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Automobile From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia For the magazine, see Automobile (magazine). "Car" redirects here. For other uses, see Car (disambiguation). Page semi-protected Automobile Benz-velo.jpg Benz "Velo" model (1894) by German inventor Carl Benz entered into an early auto mobile race as a motocycle[1][2] Classification Vehicle Industry Various Application Transportation Fuel source Gasoline, Diesel, Electric, Hydrogen, Solar energy Powered Yes Self-propelled Yes Wheels 3 4 Axles 1 2 Inventor Ferdinand Verbiest Vehicles in use per country from 2001 to 2007. It shows the significant growth i n BRIC. World map of passenger cars per 1000 people An automobile, autocar, motor car or car is a wheeled motor vehicle used for tra nsporting passengers, which also carries its own engine or motor. Most definitio ns of the term specify that automobiles are designed to run primarily on roads, to have seating for one to eight people, to typically have four wheels, and to b e constructed principally for the transport of people rather than goods.[3] The year 1886 is regarded the year of birth of the modern automobile - with the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, by German inventor Carl Benz. Motorized wagons soon repl aced animal-drafted carriages, especially after automobiles became affordable fo r many people when the Ford Model T was introduced in 1908. The term motorcar has formerly also been used in the context of electrified rail systems to denote a car which functions as a small locomotive but also provides space for passengers and baggage. These locomotive cars were often used on subu rban routes by both interurban and intercity railroad systems.[4] It was estimated in 2010 that the number of automobiles had risen to over 1 bill ion vehicles, up from the 500 million of 1986.[5] The numbers are increasing rap idly, especially in China, India and other NICs.[6] Contents [hide] 1 Etymology 2 History 3 Mass production 4 Weight 5 Seating and body style 6 Fuel and propulsion technologies 7 Safety 8 Costs and benefits 9 Environmental impact 10 Future car technologies 10.1 Autonomous car 10.2 Open source development 11 Industry 12 Alternatives to the automobile 13 See also 14 References 15 Further reading 16 External links

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