7 Reasons Why German Cars Are In A League Of Their Own

It's not just all about German engineering.

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1. German cars were made first. Karl Benz got patents for an internal combustible engine and for the first automobile in 1879 and 1886 respectively.

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Karl Benz was born November 25, 1844 in Germany. A mechanical engineer, he designed and built the first practical car powered by an internal-combustion engine. The original car, his three-wheeled Motorwagen, first ran in 1885. His company produced its first four-wheeled car in 1893 and the first of its series of racing cars in 1899.

2. German cars have long been dominating race sports. German automakers have a long history of racing history. The Nürburgring, a race track in Germany is known as the most demanding race track in the world.

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"I don’t think there’s one particular place that’s harder than any others." - Lewis Hamilton, F1 Driver.

3. German cars are the most comfortable. In a recent survey, German-made cars topped the list as the most satisfying to drive.

Cars made by German-owned manufacturers are the most satisfying to own and drive, a major new survey reveals today. German vehicles took seven of the top 10 places in a customer satisfaction table compiled by What Car? magazine and car quality experts JD Power. Volkswagen took the top two places, with the Volkswagen Up super-mini in first place just ahead of the Golf Plus hatchback in second.

4. Cutting-edge technology. Germans take pride in craftsmanship - from heavy-duty machines, to timepieces and cars.

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Fortune notes that "Engineers occupy a high pedestal in a country that prizes technology and craftsmanship." When engineers are given permission to do their thing, they can produce some seriously impressive machinery.

Germany's vocational system has been around for decades and is deeply embedded in society. A university degree does not have quite the same cachet here that it does in many other developed countries. "Everybody knows what the label 'Made in Germany' means," says 22-year-old Vainius from Lithuania. "This is a perfect example of how they do it. It is an excellent chance for everyone here."

German engineering is translated into their cars. For example, Volkswagen's latest TSI engine is designed to have better fuel consumption and less CO2 emissions thanks to innovations such as "downsizing", a term where the size of the engine is reduced to become more efficient while maintaining the same power.

5. They are mastered for efficiency. With Germans being innovators in technology, it is no surprise that their cars are able to go further with better efficiency.

When a German is at work, they are focused and diligent, which in turn leads to higher productivity in a shorter period of time. Since the working day is focused on delivering efficient productivity, the off hours are truly off hours.

6. German-made cars have stood through the test of time. The first Beetle was manufactured in 1938 until 2003, an astounding 65 years.

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The classic Beetle was manufactured from 1938-2003 which is an astounding 65 years. The total number of Beetles that were built in this period of time was 21,529,464.

7. They are now even more affordable. The myth that German cars are expensive has been debunked with prices of cars becoming more affordable.

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German cars have out-muscled their Japanese rivals to become the best-value models on Britain’s roads, according to motoring experts. Volkswagen and BMW models led the way among vehicles that cost drivers the least over a three-year period – a list usually dominated by Japanese brands.

An analysis by the magazine What Car? found German-owned marques topped seven out of the ten categories for being the best value for money. In the ten categories, three were topped by VW brands, with the Passat named best-value family car, the Golf in the estate category and the Scirocco top coupe.

In Malaysia, you can now own a Volkswagen Polo from RM999 for 7 years with 0% interest. All the details here.

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