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On this day: 09-25-1725

Groundbreaking auto engineer is born

Nicolas Joseph Cugnot, the French engineer who designed and built the world's first automobile, was born in Austrian Lorraine on this day. Cugnot arrived in Paris after the Seven Years War with the hope of tinkering with several inventions he had conceived during the war, including a steam-driven vehicle. After six years, Cugnot succeeded in building two steam-propelled tractors--which were actually huge and heavy tricycles. Although they may not have had power steering or cruise control, these massive tricycles are considered the world's first automobiles.

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Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
2011Land RoverLR4 HSE6.60015.100Car & Driver
2010Land RoverRange Rover Sport Supercharged5.10013.700Car & Driver
2007Land RoverRange Rover Sport Supercharged6.60015.000Road and Track
2006Land RoverRange Rover7.00015.400motorweek.org
Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
2005Land RoverLR38.00016.700motorweek.org
2004Land RoverFreelander10.60017.900motorweek.org
2003Land RoverFreelander SE310.20017.700motorweek.org