Fuel Formulation

The formulation and content of an engine’s fuel obviously has a major effect on how the engine behaves and what comes out of the exhaust. The relative proportions of different substances in the fuel, whether they are natural constituents, impurities or deliberate additives, can have either a positive or a negative effect on performance and […]

Worldwide Fuel Charter

The Worldwide Fuel Charter was first established in 1998 to promote greater understanding of the fuel quality needs of motor vehicle technologies and to harmonise fuel quality world-wide in accordance with vehicle needs.It provides recommended fuel specifications for a range of grades of Gasoline and Diesel fuel for use with engines designed for different levels […]

Achieved Emission Reductions

As a result of the massive improvements in new vehicle emissions, driven not only by the increasingly tough emissions regulations, but by customer demand and by the genuine desire of Auto manufacturers to be part of the solution, not the problem, the pollution emitted by road vehicles has dramatically reduced.
Here are a few examples:
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Safety Technology

Automakers are committed to enhancing global road safety through their products and through initiatives such as the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) or the World Health Organisation Road Safety Collaboration. Great achievements have already been obtained and the vehicle industry is continuing to play its role in improving road safety.

Safety Belts

Automakers are providing safety belts worldwide.
For all the safety technology available, safety belts are the most effective safety tools ever implemented. Making them universally standard is critical now in order to prevent potential increases in traffic fatalities, as developing countries increase auto use 18 percent annually. In 2006, 17 automakers joined together to commit to […]

Global Efforts

Globally harmonized safety standards benefit all countries.
Road safety worldwide will be best served if viewed from a global perspective. International harmonization will help ensure that vehicles meet the same basic specifications worldwide and are equipped with the necessary features. As the accredited representative of the worldwide vehicle industry, OICA is now working with governments […]

New Technologies

Automakers are continually making safety technology advancements.
Automobile manufacturers have developed today’s automobiles with greatly improved safety systems and many important safety features, making new vehicles safer than ever. Vehicle braking, stability and lighting have been improved far beyond the levels required by legislation, by a mixture of technical evolution and advanced technology, making cars more […]

Economic Impact

The design, manufacture and sales of automobiles drive economic growth around the world.

A Growth Industry

Automobiles represent freedom and economic growth.
Automobiles are a liberating technology for people around the world. The personal automobile allows people to live, work and play in ways that were unimaginable a century ago. Automobiles provide access to markets, to doctors, to jobs. Nearly every car trip ends with either an economic transaction or some other […]

Global Output

If auto manufacturing were a country, it would be the sixth largest economy.
The world’s automotive industry made over 66 million cars, vans, trucks and buses in 2005. These vehicles are essential to the working of the global economy and to the wellbeing of the world’s citizens. This level of output is equivalent to a global […]