Environmental Issues Of The Automotive Industry Essay

1133 Words Oct 2nd, 2016 5 Pages
Environmental Issues in the Automotive Industry The automotive industry is in full recovery mode after the recession in 2008 and 2009, and vehicle production numbers were set to exceed 20 million by 2015. (Subran, 2014).Further, the automotive industry continues to grow, at a rate of approximately 4% per year. (Subran, 2014). The enormity of the industry means that the fallout from both the industrial production process and the end result should be closely monitored. Clearly, such industrialized and mechanical products as vehicles could have a significant impact on the environment, both during and after production. This essay seeks to examine the impact of the automotive industry on the environment, as well as indicating which countries are most influenced. In 2009, China overtook the United States as the leading consumer of automobiles, and in 2015, it accounted for 27% of the market share. (Subran, 2014). China is also the leading manufacturer of automobiles, worldwide, with their production numbers more than doubling that of the United States, the second highest vehicle producer. China produced 24 million vehicles in 2015, as compared to the United States’ 12 million. (Production Statistics, 2016). Japan, Germany, and South Korea are the other top five countries with regard to vehicle production, as of 2015. (Production Statistics, 2016). Global competition has been fairly consistent in following economic trends, but China has certainly and quickly emerged as a top…

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