This guide provides resources for researchers interested in the automotive industry covering the history, retail and car buying, company research and marketing strategies, industry associations, and regulations.
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Georgette Green, Business Reference and Research Specialists, Science, Technology & Business Division
Natalie Burclaff, Business Reference Section Head, Science, Technology & Business Division
Note: This guide is adapted from the Library of Congress Business & Economics Research Advisor (BERA), issue 2, The Automotive Industry by Ellen Terrell, Jan Herd, Lawrence Marcus, Joe Sams, and Joan Sullivan
Created: May 11, 2020
Last Updated: July 26, 2023
The automobile industry is vital to the U.S. economy and extends across various regions worldwide. It encompasses a range of activities, including automobile design, development, marketing, and sales. This guide focuses on cars and light trucks, excluding commercial or other automotive products.
The purpose of this guide is to aid researchers in exploring the industry's growth and to provide resources for researching vehicles. It covers a broad range of topics, such as the history of automobiles, global industry trends, manufacturing and technology, retail, marketing, company research, statistical resources, industry news analysis, regulations, and finding aids.
This guide provides a comprehensive list of print materials from our catalog, internet websites, and subscription databases for your convenience. If you need additional books or materials on the automotive industry, search for more titles in the "Search the Library's Catalog" tab.
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