A Lutzmann vintage car made in 1896 makes its way down Whitehall  during a re-enactment of the first London to Brighton rally. This Lutzmann is believed to have taken part in the very first rally one hundred years ago. Photo: Reuters A Lutzmann vintage car made in 1896 makes its way down Whitehall  during a re-enactment of the first London to Brighton rally. This Lutzmann is believed to have taken part in the very first rally one hundred years ago. Photo: Reuters
A Lutzmann vintage car made in 1896 makes its way down Whitehall during a re-enactment of the first London to Brighton rally. This Lutzmann is believed to have taken part in the very first rally one hundred years ago. Photo: Reuters
Tom Holland
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Abacus by Tom Holland

Global car giants are the Nokia of today, rolling towards commercial extinction

  • At 140 years old, the internal combustion engine has had a good run and modern car companies are ill prepared for the next technological innovation

A Lutzmann vintage car made in 1896 makes its way down Whitehall  during a re-enactment of the first London to Brighton rally. This Lutzmann is believed to have taken part in the very first rally one hundred years ago. Photo: Reuters A Lutzmann vintage car made in 1896 makes its way down Whitehall  during a re-enactment of the first London to Brighton rally. This Lutzmann is believed to have taken part in the very first rally one hundred years ago. Photo: Reuters
A Lutzmann vintage car made in 1896 makes its way down Whitehall during a re-enactment of the first London to Brighton rally. This Lutzmann is believed to have taken part in the very first rally one hundred years ago. Photo: Reuters
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Tom Holland

Tom Holland

Tom Holland is a former SCMP staffer who has been writing about Asian affairs for more than 25 years