CNN has an article listing the top innovations that changed the auto industry. Do you agree with the list? What would you add or take away?

The list includes all-wheel drive on the Audi Quattro (called four-wheel drive in the article), GM’s Hydramatic automatic transmission, the Mini for small, cheap transportation, and Volvo for three-point safety belts (including opening up the patent so every manufacturer could use them). Also Karl Benz’ wife coming up with brake shoe linings, and Henry Ford for mass-production.


I find it amusing that the article is in the CNN “Style” section. I’m not convinced that it has enough substance, although these are all good things to highlight. Feels like someone was collecting facts rather than really analyzing automotive history, but maybe I just need more coffee this morning.

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