The Four-Traction Auto Co.
The Four-Traction Auto Co. and built the Kato, the first American Automobile with four wheel drive. Ernest Rosenburger was a Mankato candy maker who founded Four-Traction Auto Co. in 1907. Rosenberger designed and patented his four wheel drive chassis to overcome wheel spin on Mankato's steep hills.
The Kato was equipped with a two cylinder 24 horsepower engine that had shaft drive to front and rear wheels