A Brief Note On The American Auto Industry

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When a 25-year-old becomes pregnant, she needs to make some daunting decisions regarding her lifestyle. One of those decisions is whether or not to replace her ten-year-old car. It has been making some ominous rattling sounds and doesn 't like to go over hills. She 's always thought it had “character”, but are those quirks safe for her baby? How will she know what kind of vehicle she needs for the lifestyle she is going to be living? The American auto industry has managed to innovate along with the changing tides of American culture. While each manufacturer went in a slightly different direction, they are all constantly looking for new ways to get ahead of the market, new markets to sell in, and new and better ways to manufacture their…show more content…
In the context of the 25-year-old mother, she may look for a vehicle that advertises the highest crash-test safety rating. The decision by Ford Motor Company to reverse engineer the parts of their competitors, led them to become a best-in-class vehicle, including safety ratings (Highfill 2004). The Duprey 2 Duprey 3 implementation of seat belt “click-it-or-ticket” laws ensure that each passenger is utilizing the equipment in a way most conducive to the safety of the consumers. Nature has been a slightly smaller priority in the history of the automobile. Even from the beginning of production, manufacturing a car requires lead, platinum, rubber, iron, steel and many other materials that must be converted into different useable car parts. Sutherland and Gunter (2004) state that, “the material production and manufacturing stages contribute 14% of the consumed energy, 65% of the particulate emissions, 67% of the solid waste, and 94% of the metal waste to water” out of the total environmental impact during the life of the car. Once in use, vehicles consume non-renewable resources, causing pollution buildup in areas with high concentrations of people. Many states require emissions inspections at the same time as the car-safety inspection, which occurs on a yearly basis before drivers are permitted to re-register
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