Car Talk

Amazing Facts -

There are 40,000 New York City cab drivers, who collectively drive more than a million miles each day.

3,400,000 Americans are considered "Extreme Commuters". These people commute over 90 minutes round trip every day to work.

An estimated 800,000 senior citizens voluntarily give up their driving privileges each year. The average age at which they surrender the wheel is 85.

At General Motors, the cost of health care for employees now exceeds the cost of steel.

China is the world's largest market for BMW's top of the line 760Li. This car sells for $200,000 in China - more than almost all people in China make in a lifetime.

In 2002 30% of the cars sold were SUVs

The 1st automobile racetrack in the US was the Indianapolis Motor Speedway which consists of 3 million cobblestones.

Nearly 20% of all vehicles stolen had the keys in them.

The city with the most Rolls Royce's per capita is Hong Kong

Every year some 50million cars are added to the world's roads. Car making is now the largest manufacturing industry in the world

135 million cars travel USA's streets, roads, and interstates each day.

The typical American family has 2-3 cars that each log in 15,000 miles (24135km) per annum.

160 cars can drive side by side on the Monumental Axis in Brazil, the world's widest road

The first automobile racetrack in America was the 'Indianapolis Motor Speedway', which consisted of 3 million cobblestones

Evel Knievel broke 93 bones trying to leap 36 cars on his motorcycle at the Astrodome

Average acceleration time from zero to 60 mile per hour for six-cylinder cars in 1975: 15.7 seconds; for 1991 models: 11 seconds

Percentage of American who wore seat belts while driving an automobile in 1992: 62% ; in 1982: 12%

1770 Nicolas Cugnot of France successfully operated a steam-powered 3 wheel vehicle

1801 Four-wheeled steam powered vehicle built that could carry passengers

1885 Daimler & Benz of Germany developed gasoline engines of the type used in today's automobiles

1896 Henry Ford, Charles King, Ransom Olds, & Alexander Winton built their first cars

1897 The first Stanley Steamer was driven in Newton, Mass by its designers, the Stanley twins.

1908 The Model T was introduced

1916, 55% of the cars in the world were Model T Fords, a record that has never been beaten.

1922 Balloon tires were first introduced (replaced solid tires)

1948 The first tubeless tire

The electric car was the most popular car in the USA during the late 1890's and early 1900's. The gasoline car then began replacing the steam and electric cars. This long transition to using the gasoline engine is interesting since the first gasoline engine was developed 1885.

Henry Ford was the pioneer in improving assembly line methods so that cars could be mass produced at an affordable price. In 1908 the Model T could be purchased for about $850.00. Yes that's eight hundred and fifty dollars. That doesn't sound like too much money for a car today, however this was not cheap in those days. In 1916 its said that a Model T sold for less than $400.00. Over 15 million Model T's were sold from 1908 to 1927.