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News   September 21, 2016   by CARS Magazine

BY THE NUMBERS: Electric car speed and more…

Stats that put the North American automotive aftermarket into perspective.



11.85 seconds

The fastest quarter mile by an electric car, achieved by Mate Rimac driving a modified BMW M3 E30 in April 2012. At the 1/4 mile marker, the car was travelling 122.23 km-h (75.949 mph).

Guinness Book of World Records 


Number of weeks the average Canadian had to work in order to buy a new car in 2012 (before tax income). In 1997, Canadians had to work 24 weeks to buy a new car.

DesRosiers Automotive Consultants with Statistics Canada data


Percentage of Ontario parents who say they’ve spoken with their child about pursuing a career in the skilled trades.

Ipsos Reid poll for the Ontario College of Trades


The percentage by which new vehicle technologies are expected to reduce collisions, road fatalities, and crash-related injuries in Canada.

Globe & Mail “How autonomous vehicles will transform economies” 

100 feet

The distance a wheel that is 1 inch out of alignment is dragged sideways over the course of a mile.

Hunter Engineering Company


Percentage of women polled who take their vehicles to an independent repair shop for service; 61% take it back to the dealership where the vehicle was purchased; 21% take it to another dealership.

2016 U.S. Women’s Car Dealership Report,

$18.6 billion

Expected global revenue from automotive display systems by 2021 – nearly double what it is now. The technology is driven by consumer demand for in-car connectivity, infotainment, and safety features.

IHS Automotive 


In Canada, the average dealership profit margin for used vehicles… compared to 3.3% for new vehicles.

J.D. Power & Associates


Effectiveness of hands-on learning among automotive repair technicians. That number drops to 70% among automotive shop owners, who report higher effectiveness of visual demonstration.

AutoVitals Inc. 


The minimum annual net income missed by the average five-bay shop in Canada.

Bob Greenwood, Automotive Aftermarket E-Learning Centre

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2 Comments » for BY THE NUMBERS: Electric car speed and more…
  1. Glenn says:

    Gotta call BS on an 11 second quarter mile at 75 MPH, that isn’t going to happen. It was probably 122MPH, not KPH

  2. Avatar photo Allan Janssen says:

    A Google search suggests this record has been broken since then.

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