Austrian motor history is not well known, but we guess you heard about Ferdinand Porsche? Yes, he is Austrian! Austria had some great manufacturers such as Austro-Daimler, Gräf&Stift and Steyr. In 1903 Gottlieb Daimlers son Paul designed the first all-wheel driven armoured car. But when it was presented to public the sound of the engine shied the horse of Friedrich von Beck-Rzikowsky, chief of the imperial and royal general staff. Moody Kaiser Franz Josef I. was not amused and canceled the order.
As a result of this the k.u.k. war ministry refused Gunther Burstyns draft of the first modern tank in 1911. A big mistake in retrospect.
In the light of current events Austria developed a heavy hybrid Truck in 1909. It was driven by an reciprocating engine and a wheel hub drive in each tyre!