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Generally, an automobile is considered to be a wheeled motor vehicle used for transportation, such as a car, van, pickup truck, or hybrid vehicle. However, for the purposes of categorization here, we will include motorcycles, as well as trucks, tractors and other wheeled vehicles used for the purpose of construction, excavation, or other work purposes. If the number of listed sites suggests a need for it, this category will be subcategorized.

The 1886 Benz Patent-Motorwagen is thought to be the first commercial automobile on the market. Soon after the Ford Model T was introduced in 1908, and automobiles became more affordable, cars and trucks replaced horse-driven carriages and wagons.

Steam-powered vehicles long preceded the development of gasoline-powered automobiles, however. The first steam-powered vehicle is believed to have been designed and built by Ferdinand Verbiest in 1672, but this was a scale-model toy that was presented to the emperor of China, and not large enough to carry a passenger.

The first steam-powered vehicle large enough to carry a passenger was built by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot in 1769; the first was a tricycle, but he also built two steam tractors for the French military.

Several other steam-powered vehicles were developed over the years. Although none of these vehicles found wide-scale use, the closest to being a commercial success was perhaps those produced by the Stanley Motor Carriage Company between 1902 and 1924, known as Stanley Steamers. However, the successes of the internal combustion engine led to the end of the Stanley Steamers, as the gasoline-powered vehicles were cheaper, faster, and thought to be more efficient.

Several electric cars were also introduced, the first sometime in the 1880s. Although too expensive for the general public, they were somewhat popular during the late 1800s and early 1900s, until the mass production of cheaper gasoline engines led to their decline. Electric cars have remained in use among a segment of the population, however, and are currently enjoying a rise in popularity due to the cost of gasoline and diesel fuel, and due to environmental concerns.

In the United States, at least, an automobile that is used for the purpose of transportation is known as a car, while those that are designed to transport cargo are called trucks, or lorries in the United Kingdom. Pickup trucks are multi-purpose vehicles, able to carry passengers and light cargo.

Web directories that focus on either of these, or other types of wheeled vehicles, propelled by a motor or engine, may be listed in this category.

  • Auto Directory 411

    Auto Directory 411

    offer automotive website links to browse

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    The automotive web directory features links whose topics include buying and selling automobiles, driving, employment in the auto industry, motorcycles, trucks, parts, auto financing, and others. Submissions are fee-based, with three options, ranging from $9.95 to $99.95 per year, including links in other directories and sites, as well.
  • Auto Guide

    Auto Guide

    The Internet's Largest Automotive Directory

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    Auto Guide first appears in the Internet Archive on December 24, 1997. Its content is sorted into a variety of categories and subcategories related to automobiles. There is no charge to submit a regular link to the directory, and a separate submission form is used by dealers.
  • Auto-Car-Directory


    A Human Edited Directory

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    Auto-Car-Directory first appears in the Internet Archive on October 15, 2011, featuring links to sites whose topics include cars, trucks, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, and related topics.
  • Automotive Directory

    Automotive Directory

    Automotive Business Directory

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    First appearing in the Internet Archive on June 5, 2009, Automotive Directory presents categorized online information pertaining to automobile businesses and supplies, auto racing, electric vehicles, motorcycles, snowmobiles, car rentals, parts and accessories, and other topics related to the automotive industries.
  • Directory Car

    Directory Car

    All about automotive industry

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    The focus of the Directory Car web directory is on automobiles, and topics related to the automotive industries. First appearing in the Internet Archive on July 14, 2006, either the payment of an annual fee or a reciprocal link is required for submissions.
  • Old Gas Web Directory

    Old Gas Web Directory

    Primarily Petroliana - Old Gas Memorabilia

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    Hosted by Primarily Petroliana, the gas station and auto service collectibles site connects gas station antique collectors, dealers, publishers and service providers together, providing an online discussion forum, photographs, and other resources, as well as its web directory.
  • The Automotive Directory

    The Automotive Directory

    Premier Automotive Directory Since 2003

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    The Automotive Directory, as its name implies, focuses on topics related to automobiles and the automotive industries, particularly within the United States. Submissions to the directory requires either a reciprocal link or the payment of a fee.