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15 Things You Didn’t Know About the Automotive Industry

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Fircroft works with some of the most well known businesses in the automotive industry, such as Bentley. From engineers to analysts and developers, we recruit for numerous jobs within the automotive sector, both in the UK and the USA. 

However, aside from the obvious facts and figures, there are some interesting and often surprising statistics about the automotive industry that we would like to share with you.
  • There are currently more than 1 billion cars in use on earth.
  • In 1911, Ford opened a factory at Trafford Park in Manchester – the first ever outside the USA.
  • In 1916, 55% of the cars in the world were Model T Ford, which is still an unbroken record.
  • Bob Marley owned a BMW based on the coincidence of the initials for his band, Bob Marley and the Wailers.
  • Peak employment for the automotive industry in the USA was in 2000 when the sector employed more than 1.3 million people.
  • There are more cars than people in Los Angeles.
  • BMW has developed headlights which enable nearby people to be illuminated in order to help focus the driver’s attention.
  • The word Lexus is derived from the term “luxury exports to the US”.
  • It would take approximately 6 months to get to the moon and back by car at 60mph.
  • Cars currently on sale in Japan include the Nissan Otti, Daihatsu Mira Cocoa, Mazda Scrum, Honda Freed Spike and the Suzuki Every Wagon.
  • By the formal definition of horsepower (the power required to lift 33,000llbs by one foot in one minute), a real horse manages only approximately 0.7 horsepower.
  • The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta is the most expensive car ever sold at a public auction, costing $38 million at Bonhams in 2014.
  • 75% of cars that Rolls Royce has ever produced are still on the road today.
  • 5.3% of the EU workforce is employed in the automotive sector.
  • The first electric car was created in 1828 by Anyos Jedlik.

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