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In 1885, Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz created petrol internal combustion motorcycle and 3-wheeler, respectively. Daimler's car was very raw, basically was a wooden bicycle installed with his own motor. Benz's car appeared several months later but it included advanced design such as battery-powered ignition and differential, though it can barely reached 8 mph because the motor output less than 1 hp. Next year, Daimler further put his world-leading engine into a horse carriage, this became the first 4-wheel motor car in the world. These 2 Germans were actually competitors although they worked just 60 miles apart. They established their own companies independently, that is, Benz and Daimler. The latter was renamed to Mercedes after the daughter of sales director Emil Jellinek. Daimler became the parent company which expanded into other industrial business. However, the inventors started to lose leading edge. French maker Panhard Levassor and Peugeot pioneered many new concept. Ford started mass production in 1908 while Mercedes and Benz were still making luxurious cars in limited amount. When the sales of Model T exceeded 1 million units in the mid-20â