[aw-tuh-moh-tiv, aw-tuh-moh-tiv]
pertaining to the design, operation, manufacture, or sale of automobiles: automotive parts.
propelled by a self-contained motor, engine, or the like.
Informal. an industry, store department, etc., specializing in appliances and parts for cars, trucks, and other motorized vehicles: You may find what you're looking for in automotive.

1860–65; auto-1 + motive

nonautomotive, adjective Unabridged
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automotive (ˌɔːtəˈməʊtɪv)
1.  relating to motor vehicles
2.  self-propelling

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Word Origin & History

1865, in ref. to some sort of helicopter-like device, from auto- "self," from Greek, + motive (adj.), from Latin. Meaning "pertaining to automobiles" is from 1898.
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Example sentences
Foreign investment in the automotive sector has been strong.
They also have cheap fabric, tacky flowers, hunting gear and a great automotive
  parts section.
Additionally, high-quality recycled aluminum accounts for a growing number of
  aluminum parts in the automotive industry.
With rising fuel costs, automotive efficiency has become a primary concern for
  many new vehicle buyers.
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