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]
having the ability to move by itself; self-propelled or self-propelling
of, or relating to motor vehicles
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 relationshipsIt 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:
- Porsche holds a 22.5% stake in the Volkswagen Group (Volkswagen AG) (30.97% voting rights), as of 2006-12-31.
- The Renault-Nissan alliance involves two global companies linked by cross-shareholding, with Renault holding 44.3% of Nissan shares, and Nissan holding 15% of Renault shares.
- Ford holds a 33.9% stake in Mazda. and an 8.3% share in Aston Martin.
- Hyundai Motor Co. holds a 38.67% stake in Kia Motors.
- Daimler AG holds a 19.9% stake in Chrysler Holding LLC.
- General Motors still holds a 3% stake in Suzuki. Suzuki is also partner with GM in GMDAT and CAMI.
- Toyota holds a 51% stake in Daihatsu hence having a controlling interest in the company, and 16.5% in Fuji Heavy Industries, parent company of Subaru.
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.
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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
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