The future of the automobile is uncertain. There does not seem to be a new car model that drastically replaces existing ones, despite the dreams that we harvested during the 20th century about flying cars and other similar vehicles.
The industry crisis is energetic and ecological: the burning of fossil fuel destroys ecosystems and contributes to climate change in the process. Furthermore, fossil fuels are a non-renewable energy source and will eventually have to end. The industry response has been timid, but it points to electric cars, such as those created by Tesla Motors Inc.