Stats that put the North American automotive aftermarket into perspective.
Number of light vehicles sold in Canada in 2016, up 2.7% over 2015 sales. The Detroit 3 were the big winners, with Ford, FCA, and GM in the top three spots. Toyota was in fourth.
Number of light vehicles sold in the U.S. in 2016 – a new record. Sales edged out the previous record of 17.47 million units, set in 2015.
Percentage of those polled who rated the trustworthiness of “auto mechanics” as high or very high. That’s number has been climbing steadily since 2000 when only 22% of respondents rated them highly or very highly trustworthy.
Gallup Honesty and Ethics Poll
Value of auto parts sold online in 2016. Jefferies, the global investment banking firm based in New York City has warned investors that Amazon and other online sellers have now reached the critical mass to hurt the three largest auto parts retailers.
Hedges and Company
Number of listings in eBay’s auto parts category, as of mid-2016.
The vehicle at the center of the most online searches in Canada during 2016. Other vehicles in the top 10: Ford Mustang (#2), BMW 3-Series (#3), Honda Civic (#4), and Chevrolet Corvette (#5).
Percentage of cars in the European Union with gasoline direct-injection technology – about 2.4 million units – in 2016. That’s up from just 232,000 units (3%) in 2005, according to the 2016-2017 European Vehicle Market Statistics report.
International Council on Clean Transportation
Number of years that “Business interruption” has topped the list of global business risks. In a survey of 1,237 risk experts from 55 countries, 37% of respondents were concerned about supply chain vulnerability. Other concerns included: market volatility (31%), cyber incidents (30%), natural catastrophes (24%), and regulatory changes (24%).
Allianz Risk Barometer 2017
Number of V-8 engines on Wards list of the top 10 Best Engines of 2017. It’s the first time in 23 years that a V-8 failed to earn a spot on the list. The Class of 2017 in alphabetical order:
3.0L Turbocharged DOHC I-6 (BMW M240i)
1.5L DOHC 4-cyl./Dual Motor EREV (Chevrolet Volt)
3.6L DOHC V-6/Dual Motor PHEV (Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid)
2.3L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Ford Focus RS)
2.0L DOHC 4-cyl./Dual Motor HEV (Honda Accord Hybrid)