Brief background about the history of the American auto industry. "Of the several thousand auto manufacturers who have operated in the United States, only three remain. But many nameplates that were once well-known are in the family trees of those three surviving auto makers." Discusses contributions of Ransom E. Olds (Oldsmobiles), who was the first to produce cars in Detroit, David Dunbar Buick, Horace Dodge, William Durant, and others. From The Detroit News.