Belgium automotive history timeline: 1677 A Belgian priest, called Father Ferdinand Verbiest, designed the first steam-powered vehicle but it was only a scale model 65cm (25.6 in) long. It was not designed to carry people, it was made as a toy for the Chinese Emperor. It is not known if it was ever built.
source url 1883 Minerva is established in Antwerp by Dutchman, Sylvain de Jong in order to manufacture bicycles. By 1902 he was also making automobiles 1896 The Royal Automobile Club de Belgique (RACB) is formed.
1903 Sylvain de Jong founds Societe Anonyme Minerva Motors in Berchem (Antwerp) and volume car production starts in 1904.
can you buy lasix over the counter 1900 The threshold speed of 100 km/h was broken by a Brussels race car driver, Camille Jenatzy, with an electric vehicle, the Jamais Contente. He actually broke the land speed record three times and was nicknamed Le Diable Rouge due to the colour of his beard.
1914 Before the First World War, Belgium counted almost 200 different car manufacturers. Between 1900 and 1914 Belgium produced such renowned cars as the Minerva, Imperia, FN, Excelsior, Pipe, Germain, Nagant, and Métallurgiqu. Three-quarters of its production was exported throughout the world.
1925 The first CKD-Chevrolet rolled off the Antwerp assembly line, and the plant turned out up to 25 cars a day. By the end of 1925, 2,040 Belgian Chevrolets had been produced in Antwerp.
1930 Ford, who first arrived in Belgium in the 1930s with cars first being assembled at Antwerp. By the 1960s, it had reached maximum capacity, so a new factory was built in Genk. Production there peaked in the 1990s. In 1994, for example, the company produced over 470,000 Sierras and Mondeos at its Limburg site where it employed some 14,000 people.
1946 Minerva produces land Rovers under licence for the Belgian army.
1956 Minerva ceases trading.
2010 The last ever Opel to be produced by General Motors’ Antwerp plant rolls off the production line. It signals the end of 85 years of car production by GM in Antwerp.
2014 Ford closes their plant in Limberg.

Today, the car industry in Belgium focuses on the production of components with a high added value.