Number of cars sold worldwide from 1990 to 2017 (in million units)

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Global car sales in millions
1990 to 1999*39.2
2000 to 2013*53.74
201471.18
201572.61
201677.31
201778.59
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This statistic represents the number of cars sold worldwide from 1990 through 2017. Additionally, it presents a forecast for 2017. Some 78.6 million automobiles are expected to be sold by the end 2017.


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 77 million vehicles by the end of 2016, up from less than 54 million units in the years between 2000 and 2013.

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 24.4 million vehicles in 2016. 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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