Engineers track progress of construction at a Toyota plant in Kentucky in 1986. It was one of several factories built in the 1980s by Japanese automakers in the U.S. as a result of voluntary limits on Japanese auto exports.
A Cadillac salesmen talks with a potential customer at a shopping mall in Beijing in 2011. This week, China announced moves that could pave the way for new sales for some foreign automakers.
Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images
Citi Bike users pedal through the streets of Manhattan. Some members of Generation Z, the younger generation following the millennials, are less inclined to own cars and lean more toward bike-sharing and ride-sharing services.
John Moore/Getty Images
Charging station for electric cars in Glasgow, Scotland. With new models aimed at the mass market going on sale, Americans will be hearing a lot more about electric cars.
John Guidi/Getty Images/Robert Harding Worl
A Buick Avista concept car is exhibited in Beijing in April. Buick, which sells a large percentage of its cars in China, is No. 3 in Consumer Reports' latest reliability rankings.