Some countries are famous for the quality of their roads (and maybe also the speeds you may go on them). According to the Global Competitiveness Report, the UAE boasts the best roads. France, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and Switzerland also have very high-quality roads—with a ‘quality of roads' score higher than 6—and yet none make the top 100 countries by land area and thus all fall outside the group of countries with the largest road networks.
If large countries with expansive road networks struggle to maintain high-quality roads, to what extent is the public maintenance of roadways hampered by corruption? We analyzed data for seven countries, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Russia, and the United States, which combined account for 70 percent of the global roads network and roughly half of the world's land area.
So, what about corruption and roadways? The data is absolutely inconclusive.
This cheat sheet presents the most important and up-to-date datasets about the automotive industry globally. Focusing on the latest vehicle production and sales data in the US, China, Japan, Germany, Brazil, and other countries, it also includes statistics about electric vehicles market, fuel prices, and vehicle stock worldwide.
Decline in demand during world economic crisis of 2008-2009 has caused troubles for many car producers especially in the United States, Europe and Japan. Nevertheless, global long term prospects for automotive industry remain promising. Cars sales in emerging countries are well below the level of saturation. In India and China, where lives almost 40% of world population, there are only 12 and 34 passenger cars per 1000 population, respectively.
Global motor-vehicles production continues to flactuate: dramatic decrease of growth rate in 2011 changed to slight upturn in 2012, which is yet significantly lower than it was in 2010. Western Europe keep on loosing its share in world automobiles production as car-producers tend to close their European plants becaure of overcapacity in Europe. Meanwhile Asia, preceded by China, gradually expands its gain, as well as North America, where vehicles production almost doubled during last 4 years. In 2012 commercial vehicles production growth rate, driven mostly by North America, increased a little bit lower than passenger cars production....