If you are a car fanatic probably you already heard about the most important facts of 2011 in the automotive industry, in case you haven't, let me invite you to read these small reviews about some of them:
Happy birthday to the “car”
2011 was a year of celebration for the automotive industry. This invention that completely revolutionized the lifestyle turned 125 years. The BenzPatent-Motorwagen, which was presented at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1889 as the first vehicle to work independently with a gasoline engine was shown a century later in different events that celebrated the car.
Centenary of a big one
Another of the great facts that marked the year was the centenary of Chevrolet, manufacturer that at this time has built some of the most iconic vehicles in the industry as the Camaro, the Corvette, the Suburban and their useful pickups, getting to sell more than 209 million units in over 140 countries in which it operates today.
100 years of the 'Spirit of Ecstasy'
The logo which sits in front of every Rolls-Royce is one of the most recognized in the automotive world and was also celebrating in 2011 as it turned nothing less than 100 years. Also known as 'Flying Lady' represents luxury, beauty and speed of these English cars and as part of the celebrations, inspired a beautiful collection of images made by the photographer Rankin.
Birthday of the most popular off-road
The Jeep is probably the best known all-terrain vehicle in the industry and this 2011 turned 70. This car, which initially was built for military purposes, was expanding its market to become one of the models preferred by the more adventurous. Despite the passing of time, the manufacturer has remained almost intact the DNA of the vehicle and for holding its 70th anniversary, decided to launch a special edition of some of their models.
Third generation of the VW Beetle
Talking about cars that have been icons, can not miss the VW Beetle which in 2011 introduced the third generation which came with a redesign that makes it look much more aggressive, modern and masculine, but without losing the essence that made it so most popular.
Welcome to the Fiat 500
After 28 years of absence, the cute 'Cinquecento' returned to the U.S. as part of an alliance between Fiat and Chrysler. This attractive subcompact quickly gained popularity for its vintage design and modern at the same time, as well as a handling, fun a lot of technology and a low price. Note that this charismatic Italian car has been in charge of fall in love to J-Lo, who is the image for the campaign.
Compact cars in fashion
Along with the Fiat 500 also arrived the Mazda2, the Nissan Versa hatchback, the Ford Fusion and a good amount of compact models, efficient, full of attractive designs and technology, which with their low prices have become the coolest of the moment, so almost all manufacturers have their prototypes for this segment.
Green car of the year
Every year Los Angeles Auto Show awards the Greenest Car of the Year and for 2011 the winner was the Honda Civic which works with natural gas and whose performance is 38 miles per gallon, plus it can travel up to 240 miles with a full tank. According to the people in charge of giving the award, the Civic was the best because it has a good performance, a wide and attractive design and emission levels that can hardly be surpassed by other combustion cars.
The dream of many
Over the year many awards are given, but one which has become more important is the Ideal Car given by AutoPacific. Once again and as it happens since 2008 Porsche was the big winner for being the manufacturer whose vehicles are closer to the wishes of consumers.
The 2011 also left many disappointments, such as the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in early 2011 and left thousands of victims and property losses that affected millions in to the strong auto industry. Thousands of cars that were almost ready to embark and being exported were destroyed by the natural phenomena. Also worth mentioning that some facilities suffered heavy damage and together with the lack of energy some manufacturers were forced to suspend production, which undoubtedly had an impact on their sales.
Luxury cars destroyed
A few months ago the German government began a series of investigations after finding about 50 cars burned. Which raised the suspicion of the authorities is that the affected cars were luxurious and the acts were committed in the wealthy areas of Charlottenburg, Tiergarten and Lichtenberg. By the nature of the facts, were said it was caused by some anarchists.
Tough laws on behalf of cyclists
One of the more controversy characters who in 2011 caused was the mayor of Vilnius, Lithuania, Arturas Zoukas, for his radical way of defending the rights of cyclists. The politician got into a tank and crushed a Mercedes-Benz for parking in a confined lane to bicycles. The act was recorded and you could see to Zoukas warning drivers about what could happen to the cars parked in a prohibited area.
Less work for thieves
In 2011 car theft decreased 7.2% according to the FBI's annual report and south of the country is where it most reduced. This good news, according to the report, is dueto the improvements in anti-theft devices. However, the authorities insist to remain vigilant and follow to the letter simple safety tips such as not leaving valuables in sight, not leaving doors open or stuck keys, as well as imprint the identification number of the car in different parts of the vehicle.
The automotive industry is recovering
Finally it seems that the auto industry recovers from the serious crisis faced a couple of years. Sales have gradually been improving as it was ending the year, being Chrysler one of the most benefit.
Buying and selling cars in Cuba
One of the best news in 2011 was when the government of Cuba announced the approval of buying and sale of cars on the island, a prohibited activity for 50 years. Even before the decree, the only valid transactions were the purchase of previous models to the triumph of the revolution (1959), but now you can purchase other models and will apply for both Cubans living on the island, and for temporary or permanent resident aliens.
Every year there are many car auctions, but in 2011 was one very special held. It was sold the 'De Dion-Bouton et Trépardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout', better known as 'La Marquise' which is considered by many as the oldest car in the world. This steam vehicle that still runs was sold for a price of $4.6 million.