Passenger cars - sales in selected countries worldwide 2005-2018

Sales of passenger cars in selected countries worldwide from 2005 to 2018 (in million units)

by I. Wagner, last edited Aug 15, 2019
Passenger cars - sales in selected countries worldwide 2005-2018 This statistic shows passenger car sales in selected countries worldwide between 2005 and 2018. In 2018, some 23.7 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.
Sales of passenger cars in selected countries worldwide from 2005 to 2018

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.

Today, the volume of automobiles sold is back to pre-crisis levels thanks to increased demand from Asian, American and European markets. 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. Leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) like General Motors or Volkswagen enjoyed rising sales trends not just in China, but across all Asian markets. Rising costs of production since 2016 have been causing automanufacturers 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 the major manufacturers of light vehicles. The world’s largest automakers include General Motors and Ford, the Volkswagen Group, as well as the Toyota Motor Corporation, Honda and Nissan.
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