Automotive history

For more than 130 years, the car has dominated almost every aspect of our lives. Automotive history has become global history. Whether it’s economics, culture, politics or even religion, cars and the automotive industry have driven our society. The automotive industry played a key role in shaping the 20th century, and will do so again in the 21st century. The Car Expert looks at some of the key moments, men (and women!), manufacturers and models from automotive history.

A short history of Honda Type R

The launch of a new Honda Civic Type R this month continues a glorious history of performance cars from the Japanese brand.

Nissan Qashqai – Ten years on

A decade after the Nissan Qashqai went on sale, not even the most optimistic prophet could have expected the dramatic way this car changed the market.

Top ten blink-&-you-miss-them cars

Developing a new car is a very expensive business, so you would think manufacturers would do all they could to make sure they get it right. Sadly not...

50 years on from Bluebird’s last run

It is now 50 years since Donald Campbell died on Coniston Water in his Bluebird boat, ending a brave quest for Land and Water world speed records.

A short history of McLaren – not featuring F1 cars…

Supercar manufacturer McLaren Automotive has achieved a great deal in the six years since it was created, and the pace is only getting faster...

Insight – 75 years on, Jeep looks forward

Jeep was rescued by Fiat in 2009 and the original 4x4 brand is now very much on the up, halfway through an ambitious five-year growth plan.

Insight: 45 years on, Audi is still all about Technik

Three new model launches show Audi's technology-based slogan is still highly relevant today.

Subaru marks half century of boxing clever

Subaru is celebrating 50 years of its horizontally-opposed ‘Boxer’ engine, so called due to the pistons resembling the punch-counterpunch motion of a boxer.

The sexiest cars of the ’60s

In a golden age of music legends, supermodels and miniskirts, car designs of the 1960s became pieces of art - and they're now worth a lot of money.

DeLorean DMC-12: famous for being famous?

By any objective standards, the DeLorean DMC-12 was a disastrous failure, yet it became one of the greatest cult cars of all time. But is it a good classic car investment? (sponsored)

The car that launched BMW…

Did you know that the first car to be badged a BMW was a licenced copy of an Austin 7 called Dixi back in 1928? This article explains the history behind BMW's first production car. (sponsored post)

Why do we drive on the side of the road we do?

Why is it that some countries, like the UK, drive on the left side of the road and others, like America, drive on the right? This article looks into the history of this road traffic rule and explores where the modern conventions originally came from.

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