Concerning Fact: World Vehicle Count Tops 1 Billion

Despite the fact that 2010 was the year when most car manufacturers were recovering from recession, the number of vehicles on the streets passed the 1 billion-unit marer. According to Ward's research which looked at government-reported registrations and vehicle population trends, worldwide registration grew from 980 million units in 2009 to 1.015 billion in 2010.

The figures reflect the actual cars registered on the roads which include light, medium and heavy duty trucks and buses worldwide, not including off-road and heavy duty vehicles. Furthermore the 3.6% rise in car population was the highest registered since 2000, meanwhile the 35,6 million year-to-year unit increase was the second largest increase in volume ever.

An important role was played by China in the major increase of car population of 2010, with registrations jumping 27.5%. Its worth mentioning the fact that total vehicles being in operation in the country climbed by more than 16.8 million units, to slightly more than 78 million accounting for nearly half the year’s global increase. Also India’s vehicle population followed closely by up to 8.9% to 20.8 million units, compared with 19.1 million in 2009. Significant changes happened also in Brazil which witnessed a 2.5 million additional vehicle registrations in 2010.

The less significant growth was noticed in US registrations which grew less than 1% last year. We’d like to mention that although the changes in the US were hardly noticeable, it still remains the largest vehicle population in the world with 239.8 million units.
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