The hallmark of any powerful nation is a thriving auto industry. Building and selling cars to your own people is a privilege reserved for the most advanced and prosperous countries. In each of these countries, there is a city that boasts of being the beating heart of its auto industry.
We have taken the initiative to compile some of the cities in the world with a deep connection to the design and construction of motor vehicles.
Let’s take a look at some of the coolest car building cities in the world and find out how each one impacts the cars they make.
This industrial city in the German region of Lower Saxony is the beating industrial heart of the German automotive industry. Volkswagen has made this city its home for decades and, by association, hosts the headquarters of VW subsidiaries such as Bentley, Porsche, SEAT, Ducatti and Lamborghini.
Not only does this city showcase a who’s who of German automotive brilliance, it’s also home to the world’s largest automotive factory. The local economy has absolutely prospered thanks to the giant VW. The region’s per capita GDP is barely a credible $ 120,000. No wonder when you consider the number of cars they make there.
The city of Modena in northern Italy has two highly regarded exports. Absolutely delicious balsamic vinegar and mid-engined Italian sports cars. With roots dating back to ancient Rome, this city is home to Ferrari, Maserati, De Tomasso, Lamborghini and Maserati.
This list of names is basically the entire list of Italian car manufacturers that the average person has heard of, except for Fiat, and even they have some presence in the city. The winding mountain roads that surround the city are the perfect place for test pilots to fine tune their machines.
These roads were the domain of iconic Italian test pilots like Valentino Balboni and Max Venturi. There are over a millennium of history to be learned from this small Italian town, but for tankers the most interesting parts have all happened in the past 100 years.
United Kingdom: West Midlands
Its auto industry may be a burnt-out shell of what it used to be, but not too long ago there was a time when so many cars rolled off British assembly lines in the Midlands as they attracted the attention from Americans and Germans. .
In the ’70s and’ 80s, British car manufacturers like Dolomite, Triumph, Austin, Morris and Mini all came together as the British Leyland Company, and their headquarters were in the old West Midlands, a short walk from Birmingham. Even though the cars they made all collapsed, it still made this small part of the English countryside an important part of British history.
Not only is this area famous for its road cars, but nearby Banbury is also home to the Formula 1 Pro-Drive team. Famous for making a concept road car so grippy, it made Jeremy Clarkson’s stomach smelly.
Japan: Toyota, Aichi
Imagine if General Motors called the city they build their cars in “Buick City,” that’s basically what Toyota did with the mountain-laden city of southern Japan. Toyotas’ global headquarters are located in a 14-story office building in the heart of the city.
The office building and accompanying factories in the city contribute a large part of the city’s GDP. As you might expect, over 75% of vehicles driven in the city are manufactured by Toyota. With Japan being a very proud nation, we doubt anyone would want to be taken to death in this city in a Chrysler or a BMW. It is also the city where the AE86 Trueno and the 2Jz Supra were first designed. That alone compels us to thank this city.
United States: Detroit
Whatever the economic hardships, Mo-town will always beat to the beat of a big beating V8. Since before Henry Ford even set up his first assembly line, this city on the Canada-US border had been an integral part of the automobile industry in America.
Not only has Detroit called all three of America’s biggest automakers, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, home for over 100 years, but it has also welcomed dozens of smaller automakers, some of whom have been absorbed into the big three. , or has just died completely.
After decades of economic stagnation in the region, there has been a great push over the past 15 years to restore the city to its former glory. After a fall of more than four decades caused by the oil crisis of the mid-1970s and the end of the era of the original muscle cars, the good old US of A has finally caught up with Europe and Japan in terms of raw performance.
On top of that, American cars are generally cheaper than overseas cars, so you can get as many as you want for the price of a single Italian supercar. Suddenly Detroit might not look like what the folks in post-industrial hell on the news claim to be. Finally, it looks like there is some real hope on the horizon.
Sources: TripSavvy, TripAdvisor, CNN, Myautoworld.com
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