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An invention of dramatic impact, the automobile led to the creation of new industries, changed the way roads and cities were built, and required a system of laws to protect drivers and pedestrians. This colorful book describes the eventful history of the automobile and the inventors who helped develop it. Readers will learn about the basic parts of a car, how the engine works, and how the industry grew rapidly through mass production. Threats to the environment and possible fuel alternatives such as biodiesel and ethanol are also explored.