Motor vehicle production - Statistics & Facts

Motor vehicle production - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts about motor vehicle production

In 2011, more than 20 million commercial vehicles and approximately 60 million passenger cars were produced globally. According to a forecast by PwC, in 2017 a total of 97 million vehicles will be manufactured worldwide.


The biggest production plants can be found in China, the United States and Germany. China’s global market share in auto production was more than 18 percent in 2011. It was almost 10 percent higher than Germany’s market share and 6 percent higher than the U.S. market share.

In the U.S., the number of commercial vehicles being produced has continuously increased since 1980. Approximately 8.7 million commercial vehicles were manufactured in 2011. Passenger car production totaled 2.98 million units in 2011. According to a forecast, U.S. vehicle production rates will continue to rise until at least 2015.

In 2011, the biggest automobile producer was Volkswagen. The German company produced more cars and commercial vehicles than Ford, Renault and Suzuki together. In 2010, the leading truck manufacturer worldwide was FAW from China. The company produced 211,000 trucks in that year alone.
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