Australia was making steam vehicles as early as 1896. Its distance from motor manufacturers in the northern hemisphere often meant it was easier to build in Australia than to import. However, assembly of vehicles from imported parts was a common method. Standard cars were assembled from 1929, usually with locally made bodies to lower taxation. Other British companies followed this example, with Vauxhall contributing to Holden. The American manufacturers Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors (Holden) all started during the 1920s with local companies importing American components and building bodies local before the American companies bought them out in the 1950s and 1960s. Some American-design models were imported to the UK, such as Chrysler Valiant Station Wagons but sales were not great. However, production in Australia ended in 2017 when it became uneconomic without protective tariffs against cheaper imported cars.