or nothing'.

'It's not enough to be good,' said a tour guide at the Heritage Museum of Oude Vehicles in the town of Anglestad, Bavaria. A guide in the Porsche Museum in the city of Stuttgart says, "I don't say we are 8 million to 20 million people, but hard work is a German trait and it is something we have always been striving for."

As the German car industry continued to move forward, new companies came in, some closed, some merged, some separated but there was a battle for the pursuit of advanced engineering skills.

Corporate hostilities were also very severe and sometimes forgotten. For example, each other's rivals Mannheim's Benz and Stuttgart's Daimler eventually merged their companies in 1926. But people are still getting emotional about their favorite companies.

A tour guide in Mannheim repeatedly joked, "If you don't want to get in trouble here, never say that Daimler invented a car."

Changing enemies that change the status quo are not necessarily bad, sometimes their effect is that it opens the way to innovation. Frank Jung, head of the Porsche Company's archives, says that every traditional manufacturer in southern Germany believes in modification and continues to improve its product through trial and error, because even if you are not looking for perfection. So, why would you switch? '


At the Museum of Vehicles in Germany you can get a sense of how these inventors followed the motor wagon while also having a long list of first-time car parts.

It also had a carburetor invented by Daimler and Mae Bach, which made it possible to use petrol as fuel.

Daimler Company's first Mercedes 35PS that introduced today's car structure and concept in 1900, Porsche AG's 1948 Porsche 356, which was based on the simplicity of Germany's Bahasa design movement, BMW in 1972 BMW's 1602E, the Audi A8's artificial intelligence vehicle coming in 2019, is a long list.

In the 1890s, the German cargo companies have always been at the forefront of the creative wave of France. Heidbranck says he has done this with creative thinking and has introduced a new dimension in the manufacture of vehicles for each coming season. "The journey of innovation and luxury has always been a plus."

For example, every year, Audi Ag workers from around the world offer thousands of ideas for improvement. Many of these suggestions are also accepted at the World Headquarters and Central Assembly plant in Oudie, about an hour's drive from Munich.

Here people find a deep emotional love for cars, which includes not only preparing and improving them, but also enjoying them and enjoying the drive. Writer Mark Twain wrote about his immense journey to the southwest of Germany, "Summer is actually the culmination of beauty in Germany."

When I was looking out of my car, the yellow fields, hills, and dense forests of the canola, which were carved out of sophistication, featured ancient castles and villages whose houses were built in traditional German-style wooden structures. Were prepared.



Enriched with scenic landscapes and a network of motorways and suburban roads, this area is meant to be enjoyed by road trips where Germans can truly enjoy their invention.

Through the profits from Classic Vehicles and Auto Parts Market Vitarama, Winfried A. Saidel, founder of the Auto Museum Dr. Carl Benz, confirms that cars are more important than just transportation in German culture.

He built his museum in the village of Lydenburg, where the Bains family later moved. He says, 'We are a nation of collectors and I see very expensive cars everywhere on the road.'

On the way from Ludenburg to Munich and the BMW Group headquarters, I traveled some distance on a long, beautiful scenic road across Germany on a romantic road that runs through Baden Wrttemberg and Bavaria.

Driving a Volkswagen Tiguan on a motorway at a BMW motorbike tour in Munich, as well as a rental after the BMW Museum in Munich, was a heartbreaking experience. Which I did for the first time in many years.

I was surprised that the national roads were sometimes confined to speed, but what was surprising was that the speed was not on the road but on my car's dashboard. This is a technology that has been ahead of my country Canada for years.


It seems that after a year of Bertha Benz's journey, the Germans are still trying to improve their driving experience.