Statistics: the Amount of Cars Produced Every Year & their Oil Consumption *Staggering Numbers

As of 9/20/2010 2:14 Eastern Time 37,384,048 cars have been produced this year alone! And the year is not even over.

-If the average tank of gas takes 20 gallons, and the average fuel efficiency is 18 miles per gallon (official statistics say about 22 mpg, but 5-6 mpg less if you consider buses and trucks and factor in real life traffic jams in major cities), then the average person can drive about 360 miles on one tank of gas.

If the average American commutes 50 miles a day to and from work 5 days a week they travel 250 miles. Throw in another 110 miles per week for miscellaneous travel and the average American consumer would be filling up about once a week, or using about 20 gallons per week, or 80 gallons a month, or 960 gallons a year. The official numbers are actually less than this.

I am just using sample numbers taken at random. None of this has been researched, and your numbers can come in significantly higher or lower, but simple common sense tells you that the average American is not using anything close to 200 gallons a week, which is 800 gallons a month, or about 15 times the official number. At an average cost of $2.70 a gallon in the summer of ’10, that would cost the average consumer $2160 a month. Do you spend near that much money on gasoline every month?

Official statistics from 2000 – 10 years ago I know, but neither has significant legislation made an impact, nor have significant technological breakthroughs seeped into the hard heads of the broke American auto makers – say the average passenger car travels about 12,500 miles per year, at an average MPG of 22 MPG. Using these numbers, the average American consumer would buy about 580 gallons of gas a year, or about 50 gallons a month, or 12.5 gallons a week, which is close to official estimates. These numbers seem too low to me which is why I used a different metric.

If I split the difference between my arbitrary estimate and official estimates for passenger cars (not buses, light trucks or trucks, which is why I made my numbers higher as these require more fuel, as does bumper to bumper traffic), the average American buys about 16 gallons of gas a week, or about 65 gallons a month, or almost 800 gallons a year – not a month – close to official estimates when including buses and trucks.

By this token, if all 37.38 million cars were being operated on the road(Which there are much, much more than this) which is 29,907,238,400 Gallons of gasoline to run these vehicles for ONE YEAR!(Remember the 37.38 was not even one full year of production) At $2.70 per gallon, the price to pay for the near 30 billion gallons of gasoline to to fuel the 38 million cars produced from the being of 2010 until now, would cost $80,749,54,680. Almost $81 billion to operate for one years time the amount of cars produced from the beginning of 2010 until now…

Now we didn’t factor in the amount of oil it took even produce thes cars in the first place. Not to mention the amount of oil it took to refine and process more oil to keep this process going. Also not to mention the amount of oil required to trasport these vehicles to their repsective location around the globe. By this time, we have seriously racked up some oil consumption.

Yes, some of these vehicles may be electric, but only a small percentage of all vehicles run on solely renewable alternative fuels. And let’s not forget the amount of oil required to produce the electricity for these vehicles. Or if we’re talking biofuels, the amount of oil required to run the equipment to produce and process the biofuel.

In addition to the prvious numbers, have a look at the amount of cars produced by each country for the last 11 years(just the last 11 years).

Cars produced in the world – sources and methods

The data on global car production displayed on the Worldometers’ counter is based on the latest statistics on worldwide car production issued by the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA).

A formula based on the current data available, historical trends, and projections is used to estimate total cars produced in the current year.

Because the auto industry is an important sector of the global economy, numerous analysis of sales data and future outlook are issued by financial and economic institutes worldwide.

National trade organizations are surveyed on their annual data by OICA. Each summer, a survey on the last six months provides a first estimation of the year’s production figures .

Definition of “car” and “production”

By “car” we are referring to passenger cars, which are defined as motor vehicles with at least four wheels, used for the transport of passengers, and comprising no more than eight seats in addition to the driver’s seat. Cars (or automobiles) make up approximately 87% of the total motor vehicle annual production in the world.
The remaining 13%, not included in this statistics, is made up by light commercial vehicles and heavy trucks (motor vehicles with et least four wheels, used for the carriage of goods), buses, coaches and minibuses (comprising more than eight seats in addition to the driver’s seat)

By “production” we are following the convention used by national trade organizations and referring to completely built vehicle (CBU) as opposed to assembly of completely knocked down (CKD) or semi-knocked down (SKD) sets when vehicle parts originate in another country.

How many cars are produced in the world every year?

For 2009, global vehicle sales remain in the midst of a precipitous fall-off, led by sharp declines in the mature markets of the United States, Western Europe and Japan. We project total cars produced at 51,971,328.

In 2006 there were 49,886,549 passenger cars produced in the world, with an increase of 6.45% over the previous year. The increase for 2007 was more modest, and 2008 showed a decline. Analysts from various institutes had in fact pegged the year 2007 as the year which would end the 5-year cycle (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006) of record global auto sales worldwide.

year cars produced in the world
2009 (projection) 51,971,328
2008 52,940,559
2007 54,920,317
2006 49,886,549
2005 46,862,978
2004 44,554,268
2003 41,968,666
2002 41,358,394
2001 39,825,888
2000 41,215,653
1999 39,759,847

Which country produces most cars?

A third of all cars in the world is produced in the European Union (see chart below)

China became the world’s third-largest car market in 2006, as car sales in China soared by nearly 40% to 4.1 million units. China should become the world’s second-largest car market by 2010, as low vehicle penetration, rising incomes, greater credit availability and falling car prices lift sales past those of Japan. Furthermore, vehicle penetration in China stands at only 24 vehicles per 1,000 people, compared with 749 vehicles per 1,000 people in the mature markets of the G7.

For a breakdown of production by country in the world, see chart table below:

Country Cars Commercial Vehicles Total Total Change

Argentina 263,120 168,981 432,101 35,1%
Australia 270,000 60,900 330,900 -16,2%
Austria 248,059 26,873 274,932 8,6%
Belgium 881,929 36,127 918,056 -1,2%
Brazil 2,092,029 519,005 2,611,034 3,3%
Canada 1,389,536 1,182,756 2,572,292 -4,3%
China 5,233,132 1,955,576 7,188,708 25,9%
Czech Rep. 848,922 5,985 854,907 41,3%
Egypt 59,462 32,111 91,573 32,2%
Finland 32,417 353 32,770 51,4%
France 2,723,196 446,023 3,169,219 -10,7%
Germany 5,398,508 421,106 5,819,614 1,1%
Hungary 187,633 3,190 190,823 25,5%
India 1,473,000 546,808 2,019,808 24,2%
Indonesia 206,321 89,687 296,008 -40,1%
Iran 800,000 104,500 904,500 10,7%
Italy 892,502 319,092 1,211,594 16,7%
Japan 9,756,515 1,727,718 11,484,233 6,3%
Malaysia 377,952 125,021 502,973 -10,8%
Mexico 1,097,619 947,899 2,045,518 22,4%
Netherlands 87,332 72,122 159,454 -11,8%
Poland 632,300 82,300 714,600 14,2%
Portugal 143,478 83,847 227,325 3,7%
Romania 201,663 11,934 213,597 9,6%
Russia 1,177,918 330,440 1,508,358 11,6%
Serbia 9,832 1,350 11,182 -21,1%
Slovakia 295,391 0 295,391 35,3%
Slovenia 115,000 35,320 150,320 -15,5%
South Africa 334,482 253,237 587,719 11,9%
South Korea 3,489,136 350,966 3,840,102 3,8%
Spain 2,078,639 698,796 2,777,435 0,9%
Sweden 288,583 44,585 333,168 -1,6%
Taiwan 211,306 91,915 303,221 -32,1%
Thailand 298,819 895,607 1,296,060 15,2%
Turkey 545,682 442,098 987,780 12,4%
Ukraine 274,860 20,400 295,260 36,8%
UK 1,442,085 206,303 1,648,388 -8,6%
USA 4,366,220 6,897,766 11,263,986 -6,0%
Uzbekistan 100,000 10,000 110,000 14,8%
Supplementary 411,982 129,210 541,192

Totals 49,886,549 19,240,607 69,127,156 4,0%

Which are the manufacturers and how many cars they produce?

The statistics on world car production include the following auto-makers: Anhui, Avtovaz , Beijing, BMW, Brilliance, Byd, Chana, Changhe, Chery, China National, Chrysler, Daewoo, Daihatsu, DaimlerChrysler, Dongfeng, Faw, Fiat, Ford, Fuji, Fujian, Gaz, Geely, General Motors, Great Wall, Guangzhou, Harbin, Hino, Honda, Hyundai, Ij-Avto, Isuzu, Kamaz, Kia, Mahindra&Mahindra, MAN, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Multicar, Nanjing, Navistar, Nissan, Nissan Diesel, Paccar, Porsche, Proton, PSA, Renault, Saic, Scania, Suzuki, Tata, Toyota, Uaz, Vaz, Volkswagen, and Volvo.

For detailed statistics on production by manufacturer, make, country and type visit the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers

How many cars are there in the world currently?

It is estimated that over 600,000,000 passenger cars travel the streets and roads of the world today.

In the United States alone, 247,421,120 “highway” registered vehicles were counted in 2005, of which 136,568,083 passenger cars. (Bureau of Transportation Statistics U.S. Department of Transportation)

If you go to you can see in real time the amount of cars being produced, the numbers are jaw dropping.

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