au·​to·​mak·​er | \ ˈȯ-tō-ˌmā-kər , ˈä-tō-\

Definition of automaker

: a manufacturer of automobiles

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Carlos Ghosn resigned as chairman and CEO of French automaker Renault. Sean Mclain, WSJ, "Angry Letters and Lawyers: Nissan, Renault Duel After Ghosn Arrest," 5 Feb. 2019 The fellow South Korean automaker is nearing the release of the Niro EV, an all-electric SUV that’s largely built on the same technological platform as the Kona. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Hyundai’s Kona EV has great range and costs as much as the average car," 17 Dec. 2018 And Trump is considering a 25 percent tariff on imported cars that could cost consumers on average $5,800 per foreign vehicle, according to the Association of Global Automakers, which includes the Big Three automakers in metro Detroit. NBC News, "Trade war could turn Trump's biggest strength into weakness," 8 July 2018 Meanwhile, as European tariffs on Japanese cars decline to zero from 10%, American automakers will face stiffer competition on the continent. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trading Past America," 17 July 2018 The brand known best in the United States for a fiery red lineup — other colors are available — of Giulia sedans, Stelvios and 4C two-seaters has grown enough to become a central part of the next five-year plan for the Italian-American automaker. Eric D. Lawrence,, "Future of Fiat Chrysler depends on Alfa Romeo, Maserati moreso than Fiat, Chrysler," 12 June 2018 Jeep of course is a key profit generator for the Italian-American automaker. Eric D. Lawrence, USA TODAY, "Jeep, Ram lead growth plan amid questions about future of Fiat, Chrysler brands," 1 June 2018 Under an agreement-in-principle with the U.S., South Korea will double a cap on American automakers to 50,000 cars per year., "U.S. Pushes for Quick Nafta Agreement But Canada Needs Details," 29 Mar. 2018 The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 strip show continues, and the American automaker has given us our best look yet at the face of the forthcoming Mustang model. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, "Mean Mug: Ford Unmasks Face of the 2019 Shelby GT500," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of automaker

1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of automaker was in 1899

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English Language Learners Definition of automaker

US : a company that makes and sells cars : an automobile manufacturer

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