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Last updated on: July 14, 2004 08:54 IST
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Which was the first car that Ford Motor Company built?
According to the data release by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, car sales surged by 25 per cent in June 2004 over the same month last year. Take the Rediff Business Quiz and find out how much you know about the automobile sector, both domestic and foreign.

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1. Which auto major's headquarters is referred to as the 'four-cylinder tower'?
a) BMW
b) Ford
c) Mercedes

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Wrong! The correct answer is BMW.
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG or BMW is the largest company in the north of Munich. In 1916, the company started by building airplane engines. In 1923, BMW started building motorbikes and eventually in 1928 they started building cars. The main attraction for the hundreds of thousands of visitors that visit BMW yearly is the four-cylinder BMW-tower and the bowl-shaped BMW-museum next to it. The main building, officially called the BMW-verwaltungsgebäude (BMW administrative building), was designed by Viennese architect K Schwarzer after a four-cylinder engine and was completed in 1972, just before the Olympics took place in Munich.
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Bayerische Motoren Werke AG or BMW is the largest company in the north of Munich. In 1916, the company started by building airplane engines. In 1923, BMW started building motorbikes and eventually in 1928 they started building cars. The main attraction for the hundreds of thousands of visitors that visit BMW yearly is the four-cylinder BMW-tower and the bowl-shaped BMW-museum next to it. The main building, officially called the BMW-verwaltungsgebäude (BMW administrative building), was designed by Viennese architect K Schwarzer after a four-cylinder engine and was completed in 1972, just before the Olympics took place in Munich.

2. Which company makes Bengal concept car?
a) Buick
b) Plymouth
c) Mazda

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Wrong! The correct answer is Buick.
The Buick Bengal concept vehicle, a sleekly sculpted roadster with a convertible top and featuring a high performance powertrain, state-of-the-art voice- activated controls and a next-generation audio system, is slated to make its debut this year. The Buick Bengal is designed as a roadster, although it can have either two seats or four seats. The overall length of the car is 175 inches (which is 4.45 metres). The wheelbase is 110 inches long (which is 2.79 metres long). The wheels themselves are 20-inch. The original shade is an awesome shade of turquoise.
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The Buick Bengal concept vehicle, a sleekly sculpted roadster with a convertible top and featuring a high performance powertrain, state-of-the-art voice- activated controls and a next-generation audio system, is slated to make its debut this year. The Buick Bengal is designed as a roadster, although it can have either two seats or four seats. The overall length of the car is 175 inches (which is 4.45 metres). The wheelbase is 110 inches long (which is 2.79 metres long). The wheels themselves are 20-inch. The original shade is an awesome shade of turquoise.

3. Detroit is home to which of these auto majors?
a) Jaguar
b) General Motors
c) Bentley

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Wrong! The correct answer is General Motors.
General Motors Corp the world's largest vehicle manufacturer, employs about 325,000 people globally. Founded in 1908, GM has been the global automotive sales leader since 1931. GM today has manufacturing operations in 32 countries and its vehicles are sold in 192 countries. In 2003, GM sold nearly 8.6 million cars and trucks, about 15 percent of the global vehicle market. GM's global headquarters are at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. The GM Group of global partners includes Fiat Auto SpA of Italy, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., Isuzu Motors Ltd. and Suzuki Motor Corp. of Japan, which are involved in various product, powertrain and purchasing collaborations. In addition, GM is the largest shareholder in GM Daewoo Auto & Technology Co. of South Korea. GM also has technology collaborations with BMW AG of Germany.
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General Motors Corp the world's largest vehicle manufacturer, employs about 325,000 people globally. Founded in 1908, GM has been the global automotive sales leader since 1931. GM today has manufacturing operations in 32 countries and its vehicles are sold in 192 countries. In 2003, GM sold nearly 8.6 million cars and trucks, about 15 percent of the global vehicle market. GM's global headquarters are at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. The GM Group of global partners includes Fiat Auto SpA of Italy, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., Isuzu Motors Ltd. and Suzuki Motor Corp. of Japan, which are involved in various product, powertrain and purchasing collaborations. In addition, GM is the largest shareholder in GM Daewoo Auto & Technology Co. of South Korea. GM also has technology collaborations with BMW AG of Germany.

4. Which was the first car Ford Motor Company built?
a) Thunderbird
b) Mustang
c) Model T

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Wrong! The correct answer is Model T.
After two unsuccessful attempts to establish a company to manufacture automobiles, the Ford Motor Company was incorporated in 1903 with Henry Ford as vice-president and chief engineer. The infant company produced only a few cars a day at the Ford factory on Mack Avenue in Detroit. Groups of two or three men worked on each car from components made to order by other companies. Henry Ford realized his dream of producing an automobile that was reasonably priced, reliable, and efficient with the production of Model T Ford at the Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit on October 1, 1908. Over the next 19 years, Ford would build 15,000,000 automobiles with the Model "T" engine, the longest run of any single model apart from the Volkswagen Beetle. From 1908-1927, the Model T endured with little change in its design. Henry Ford had succeeded in his quest to build a car for the masses.
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After two unsuccessful attempts to establish a company to manufacture automobiles, the Ford Motor Company was incorporated in 1903 with Henry Ford as vice-president and chief engineer. The infant company produced only a few cars a day at the Ford factory on Mack Avenue in Detroit. Groups of two or three men worked on each car from components made to order by other companies. Henry Ford realized his dream of producing an automobile that was reasonably priced, reliable, and efficient with the production of Model T Ford at the Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit on October 1, 1908. Over the next 19 years, Ford would build 15,000,000 automobiles with the Model "T" engine, the longest run of any single model apart from the Volkswagen Beetle. From 1908-1927, the Model T endured with little change in its design. Henry Ford had succeeded in his quest to build a car for the masses.

5. The ambassador design is based on which car?
a) 1948 Morris
b) Citroen
c) Beetle

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The correct answer is 1948 Morris.
1948 Morris was the name of a former English car manufacturing company. Morris was started in 1913 when bicycle manufacturer William Morris turned his attention to car manufacturing. A factory was opened in Oxford and the company's first car the "Bullnose Oxford" was introduced. Hindustan Motors is famous for Ambassador cars, widely used as a taxicab and as a government limousine. One of the original three car manufacturers in India, it was a leader in car sales until the 1980s, when the auto industry was opened up from protection. The company was founded in 1942. When the Indian government opened its auto market to competition in the 1990s, Indian drivers migrated en masse to smaller, sleeker, and better-made cars.
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1948 Morris was the name of a former English car manufacturing company. Morris was started in 1913 when bicycle manufacturer William Morris turned his attention to car manufacturing. A factory was opened in Oxford and the company's first car the "Bullnose Oxford" was introduced. Hindustan Motors is famous for Ambassador cars, widely used as a taxicab and as a government limousine. One of the original three car manufacturers in India, it was a leader in car sales until the 1980s, when the auto industry was opened up from protection. The company was founded in 1942. When the Indian government opened its auto market to competition in the 1990s, Indian drivers migrated en masse to smaller, sleeker, and better-made cars.

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