World production of passenger cars 1998-2019

In 2019, some 67 million passenger cars were produced worldwide. 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.

Passenger car production is slowing down

New light vehicle sales are expected to contract by 3.6 percent in 2020. Decreased affordability and demand is putting a strain on automotive manufacturers. Some consumers are also putting off new vehicles, waiting for electric and automated models to become more viable. The automotive industry in the United Kingdom in particular is struggling . British auto manufacturers include producers of premium brands such as Bentley, Lotus, and Jaguar. Mass-producing manufacturers also operate in the UK such as Nissan and Toyota. The lull in the industry coincides with the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. The price of production in the UK is on the increase and new car prices have risen sharply between 2016 and 2018. High-end brands typically rely on exports for much of their business. Between January and June 2019, 57 percent of UK car exports took place within the EU. Trade deals for the UK after Brexit is widely assumed to be poor for the island nation. Companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Nissan, Toyota, and Honda are cutting jobs or completely moving production outside of the UK, citing Brexit uncertainty as a major cause.

Production of passenger cars worldwide from 1998 to 2019

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1998 to 2019

Supplementary notes

The values have been rounded.
The figures from 1998 through 2017 were taken from previous editions of the publication.

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