May 17, 2014

Peak Car: They just keep piling up

Peter Birnie, in a comment on the CTF release below, added this: “Perhaps our premier should have a look at this interesting aerial view of where cars are (not) going.”




The linked web site is worth a look for more detail.  Here are some excerpts:


Nobody is buying brand new cars anymore!  Well they are, but not on the scale they once were.  Millions of new unsold cars are just sitting redundant on runways and car parks around the world.  There, they stay, slowly deteriorating without being maintained

Below is an image of a massive at Swindon, United Kingdom, with thousands upon thousands of unsold cars just sitting there with not a buyer in sight.



The car industry would never sell these cars at massive reductions in their prices to get rid of them, no they still want every buck. If they were to price these cars for a couple of thousand they would sell them. However, nobody would then buy any expensive cars and then they would end up being unsold. Its quite a pickle we have gotten ourselves into. …

Below is shown just a small area of a gigantic car park in Spain where tens of thousands of cars just sit and sunbathe all day.



Below is an image of thousands upon thousands of unsold cars parked up on a runway near St Petersburg in Russia. They are all imported from Europe, they are all then parked up and they are all then left to rot. Consequently, the airport is now unusable for its original purpose.

St Petersburg


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  1. Photos like these are the equivalent of saying that global warming doesn’t exist because it’s cold today.

    A quick look on Google: global automobile production is around 55 million cars a year not including BRIC countries. Even with just in time delivery, I would expect that there would be at least one month’s inventory at factories and ports, maybe two. Two months of inventory would be 9,160,000 cars. (So “millions of unsold cars” is perfectly normal.) With tight, minimal aisle parking, cars take up about 2m x 5m. So two month’s inventory would cover 9,160,000 x 2 x 5 = 91,600,000 m2 or 9,160 hectares. That’s a lot of cars.

    It might be a bit strict to say “if it’s not believable, don’t believe it”, because there are sometimes new things under the sun, but it is fair to say “if it’s not believable, at least google it”.

      1. You really are persistent. But no, proving something as a “hoax” still requires that you have scientific studies that show real proof, not a few more opinion pieces from disreputable websites.

        1. Here’s a new article from yet another disreputable web site;

          “Pause in global warming upsets religious believers.
          After all, there’s a reason AGW religionists all talk about climate change now instead of global warming: they have too much at stake to let their gravy train crash and burn like the credibility of their climate models.”

        2. OK, I read this column and it was a bunch of stupid nonsense from a know nothing columnist. This is a counter-argument? It’s well acknowledged that long term climate modelling is very difficult and that models are always a work in progress. No one has claimed that the modelling is anywhere close to perfect. And long term pauses in warming with increases in atmospheric CO2 are also well known. And the reason why ocean temperatures increased but air temperatures did not will mean that the models will have to be changed. But that is what scientists do, as opposed to “religionists”. And this person has absolutely no evidence nor reason to believe that climate change scientists are refusing to change models in order to cash in on grants – it’s almost as if her convictions are based on faith.

  2. In actual fact it is, of course, just about the opposite of this sensational old story. Good for headlines though. The top picture is accompanied by claims that maybe it’s all over for the cars, yet, earlier this year we learn that the same Nissan North East plant has become the first site in UK history to produce more than 1,000,000 cars in just two years.

    The linked article finishes with a childish statement, claiming that US manufacturers are trying to dump excess production in China: “Consequently Chinese car parks are now filling up with brand new American cars.

    Well nobody in China can afford them on their meagre pittance wages, so there they will stay until our economy improves…which it might do in a few generations.”

    Actually production of vehicles in China this year is up over 14% to around 22 million this year.

    Look for another article telling us that air travel is finished. Pictures tell the story.

      1. OK, Thomas. The article above, Peak Cars – Unsold Cars, has one worthwhile characteristic, the pictures are interesting. Just like if the National Enquirer ran a front page announcing: Cute Purple Kitty Rescues Plump Pink Granny from Burning Penthouse, we’d just have to have a look. Irresistible!