When was the first car made? The birth year of the modern car is considered to be 1885, when German inventor Karl Benz patented his Benz Patent-Motorwagen, a self-propelled vehicle with three large wheels and a rear-mounted engine. It was capable of reaching around 10 mph (16 kph). The original cost was 600 imperial German marks, which was the equivalent of $150 U.S. ($4,321 in 2020 currency). Large-scale, production-line manufacturing of cars acquirable by the masses did not begin until 1901 under Ransom Olds at his Oldsmobile factory in Lansing, Michigan. By 1913, Henry Ford greatly expanded the concept and created the world’s first movingassembly line for automobiles in Highland Park, Michigan. Since then, car manufacturers around the world have been introducing, refining, and delivering car models to the garages of people all around the world.
How many car models are there today? Dozens! Fourteen major global corporations control 60 major auto brands. Many of those auto brands have launched vehicles that have withstood the test of time, evolving with new technology and societal needs. This infographic by the Alan’s Factory Outlet research team explores the 35 car models with the longest production runs of all time:
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What Car Model Has Been Around the Longest?
The car model that has been around longest is the Chevrolet Suburban, which has been in production for 86 years. Not only is it the car with the longest production run, but it has been one of General Motors’ most profitable vehicles. The first-generation Chevrolet Suburban, launched in 1935, was one of the first all-metal-bodied station wagons. The original concept for the Chevrolet Suburban was to achieve a “carry-all” function, meaning the entire family and all of their gear could fit into it comfortably and effectively while still fitting in carports. For 1941, the second-generation Chevrolet Suburban was released, serving not only families but also the military as a transport vehicle for World War II.
Here are the 20 longest-running automotive models of all time:
- Chevrolet Suburban — 1935 to present (86 years)
- Ford F-Series — 1947 to present (74 years)
- Volkswagen Transporter — 1950 to present (71 years)
- Toyota Land Cruiser — 1951 to present (70 years)
- Chevrolet Corvette — 1953 to present (68 years)
- Mercedes-Benz S-Class — 1954 to present (67 years)
- Toyota Crown — 1957 to present (66 years)
- Nissan Skyline — 1957 to present (64 years)
- Mini — 1959 to 2000 (62 years)
- Porsche 911 — 1963 to present (58 years)
- Ford Mustang — 1964 to present (57 years)
- Chevrolet Camaro — 1966 to present (55 years)
- Toyota Corolla — 1966 to present (55 years)
- Jaguar XJ — 1968 to present (53 years)
- Suzuki Jimny — 1970 to present (51 years)
- Range Rover — 1970 to present (51 years)
- Toyota Century — 1967 to 2018 (50 years)
- Honda Civic — 1972 to present (49 years)
- Volkswagen Passat — 1973 to present (48 years)
- Volkswagen Golf — 1974 to present (47 years)
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