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The nations of the world show their values, both distinct and shared, in their cars

The engineering and design of a car can make or break the car, and with today's technology improving at such a fast rate it is hard to tell the difference between great products offering the same gain while still being designed and manufactured in completely different parts of the world.

Every nation which produces vehicles in the automotive industry has a different touch and view on how they want to create the next best car.

American, European and Japanese automakers have been competing against each other for ages to supply customers with the best vehicle possible in their respective views. No one wants to have a car that mechanically fails on them everyday. Manufacturers must make sure their product meets the requirements to be an efficient car on the road, and sometimes certain nations’ manufacturers execute this goal better than others.

The nations of car makers are associated with certain qualities that they value the most in their product. Some of the larger car manufacturers from Japan would be Toyota, Nissan and Honda. Japanese vehicles are often considered long lasting and low maintenance while still being quality products.

 American vehicles are usually associated with muscle cars because that is what Americans would like to think of their vehicles as due to companies like Ford, Chevy and many other American brands gaining popularity through muscle during the 50s-90s, in more recent days they are also known for making economical and fuel efficient vehicles to try and benefit the mainstream population. These features have benefited their growth, while they are taking on many aspects of Japanese and German cars to create or mimic a product of the combined two, but this could be said universally for all manufacturers gaining inspiration. 

German cars such as BMW, Mercedes, Audi and Porsche are best known for their performance and safety, and If you want a more luxurious vehicle, a German model might be for you. But this higher quality comes at a higher cost compared to the American and Japanese counterparts. A comparison compiled by Statista shows that German brands are the generally the most expensive passenger cars available in the EU.

In recent years the automotive industry has changed a lot. Many new technologies such as autopilot or self-parking are being pioneered by various companies from all different nations. In America, Tesla recently exploded with popularity in the electric car market and now plans to introduce one of the first all electric trucks, the Cybertruck.  In Japan, Toyota engineers have been developing a vehicle called the “Mirai” powered by hydrogen fuel cells. There may not be much refueling infrastructure for hydrogen fuel cells yet, if this fuel source becomes widely adopted it promises zero carbon emissions. In Germany, Porsche has also entered the electric car market, releasing the “Taycan,” a high-powered sports car which operates at 800 volts, double the EV norm. Is changing the market and contesting Tesla for the best EV car in the world, but this is still up for debate, The Taycan can charge at a maximum of 270 kilowatts, which allows boosting the battery from 5 percent back up to 80 percent in a staggering 22 minutes–provided you have access to one of their 350-kW high-output charging stations of course.

The next big step every car manufacturer on Earth will take is unquestionably their advancements in EV and autonomous driving, as displayed at CES 2020,  where one CEO called his company’s vehicle,”the first smart device on wheels.”


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