During the year 1908-1973, mass production took place to keep up with the high demand for vehicles and this was precipitated by Henry Ford who improved the manufacturing process. But it is not until 1973 when lean production took place which was initially developed and introduced by Toyota. This process is still happening until the present day.
The names of the early automakers include Ford, Olds Motor, Chevrolet, Cadillac, Oakland, Stanley Steamer, General Motors, and many more. Some if these names can still be heard until this day and have survived through decades.
These are the Toyota Motor, Ford Company, and General Motors which are also called nowadays as the Big Three car brands worldwide. It is really impressive that these three is still at the top even after experiencing the great recession years from the past.