We’ve returned to the early 1900s

We’ve returned to the early 1900s

In the early 1900s there were literally hundreds of car manufacturers vying to become established. Through the century companies went bankrupt, got taken over, merged, or rose to dominance until by 1999 we were left with only a few large automakers, and a number of bespoke and kit car independents. But now, with China and India rising up, and new technologies such as electric and hydrogen, the door is open once again for a multitude of manufacturers to eek out market share.

Large car companies often can’t move fast enough to capitalise on really new trends, hence Tesla and its Roadster. The vast majority of these companies will be hoping to get bought out, but some will die, others will get assimilated, and perhaps one or two will rise to become global players. The next few decades will be very interesting indeed, and I’m positive we will see new marques added to our fleets.

In the early 1900s there were literally hundreds of car manufacturers vying to become established. Through the century companies went bankrupt, got taken over, merged, or rose to dominance until by 1999 we were left with only a few large automakers, and a number of bespoke and kit car independents. But now, with China and India rising up, and new technologies such as electric and hydrogen, the door is open once again for a multitude of manufacturers to eek out market share.

Large car companies often can’t move fast enough to capitalise on really new trends, hence Tesla and its Roadster. The vast majority of these companies will be hoping to get bought out, but some will die, others will get assimilated, and perhaps one or two will rise to become global players. The next few decades will be very interesting indeed, and I’m positive we will see new marques added to our fleets.

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