We've talked about the best of the best in expensive cars, such as the Ferrari and Lamborghini. Now we take a look at some nice vehicles, but ones that are a step or two below those crazily priced exotic cars.


Living in the United States many of us grow up not knowing much about other countries. We get hold of a car and do not really think about where they were built unless they were deluxe cars. There are numerous very good cars that are made in Europe, and they aren't the ones everybody thinks of. Rolls Royce, Mercedes, and BMW really are exceptional cars, together with Lamborghini or even a Jaguar, but these are beyond the reach of a typical car buyer. But there are several other companies that produce excellent cars for the rest of us. This specific story will center on Volvo, Volkswagen and Audi.

For a country containing only nine million people, it is amazing that it is able to sustain two automakers. The country is Sweden while the two corporations are Saab and Volvo. Volvo, which happens to be owned by Ford Motor Company, has had the greatest influence on the car industry. When safety standards were minimal virtually everywhere, it was Volvo and their desire for higher standards that changed the industry. Volvo developed safety features that the majority of cars today have like front end crumple zones and reinforced roofs. Through the high safety standards of Volvo, they began a long line of the best built cars on the road, and also the safest. It was as a consequence of Volvo's wish for excellence that improved the safety standards of cars throughout the world.

Vegas Platinum Exotics Car Rentals
Vegas Platinum Exotics Car Rentals

In other articles we've discussed renting expensive exotic cars from rental agencies such as Vegas Platinum Exotics in Las Vegas. The autos mentioned in this article don't rise to that level of luxury, but some of the models can be a bit pricey and, if you want to rent one, you'd do well to check out a car rental agency that specializes in exotic cars.

You can find a car that everyone is familiar with, even if they have no idea of its history, and that is the Volkswagen Beetle. The Beetle primarily came out during the 1930's in Germany as the "people's car." It survived World War II to become not simply just about the most treasured cars, but was also the most mass-produced. Just about anyone could pay for a Volkswagen Beetle. This included students, to migrant workers, to Irish farmlands, buying a car became affordable. The Beetle ended its run in the United States in the 1970's but continued to be produced in Mexico up until the early 2000's.

When Audi first introduced the all wheel drive Quattro, it was the very first of its model. Audi threw down the gauntlet, and let the auto world know that Quattro was now the standard to judge all luxury sedans from then on. Audi was way ahead of their competition because of their Quattro technology. Their traction expertise was so innovative and superior to others that the cars were banned in some types of racing competition. More great content about auto tech can be found at this article on our website.

That's an overview of three remarkable car manufacturers from Europe. However, if you start looking at their body of work, maybe the correct word is extraordinary.