Difference Between Automobile and Automotive

Automobile vs Automotive

We talk about automobile production, automobile accidents, and automobile safety and so on while the word automotive comes into play very rarely as when talking about a particular product. We say that chain or clutch or engine is automotive products which simply mean that they are used in automobiles. The word automobile comes from the French automobile that is made of Greek autos meaning self and mobilis meaning moving. So automobile means anything that moves on its own but in general it refers to a passenger vehicle that has wheels and is designed to run on road. The word automotive is used mainly in automotive engineering which is a branch of engineering that deals with designing, manufacture and operation of automobiles like cars, buses, trucks etc. There are some more differences between automobile and automotive that will be discussed in this article.

The phrase automotive industry encompasses not just all the cars and other passenger vehicles made all over the world by all other ancillary industries that are connected with, and supply parts and systems to car makers. In a broader sense, all repair and fuel stations also come under automotive industry. All sellers, marketers and manufacturers are also included in automotive industry.

As automobile is anything that moves on its own on roads, all motorcycles get included in the umbrella term and also the scooters and mopeds that have their own engine and run on two wheels. Even three wheelers and what is referred to as an auto in India is an automobile in this sense.

In brief:

Difference Between Automobile and Automotive

• Automobile refers to all passenger vehicles having engine and moving on their wheels on road

• However, most people think of cars whenever the word automobile is used

• Automotive is anything related to automobiles. So a brake fluid is said to be for automotive use

• Automotive industry is a bigger word that encompasses all designers, manufacturers, marketers, sellers and even repairing shops and fuelling stations.

  • onlyme

    But according to the Wikipedia, “The automotive industry does not include industries dedicated to the maintenance of automobiles following delivery to the end-user, such as automobile repair shops and motor fuel filling stations”. Please help me find out the difference between them.