Though German cars cannot be classed among the budget-friendly, their higher prices correspond to higher levels of build quality and low maintenance cost. The gears are certainly expensive, but you rarely need to change them actually. German cars can easily handle poor road conditions, which is especially important for countries with complex weather patterns. Speaking about appearance, ergonomics and quality, German cars are head and shoulders above the rest.
There are at least three reasons behind exemplary quality of German cars. Firstly, German auto companies work diligently to attract some of the best engineers from all over the world, who then put their whole soul into the work to produce best cars.
Secondly, Germans pay great attention to every stage in cars’ manufacturing and testing processes. Finally, German cars are tested on arguably the best roads in the world which allows pushing the cars’ tech capabilities to the limits.
Major German Car Companies and Manufacturers
Every German brand has a long history of ups and downs, as they went through devastating war and severe economic crises. Having fought through every hardship they became true leaders and trend-setters of automotive industry, their technical and designing decisions are examples to follow. It is quite difficult to single out several best German cars, as each year German car manufacturers do their best in producing more reliable and powerful cars with appealing appearance. However there are some established German auto brands that are well known all over the world. Further we will list and describe several of them: BMW, Opel, Porsche, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Audi.
The emergence of BMW AG dates back to the beginning of 20th century: two companies under the leadership of Karel Rapp and Gustave Otto manufactured the jet engines, before merging into Bayerische Motoren Werke in 1917. Today BMW is one of the leading premium-brands in automobile industry. In 2012 this company became official partner of summer Olympics in London, delivering around 3000 cars for that remarkable sport event. Company has always paid close attention to the latest science innovations and cheerfully introduced them in their latest models. For example the breakthrough idea for BMW i series was harmonious fusion of ecological and powerful technologies: the all-electric BMW i3 can be truly considered the vehicle of the future.
Mercedes-Benz is major BMW’s rival in unofficial competition for title of the best car manufacturer in Germany. Besides automobiles, company also designed marine and air engines, which is reflected in its logo – three-rayed star. This beautiful logo symbolizes the company’s superiority in three environments: earth, water and air. More than 125 years Mercedes-Benz is touted as one of the trend-setters of the world automobile market, producing powerful, fancy and safe cars. The Mercedes-Benz motto “The best or nothing” reflects company’s ideology to the full extent. Today Mercedes-Benz produces vans, trucks, off-road vehicles etc., with most of them earning fame of lasting a lifetime.
Adam Opel AG is another popular German manufacturer, part of the General Motors’ consortium, which was founded by Adam Opel in 1862. As funny as it may seem at first company specialized in selling hats, caps, sewing-machines and bicycles. After the founder’s death, Adam Opel AG has been inherited by his five sons, who started developing new perspective direction: automobile manufacture. Today the company, headquartered in Rüsselsheim, produces light motor vehicle, mini-vans, minibuses and its slogan Wir leben Autos (We Live for cars) is clearly self-explanatory. Currently the manufacturer conducts research in the sphere of alternative fuel (such as natural gas) and introduces new technologies to make its navigation system more advanced.
Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG car company was found in 1931 by famous automotive engineer Ferdinand Porsche. According to some sources, this company is said to boast the highest profit per car sold of any car manufacturer in the world. Porsche is arguably the most famous car made in Germany: its elegant sport cars are strongly associated with reliability and quality. Striking fact: almost 70% of cars, produced by this company are still in running order! Porsche set a goal of designing both powerful and eco-friendly cars: Porsche Cayenne and Porsche 918 Spyder were the first cars developed according to this concept. From 2012 Porsche became part of the Volkswagen Group, and one of the important goals for the company at the moment – preserve its identity against the external influences.
Consortium Volkswagen AG is a flagship manufacturer of German automobile industry for many years. The company was founded in 1933, after Hitler ordered leading German car designers Jacob Werlin and Ferdinand Porsche to create safe and reliable automobile, which could become popular among common Germans. The to-be car was named “People’s car” or Volkswagen. Despite having relatively short history, the company has quickly established itself as one of the best-selling cars in the world. Its models Volkswagen Beetle and Volkswagen Type 2 have become symbols of 1960s generation. It has also obtained several car brands, including Audi, which testifies its financial well-being. More than that, Volkswagen has become one of the most environmentally friendly car manufacturers in the world, regularly allocating funds for the alternative energy sources research.
Audi AG was founded in 1932 by August Horch; the translation of his last name into Latin became the title of the company (German “Horch” means “listen” in Latin). Four car companies merged to become the Audi’s precursor company Auto Union, each one of them being eternalized in Audi’s logo of four interlinked rings. Audi’s slogan “Advantage through Technology” (Vorsprung durch Technik) reflects company’s never ending quest for excellence. Currently Audi, which is Volkswagen AG’s subsidiary company since 1966, is one of the leading European car manufacturers with production output comprising more than 1.7 mln. units per year. Audi produces the cars of most of the existing classes, such as business class (Audi A6), executive class (Audi A8), sports coupe and racing cars (Audi TT, Audi R8), CUV (Audi Q7, Q5).
Minor German Car Brands
Certainly this list of German car brands is not exhaustive, one can also mention such notable brands as AWZ, Barkas, Bitter, Borgward, Büssing, DKW, Glas, Goliath, Hansa, Heinkel, Horch, Lloyd, Maybach, MAN, Multicar, NAG, Neoplan, Robur, Simson, Trabant, Wanderer, Wartburg.