The automotive industry began in the 1890s with hundreds of manufacturers that pioneered the horseless carriage. For many decades, the United States led the world in total automobile production. View more at #FactsPediaIn.
In 1929 before the Great Depression, the world had 32,028,500 automobiles in use, and the U.S. automobile industry produced over 90% of them. At that time the U.S. had one car per 4.87 persons.
After World War II, the U.S. produced about 75 percent of world’s auto production.
In 1980, the U.S. was overtaken by Japan and became world’s leader again in 1994.
In 2006, Japan narrowly passed the U.S. in production and held this rank until 2009, when China took the top spot with 13.8 million units.
With 19.3 million units manufactured in 2012, China almost doubled the U.S. production, with 10.3 million units, while Japan was in third place with 9.9 million units.
From 1970 (140 models) over 1998 (260 models) to 2012 (684 models), the number of automobile models in the U.S. has grown exponentially
Manufacturing in Europe
- Europe’s cars, vans, trucks and buses are the cleanest, safest and quietest in the world.
- Vehicle manufacturing is a strategic industry in the EU, where 18.4 million cars, vans, trucks and buses are manufactured per year.
- Automobile manufacturers operate some 296 vehicle assembly and production plants in 26 countries across Europe.
- The turnover generated by the automotive sector represents 6.5% of EU GDP.
- The automobile industry has ripple effects throughout the economy, supporting a vast supply chain and generating an array of business services.
The European auto industry is a global player, delivering quality ‘Made in Europe’ products around the world, and bringing in a €100.4 billion trade surplus.
Top 20 motor vehicle producing countries 2015
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Around the world, there were about 806 million cars and light trucks on the road in 2007, consuming over 980 billion litres (980,000,000 m3) of gasoline and diesel fuel yearly. The automobile is a primary mode of transportation for many developed economies. The Detroit branch of Boston Consulting Group predicts that, by 2014, one-third of world demand will be in the four BRIC markets (Brazil, Russia, India and China).
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