Autocade reaches 32 million page views

It’s been a slow haul to get to 32 million page views on Autocade, but we are there, in four months rather than the dire five I predicted earlier.

The last installation reached 27,647,011 the day before it was unplugged, and the new one has reached 4,362,443, which totals 32,009,454.

I don’t think we can blame Bing as much this time as we haven’t updated the site for a good part of those prior four months. At the time we hit 31 million, we had 4,689 entries, today, it’s at 4,723. (I should note Bing returns a pathetic, claimed 96 results, compared with a claimed 4,240 for Google, and 3,317 for Mojeek.)

Here’s how that regular table is looking.
March 2008: launch
April 2011: 1,000,000 (three years for first million)
March 2012: 2,000,000 (11 months for second million)
May 2013: 3,000,000 (14 months for third million)
January 2014: 4,000,000 (eight months for fourth million)
September 2014: 5,000,000 (eight months for fifth million)
May 2015: 6,000,000 (eight months for sixth million)
October 2015: 7,000,000 (five months for seventh million)
March 2016: 8,000,000 (five months for eighth million)
August 2016: 9,000,000 (five months for ninth million)
February 2017: 10,000,000 (six months for 10th million)
June 2017: 11,000,000 (four months for 11th million)
January 2018: 12,000,000 (seven months for 12th million)
May 2018: 13,000,000 (four months for 13th million)
September 2018: 14,000,000 (four months for 14th million)
February 2019: 15,000,000 (five months for 15th million)
June 2019: 16,000,000 (four months for 16th million)
October 2019: 17,000,000 (four months for 17th million)
December 2019: 18,000,000 (just under three months for 18th million)
April 2020: 19,000,000 (just over three months for 19th million)
July 2020: 20,000,000 (just over three-and-a-half months for 20th million)
October 2020: 21,000,000 (three months for 21st million)
January 2021: 22,000,000 (three months for 22nd million)
April 2021: 23,000,000 (three months for 23rd million)
June 2021: 24,000,000 (two months for 24th million)
August 2021: 25,000,000 (two months for 25th million)
October 2021: 26,000,000 (two months for 26th million)
January 2022: 27,000,000 (three months for 27th million)
April 2022: 28,000,000 (three months for 28th million)
August 2022: 29,000,000 (four months for 29th million)
December 2022: 30,000,000 (three months, 10 days for 30th million)
April 2023: 31,000,000 (four months for 31st million)
August 2023: 32,000,000 (four months for 32nd million)

We just switched the site over to HTTPS, which can be a death-knell for search engine ranking (at least with the US search engines). We’ll see how this affects Autocade going forward. As before, we have 301s everywhere, which in theory should help, not that they did in practice before.

Hopefully soon we’ll return to the heady days of 2021 when the site was pulling half a million page views a month.

Disappointingly, the latest model added was the Baojun Yueye (寶駿悅也). I wish we hit the milestone a bit earlier so it could have been the latest Mercedes-Benz E-Klasse.

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2 thoughts on “Autocade reaches 32 million page views

  1. Firstly, Autocade is a magnificent resource; thankyou for it!
    Secondly, a question: Have you any idea why the revived Borgward company, as a division of Foton, had such miserable sales and soon folded? To me, their cars looked attractive and competitive and should have sold well.

  2. Hi Marius, thank you for your kind words!

    I suspect a few things happened with Borgward, which I really need to put on to Autocade. Foton stretched itself too far and didn’t have the resources to market passenger cars and develop the range further. The BX7 started off strongly but demand levelled off—the market is just too competitive. Borgward was priced at a premium, and despite some German tech and overall competence, I think buyers realized it was a Chinese brand with no real input from an established foreign car maker.

    You probably know Foton offloaded its 67 per cent shareholding to a ride-sharing service, Ucar, which used the Borgward SUVs. But having those on the fleet only meant a short-term rise in sales. No one really went for them. Ucar’s CEO was being investigated as well by the authorities, so Borgward was a casualty of inattention.

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