The globe is divided into many continents, and there was a time when automobile companies were busy trying to set up shop all over the world.
Now, it seems, most car companies have forgotten about South America, and they never really thought much about Africa, except for the Republic of South Africa.
Folks have fallen in love with China. No one knows how long the love affair will last, but right now everyone wants to be involved in China.
Sooner or later, India will move to the top of everyone's thoughts.
And little by little, Europe is becoming much larger as it spreads east with opportunities to sell and build automobiles.
Europe used to end at the Iron Curtain, but today it extends hundreds of miles to the east as more and more countries become part of the European Union. Old enemies are becoming new friends, and European automakers are discovering that they can manufacture vehicles in eastern Europe for a fraction of what they are paying in western Europe.
Despite all the activity around the world, the United States is still where the action is. Ours may be a very mature market, but U.S. consumers still buy 17 million new cars and trucks a year. If you're not here, you want to be. You have to be.
Sometimes it seems as though each decade has a flavor. It was Brazil a decade ago. It's China today and will be India tomorrow. Every part of the world desperately wants personal transportation. That means millions more cars that will burn millions more barrels of oil, draining a limited resource even faster.
The world is changing rapidly, but everyone wants a car. A war starts. A war ends. No sooner is the white flag raised than a dealership re-opens for business. That means cars, parts and service.
It's an exciting business. It's also still a local business in which dealers sell cars one at a time and fix them one at a time.
That won't change. But it's going to get bigger, and everyone will compete for natural resources.
Yesterday, people wanted the Model T. Tomorrow, they'll want tomorrow's Model T - everywhere.