French Jesuit Ferdinand Verbiest invented the first steam car in China in the year 1672.
Nicolas Joseph Cugnot of France built a steam automobile in 1769.
Gustave Trouve of France designed and invented the first electric car in 1881.
Karl Benz was the German mechanical engineer who designed, patented and in 1885 built the world's first practical automobile to be powered by a gasoline engine.
Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler are generally credited with manufacturing the first automobile. company later became Mercedes-Benz.