Feb. 10, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10: DETROIT GOES TO WAR
— Sunday, February 10th. For over a century, Americans have been smitten with motor vehicles, and new models have long been a point of interest. Our appetite for cars was put on a crash diet this date in 1942 when the manufacturing of private vehicles was shut down for the duration of World War II. The auto companies instead were retooled to build tanks and planes and — of course — jeeps for the GI's. Sedans, trucks and ambulances were also made for military use. Production for civilian use cars and trucks surged back to over 4 million units in 1946. In 2010, America's 278 automobile and light-duty motor vehicle manufacturers sold almost 10 million passenger vehicles and trucks. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at
Sources: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 716 2007 Economic Census, NAICS 33611
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