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Consumers planning to buy next car by powertrain & country 2020

According to respondents, the internal combustion engine (ICE) remained the powertrain of choice in the United States, Germany, India, and South Korea in 2020, while customers in Japan and China said they would prefer vehicles equipped with a hybrid electric powertrain. Some 12 percent of survey respondents from China stated they would prefer to purchase a battery electric vehicle as their next vehicle. This was the highest value among all markets surveyed.

Consumers' powertrain preferences for their next vehicle as of October 2020, by key country

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Release date

January 2021



Survey time period

September to October 2020

Number of respondents

4,927 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview


Supplementary notes

Original survey question: "What type of engine would you prefer in your next vehicle?"
Other refers to ethanol, compressed natural gas (CNG), and fuel cell vehicles.
This data set includes responses from 779 respondents in Germany, 879 respondents in the U.S., 886 respondents in China, 880 respondents in India, 597 respondents in Japan, and 906 respondents in South Korea.

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