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The History Channel’s “The Cars That Built The World” Uncovers The Origins Of Today’s Great Car Brands

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The two-part program follows up on the History Channel’s three-episode “The Cars That Built America” series.

A love for cars means an appreciation for history or at least automotive history. And who better to add to our vehicular knowledge than the History Channel when it launches The Cars That Built The World on Sunday, May 23. In the two-part program, we learn that Soichiro Honda got his start at Toyota (or should we say “Toyoda”) and that Karl Benz would have gone nowhere without his wife behind the wheel.

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History Channel Looks At The Birth Of The Global Auto Industry

The documentary follows up on the History Channel’s three-episode The Cars That Built America, which focused on the rise of the U.S. car industry. While the earlier series looked at the efforts of automotive luminaries like Henry Ford, William Durant, and Lee Iacocca, tomorrow’s show will explore the industry’s global origins.

Under the premise that the automobile has had more of an impact on global society than any other 20th-century invention, History Channel explores how rival engineers would use their insight, competitive drive, and sheer force of will to bring their respective approaches to cars to life.

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Learn How Rolls-Royce and Mercedes-Benz Were Started

"The Cars That Built The World" Uncovers Origins Of Today's Great Car Brands

Viewers will be taken to the dawn of the 20th century to learn how Karl Benz, Gottlieb Daimler, and Wilhelm Maybach will overcome their interpersonal and business challenges to forge the beginnings of Mercedes-Benz. The program also covers how Charles Rolls and Henry Royce would pair up to form their namesake company that arguably remains the pre-eminent luxury car brand. We’ll also see how W.O. Bentley encroaches on Rolls-Royce’s territory.

Of course, Henry Ford’s contribution to automobiles isn’t ignored. Nor is how Ferdinand Porsche’s desire for automotive success meant pairing up with the Nazi government before World War II.

The Honda-Toyota Connection Is Uncovered

"The Cars That Built The World" Uncovers Origins Of Today's Great Car Brands

While many car enthusiasts had heard before the origins of the Ford Motor Company and Daimler-Benz, The Cars That Built The World offers an in-depth look at the lesser told story of the Japanese car industry. Besides explaining Soichiro Honda’s early efforts for the nascent Toyota (which started as the textile manufacturer), the show explores Honda’s drive and resourcefulness. We see that his creative use of bicycles and war-surplus generators would lead to the first Honda motorcycles and early stages of the global automaker.

The two-night program debuts on the History Channel on Sunday, May 23 at 9 pm (ET/PT), with the second episode airing on Monday, May 24 at 9 pm (ET/PT). Learn how the cutthroat beginnings of today’s great automotive brands transformed the industry and the world.

Source: History Channel

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