Automobiles are vehicles that have engines to power them to move. They are usually driven by people, and can carry many passengers or cargo. They are often faster than walking or riding a bicycle and can also be used to go places public transport cannot.
Some of the main parts of an automobile are the chassis, engine, transmission system, propeller shaft, and axles. Other important components include controls and auxiliaries. Controls are meant to control the movement of the automobile while auxiliaries are extra parts that can make it more comfortable for people to ride and use the vehicle.
The first automobiles were steam powered wagons that came out in the late 18th century. The modern automobile was invented by Karl Benz of Germany in 1886. He improved on the earlier steam-powered cars by adding an internal combustion engine to power it. He later improved the car further by inventing the spark plug, accelerator for speed regulation, battery ignition, and more. He patented his invention and began to manufacture and sell the first automobiles in 1888.
The best selling car in the world is the Toyota Corolla, with 154,389 sales this year. It is followed by the big pickup trucks, the Ford F-Series. The Mazda CX-50 is a new nameplate in the list and it is a cross between a sedan and an SUV. It is a great family car that has a sporty edge. Genesis rose 12 spots this year due to better reliability while Lincoln climbed 10 thanks to the addition of safety features. Chrysler dropped a dozen spots, mostly because of below average reliability of the Pacifica Hybrid minivan.