Number of cars sold worldwide from 1990 to 2018 (in million units)

Worldwide car sales 1990-2018 This statistic represents the number of cars sold worldwide from 1990 through 2017. Additionally, it presents a forecast for 2018. Some 81.5 million automobiles are expected to be sold by the end 2018.

International car sales

Along with a recovering automotive industry in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Poland and other European Union member states, it is forecast that increased demand for cars from customers in Asia and North America will successfully offset declining vehicle sales volumes in Russia and Brazil, and help automobile manufacturers sell over 81 million vehicles by the end of 2018, up from an average of less than 55 million units in the years between 2000 and 2014.

In order to increase worldwide car sales, carmakers are particularly keen on tapping into the growing affluence of Asian markets, where passenger vehicle sales have doubled over the past seven years. Between 2008 and 2016, car sales were on the rise in Indonesia and India; in China, vehicle sales have quadrupled to a staggering 28.9 million vehicles in 2017. Not only is the country Asia’s main producer of automobiles, but it has also emerged as the number one producer of light vehicles.

Chinese joint ventures and leading manufacturers like General Motors or Volkswagen were among the leading passenger car manufacturers in China. 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. That said, there will likely be a growth saturation curve in all of these markets.
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Global car sales in millions
1990 to 1999*39.2
2000 to 2014*54.89
201572.61
201677.25
201779.02
2018**81.5
Global car sales in millions
1990 to 1999*39.2
2000 to 2014*54.89
201572.61
201677.25
201779.02
2018**81.5
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This statistic represents the number of cars sold worldwide from 1990 through 2017. Additionally, it presents a forecast for 2018. Some 81.5 million automobiles are expected to be sold by the end 2018.

International car sales

Along with a recovering automotive industry in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Poland and other European Union member states, it is forecast that increased demand for cars from customers in Asia and North America will successfully offset declining vehicle sales volumes in Russia and Brazil, and help automobile manufacturers sell over 81 million vehicles by the end of 2018, up from an average of less than 55 million units in the years between 2000 and 2014.

In order to increase worldwide car sales, carmakers are particularly keen on tapping into the growing affluence of Asian markets, where passenger vehicle sales have doubled over the past seven years. Between 2008 and 2016, car sales were on the rise in Indonesia and India; in China, vehicle sales have quadrupled to a staggering 28.9 million vehicles in 2017. Not only is the country Asia’s main producer of automobiles, but it has also emerged as the number one producer of light vehicles.

Chinese joint ventures and leading manufacturers like General Motors or Volkswagen were among the leading passenger car manufacturers in China. 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. That said, there will likely be a growth saturation curve in all of these markets.
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Release date
July 2018
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
1990 to 2018
Supplementary notes
* Annual averages

The 2018 value is an estimate.

The values include light truck sales in North America and, beginning in 2005, crossover utility vehicle sales in China.

All figures refer to new vehicle sales.

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