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The American Automotive Industry and the 20th Century

The first automobile was invented and then perfected in France and Germany. There are several people that had a hand in the concept from steam, electric and gasoline vehicles. Exactly who invented the first one is a bit of a matter of opinion. The credit can go to a number of inventors Karl Benz, François Isaac de Rivaz, Gottlieb Daimler, Siegfried Marcus and Nicolaus Otto. Each man invented some form of the motor vehicle that started the world-wide boom of independent travel.

The automotive industry really took off in America in the early 1900’s. Henry Ford was the first innovator to master the techniques of the mass-produced car. With the Model T introduced in 1908 the car was in such high demand that Henry need to come up with a way to get more cars out of the factory and he introduced the world to the first moving assembly line for cars. The improved production saw more than 100 cars produced in a day and it allowed the Ford Motor Company to dominate over its competitors.


Ford, General Motors and Chrysler soon emerged in the United States and were well-known as the “Big Three”. The major car manufacturers came up with new ideas and innovative concepts for the car industry and it wasn’t until the 1980’s that we then saw Japan move to take a share of the car industry in America.


By 1982 the car industry provided around one out of every six jobs in America and more than 87% of households in the United States owned at least one motor car. We are starting to see the movement of autonomously driven or driverless cars. With the huge changes in automotive cars over the last 100 years it’s exciting to see what the future will hold. Some say flying cars. What will you be most interested to see change in the automotive industry?


Whether you have a car from the 20th or 21st century, the staff at Express Lube have a wide range of knowledge on all vehicle service and repair. With 5 locations at Erina, Gosford, Woy Woy, Tuggerah and Cessnock bring your car in today with No booking required.