of or pertaining to the auto
- of or relating to cars
- containing within itself the ways propulsion or movement
1865, in mention of the some sort of helicopter-like unit, a hybrid from auto- "self," from Greek, + motive (adj.), from Latin. Meaning "pertaining to vehicles" is from 1898.
In the automotive industry, the first division manufacturers have been able to maintain their capabilities throughout all their vertically integrated functions.