AskDefine | Define automotive

Dictionary Definition

automotive adj
1 of or relating to motor vehicles; "automotive supplies"
2 containing within itself the means of propulsion or movement; "a self-propelled vehicle" [syn: self-propelled, self-propelling]

User Contributed Dictionary



auto- + motive


  1. having the ability to move by itself; self-propelled or self-propelling
  2. of, or relating to motor vehicles


having the ability to move by itself; self-propelled or self-propelling
of, or relating to motor vehicles
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Extensive Definition

The automotive industry is the industry involved in the design, development, manufacture, marketing, and sale of motor vehicles. In 2007, more than 73 million motor vehicles, including cars and commercial vehicles were produced worldwide. In 2006, 16 million new automobiles were sold in the USA, 15 million in Western Europe, 7 million in China, and 2 million in India. In 2007, the markets in Canada, USA, Western Europe and Japan are stagnating, while those in South America (especially Brazil), Eastern Europe (especially Russia), and Asia (South Korea and India) are growing.

World motor vehicle production

Company relationships

It is not uncommon for automobile manufacturers to hold stakes in other automobile manufacturers. These ownerships can be explored under the detail for the individual companies.
Notable current relationships include:

World's largest vehicle manufacturing groups (by volume)

The table below gives the world's largest motor vehicle manufacturing groups, along with their subsidiary companies, and marques produced. The table is ranked by the latest production figures from OICA for the parent group, and then by marque. Note: The OICA statistics rank the Toyota subsidiary companies Daihatsu and Hino separately, here they are included with Toyota.
automotive in German: Automobilindustrie
automotive in Spanish: Industria automotriz
automotive in Hebrew: יצרני כלי רכב
automotive in Lithuanian: Automobilių gamintojas
automotive in Japanese: 自動車産業
automotive in Portuguese: Indústria automobilística
automotive in Russian: Автомобильная промышленность
automotive in Slovenian: Avtomobilska industrija
automotive in Finnish: Autoteollisuus
automotive in Ukrainian: Автомобільна промисловість
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