Trends in World Motor Vehicle Fleets

Historically, the three primary drivers leading to growth in the world's vehicle fleet have been population growth, urbanization, and economic improvement and all three continue to increase, especially in developing countries. According to the United Nations, the global population increased from approximately 2.5 billion people in 1950 to slightly more than six billion today and it is projected to increase by an additional 50% to approximately nine billion by 2050. Most of this growth will be in urban areas in developing countries.

Annual GDP growth rates over the next two decades are forecast to be highest in China, East Asia, Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union which will stimulate growth in vehicle populations in these regions.

As a result of these factors, one can anticipate steady and substantial growth in the global vehicle population [3] following the historical trends illustrated in Fig. 6.2. The global vehicle population exceeded one billion units in 2002 and has continued to climb steadily since then.

Since 1990, approximately 27 million additional motor vehicles have been added to the world's roads and highways each year. Newer manufactured vehicles are more durable than in the past which will likely further increase the number of vehicles "on the road."

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Fig. 6.2 World motor vehicle population

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Fig. 6.2 World motor vehicle population

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