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Worldwide automobile production through 2019

In 2019, almost 92 million motor vehicles were produced worldwide. This figure translates into a decline of around 5 percent, compared with the previous year. China, Japan, and Germany were the largest producers of cars and commercial vehicles in 2019.

China leads production

China is ranked as the largest passenger car manufacturer in the world, having produced more than 21.3 million cars in 2019, and accounting for almost one third of the world’s passenger vehicle production. Over the past decades, China has emerged as one of the main growth markets for players in the global automobile industry.

American manufacturers in China

One of China’s largest car manufacturing companies is the joint venture between General Motors and SAIC Motor Corporation Limited, known as Shanghai General Motors Company Ltd or simply Shanghai GM. GM produces and sells passenger vehicles under the Chevrolet and Cadillac brands, among others. Aside from manufacturing cars, the company also produces engines and transmission systems. Shanghai GM’s production amounted to a little over two million units in 2017.

Estimated worldwide automobile production from 2000 to 2019

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2000 to 2019

Supplementary notes

The figures for 2000 through 2017 were taken from previous editions of the publication.
Audi, BMW, JLR, Mercedes, Scania and Daimler Trucks data not report data according to the source.

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