Used today for utility, sports, and entertainment, cars have revolutionized the way people and cargos are transported from one place to another since their invention. As such, the market today offers a variety of car types consumers may choose from-each of which is designed for a special function. These car types range from real cars such as sports cars to toy cars designed for kids and kids at heart such as remote control cars.
A vehicle is a device that is designed to transport people or cargo from one point to another. Vehicles can either travel on land, water, or air. Examples of vehicles are bicycles, cars, ships, boats, and aircrafts. As was aforementioned, cars are an example of vehicles and as of 2007, records show that there are approximately 806 million cars all over the world. Thousands of accidents related to cars are also being reported every year all over the world. But when were cars invented?
Though not confirmed, it was believed that the first steamed powered car was invented by Flemish Ferdinand Verbiest in 1672. On the other hand, the first internal combustion engine that runs on a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen was made in 1806 by Swiss national Francois Isaac De Rivaz. Come 1893, Karl Benz patented and built the first automobile powered by an Otto gasoline engine. Benz also created the first four stroke engine which became the basis for all modern car engines. Through the years that followed the demand for cars have observed a boom and by 1902, Ranson Olds started the production-line manufacturing of more affordable cars in his Oldsmobile factory. Over the years, various types of cars that ranges from kids’ remote control cars to sports cars have been made to suit everyone’s needs.
Today, the four most common types of cars are sedans, coupes, station wagons, and convertibles. Sedans are often referred to as luxury vehicles but are also the most common choices of most car shoppers. These cars typically have four doors and can seat 4-5 adults. Coupes on the other hand consist of two doors and are usually driven by single adults or childless couples. These cars also often feature a hatchback instead of a trunk that allows larger items to be carried for short distances. Station wagons, on the other hand, are the types of cars best suited for families as they have more seating capacity. Examples of these types of cars are minivans and sports utility vehicles (SUV).
Cars that feature a top that can either be manually removed or folded down into the back of the car, on the other hand, are called convertibles. These cars are often used in warm climates or by individuals wanting to enjoy the warm season. Aside from these four, the market also now offers “hybrid cars”. These cars use fuels such as ethanol-based E85 for gasoline that offer economic gas mileage and environmentally friendly options for drivers. Aside from these real cars, as was stated above, the market also now manufactures cars designed for kids and kids at heart. Examples of these are remote control cars that are being used for toy car races all over the world by hobbyists.
Whether your choice of car is a remote control car or a real sports car, cars are essential in today’s society both for utility and entertainment. As such, investing on cars can be considered a worthy purchase especially with the purposes these devices serve.
Xavier Dulce is a race car driver from Paris, France. Since his childhood, Xavier has been fascinated with cars. As such, since childhood he began collecting toy cars and among his favorites are his remote controlled cars such as his Nikko Vehicule radiocommande Subaru Impreza.