At the beginning of last year 2020, there was a decline in car sales and sales around the world. China was the first major market to recover from the crisis.

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The most important events in the automotive industry Piet Mondriaan
The first event is the coronavirus, which has affected both the sales of new cars and their production.

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The first event was the coronavirus, which affected both sales of new cars and their production. At the beginning of last 2020, there was a decline in sales and sales of cars around the world. China was the first major market to recover from the crisis. Already in May, China produced 2,187,361 against 1,848,342 in May 2019. This was influenced by the renewed economic growth in China and the rapid elimination of the most obvious consequences of the epidemic. In autumn, sales and production began to rise in Russia. In Russia, this was facilitated by the attitude to buying cars as a means of investing financial resources and one of the ways to counteract inflation. But the final sales and production figures for 2020 are lower than in 2019 in all countries, including China. And this applies to both the personal and commercial sector.

The second event is the refusal of some European concerns from further development of cars with internal combustion engines. So the new Volvo models will be either electric or hybrid. Mercedes is also abandoning traditional models for internal combustion engines in favor of models with a hybrid engine, electric cars and hydrogen cars. They are also actively creating commercial vehicles running on various gas fuels. Such trucks and buses are actively produced here as well. In Russia, the production of electric buses has also begun. Work is underway on electric trucks.

The third event is the adoption in China, Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, England, Japan and in some US states, as well as in a number of other European and Asian countries, of decisions prescribing the abandonment of cars with internal combustion engines by certain years. The pioneer here is Norway, which is going to ban the sale of cars with internal combustion engines in 2025. Many countries are going to ban such cars in 2030. France in 2040. Such a law is not excluded in South Korea: VIN decoder. China, Israel, and India are going to introduce such a measure in 2030.

The first event is the launch of a car with a third degree of autonomy on the highway. On such a car, the driver will only be needed to control the autopilot and to take control in an unstable or difficult road situation. The first will be the Japanese concern Honda with the Honda Legend of the sixth generation. Other automakers, including the already legendary Tesla, will introduce such a level of autopilot on the road, a little later.

Electric cars

The second event is that electric cars from toys for the rich and enthusiasts will finally become a full-fledged competitor of cars with internal combustion engines and hybrids. Many technical problems have already been solved. For example, the problem of working at subzero temperatures has almost been solved. There remains only the problem of charging and high cost, as well as the possibility of spontaneous combustion. But new car batteries from Toyota and Panasonic will solve the problem of fast charging, like explained here VIN lookup.

The third event is the appearance of successful commercial trucks and buses powered by electricity. For example, Mercedes–Benz's eActros will be able to travel 200 km without recharging, which will make its use rational. Although this is still not enough for successful competition with cars on the internal combustion engine, but it will at least make such operation relatively convenient in urban conditions.

The first trend is the further development of electric vehicles and rechargable hybrids. The number of companies producing electric cars will grow, there will be more hybrids at first. Although on the highway they are inferior to both cars with internal combustion engines and purely electric cars. But hybrids and "electric trains" are still city cars and, in fact, in the city they are most needed for the sake of ecology, and, accordingly, are most in demand.

Hydrogen cars

The second trend is the development of hydrogen cars. For trucks, especially heavy ones and those working for "dalnyak", hydrogen looks much preferable to an electric motor. Mercedes-Benz and other companies are actively developing such projects, as are some of our firms. KAMAZ will start developing hydrogen trucks and buses in 2021. Mercedes-Benz promises to create such a truck as a serial by 2024. But most likely it will be a little later - see VIN check post for example.

The third trend is the development of online sales and car sales under the "car by subscription" scheme. Previously, online car sales were more of a discussed topic than a really working scheme. After all, people prefer to buy personal vehicles "live", and many thought that this way they would sell a maximum of commercial vehicles. But the coronavirus has made its own adjustments.