It also works in Czech and definitely some other Slavic languages...angeluomo said:There's nothing really wrong with the formulation you have provided, though I have never heard this usage before with the "car industry". Instead, I have heard formulations like: "Greece is the cradle of Western civilization." Take it one step further, and I guess it can also apply to the car industry or anything else. Your counter proposal (birthplace) is also OK. Interestingly, the "cradle" image works also in German (Wiege) and French (berceau).
This isn't intended as an insult, but that's like saying New Orleans is the birthplace of Mardi Gras.I wonder if it is possible to say "Detroit is known as a cradle of car industry" Isn't it better to say "birthplace" of car industry? - llucie