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The term dashboard for the instrument panel dates back to carriage days when the horses kicked up mud, splashing the passengers behind. The dashboard was installed to protect them.

The name of the Italian car manufacturer FIAT stands for Fabbrica Italiana Automobile Torino.

Airbags explode at 200 miles per hour.

The last car designed by Dr Ferdinand Porsche was the 1550 Silver Spyder.

The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the general purpose vehicle, G.P.

Traffic congestion was so bad in Rome that Julius Caesar banned all wheeled vehicles from the city during daylight hours.

The Mini - designed by Alec Issingonis - was launched on August 18, 1959.

The world's first motorcycle - produced by Gottlieb Daimler - arrived in November 1885.

BMW originally made airplane engines rather than cars.

The Spirit of Ecstasy is the name of the statuette on the bonnet of every Rolls Royce car.

There were 15,700,003 Model T Fords manufactured - all of them black.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 16, 2008
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