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  • Audrey Magdalin Foley (1924 - 2014)
    OBITUARY: Audrey Foley, May 20, 1924 ~ November 25, 2014 - reprinted from the Keehr Funeral Home website Audrey Foley, age 90, of El Paso, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at Kinnic Long Ter...
  • Newell "Hayden" Riddle (1921 - 2004)
    A few months after Hayden was born in 1921, his mother died and since his father had his hands full with Hayden's three very young siblings, it appears that Hayden was taken in by the Bybee family. Sin...
  • Bewicke Blackburn (1811 - 1897)
    Bewicke Blackburn (1811-1897), civil engineer, was an ingenious inventor whose designs included the Blackburn steam car, which anticipated the modern automobile. Inventor of the Blackburn steam car
  • Steve A. Nosser (1919 - 2022)
    Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy : Jan 21 2022, 5:24:26 UTC Stuckman "Steve" Nosser, age 102, of Quincy, died Thursday, January 20, 2022, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. Steve ...

This project is designed for anyone who has worked in the automotive industry. Jobs include, but aren't limited to: Detailer, Designer, Tire Tech, Inspector, Electrician, Car Salesman, Engineer, Quality Tester, Marketing, Restoration, Car Wash Attendant, Assembler or Factory Worker.

The automotive industry comprises a wide range of companies and organizations involved in the design, development, manufacturing, marketing, and selling of motor vehicles. It is one of the world's largest industries by revenue. The automotive industry does not include industries dedicated to the maintenance of automobiles following delivery to the end-user, such as automobile repair shops and motor fuel filling stations.

The word automotive comes from the Greek autos (self), and Latin motivus (of motion), referring to any form of self-powered vehicle.[clarification needed] This term, as proposed by Elmer Sperry (1860-1930), first came into use with reference to automobiles in 1898.

The automotive industry began in the 1860s with hundreds of manufacturers that pioneered the horseless carriage. For many decades, the United States led the world in total automobile production. In 1929, before the Great Depression, the world had 32,028,500 automobiles in use, and the U.S. automobile industry produced over 90% of them. At that time, the U.S. had one car per 4.87 persons. After 1945, the U.S. produced about 75 percent of world's auto production. In 1980, the U.S. was overtaken by Japan and then became world's leader again in 1994. In 2006, Japan narrowly passed the U.S. in production and held this rank until 2009, when China took the top spot with 13.8 million units. With 19.3 million units manufactured in 2012, China almost doubled the U.S. production of 10.3 million units, while Japan was in third place with 9.9 million units. From 1970 (140 models) over 1998 (260 models) to 2012 (684 models), the number of automobile models in the U.S. has grown exponentially.

Early car manufacturing involved manual assembly by a human worker. The process evolved from engineers working on a stationary car, to a conveyor belt system where the car passed through multiple stations of more specialized engineers. Starting in the 1960s, robotic equipment was introduced to the process, and today most cars are produced largely with automated machinery.