Worldwide car sales 1990-2019

Number of cars sold worldwide from 1990 to 2019 (in million units)

Worldwide car sales 1990-2019 This statistic represents the number of cars sold worldwide from 1990 through 2017. Additionally, it presents an estimated figure for 2018 and a forecast for 2019. Some 79 million automobiles are expected to be sold by the end 2019.

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 will successfully offset tepid growth figures in South Korea and Japan, and help automobile manufacturers sell close to 80 million vehicles by the end of 2019, up from an average of less than 55 million units in the years between 2000 and 2015.

In light of a state that could be dubbed 'peak car' in developed markets, carmakers are particularly keen on tapping into the growing affluence of Asian markets to increase worldwide car sales, 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 ASEAN markets. That said, there will likely be a growth saturation curve in all of these markets.
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Number of cars sold worldwide from 1990 to 2019 (in million units)

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Global car sales in millions
2019**78.7
2018**78.7
201779
201677.3
2000 to 2015*54.9
1990 to 1999*39.2
Global car sales in millions
2019**78.7
2018**78.7
201779
201677.3
2000 to 2015*54.9
1990 to 1999*39.2
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This statistic represents the number of cars sold worldwide from 1990 through 2017. Additionally, it presents an estimated figure for 2018 and a forecast for 2019. Some 79 million automobiles are expected to be sold by the end 2019.

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 will successfully offset tepid growth figures in South Korea and Japan, and help automobile manufacturers sell close to 80 million vehicles by the end of 2019, up from an average of less than 55 million units in the years between 2000 and 2015.

In light of a state that could be dubbed 'peak car' in developed markets, carmakers are particularly keen on tapping into the growing affluence of Asian markets to increase worldwide car sales, 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 ASEAN markets. That said, there will likely be a growth saturation curve in all of these markets.
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Release date
January 2019
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
1990 through 2018
Supplementary notes
* Annual averages; the figures for 1990 through 1999 were taken from a previous edition of the same source.

** The 2018 value is an estimate; the 2019 value is a forecast.

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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