While car makers push relentlessly to increase their sales, some experts believe that within a decade global demand will go into permanent decline.

The reasons? Drivers, but particularly young ones, are driving less, increasingly urbanised communities need fewer cars and the cars we have are lasting longer.

The Detroit News, a publication at the very heart of the auto world, quotes researchers saying demand could peak at around 100 million units a year, not too far above the 82 million sold in 2013. (Australia sells around a million passenger and commercial vehicles a year.)

Even developing economies such as China and India won’t stop the slide, Detroit News reports.

Demand for personal mobility will be undiminished, but perhaps more of us will be riding scooters or Segways to work…

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