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Early automobiles - Ford-19131216-ford


Early automobiles - Ford-19131216-ford



Nederlands: Omdat voor 1924 iedere Ford garage zich importeur noemde en, erger, dat voor 60% ook was, ontstond een wildgroei aan importeurs, die de Fords via Keulen, Antwerpen en later de USA naar Nederland haalden. Waarschijnlijk haalden ook garagehouders in zuidelijk Nederland via België de Fords op. Samenvattend heeft Ford vanaf 1912 de export naar Europa logistiek redelijk onder controle en pas vanaf dat moment kunnen we spreken over de grotere aantallen waarmee Ford Europa verovert. Maar zelfs als Ford in 1924 haar vestiging in Rotterdam opent, gaat de "grijze" import van vele garagehouders nog door tot ongeveer 1927.

The automobile was first invented and perfected in Germany and France in the late 1890s. Americans quickly came to dominate the automotive industry after WWI. Throughout this initial era, the development of automotive technology was rapid. Hundreds of small manufacturers competing to gain the world's attention. Key developments included the electric ignition system, independent suspension, and four-wheel brakes. Transmissions and throttle controls were widely adopted and safety glass also made its debut. Henry Ford perfected mass-production techniques, and Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler emerged as the “Big Three” auto companies by the 1920s. Car manufacturers received enormous orders from the military during World War II, and afterward automobile production in the United States, Europe, and Japan soared.





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