The automotive industry originated in Europe in the 80s of the XIX century – in 1886, the German engineer Karl Benz produced the world’s first car equipped with a gasoline engine. Subsequently, the European auto industry began to develop rapidly, but the Second World War became a heavy blow for it, which forced most factories to reorient themselves to the production of military equipment. After the war, many enterprises were destroyed, but already in the 1950s, European automakers began to “gain momentum” again, and by the end of the 1960s they completely took a leading position on the world stage …. and they still hold this position, producing cars of various classes in a wide price category.

The expression “European quality” did not appear by chance. This is what many motorists say when it comes to any European car brand. Indeed, a car from Europe has many advantages, but there are also disadvantages.

The vehicles were easy to camouflage due to their compactness. During the First World War, armored vehicles also appeared. Today, vehicles manufactured in Europe are among the most sought after. At the same time, the market is monopolized – most of both internal and external are occupied by the main companies.

The leader is Volkswagen, which produces 9% of automotive equipment in the world. In addition, the company released its 100 millionth before any other manufacturer. Also popular, albeit with a noticeable margin from Volkswagen, are the corporations Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, Skoda, Renault, BMW and Fiat. Mergers and divisions take place between companies, and some completely go to the disposal of foreign concerns.

Despite the fact that many automotive manufacturers are closely related to each other, and their concentration in countries is one of the highest in the world, there are clear market leaders. This allows us to talk about the best cars in Europe and sold around the world.

It is important to note that Japanese and American car manufacturers are entering the European market. The American “GeneralMotors” subjugated the German “Opel”, built a large number of concerns in “Ford”. As a result, Americans meet 10-12% of the needs of Europeans in the automotive market.

It is the European continent that is considered the birthplace of all mechanical engineering. Back at the end of the 19th century, here (in England, Germany, and also in France) the first automobile production began to open – small, but proud. But what can I say – most have survived to this day, having grown to a world-famous scale. Of course, some did not live even a decade, closed, and completely forgotten – but business is business.

Now the most popular are German cars. At the mention of this country, such concepts as “quality”, “solidity”, “durability” immediately come to mind – now, this is just about them. Swedish brands are not inferior to them – there are not so many of the latter, but they are made to last, sometimes – almost in a piece copy (for example, Saabs). But also safe British, elegant and high-speed Italian, comfortable French cars, as well as Czech “hard workers” – trucks win the hearts of our drivers, leaving their native auto industry with a nose.