In this article we are going to list the 15 largest vehicles in the world. Click to skip ahead and jump to the 5 largest vehicles in the world. Car enthusiasts make up a large part of the population. Whether it’s someone who likes to merely keep up with advancements in the world of vehicles, or someone who spends a whole lot of money on building and acquiring the latest, and safe to say, the most expensive technologies in the automobile world. Resultantly, the Automobile industry is one of the biggest and encompasses one of the largest market shares in the world. According to Investopedia’s market survey, the industry comprises one of the largest sectors in revenue and is considered an extremely important bellwether in terms of the health of the economy and consumer demand. In 2018, it captured almost 3% of U.S.’s GDP.
When one is talking about large vehicles, it is crucial to mention America and its big appetite for the industry. There is proof in history too of America’s obsession with massive vehicles. One has to just look at the Second World War to get an idea. Gas prices are also cheaper in the United States as compared to Europe. However, it was not always like this. Looking at the impact and spread of the automobile industry in America now, it would be almost impossible to imagine that there was a time when this car loving nation feared the technology. According to the Scientific American, people were not so thrilled when the first generation of Vehicles started rolling in their streets. In 1923, people in Cincinnati even pushed for a law against the speed limit for automobiles. Fear of accidents by these vehicles prompted the people to protest for a law which limited the speed of these contraptions to no higher than 25 mph. But the automobile industry leaders gathered against the law and won. The battle had been won but the war was far from over. The masses still feared the technology as it limited pedestrians their usual routes. The industry giants devised campaigns and programs to promote the use of cars and to squash the fear of the unknown. Apart from constant advertisements on digital and print media, the campaigns included carefully crafted school programs to instill the knowledge and love of cars in the younger generation. One of these clever programs was the American Automobile Association’s (AAA) safety programs. They helped spread the idea of school safety patrols to supervise kids on the street and keep them out of harm’s way. Fast forward to today and we have a very fruitful result to these efforts. In a 2013 study conducted by IHS Automotive, 63% of American Car sales were attributed to large cars, while the rest of the world contributed about 23% to sales of large vehicles. The study also showed that most of the pickups sold in America were full size models.
But there is another nation, or rather, a few members of another nationality, who put even America’s love of vehicles to a test. And that nation, or rather Kingdom, is Saudi Arabia. The KSA has certainly displayed its love for the industry in any way possible. From road shows to having a part in the latest technological advancements, albeit largely monetary. One of the flagship roadshows was brought to the Kingdom by the Ford Middle East and Al Jazirah Vehicles Agencies Co. (AJVA) in 2013.According to Arab News, the Ford and Lincoln importer-dealer in Saudi Arabia brought the country to awe by giving the Saudi customers a closer look at the F-150 and Ranger Built Ford Tough trucks. After the success in Jeddah, the show continued in Dammam, Hail, Tabuk, Qassim, Madinah and Riyadh.
But how are the Saudi’s connected to the world’s largest vehicles? You will find the answer in the top one percent of Saudi Arabia. What would you do if you had more money than you can keep track of and a love of cars? Well some of these Saudi’s decided to commission some of the largest vehicles the world has ever seen. If you also want to just focus on cars, then take a look at the most expensive cars in the world of all time. In our list of the largest vehicles in the world, you will see that many of these entries are thanks to the generosity of the wealthy Sheikhs. Many of these vehicles are ridiculously massive and, obviously, cost a few fortunes to build. Our list includes official projects as well as civilian vehicles. So let’s take a look at the vehicles that are often bigger than houses, starting with number 15:
This contraption is a military vehicle, but it is also accessible to regular citizens. Probably one of the largest military vehicles accessible to civilians. The car was first produced in 2008 but production has continued. About 300 units have been made as of 2018. The Marauder is manufactured by the Paramount Group, a South African Company which mostly sells it to the top one percent and world armies. Its focus is on the Middle East market.
The machine can fit about 10 people, with a speed of 75mph and a flexible payload for dangerous weaponry which is not available for civilian modifications. It sells for about $523,000.