honda has worse quality piant than GM

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  1. I think this has to do mostly with the increased use of water based paints in the automotive industry, for enviromental reasons, damned EPA.
     
  2. give me information about cars
     
  3. The automotive industry designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and sells the world's motor vehicles. In 2007, more than 73 million motor vehicles, including cars and commercial vehicles were produced worldwide.[1]

    In 2007, a total of 71.9 million new automobiles were sold worldwide: 22.9 million in Europe, 21.4 million in Asia-Pacific, 19.4 million in USA and Canada, 4.4 million in Latin America, 2.4 million in the Middle East and 1.4 million in Africa. [2] The markets in North America and Japan were stagnant, while those in South America and Asia grew strongly. Of the major markets, Russia, Brazil, India and China saw the most rapid growth.

    About 250 million vehicles are in the United States. Around the world, there were about 806 million cars and light trucks on the road in 2007; they burn over 260 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel yearly. The numbers are increasing rapidly, especially in China and India.[3]

    In 2008, with rapidly rising oil prices, industries such as the automotive industry, are experiencing a combination of pricing pressures from raw material costs and changes in consumer buying habits. The industry is also facing increasing external competition from the public transport sector, as consumers re-evaluate their private vehicle usage.[4] Roughly half of the US's fifty one light vehicle plants are projected to permanently close in the coming years with the loss of another 200,000 jobs in the sector, on top of the 560,000 jobs lost this decade.[5]

    The Brazilian automotive industry produced almost 3 million vehicles in 2007. Most of large global companies are present in Brazil, such as Ford, GM (Chevrolet), Volkswagen, Fiat, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Renault etc, and also the emerging national companies such as Troller, Marcopolo S.A., Agrale, Randon among others.

    The Brazilian industry in regulated by the Associação Nacional dos Fabricantes de Veículos Automotores (Anfavea), created in 1956, which includes Auto makers (automobiles, light vehicles, trucks and buses)and Agriculture machines with factories in Brazil.

    Anfavea is part of the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles (OICA), based in Paris.

    The British motor industry has always been export oriented[citation needed]. Today it employs about 850,000 people and produces about 1.5 million cars and 216,000 commercial vehicles per year, 75% of which are exported.[6] The top five UK car producers are Nissan, Toyota, Honda, MINI and Land Rover.[7] However, international competitiveness of UK cars have declined consistently since the 1990s and the country became unable to sustain production on par with Germany or France. Since 2000, motor vehicle production fell from 1,813,894 to 1,750,253.[8] The country was overtaken by fast industrializing economies such as Brazil, India and Mexico.[8] The UK is the 12th largest automobile producer in the world but Russia is poised to overtake it in 2008.[8]

    Canada is currently the 9th largest auto producer in the world, down from 7th a few years ago. Brazil and Spain recently surpassed Canadian production for the first time ever. Canada's highest ranking ever was 2nd largest producer in the world between 1918 and 1923. The Canadian auto industry traces its roots to the very beginning of the automobile. The first large-scale production of automobiles in Canada took place in Walkerville, near Windsor, Ontario in 1904. In the first year of operations, Gordon McGregor and Wallace Campbell, along with a handful of workmen produced 117 Model "C" Ford vehicles at the Walkerville Wagon Works factory.

    Through marquees such as Brooks Steam, Redpath, Tudhope, McKay, Galt Gas-Electric, Gray-Dort, Brockville Atlas, C.C.M., and McLaughlin, Canada had many domestic auto brands. In 1918 McLaughlin was bought by an American firm, General Motors, and was re-branded as General Motors of Canada.

    Driven by the demands of World War I, Canada's automotive industry had grown, by 1923, into the second-largest in the world, although it was still comprised of relatively inefficient plants producing many models behind a high tariff wall. High consumer prices and production inefficiencies characterized the Canadian auto industry prior to the signing of the 1965 Automotive Products Trade Agreement with the United States.

    The 1965 Automotive Products Trade Agreement or “Auto Pact” represents the single most important factor in making the Canadian automotive industry what it is today: a strong, successful industry that has a significant positive impact on the Canadian economy. Key features of the Auto Pact were the 1:1 production to sales ratio and Canadian Value Added requirements.

    Today, the Canadian auto industry is closely linked to that of the U.S., due to the Automotive Products Trade Agreement and later the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). There are five firms manufacturing automobiles in Canada, all in the province of Ontario: General Motors of Canada, Honda Canada, Chrysler Canada, Toyota Canada, and Ford of Canada. True Canadian domestics have long since gone under or been absorbed into the US "Big 3". The auto industry is Canada's biggest sector, and the province of Ontario surpassed Michigan in 2006 to become the largest auto-producing jurisdiction on the American continent. In addition to production facilities, 3,500 car dealers employ 140,000 individuals.

    Magna is Canada's biggest domestic firm in the sector, and is the world's third-largest auto parts firm, producing entire vehicles at its Magna-Steyr plant in Austria.

    In Germany, the automobile has been invented. The inventor was Carl Benz. Furthermore, the four stroke internal-combustion engine used in most automobiles worldwide today, has been invented by Nikolaus Otto in Germany, in addition the diesel engine is also a German invention made by Rudolf Diesel. Still today, the fastest and most valuable cars are developed and built in Germany.[citation needed] On the one hand, Germany is famous for the high-perfomance and high-quality sports cars made by Porsche, on the other hand, the cars by Mercedes-Benz are famous for their quality, safety and innovativeness. Daimler-Benz is the industry's oldest firm, building automobiles since the late 1880s; its current structure dates from 1926. In 1998 it bought the American automobile manufacturer Chrysler, then sold out in 2007 at a heavy loss as it never managed bring the division to long term profitability.

    In the popular market, Opel and Volkswagen are most well known. Opel was a bicycle company that started making cars in 1898; General Motors bought it out in 1929, but the Nazi government took control and GM wrote off its entire investment. In 1948 GM returned and restored the Opel brand.

    Volkswagen is dominant in the popular market; it purchased Audi in 1964. VW's most famous car was the small, beetle-shaped economical "people's car" with a rear-mounted, air-cooled engine. It was designed in the 1930s by Ferdinand Porsche upon orders from Adolf Hitler, who was himself a car enthusiast. However production models appeared only after the war; until then only rich Germans had automobiles. By 1950 Volkswagen was the largest German automobile producer [9] , today, it is one of the three biggest automotive companies, but it is now part of the Porsche Automobil Holding SE. In the meantime, ten different car manufacturers belong to the multicorporate enterprise: Porsche, Volkswagen, Audi, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Bentley, Škoda Auto, MAN and Seat.

    Germany is famous for its upscale sedans. They feature well-designed suspension systems that provide both a soft ride and good handling characteristics. Many manufacturers limit their automobiles electronically to driving speeds of 250 km/h (155 mph) for safety reasons.[citation needed]

    Daimler AG produces the upscale Mercedes-Benz, long a famous name in racing, as well as the innovative city vehicle Smart. BMW (founded 1916), Audi and Porsche are major factors in the sportive luxury market worldwide.[10] Porsche formed his own company, which today produces expensive, high-quality sports cars.[11]. In 2008 the Porsche company sought control of the much larger Volkswagen company; Porsche cornered the market for Volkswagen stock and made profits of tens of billions of Euros, while apparently gaining control of the bigger company.

    India is one of the fastest growing automobile industries in the world. After 1960, the automobile industry saw rapid growth and many automotive manufacturers started production. In 1920 one of the first companies was Hindustan Motors which produced the Ambassador; later, Fiat entered a collaboration with Premier. Chrysler entered India in the early 1960s. After 1990 Mercedes-Benz, Tata Motors, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, Toyota, and Maruti (owned jointly by the Government of India and Suzuki) grew to be major forces in the country's economy. Honda came up in 1996 with the Honda City, then the Civic, CR-V, and the Accord. Also BMW started production for the local market due to import duty. Tata purchased Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford Motor Company in 2008.

    Japan, with its large population squeezed into very high density cities with good public transit, has limited roadways that carry very heavy traffic. Hence most automobiles are small in terms of size and weight. From a humble beginning, Japan is now the biggest auto manufacturing country in the world. Nissan began making trucks in 1914, and sold cars under the Datsun brand until it switched to Nissan in the 1980s. It opened its first U.S. plant in Tennessee in the early 1980s and a U.K. plant in 1986. Its luxury models carry the brand Infiniti. Honda, which began with motorcycles, emerged after World War II. Its luxury vehicles are sold under the Acura brand. Toyota began making cars in the 1930s and is now the world's largest producer. Its luxury models carry the Lexus brand. Toyota is famous for its innovative, quality-conscious management style, and its hybrid gas-electric vehicles, especially the Prius, which was launched in 1997. Other major companies include Subaru, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Suzuki, and Isuzu. Japan became the world's leading auto maker in 1980,[citation needed] the first year since 1905 that the United States had been outproduced by any other nation.

    The South Korean automobile industry is today the fifth largest in the world in terms of production volume and the sixth largest in terms of export volume. 50 years ago, its initial operations were merely the assembling of parts imported from Japan and the United States. The Hyundai Kia Automotive Group is today the third largest automaker in Asia, after Toyota and Honda. South Korean car marques have grown to compete with top established European brands. Annual domestic output exceeded one million units in 1988. In the 1990s, the industry manufactured numerous in-house models, demonstrating not only its capabilities, and signalling its coming of age thanks to the heavy investment to infrastructure in the country over the decades.
     
  4. A car is a wheeled vehicle for the transportation of people or goods capable of moving under its own power.
     

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