Debut of the world's first mass production automobile 125 years ago
In April of 1894, exactly 125 years ago, Benz and Cie. introduces on market the first small car, the Benz Motor Velocipede.
The type family enjoys great success in Germany and in other European countries. With some 1,200 vehicles delivered to customers by 1902, it quickly becomes the world’s first mass-produced automobile.
The name is later colloquially abbreviated to “Benz Velo”. It was a small, lightweight (280 kilograms) car with a recumbent, single-cylinder engine rated to 1.1 kW (1.5 hp).
One of the most important innovations of the four-wheeled vehicle was the double-pivot steering system further developed by Carl Benz.