Italian Cars

Why you must buy an Italian car at least once in your life

Hiring more than 250.000 people and producing more than 1 million cars per year, the Italian car industry is one of the largest in Europe. It is also the biggest industry in the country and the most profitable one. Today, almost all Italian car brands are controlled by Fiat, which stands for Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino. Approximately, 90% of cars made in Italy are made by the Fiat Group.

Fiat may be the largest car manufacturer in Italy that makes some of the most famous Italian cars but there are a lot of other names that should be mentioned. This country is home to Lancia, Alfa Romeo but also to some more exotic brands, such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, and Maserati. Sadly, none of these brands are a stand-alone company. Fiat controls Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo and Lancia. Audi controls Lamborghini and which are both owned by Volkswagen. Nevertheless, all brands are known for specific advantages. Usually, design is the biggest strength of Italian cars. This especially applies to Alfa Romeo, Lancia and exotic brands, such as Ferrari and Bugatti.

Some of the best-known cars that come from Italy include Fiat 500, Lancia Delta and Fiat Panda. All of these models are affordable, stylish and they are cheaper to maintain. For all Fiat models, there is a tuning company, known as Abarth. They are simply the masters when it comes to delivering top performances from small engines and small cars. As the result, we have Fiat 500 Abarth that has more than 160HP. In the last 50 years, Abarth has delivered some of the most appealing and most interesting small cars ever made.

Perfection that only Ferrari provides

In my opinion, there is no a better looking car than a Ferrari, no matter which model you take into consideration. Over the years, this company has produced some amazing and iconic cars. One thing is for sure, Ferraris are very expensive, recently a Ferrari was sold at auction for $14 million.

Ferrari has been developed as a race-car company, but they have been making road cars since the beginning. Today, the most powerful model is LaFerrai. It literally stands for “The Ferrari” and it is one of the fastest cars ever made. It is powered by a V12 engine, paired with a KERS system. Together, these two deliver more than 900HP (963HP). The top speed is 349km/h and it will achieve high speeds in less time than any other car. For example, it achieves 100 km/h in less than 3 seconds and 300 km/h in about 15 seconds.

Besides this model, Ferrari offers some more ‘’affordable’’ models, such as 488, F12, 458 Spider, California, GTC4Lusso and F12 TDF. Since the day this company was founded, they have produced and sold 130.000 vehicles. Per year, they sell about 7.500 cars, but this number is increasing as we speak. Of all Italian cars only Ferrari is the one that wakes the inner child in people.

German Cars

Best  cars from the best car brand in the world

When it comes to a car industry, Germany is an absolute leader. First of all, they produce 6 million cars per year or 36% of all cars sold in the European Union. Over the time, they won most of the well-known car awards, such as International Car of the Year, European Car of the Year and World Car of the year.

The German car industry is one of the largest industries in the country, employing more than 750.000 people. Even more importantly, they are spreading and increasing their industry since the 60s. In Europe, Germany is well-known as the biggest car manufacturer who makes the best cars. Let’s just mention that this country is home to Porsche, BMW, Mercedes, Volkswagen, and Audi. However, Volkswagen is the owner of Audi and Porsche. They are also the 3rd, biggest car group in the world. Opel is also a German car manufacturer, but they have been bought and are controlled by the General Motors.

When it comes to German cars they are known for their reliability, power, luxury and engineering. Most people believe that cars made in Germany are the safest and most reliable cars to buy.

BMW, the leader of luxury sedans

BMW is one of the biggest car manufacturers in Germany. They were founded in 1916, but in the recent years, they have recorded a huge growth in all segments. BMW stands for Bavarian Motor Works and it is the only German manufacturer that produces motorcycles.

Of all German cars only BMW models are treated as the best affordable everyday-cars that can be used as sports cars. Even older models, such as E30 (BMW from the 80s) were popular due to the fact they had a stylish design; they could be easily tuned and they had impressive performances. The first, true sport car from BMW was the M5. Nowadays, M5 cars are probably the best family sport vehicles ever designed. These cars offer performance and luxury and can be used as daily drivers, they have a large trunk, enough space inside and they are comfortable to drive. But, with a single press of a button, they can be transformed into real beasts. With the power of more than 500HP, rear wheel drive and perfect transmission, these vehicles are capable of delivering impressive performances.

Of course, M cars are sport-focused but BMW also makes standard cars. You can compose between different series, ranked as numbers.  For example series 1, series 2, series 3, series 5 and etc. A common question is what the number combination, at the back of each BMW stands for. If we have 320i, this is a car from series 3, with an engine of 2L. The “I” stands for injection and it is still used today. The situation is the same with all models made by this manufacturer. Some say that of all German cars, BMW has the best model and type badge.

American Cars

American cars and the automotive industry in the USA

The automotive industry in the United States began in the 1890s and was the largest for more than a century. Even today it is the second biggest automotive industry in the world (Japan is the first one). They make between 7 and 10 million cars per year. A far more interesting fact is that American cars are affordable. For example, they are almost 60% more affordable than some, equivalent cars, made by other manufacturers. This also applies to more powerful cars.

The peak of the American car industry is muscle cars. Their main characteristics are huge engines, up to 8L, a huge amount of torque and increased fuel consumption. These cars usually have impressive acceleration, while the top speed isn’t as high as you may believe. In a straight line, they are the fastest production cars in their class.

Some of the biggest names in the American car industry are Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors. These are the more popular American car brands, but we must add Cadillac, Buick, Chevrolet, and Tesla.

The oldest car manufacturers that make amazing cars even today

Ford is the oldest car manufacturer and one of the biggest on the planet. The revenue of the company is $120 billion. They hire more than 220.000 people around the globe and they produce more than 2.5 million cars per year. Beside family cars, Ford also produces trucks, tractors, buses and pick-up vehicles.

The most interesting car is the Ford GT. Of all American cars, I believe the GT is the most appealing one. The original one was developed in the 60s, for the race of Le Mann. A few years back, they made a new version that was also very popular, but it shared the design with the original GT 40. In 2018, Ford will reveal all-new GT. It is the first American car that has the performance to match European hyper cars. It means that acceleration, top speed and handling are all impressive. The engine in this model is 3.5L, with a turbocharger, producing 600HP.

Besides hyper cars, Ford makes some of the best hatchbacks on the market. As you may believe, the one that deserves to be mentioned is Focus. It is powered by a 2.0L engine, producing 160HP (123HP version is available as well) and it achieves 25 mpg. As an everyday car, the Ford Focus is more than just desirable and affordable. This model is also available as a sedan and with 1.0L Eco Boost engine which gets up to 40 mpg.

The Ford Fiesta is a smaller version. It is even available with a 1.0L engine that is rated as one of the most economical cars on the market. This model has been extremely popular with teenagers since the 90s.

In the last, few years, Ford invested a lot of funds into developing economical engines. The mentioned, Eco Boost vision is the product of that development. The main idea is to make cars that still offer decent performances, but can also maximize the fuel efficiency and produce less pollution.