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Automotive Industry: A Research Guide

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.


Daimler-Benz Aktiengesellschaft. Das erste praktisch brauchbare automobil der welt, das Benz-Dreirad von 1885. 1940. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

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.

About the Business Section

Part of the Science & Business Reading Room at the Library of Congress, the Business Section is the starting point for conducting research at the Library of Congress in the subject areas of business and economics. Here, reference specialists in specific subject areas of business assist patrons in formulating search strategies and gaining access to the information and materials contained in the Library's rich collections of business and economics materials.