Around the world, there were about 806 million cars and light trucks on the road in and the engines of these burns over a billion cubic meters of petrol/gasoline and diesel fuel yearly. Today car is not considered luxury by most it has become a necessity. Finance companies and Loans and availability of used cars have made it more convenient to own. Can you imagine the world without any single automobile? It’s impossible to even imagine world without automobiles.They have become the part and parcel of one’s life as we are dependent on automobiles even for smallest work.
The first working steam-powered vehicle was designed by Ferdinand Verbiest, in China around 1672. It was a 65 cm-long scale-model toy for the Chinese Emperor. Then somewhere in 1752, Leonty Shamshurenkov, a Russian peasant, constructed a human-pedaled four-wheeled “auto-running” carriage, and subsequently proposed to equip it with odometer and to use the same principle for making a self-propelling sledge.But the large-scale, production manufacturing of affordable automobiles was debuted by Ransom Olds at his Oldsmobile factory in 1902 based on the assembly line techniques pioneered by Marc Isambard Brunel.
Today’s well known automobile manufactures around the world are Toyota, GM, Volkswagen, Ford, Nissan, Honda, PSA, Suzuki, Renault, Fiat, Daimler AG, Chrysler, and BMW. Total of 77,743,862 automobiles were manufactured together by all for year 2010 as per records. These 4wheels not only drives our lives but also the economies or the whole world in other words.
This is a great achievement as per economic growth, technology, development and living standards. But it is causing some serious bad effects to the nature globally, which we all are aware and concerned. Our Automobile manufacturers have already begun to manufacture vehicles with alternative powers or fuel which claim to be very low in harmful gas emissions. Rapid development is on to produce more eco- friendly and fuel efficient cars all over the world. New and better versions are added frequently.
Japan’s contribution to automobile industry of the world started in 1960s with launch of new small cars in Japan. These small cars featured very small engines (from 360cc to 600cc) which kept taxes very low as compared to large cars. More and people in Japan could afford a car and brought about a boom in car demands in Japan market. Rapidly rising domestic demand and the expansion of Japanese car companies into foreign markets in the 1970s further accelerated growth.
During 1970s, and 1980s, the Japanese manufacturers like Mitsubishi and Honda gained a major foothold in the US and other world markets. Export of Car was real high during this period. Japanese manufacturers produced very affordable, reliable, and popular cars throughout the 1990s, and Japan became the largest car producing nation in the world in 2000.
Some of the Hybrid cars on roads are Toyota Prius, Camry Hybrid, Highlander Hybrid, Volta, Sienna Hybrid, Hybrid X, A-BAT Concept Hybrid Pickup Truck, Nissan Altima Hybrid, Mazda Tribute Hybrid, Honda Civic Hybrid, Insight, Fit Hybrid, CR-Z Hybrid, Accord Hybrid, Mercedes ML 450 Hybrid, Mercedes S400 Blue Hybrid, BMW X6 Hybrid, BMW Active Hybrid 7.
Some of the popular Electric vehicles on roads are: Nissan LEAF, Toyota RAV4-EV, Nissan ALTRA EV, Honda EV PLUS and more are on their way to be launched. Go for the eco-friendly automobiles and help to save the Earth for generations to come.