Occasionally it is convenient to take a break and see the automotive world with some perspective. For example, to discover that today, there are more than a billion cars in the world (1,015 million, specifically). This viewed in another way means one car for every seven people. It doesn't seems somewhat exaggerated (assuming that on the planet live seven billion people), but then you have to think about the supply chain and dependency necessary to maintain a fleet of vehicles so enormous.
This number includes passenger and commercial cars and heavy vehicles, but excludes working heavy vehicles that operate off road, such as the large quarries dumper trucks. This figure represents a 3.6% increase on the number of cars in 2010, which was approximately 985 million.
Much of the blame for this growth – the second largest annual growth in history – is because the explosion of the Chinese market, which has sold 27.5% more cars than in 2010. There are 16.8 million more vehicles in China that in 2010 with a total number that reaches 78 million.
For the first time, China has overtaken Japan in number of cars (73.9 million) and stands in second position of the world rankings. Said this, the vehicles/population ratio is still very low in China and the global car champion with the major number of cars on its streets remains the United States. Currently, the USA has registered the tremendous number of 239.8 million cars, more than drivers licenses issued in the country.
In Spain for example, do not reach the 30 million cars, so neither reach the U.S. ratio of one car for every 1.3 persons. If the future continues like that, the U.S. will not increase your registrations more than 1% per year while China could double its fleet of vehicles in less than 10 years.
This means that in 15 years China could have surpassed the U.S., and all that, forgetting countries like India and Brazil, which are increasingly contributing to the growth of the cars in the world.
It's time to think about the future. Can the oil and energy industry endure the demand? Are we really thinking about what will happen to our planet?