Passenger cars - sales in selected countries worldwide 2005-2019

This statistic shows passenger car sales in selected countries worldwide between 2005 and 2019. In 2019, some 21.4 million passenger cars were sold in China. According to the source, passenger cars are motor vehicles with at least four wheels, used for the transport of passengers, and comprising no more than eight seats in addition to the driver's seat. Hence, the figures do not include light trucks.

Sales of passenger cars in selected countries worldwide from 2005 to 2019

In 2018, over 70.4 million units of passenger cars were produced. Worldwide, passenger car sales have been slowly declining, causing a reduction in production. Car sales started falling dramatically during the 2008-2009 economic crisis and re-entered a sales slump at the end of 2018.

In Europe, about 75 percent of new passenger car registrations occur in the largest markets, which include Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain. China has seen the largest increases in passenger vehicle sales between 2005 and 2017, growing from 3.97 million units to some 24.72 million units. During this time period, leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) like General Motors or Volkswagen enjoyed rising sales trends not just in China, but across all Asian markets. However, rising costs of production since 2016 have been causing auto manufacturers across the world some hassle.

China, Japan, Germany, India, and the United States are ranked among the world’s largest five car producers. These countries are home to many of the major motor vehicle manufacturers. The world’s largest automakers include General Motors and Ford, the Volkswagen Group, as well as the Toyota Motor Corporation, Honda and Nissan.

Sales of passenger cars in selected countries worldwide from 2005 to 2019

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Survey time period

2005 to 2019

Supplementary notes

The values have been rounded.
* The U.S. figure excludes 12.3 million light truck sales.

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