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

Definition of automaker 

: a manufacturer of automobiles

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Yet despite healthy profits, all is not well for the automakers. Washington Post, "Trump has long threatened to hike tariffs on European cars. German auto workers now fear he isn’t bluffing.," 22 June 2018 The rules, which would have significantly lowered the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, were opposed by automakers. Coral Davenport,, "EPA sends fuel economy changes to White House," 1 June 2018 Trump himself hinted at the news before the announcement, implying the tariffs would result in more domestic jobs for automakers. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Trump Said to Want to Ban Mercedes-Benz and Other German Luxury Cars," 31 May 2018 The defect — afflicting Takata inflators in multiple automakers' vehicles — has been linked to more than a dozen deaths and hundreds of injuries. Bloomberg,, "Don't drive these Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series trucks, safety regulators warn," 7 May 2018 Electrics are forecast to account for 35 to over 50 percent of automakers' China sales by 2025. Joe Mcdonald, The Christian Science Monitor, "Chinese automakers' influence grows in electric vehicle industry," 25 Apr. 2018 Although automakers have been hopeful some deal could be brokered, perhaps with California agreeing to weaken the more immediate targets in exchange for federal buy-in to more aggressive goals through 2030, that is looking increasingly unlikely. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Administration Declares War on California’s Environmental Standards," 3 Apr. 2018 The public perception and reaction alone could be enough for automakers to be wary of working with Uber publicly. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "Police have released the first video from inside the Uber self-driving car that killed a pedestrian," 21 Mar. 2018 This one plant is a signal that the automakers' investment in north Alabama is long-term and potentially far-reaching, leaders say., "Toyota-Mazda and Alabama's booming auto industry by the numbers," 2 Feb. 2018

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1899, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of automaker

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

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