Introduced in 1908, the Model T satisfied the rising
American demand for vehiclesa demand that would affect everything
from road construction to the economy. America's acceptance of the automobile
was overwhelming and unprecedented: from 1899 to 1929 alone, the automotive
industry rose from 150th to first among American industries. In 1929,
the ratio of cars to population in the United States was 1:5, compared
with 1:44 in France and Great Britain and 1:196 in Germany.