An automobile is a four-wheeled vehicle, typically powered by an internal combustion engine. It is typically a passenger vehicle, but can also be used for cargo and off-road use.
The automobile revolutionized the way Americans worked and lived. It brought better schools and medical care to rural America. It also freed homemakers from the narrow confines of their homes.
As a result, the automobile industry became the lifeblood of the petroleum industry. By the late 1920s, automobiles were the backbone of a new consumer goods-oriented society. In the mid-1920s, the automotive industry ranked first in value of product.
Automobiles paved the way for better tourism, which grew in the twentieth century. The automobile was also a catalyst for change in the United States and helped transform the culture of an urban neighborhood.
A car is usually a four-wheeled vehicle with a driver and up to four passengers. Other vehicles, such as a minivan, have up to seven passengers.
During the First World War, the automotive industry played a key role in supplying essential equipment and materials. But by the 1920s, the industry had reached saturation. There were only 44 active manufacturers in the United States.
By the end of the 1920s, only three major automobile manufacturers were operating. These were Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler.
By the beginning of the 1930s, these companies had become the “Big Three” in the U.S. They accounted for 80 percent of the industry’s output.