automotive industry comprises a wide range of companies and organizations involved in the design, development, manufacturing, marketing, and selling of motor vehicles. It is one of the world's largest  industries by revenue. The automotive industry does not include industries dedicated to the maintenance of automobiles following delivery to the end-user, such as automobile repair shops and motor fuel filling stations.
automotive comes from the Greek autos (self), and Latin motivus (of motion), referring to any form of self-powered vehicle. This term, as proposed by Elmer Sperry
(1860-1930), first came into use with reference to automobiles in 1898.  
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assembly line in 1961
The automotive industry began in the
1860s with hundreds of manufacturers that pioneered the horseless carriage. For many decades, the United States led the world in total automobile production. In 1929, before the Great Depression, the world had 32,028,500 automobiles in use, and the U.S. automobile industry produced over 90% of them. At that time, the U.S. had one car per 4.87 persons. After 1945, the U.S. produced about 75 percent of world's auto production. In 1980, the U.S. was overtaken by Japan and then became world's leader again in 1994. In 2006, Japan narrowly passed the U.S. in production and held this rank until 2009, when China took the top spot with 13.8 million units. With 19.3 million units manufactured in 2012, China almost doubled the U.S. production of 10.3 million units, while Japan was in third place with 9.9 million units.  From 1970 (140 models) over 1998 (260 models) to 2012 (684 models), the number of automobile models in the U.S. has grown exponentially.  
Safety is a state that implies to be protected from any risk, danger, damage or cause of injury. In the automotive industry, safety means that users, operators or
manufacturers do not face any risk or danger coming from the motor vehicle or its spare parts. Safety for the automobiles themselves, implies that there is no risk of damage.
Safety in the automotive industry is particularly important and therefore highly regulated.
Automobiles and other motor vehicles have to comply with a certain number of regulations, whether local or international, in order to be accepted on the market. The standard ISO 26262, is considered as one of the best practice framework for achieving automotive functional safety. 
In case of safety issues, danger,
product defect or faulty procedure during the manufacturing of the motor vehicle, the maker can request to return either a batch or the entire production run. This procedure is called product recall. Product recalls happen in every industry and can be production-related or stem from the raw material.
Product and operation tests and inspections at different stages of the
value chain are made to avoid these product recalls by ensuring end-user security and safety and compliance with the automotive industry requirements. However, the automotive industry is still particularly concerned about product recalls, which cause considerable financial consequences.
In 2007, there were about 806 million cars and light trucks on the road, consuming over 980 billion litres (980,000,000 m
3) of gasoline and diesel fuel yearly. The automobile is a primary mode of  transportation for many developed economies. The Detroit branch of Boston Consulting Group predicted that, by 2014, one-third of world demand would be in the four BRIC markets (Brazil, Russia, India and China). Meanwhile, in the developed countries, the automotive industry has slowed. It is also expected that this trend will continue, especially as the younger generations of people (in highly urbanized countries) no longer want to own a car anymore, and prefer other modes of transport.  Other potentially powerful automotive markets are  Iran and Indonesia.
Emerging automobile markets already buy more cars than established markets. According to a J.D. Power study, emerging markets accounted for 51 percent of the global  light-vehicle sales in 2010. The study, performed in 2010 expected this trend to accelerate.  However, more recent reports (2012) confirmed the opposite; namely that the automotive industry was slowing down even in BRIC countries.  In the United States, vehicle sales peaked in 2000, at 17.8 million units.  
World motor vehicle production
Production volume (1000 vehicles)
1960s: Post war increase
Oil crisis and tighter safety and emission regulation.
1990s: production started in
2000s: rise of China as top producer
Automotive industry crisis of 2008-2010 to 1950
: USA had produced more than 80% of motor vehicles.
 1950s: UK, Germany and France restarted production.
1960s: Japan started production and increased volume through the 1980s.
US, Japan, Germany, France and UK produced about 80% of motor vehicles through the 1980s.
1990s: South Korea became a volume producer. In 2004, Korea became No. 5 passing France.
2000s: China increased its production drastically, and became the world's largest producing country in 2009 .
2010s: India overtakes Korea, Canada, Spain to become 5th largest automobile producer.
2013: The share of China (25.4%), India, Korea, Brazil and Mexico rose to 43%, while the share of USA (12.7%), Japan, Germany, France and UK fell to 34%.
: India overtakes Germany to become 4th largest automobile producer.
World motor production (1997-2016)
By year 
Global automobile import and export in 2011
OICA counts over 50 countries which assemble, manufacture or disseminate automobiles. Of that figure, only 14 countries ( boldfaced in the list below) currently possess the capability to design original production automobiles from the ground up.  
Top 20 motor vehicle producing countries (2018)
Motor vehicle production (units)
"Production Statistics". OICA.
This is a list of the 15 largest manufacturers by production volume in 2017, according to OICA.
South Korea 7,218,391
United States 6,856,880
United States 6,386,818
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Italy United States 4,600,847
By market segment
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Notable company relationships
It is common 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:
Daihatsu holds a 25% stake in Perodua. 
Daimler holds a 10.0% stake in KAMAZ. Daimler holds an 89.29% stake in
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation. Daimler holds a 3.1% in the
Renault-Nissan Alliance, while Renault-Nissan Alliance holds a 3.1% share in Daimler AG. Daimler holds a 12% stake in
BAIC Group, while BAIC Group holds 5% stake in Daimler.  Daimler holds an 85% stake in
Dongfeng Motor holds a 12.23% stake and a 19.94% exercisable voting rights in PSA Groupe.
FAW Group owns 49% of Haima Automobile.
FCA holds a 10% stake in Ferrari. FCA holds a 67% stake in
Fiat Automobili Srbija. FCA holds 37.8% of
Tofa? with another 37.8% owned by Koç Holding.
Fiat Automobili Srbija owns a 54% stake in Zastava Trucks.
Fiat Industrial owns a 46% stake in Zastava Trucks.
Fujian Motors Group holds a 15% stake in King Long. FMG, Beijing Automotive Group, China Motor, and Daimler has a joint venture called Fujian Benz. FMG, China Motor, and Mitsubishi Motors has a joint venture called Soueast, FMG holds a 50% stake, and both China Motor and Mitsubishi Motors holds an equal 25% stake.
Geely Automobile holds a 23% stake in The London Taxi Company. Geely Automobile holds a 49.9% stake in
PROTON Holdings and a 51% stake in Lotus Cars. 
Geely Holding Group holds a 9.69% stake in Daimler AG.  Geely Holding Group holds an 8.3% stake and a 15.9% exercisable voting rights in
General Motors holds a 93% stake in GM India and SAIC Group holds a 7% stake.
General Motors holds a 94% stake in GM Korea and SAIC Group holds a 6% stake. General Motors holds a 20% stake in
Industries Mécaniques Maghrébines.
Isuzu owns 10% of Industries Mécaniques Maghrébines.
Mahindra & Mahindra holds a 70% stake in SsangYong Motor .
MAN SE holds a 17.01% voting stake in Scania.
Marcopolo owns 19% of New Flyer Industries.
Mitsubishi Group holds 20% of Mitsubishi Motors.
Nissan owns 34% of Mitsubishi Motors since October 2016, thus having the right to nominate the chairman of Mitsubishi Motors' board and a third of its directors.   Nissan owns 43% of
Porsche Automobil Holding SE has a 50.74% voting stake in Volkswagen Group. The Porsche automotive business is fully owned by the Volkswagen Group.
Renault and Nissan Motors have an alliance ( Renault-Nissan Alliance) involving two global companies linked by cross-shareholding, with Renault holding 43.4% of Nissan shares, and Nissan holding 15% of (non-voting) Renault shares. Renault holds a 25% stake in
AvtoVAZ Renault holds an 80.1% stake in
SAIPA holds a 51% stake in Pars Khodro.
Tata Motors holds a 100% stake in Jaguar Land Rover.
Toyota holds a 100% stake in Daihatsu. Toyota holds a 50.1% stake in
Hino. Toyota holds a 5.9% stake in
Isuzu. Toyota holds a 5.05% stake in
Mazda, while Mazda holds 0.25% stake in Toyota.  Toyota holds a 16.7% stake in
Subaru Corporation, parent company of Subaru. Toyota holds a 4.94% stake in
Suzuki, while Suzuki holds 0.2% stake in Toyota. 
Volkswagen Group holds a 99.55% stake in the Audi Group. Volkswagen Group holds a 37.73% stake in
Scania (68.6% voting rights), a 53.7% stake in MAN SE (55.9% voting rights), Volkswagen is integrating Scania, MAN and its own truck division into one division.
Paccar has a 19% stake in Tatra. ZAP holds a 51% stake in Zhejiang Jonway.
China joint venture
Beijing Automotive Group has a joint venture with Daimler called Beijing Benz, both companies hold a 50-50% stake. both companies also have a joint venture called Beijing Foton Daimler Automobile. Beijing Automotive Group also has a joint venture with
Hyundai called Beijing Hyundai, both companies hold a 50-50% stake.
BMW and Brilliance have a joint venture called BMW Brilliance . BMW owns a 50% stake, Brilliance owns a 40.5% stake, and the Shenyang municipal government owns a 9.5% stake.
Changan Automobile has a joint venture with Groupe PSA ( Changan PSA ), both hold a 50-50% stake. Changan Automobile has a joint venture with
Suzuki ( Changan Suzuki ), both hold a 50-50% stake. Changan Automobile has a 50-50% joint venture with
Mazda ( Changan Mazda ). Changan Automobile and
Ford have a 50-50% joint venture called Changan Ford. Changan Automobile and
JMCG have a joint venture called Jiangling Motor Holding.
Chery has a joint venture with Jaguar Land Rover called Chery Jaguar Land Rover, both companies hold a 50-50% stake.  Chery and
Israel Corporation has a joint venture called Qoros, both companies hold a 50-50% stake.
Dongfeng Motor and Nissan have a 50-50% joint venture called Dongfeng Motor Company. Dongfeng Motor and
PSA Group have a 50-50% joint venture called Dongfeng Peugeot-Citroen . Dongfeng Motor has a 50-50% joint venture with
Honda called Dongfeng Honda . Dongfeng Motor has a joint venture with
AB Volvo called Dongfeng Nissan-Diesel . Dongfeng Motor has a 50-50% joint venture with
Renault named Dongfeng Renault in Wuhan, which was founded in the end of 2013
FAW Group and General Motors has a 50-50 joint venture called FAW-GM. FAW Group has a 50-50 joint venture with
Volkswagen Group called FAW-Volkswagen . FAW Group has a 50-50 joint venture with
Toyota called Sichuan FAW Toyota Motor and both companies also have another joint venture called Ranz . General Motors and SAIC Motor, both have two joint ventures in SAIC-GM and SAIC-GM-Wuling.
Daimler AG and BYD Auto have a joint venture called Denza, both companies hold a 50-50% stake. Daimler AG and
Geely Holding Group have a joint venture called smart Automobile, both companies hold a 50-50% stake. 
Ford and Navistar International have a 50-50 joint venture called Blue Diamond Truck . Ford and
Sollers JSC have a 50-50 joint venture called Ford Sollers . Ford and
Koç Holding have a 50-50 joint venture called Ford Otosan . Ford and Lio Ho Group have a joint venture called
Ford Lio Ho, Ford owns 70% and Lio Ho Group owns 30%. General Motors and UzAvtosanoat have a joint venture called
GM Uzbekistan, UzAvtosanoat owns 75% and General Motors owns 25%. General Motors,
AvtoVAZ, and EBRD have a joint venture called GM-AvtoVAZ, Both GM and AvtoVAZ owns 41.61% and EBRD owns 16.76%.
Hyundai Motor Company and Kibar Holding has a joint venture called Hyundai Assan Otomotiv, Hyundai owns 70% and Kibar Holding owns 30%.
Isuzu and Anadolu Group have a 50-50% joint venture called Anadolu Isuzu . Isuzu and
General Motors has a 50-50% joint venture called Isuzu Truck South Africa . Isuzu,
Sollers JSC, and Imperial Sojitz have a joint venture called Sollers-Isuzu, Sollers JSC owns 66%, Isuzu owns 29%, and Imperial Sojitz owns 5%.
Mahindra & Mahindra and Navistar International have a joint venture called Mahindra Trucks and Buses Limited . Mahindra & Mahindra owns 51% and Navistar International owns 49%. Mahindra & Mahindra has a joint venture with
Ford Motor Company in India, where Mahindra & Mahindra owns 51% and Ford owns 49%.
MAN SE and UzAvtosanoat have a joint venture called MAN Auto-Uzbekistan, UzAvtosanoat owns 51% and MAN SE owns 49%.
Navistar International and JAC has a joint venture called Anhui Jianghuai Navistar .
PSA and Toyota have a 50-50% joint venture called Toyota Peugeot Citroen Automobile Czech . PSA and
CK Birla Group (AVTEC) have a 50-50% joint venture called PSA AVTEC Powertrain Pvt. Ltd.
Sollers JSC is involved in joint ventures with Ford ( Ford Sollers ) and Mazda to produce cars.
Tata Motors also formed a joint venture in India with Fiat and gained access to Fiat's diesel engine technology. Tata Motors and
Marcopolo have a joint venture called Tata Marcopolo, where Tata owns 51% and Marcopolo owns 49%. Volvo Group and Eicher Motors has a 50-50% joint venture called VE Commercial Vehicles.
Top vehicle manufacturing groups by volume
The table below shows the world's 10 largest motor vehicle manufacturing groups, along with the
marques produced by each one. The table is ranked by 2016 production figures from the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) for the parent group, and then alphabetically by marque. Joint ventures are not reflected in this table. Production figures of joint ventures are typically included in OICA rankings, which can become a source of controversy.  
Country of origin Ownership
Southeast Asia, Japan, Americas
2. Volkswagen AG
Bentley United Kingdom
Global (except North America)
Global (except North America)
Europe, China, Singapore, Mexico, Latin America, Middle East, Northern Africa, New Zealand
Europe, China, India, Australasia, Latin America, Northern Africa, Western Africa, Australasia
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Germany
Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa
Genesis South Korea
Hyundai South Korea
Kia South Korea
4. General Motors
Buick United States
North America, China, Israel
Cadillac United States
North America, Middle East, China, Europe, Japan, South Korea
Chevrolet United States
GMC United States
North America, Middle East
Australia, New Zealand
Central Asia, Russia
Ford United States
Lincoln United States
North America, Middle East, Japan, South Korea, China
Troller Veículos Especiais Brazil
South America, Africa, Australia, Europe
Indonesia, India, Russia, South Africa, Bolivia
North America and China
8. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Alfa Romeo Italy
Chrysler United States
Dodge United States
Fiat Professional Italy /United States
Global (except North America)
Jeep United States
Europe (except United Kingdom, Ireland)
RAM United States
Americas and Australasia
Europe, Japan and Australasia
Europe, North Africa
Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Egypt
Global (except North America)
Renault Samsung Motors South Korea
10. Groupe PSA
Global (except North America)
Europe and China
Global (except North America)
Europe (except United Kingdom), North Africa, South Africa, Middle East, Singapore, Japan, Chile
Vauxhall United Kingdom
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