Today is Enzo Ferrari's birthday. If he were still alive, he'd be 118 years old. But what would he have to say about the company he started if he were around to see it?
One of my defining moments as a budding car enthusiast came the first time I saw a Lamborghini up close. I was in Los Angeles visiting a relative with my mother and sister, and I took the change of scenery from my Midwestern home as an opportunity to look for more exotic cars than I'd otherwise encounter through my middle-class upbringing.
Volkswagen's product portfolio may be as extensive these days as any other carmaker in the business. But if you still think of the original Beetle as synonymous with the brand, that's probably because a) you're old and b) the Beetle was the company's only product until the mid-50s.
Seven generations of Passat have graced streets around the world, and today is the long-running Volkswagen's 40th birthday. Looking at the car today, it's hard to imagine that it was offered as a hatchback in its first and second generations, in addition to the sedan and wagon body styles. But there's no question Volkswagen has sold a lot of Passats over the years, with over 20 million produced.
Detroit's significance to the history of the automobile is inarguable, and that makes it the only metropolis in America that we care to note when another candle is added to its cake. Today, the town that's known as both the Motor City and Motown celebrates its 311th birthday. It was founded on July 24, 1701 by French explorer Antoine de la Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, whose name was later immortalized as General Motors' luxury car brand.
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