Passenger car production APAC 2018 by country

Although Japan produced an impressive 8.36 million passenger cars in 2018, China swarmed the passenger car production sector across the Asia Pacific region, producing a staggering 23.7 million passenger cars. All other Asia Pacific countries seemed to pale in comparison.

Why Asia Pacific?

Interestingly, China did not only produce the most passenger cars in the Asia Pacific region in 2018, but it was estimated to produce the most passenger cars throughout the entire world in 2018. It is also anticipated that Chinese manufacturing companies such as BYD Auto co. Ltd will overtake the likes of America-based manufacturer Tesla in the electric car segment.

Manufacturer collaborations

China has implemented a strong culture for joint ventures in the automotive industry. The leading car manufacturers worldwide, including General Motors, Nissan, Peugeot, and Volkswagen all have joint ventures with Chinese carmakers, including the Big Four Chinese auto manufacturers. SAIC Motor Corporation Limited (informally SAIC, formerly Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation), Chang'an Automobile, FAW Group Corporation, and Dongfeng Motor Corporation are counted among China’s leading motor vehicle manufacturers. Its joint venture policy has helped China become Asia’s main producer of automobiles, ahead of Japan and South Korea. Unlike China, these two countries have had strong domestic automotive sectors of their own for many decades and are home to some of the most valuable automobile manufacturers worldwide, such as Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai.

Number of passenger cars produced in the Asia Pacific region in 2018, by country

Passenger car production in thousand units
China23,709.78
Japan8,358.22
India*4,064.77
South Korea3,661.73
Indonesia1,055.77
Thailand877.02
Iran851
Malaysia520
Pakistan230
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Source

Release date

2019

Region

Asia

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

* Excludes Audi, BMW, JLR, and Mercedes
The figures for Iran, Malaysia, and Pakistan are estimates.
All figures are fourth quarter year-to-date values.

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