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The first car ever made by every auto-making nation

Autocar Logo By David Finlay of Autocar | Slide 1 of 25: It therefore stands to reason that each of them at some point put its first car into volume production. Where it is possible to establish exactly what that car was, those are the ones we’re looking at here.This is complicated both by sketchy historical records and by definitions. For the purposes of this article, we're ignoring commercial and military vehicles, prototypes, one-off specials, competition cars, locally built versions of cars developed elsewhere and anything powered by steam. Furthermore, volume production means a relatively large number of vehicles for the time with the intention of selling them to the public. Changing those definitions will produce a different list, which you're welcome to try yourself. The cars are presented in chronological order:

Many countries around the world have motor industries.

It therefore stands to reason that each of them at some point put its first car into volume production. Where it is possible to establish exactly what that car was, those are the ones we’re looking at here.

This is complicated both by sketchy historical records and by definitions. For the purposes of this article, we're ignoring commercial and military vehicles, prototypes, one-off specials, competition cars, locally built versions of cars developed elsewhere and anything powered by steam. Furthermore, volume production means a relatively large number of vehicles for the time with the intention of selling them to the public. Changing those definitions will produce a different list, which you're welcome to try yourself. The cars are presented in chronological order:

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