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A car or automobile is a wheeled passenger vehicle that carries its own motor. Most definitions of the term specify that automobiles are designed to run primarily on roads, to have seating for between one and six people, typically have four wheels and be constructed principally for the transport of people rather than goods. This definition includes cars and smaller SUVs - but not motorcycles, buses, trucks or vans. The term automobile is derived from Greek 'auto-' ("self") and Latin 'mobilis' ("movable"), referring to the fact that it "moves by itself".

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The Talbot Tagora is an executive car developed by Chrysler Europe and produced by Peugeot Société Anonyme (PSA). The Tagora was marketed under the Talbot marque after PSA took over Chrysler's European operations in 1979. PSA presented the first production vehicle in 1980 and launched it commercially in 1981. The Tagora fell far short of sales expectations, and PSA cancelled the model only two years later. Fewer than 20,000 Tagoras were ever built, all of them at the former Simca factory in the Poissy commune near Paris, France.

Chrysler Europe began the development of the Tagora in 1976, under the code name C9, with the goal of replacing the unsuccessful Chrysler 180 series. Following the same development pattern as with the Horizon and Alpine models, the responsibility for the Tagora's technical development remained in France, while the styling was devised at Chrysler's design centre in the United Kingdom. An early proposal for the name of the car was "Simca 2000". (more...)

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Ferrari launches oddly-named 'LaFerrari'

2013-5-12 , Ferrari has launched a new hypercar, the LaFerrari. Only 499 will be made, so most people won't get to drive it. It is the fastest Ferrari ever. It is 1,255 kg (2,767 lb) with a 41:59 front-to-rear weight distribution. It can go from 0-100 km/h in less than three seconds, and if you keep going, it will reach speeds near 350 km/h (217 mph). Powering it to such speeds is a naturally-aspirated 6.2-litre V12 that makes 789 bhp (588 kW; 800 PS). There's also an electric motor, giving it a total of 949 bhp (708 kW; 962 PS), and if you're wondering, all 499 are sold.

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Nicolaus Otto

Nicolaus Otto

Nicolaus August Otto (June 14, 1832 Holzhausen, Nassau - January 26, 1891 Cologne) was the German inventor of the internal-combustion engine, the first engine to burn fuel directly in a piston chamber. Up until his invention, all engines were external-combustion engines and fuel was burned in a separate compartment.

In 1864, Otto co-founded an engine manufacturing business in Cologne. Along with his business partner Eugen Langen he established “N.A. Otto & Cie.”. This company exists today as “Deutz AG”, who boasts the fact that they are the world's oldest engine manufacturers, with over 140 years of experience. (more...) Template:/box-footer

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1891 — Famed sports car designer Vittorio Jano is born in San Giorgio Canavese (Piedmont), Italy. Jano designed the Alfa Romeo P2, P3, and 1750, as well as Lancia and Fiat cars, but is best remembered as the designer responsible for bringing mid-engined cars to Ferrari, as well as for his work on the "Dino" engine and cars.
1933Henry Royce, co-founder of Rolls-Royce, dies.
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(Castellotti is dead. I'm sorry. And the car?)

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