In 1895 Rudolf Diesel designs a diesel engine that will compress the fuel so much that it is ignited without need of a spark.
Two brothers named Horace and John Dodge begin a business in Detroit they call Dodge Brothers in 1900. The small company is very successful manufacturing quality parts for car builders.
There are more than 10 million cars on our roads by 1921, making it necessary for the American government to pass the Federal Highway Act, with a mandate to design and build the interstate highway system we have today.
Kiichiro Toyoda, in 1933, decides to add a motor vehicle division to his existing company.
In 1958, both Buick and Oldsmobile Divisions of GM introduce large, overweight, heavily chromed and ostentatiously flashy automobiles, setting a trend for the next few years.
The electronics manufacturer Panasonic and Tesla automobile builders sign an agreement in 2014 to jointly build a battery gigafactory.