During the twentieth century, automobiles became increasingly popular as a means of transportation. These vehicles are a highly technical system composed of thousands of parts. The manufacturers design and improve their cars’ engine, body, and safety systems.
During the twentieth century, stricter manufacturing standards were introduced. These regulations were aimed at improving fuel efficiency, emissions, and safety. Auto manufacturers lobbied against these standards, claiming that most accidents were caused by driver error. However, experts say that merely regulating the manufacturing process does not go far enough in reducing injuries and deaths.
After World War II, automobile production in the United States increased. However, it was during the 1980s that the industry began to lose ground to foreign automakers. The Japanese, on the other hand, surpassed U.S. manufacturers and gained a reputation for high-quality automobiles.
Automakers introduced new designs more frequently. As a result, they were able to split the market into different segments. They were able to lower prices for automobiles while increasing their market share.
The demand for automobiles was driven by increased economic development in the United States. The higher per capita income allowed more people to afford automobiles.
In the 1920s, automotive production was a challenge in the U.S. The Henry Ford assembly line was designed for a single model, but by 1913, it had become a system for mass production. The first vehicles to use the new system were Ford’s Model T and Fiesta subcompact.