Reinventing the Wheels
The four-stroke internal combustion engine was invented in Germany in the late 1800s. It was the dawn of the automobile era, and by 1901, German automakers were producing 900 cars a year. In the ensuing century-plus, Germany has become synonymous with automotive precision, performance, and innovation. For some context as to just how good German cars are and have always been, consider that one-third of the World Car Award contestants in 2018 were German; no other region came close. Here are the German cars that truly raised the bar — which, in many cases, had been set by an earlier German car.