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Number of cars sold worldwide from 1990 to 2015 (in million units)

This statistic represents the number of cars sold worldwide from 1990 through 2014. Additionally, it presents a forecast for 2015. Some 74 million automobiles are expected to be sold by 2015.


International car sales

Along with a recovering automotive industry in the European Union, increased demand for cars from customers in Asia and North America is forecast to successfully offset declining sales volumes in Russia, and help automobile manufacturers sell over 74 million vehicles by the end of 2015, up from less than 65 million units in 2012.

Carmakers are particularly keen on tapping into the growing affluence of Asian markets, where passenger vehicle sales have doubled over the past seven years. Car sales are on the rise in Malaysia, Indonesia and India; in China, the sales of passenger cars quadrupled to a staggering 17.9 million vehicles in 2013. In the first six months of 2014, China's auto industry produced about 9.6 million passenger cars. Not only is the country Asia’s main producer of automobiles, but has emerged as the number one producer of light vehicles.

Leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) like General Motors or Volkswagen are enjoying rising sales trends across all Asian markets, and the Ford Motor Company expects Asia Pacific to contribute around 40 percent of its vehicle sales in four or five years’ time. It is expected that automakers will undertake unprecedented investment programs to grow their businesses not only in China and India, but also in other emerging markets, where the future appears to be bright for the global automotive industry.

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 Car sales in millions
1990 to 1999* 39.2
2000 to 2011* 50.71
2012 64.98
2013 68.69
2014** 71.02
2015** 74.02
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