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A Profile of the Automobile and Motor Vehicle Industry by James M. Rubenstein

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CHAPTER 3

Organization of the Motor Vehicle Industry: Production

This chapter focuses on the organization of production of the world’s motor vehicles. The next chapter focuses on the organization of vehicle sales. This chapter identifies the leading carmakers and the location of production.

Worldwide production of motor vehicles has increased steadily during the seven decades since the end of World War II at an average annual rate of 1.4% (Figure 3.1). Production increased from 10 million vehicles in 1950 to 16 million in 1960, 30 million in 1970, 39 million in 1980, 44 million in 1990, 58 million in 2000, and 78 million in 2010. The annual average increase was 3.5% during the 1950s, 4.5% during the 1960s, 2.3% during the 1970s, 1.2% during ...

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