The United States And The American Automobile Industry

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The Auto Industry in the United States has flourished ever since it’s revolution in the early 1900s. “Although the blueprint for the modern automobile was perfected in Germany and France in the late 1800s, Americans dominated the industry in the first half of the twentieth century. Henry Ford innovated mass-production techniques that became standard, with Ford, General Motors and Chrysler emerging as the “Big Three” auto companies by the 1920s (Foner & Garraty 1991).” Henry Ford’s focus was to produce an automobile that could be accepted by middle class Americans. The American automobile industry is subject to global competition like any other industry. As stated earlier, the automobile was first perfected in Germany and France. In 1995, the United States and Japan made a trade agreement that provided more dealer outlets and allowed easier replacement part selling in each other’s countries (Nauss 1995). This makes auto parts and auto-replacement parts for Japanese cars easier to access in the United States and vice versa. Not only does this provide for more US jobs, but it also provides for more Japanese jobs in the auto industry (Nauss 1995)! But furthermore, it increases the global competition. “Japanese automotive manufacturers include Toyota, Honda, Daihatsu, Nissan, Suzuki, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Isuzu, Kawasaki, Yamaha, and Mitsuoka. Cars designed in Japan have won the European Car of the Year, International Car of the Year, and World Car of the Year awards many…
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