Impact Of The Auto Industry On American Culture

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The auto industry has been around long before I was born. Automobiles have become a necessity in American culture. “With the invention of the automobile and the mass production techniques of Henry Ford, which made the machine affordable, the American economy has been transformed by this key element in its prosperity.” (Davis, 2014) Being able to transport quickly from one destination to another is a great convenience. Almost every working family living in the United States owns at least one vehicle.

Global competition in the industry: There are many vehicle manufacturers throughout the world. A few common vehicles seen in my state are GM, Chrysler, Lexus, VW, Honda, Toyota, Ford, and Jeep. Each company tries to stay ahead of the rest. Toyota, based in Japan, for example was one of the first businesses to introduce hybrid vehicles. This was a direct result of the oil embargo. After having three oil shortages automobile manufacturers are creating more fuel efficient, environmentally friendly products.

New technology: Tesla created an electric car which plugs in to recharge. Some people have even created their own grease powered car. The grease can come from fast food restaurants or any business that serves fried food. An infinite amount of features are now available in automobiles. From stereos which can act as your phone to Wi-Fi being built into the vehicle. Recently, vehicles can now come with a feature which parallel parks for you. Google even invented a
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