Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Leader in the Automotive Industry

Lately, when I can't sleep at night, the only and best way to kill time is surf over the internet. I dropped by at one of this website The Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles ("International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers"), commonly called the OICA, is a federation of automobile manufacturers. It coordinates communication among manufacturers as well as a number of international auto shows.

The most interesting part of the entire research and results which revealed the entire automotive industry's performance, compare the west and the east production, the turnover (sales) by country and many more.

"The world’s automobile industry made over sixtysix million cars, vans, trucks and buses in 2005. These vehicles are essential to the working of the global economy and to the wellbeing of the world’s citizens.

Building sixty-six million vehicles requires the employment of more than eight million people directly in making the vehicles and the parts that go into them. This is over fi ve per cent of the world’s total manufacturing employment. In addition to
these direct employees, about fi ve times more are employed indirectly in related manufacturing and service provision, such that an estimated more than 50 million people earn their living from cars, trucks, buses and coaches."

Quoted from OICA report.

The 2005 report of total car production really caught my attention as the world leader of automotive nation as followed:

1. The United States (11 million cars produced)
2. Japan (10 million cars produced)
3. Germany (5 million cars produced)
4. China (5 million cars produced)
5. South Korea (3.6 million cars produced)
More resuls on car production by country.

Asia is the largest cars production in the world stands at total world production of 28% (Total cars production 2005 were 66 millions). Lead by Japan, China and South Korea. In fact, South Korea really impressed me a lot. They have been emerged as a top 5 producer of cars in the world and with their rapid conglomerates in the world's electrical and electronics industry like giant Samsung and LG. (some fact from wikipedia: In the 1950s, South Korea was one of the poorest countries in Asia. At the end of World War II, the country inherited a colonial economic system designed solely for Japan's needs. Much of the country's infrastructure was destroyed during the Korean War that followed in 1950-1953. After the war, South Korea became heavily dependent on U.S. aid.)I personally think that Samsung, Hyundai and Kia will give a fierce challenge in the automotive industry very soon in the future.

Now what about our local manufacturers Proton and Perodua? Are we improving over the years or we just remained at the same position?

Photo from proton.com.my

The new proton sedan is going to release to the public on the 15th August 2007. Can it make an impact to our local automotive industry?

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