Automobiles and Oil

In 2007, there were an estimated eight hundred million automobiles in the world. These cars use natural resources to power their engines and transport people and goods from one place to another. Since most cars are powered by gasoline or high-speed diesel, oil is a necessity for their transport. This oil must be refined and sent from one place to another. Automobiles are also the world’s largest single consumer of oil. This means they are one of the most environmentally damaging sources of energy.

Benz’s inventions

Before the automobile, horses were required for transportation. To eliminate this need, Benz developed an internal combustion engine. Benz sold these engines to local factories. As his inventions progressed, he developed many parts of the car as he went along. Ultimately, he received a patent for his automobile on January 29, 1886. But how did he get there? What were the major challenges that he faced?


Gottlieb Daimler was an engineer, gunsmith, and inventor who influenced the development of the internal combustion engine. He studied in Germany, England, Belgium, and France, and worked for several German companies. In 1888, he left Gasmotorenfabrik Deutz to set up his own experimental workshop with his friend August Maybach. Together, they built a four-wheeled vehicle and engine for a boat. Daimler later sold the rights to his engines to a French company named Panhard-Levassor and launched his own car company.


Despite a lack of a proven pedigree, Maybach’s automotive line has succeeded in capturing the attention of the world’s affluent class. The luxury car maker was able to keep its cars out of the hands of everyday consumers by reducing their pedigree to a mere secondary role. Instead of competing with the likes of Bentley and Rolls-Royce, Maybach sought to make a name for itself on its own terms.

Benz’s rivals

BMW and Mercedes-Benz have been long-time rivals in the automobile industry. In fact, both have launched marketing campaigns to promote their cars. The cars of each company are in the premium segment, where Mercedes dominates. But the two cars do not share the same heritage. Despite their long-standing rivalry, both brands have remained strong in their respective segments. Listed below are the most notable rivals of Benz in the automobile industry.

Daimler’s rivals

Daimler’s Chinese manufacturing operation has been slowed by copyright violations. In response, Daimler moved its Advanced Design Centre to Beijing, China. While the company has also made efforts to curb piracy and copyright violations, it is still a long way from launching local production of a new model in China. In China, the company has already begun producing the GLA and C-Class.

Benz’s successors

Mercedes-Benz is getting ready to unveil its facelifted A-Class range, and is already working on a new fully electric generation of compact hatchbacks. While the company has lowered prices for its compact models and renamed them as “Entry Luxury,” the five-door hatchback is expected to stay on the line and serve as an affordable alternative to other cars. The upcoming facelift will feature several new technologies, including a new engine and transmission.

Benz’s company

In 1886, Benz began working on the parts of the Motorwagen. By the end of the year, he had already sold 12 Motorwagens, which he named “Motorwagen.” The first models were powered by a single cylinder engine with a displacement of 1045 cc. Later versions featured larger displacements and were capable of producing three horsepower at 500 rpm. Benz’s company was renamed Benz & Companie Rheinische Gasmotoren-Fabrik.

Prasident automobil

The president’s presidential motorcade SUV is filled to the brim with emergency equipment, extra Secret Service weapons and bottles of the president’s blood type. The vehicle is equipped with bulletproof windows, military-grade armor plating and fiberglass fenders. It also has Kevlar-reinforced tires and a heavy enough door to open only from the inside. Unfortunately, President Automobile Industries has not provided enough historical financial data to reliably estimate its future earnings.