Global Automobile Usage: Interesting Facts and Figures

Global Automobile Usage

Few inventions have had the impact on our lives and the world around us as the automobile. Whether you drive a car, truck, minivan, or something else, the ability to go where you want, when you want, without the need for a horse or other animal to bear a load and to do so quickly and in relative comfort is truly amazing. As you might imagine, there are also some very interesting facts and figures surrounding the adoption, purchase, and use of automobiles around the world.

automobiles around the world

Number Purchased Per Year

Recently, the number of new vehicles purchased per year has declined. It is projected to hit 78.7 million in 2019, which is the same number as 2018. In 2017, however, 79 million units were sold. That marked an uptick from 2016, in which 77.3 million units were sold globally. It should be noted that these numbers are a major increase over previous years. For instance, from 2000 to 2015, only 54.9 million units were sold. From 1990 to 1999, only 39.2 million units were sold.

new automobiles purchased per year data

Leading Car Makers

While the most visible automobile brands vary greatly from one country to another, if you take a look at the global auto market, there are some definite leaders, and some who are obviously lower down the list. For 2018, the most recent year for which information is available, Toyota led the pack with 9.46% of the global market share (in revenue). Volkswagen came in second with 7.38%, Ford was third with 5.83%, Nissan was fourth with 5.42%. In descending order, the rest of the global top 10 were:

  • Honda
  • Hyundai
  • Chevrolet
  • Kia
  • Mercedes
  • Renault

Brand Value

If you take a look at the global automotive market with an eye toward brand value, rather than market share and revenue, you get a slightly different picture. The top 10 valuable auto brands in the world in 2019 are as follows:

  • Toyota
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • BMW
  • Honda
  • Ford
  • Nissan
  • Tesla
  • Audi
  • Volkswagen
  • Porsche
It’s interesting to note that while Toyota is at the top of both brand value and market share lists, the rest vary a great deal, with some brands maintaining very high values even without ranking in the top 10 for market share.

Lubrication And Fuel

Of course, the vast majority of those automobiles on the road today require both lubrication (engine oil/heavy duty Engine oil etc.), as well as fuel (gasoline, diesel fuel). In most instances, those are derived from petroleum, so tracking petroleum trends can help to shed light on important information. For instance, in 2018, the global production of oil was 94,718k barrels of oil per day. The global consumption of oil was 99,843k barrels per day, meaning that demand outstripped supply, keeping prices higher. For 2019, the forecasted demand is 100.8m barrels per day.

global automotive market analysis


In conclusion, the global automotive industry is thriving, despite increased government regulation and even in the face of major shifts, such as the looming rise of autonomous vehicles.

How To Choose The Most Suitable Hydraulic Oil?

How do you ensure that you choose the right type of hydraulic oil for your equipment?

Hydraulic systems play vital roles in a wide range of industries. They’re used in mechanic shops to power vehicle lifts. They’re found in booms on construction equipment. Really, hydraulic systems are everywhere, and they all require the right type of hydraulic oil. How do you ensure that you choose the most suitable options for your equipment?

Hydraulic Oil


One of the first considerations here is going to be viscosity, or thickness/fluidity. If the hydraulic oil is too heavy for your system, it will not offer the right performance. If the hydraulic oil is too thin/lightweight, it will not provide the protection that you need. Viscosity of lubricants plays a role in everything from volumetric efficiency to mechanical efficiency, heat dissipation, air release, cavitation, and more.

Hydraulic Oil & Anti-Wear (AW) Protection

Any type of hydraulic oil (aw 37, aw 46, aw 68) you choose should have the right anti-wear (aw) properties to help ensure a longer use life for your equipment. This is achieved with additives within the oil that form a protective film over surfaces in order to prevent friction from metal-on-metal contact.

wear and protection

    Easily Filtered

    All hydraulic oil will pick up particles – metal shavings from internal components, contaminants from buildup within the system, and more. These particles must be cleaned from the fluid to prevent damage, which happens as the fluid passes through a filter. If the fluid is not easily filterable, it may cause blockage within the system.

    Easily Filtered
    Hydraulic System

    Corrosion Protection

    Your hydraulic fluid should offer good protection from both rust and acidic chemical corrosion. These are caused by water penetration into the system. Ferrous metals within the system will begin to rust without corrosion protections, and acidic corrosion can attack other elements in the system

    Seal Compatibility

    All hydraulic systems have seals that allow them to operate. Usually, these seals are made from softer material, such as rubber. However, not all hydraulic oils are compatible with all types of seal materials, so it is important to make sure that the hydraulic oil you ultimately choose is rated as safe for the seals in your system.

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    Seal Compatibility
    Thermal Stability

    Thermal Stability

    Many lubricants thin out when they heat up. You cannot afford for this to happen with your hydraulic oil (aw 37, aw 46, aw 68), as it can cause damage from heat, friction, and more. This leads to premature wear and tear, and eventually to failure.

    Oxidation Stability

    When hydraulic fluid is exposed to oxygen, oxidation can take place. This can form an acidic by-product within the fluid that etches metal components and damages your equipment. Note that oxidation can be exacerbated by high temperatures, so good oxidation stability and thermal stability are both required.


    Eventually, you will need to drain and replace your hydraulic oil, which also means you will need to dispose of the old fluid. This can be problematic. Toxic hydraulic fluids can be costly or even impossible to dispose of properly depending on the facilities within your area.

    In Conclusion

    With these tips, you should find it easier to choose the best suited hydraulic Oil for your equipment and performance needs.