Automakers are involved in the design, development, manufacture, marketing, and sale of motor vehicles . There are hundreds of carmakers globally but fewer are involved in large-scale production of vehicles. Many smaller companies running in the hundreds are in the business of tuning cars, producing replicas of famous cars, or manufacturing parts.
Automakers are one of the world's biggest producers and merchandisers of a product. It is also one of the biggest buyers of raw materials such as iron, copper, and rubber. One out of every seven jobs in the U.S. is directly related to the manufacture and use of motor vehicles.
In the United States, the three major manufacturers are General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler, each of which produces cars that still bear the names of the original independent companies. General Motor cars include Chevrolet, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, and Cadillac. Ford Motor Company's cars include Ford, Mercury, and Lincoln. Chrysler Corporation cars include Chrysler, Plymouth, and Dodge.
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(The world's largest automaker by volume is now, for the first time, the Renault-Nissan alliance. It sold 5,268,079 vehicles in the first half of 2017. In doing so it outsold Germany's Volkswagen (5,155,591) and Toyota Motor (5,129,000). Long-time world leader General Motors trailed behind in fourth with around 4.7 million vehicles sold.)
Chana Automobile Company, Ltd ( People's Republic of China), Tata
Motors, Ltd ( India), First Automotive Group Corporation ( People's
Republic of China), Geely Automobile ( People's Republic of China),
Chery Automobile Company, Ltd ( People's Republic of China), Fuji Heavy
Industries, Ltd ( Japan), Dongfeng Motor Corporation ( People's Republic
of China), Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Corporation, Ltd (
People's Republic of China), OAO AvtoVAZ ( Russia), BYD Auto ( People's
Republic of China), Isuzu Motors, Ltd ( Japan), Anhui Jianghuai
Automobile Company, Ltd ( People's Republic of China), Brilliance China
Automotive Holding, Ltd ( People's Republic of China), Great Wall Motor
Company, Ltd ( People's Republic of China), Shanghai Automotive Industry
Corporation ( People's Republic of China), Mahindra & Mahindra, Ltd
( India), Hafei Motor ( China), Jiangxi Qingling
Motors Company Ltd. ( China), Proton Holdings, Bhd ( Malaysia), Hunan
Jiangnan Automobile ( People's Republic of China), MAN SE ( Germany),
Chongqing Lifan Automobile Company, Ltd ( People's, Fujian Motor
Industry Group Company ( People's Republic of China), Kuozui Motors, Ltd
( Taiwan), Shandong Kaima ( China), Chenzhou Gonow
Nanyan Chifeng Vehicle ( People's Republic of China), Rongcheng Huatai
Motor ( People's Republic of China.
One can see from the automakers above the explosion of manufacturing in China. Being the most populous country in the world, currently at 1.3 billion people, it only makes sense for the country to promote domestic production. Meanwhile, one can notice the decline of Porsche in terms of production as well as Volvo.