Thursday, April 21, 2005

Chronological evolution about the automobile business

1782
James Watt builds the first engine crank.
1792
The first U.S. toll roads opened in PA and CT.
1860
Jean Lenoir invents the spark plug.
1887
The Benz became the first car offered for sale.
1896
The Duryea became the first production motor vehicle in the U.S.
1897
The first auto insurance policy is purchased in Westfield, MA.
1900
The first Guide Michelin published mostly containing a list of gas stations in France.
1901
The first Grand Prix race was won with an average speed of 46 mph.
1901
The first American car manufactured in any quantity, the "Curved Dash" Olds is offered for $650.
1913
More than one million cars registered in the U.S.
1914
The Chevrolet bow-tie emblem first appears.
1914
The first electric traffic light was installed in Cleveland.
1923
Powered windshield wipers became standard equipment on many cars.
1923
A radio was first offered as an accessory.
1939
Buick introduces turn signals as standard equipment.
1946
The first power windows were introduced.
1948
Harley Earl introduces the tail fin on the Cadillac. Fins don't go away for over a decade.
1953
Chevrolet introduces its Harley Earl-designed Corvette.
1954
Padded dashboards introduced for safety.
1956
Electric door locks introduced on several luxury models.
1958
The first remote adjusted side view mirror.
1958
Ford introduces the first electric trunk release.
1958
Chrysler introduces the day-night rearview mirror.
1960
All-weather antifreeze plus coolant introduced.
1963
Seat belts first offered as standard equipment.
1965
Rear seat belts became standard on most cars.
1974
National 55 mph speed limit enacted after oil shortages.
1984
Chrysler introduces the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth voyager minivans.
1972
Cars traveled along LA freeways at an average speed of 60 mph. In 1982 the average was only 17 mph!
1974
The average American family spent 33 percent of their yearly income for a new car. In 1995 the average was 50 percent.
1995
the Big Three sold a whopping 97,000 cars in Japan.

No comments: