Global car sales by manufacturer 2018

The leading vehicle manufacturers worldwide include the Volkswagen Group, Toyota, and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. Japan-based automotive manufacturer Toyota's global vehicle sales came to just shy of 10.6 million units in 2018. Over the past decades, China has emerged as one of the main growth markets for players in the global automobile industry, with car registrations exceeding 23 million vehicles in 2018. Iran became one of the most exciting market in terms of passenger car production before falling victim to U.S. sanctions. Follow this link to get access to the top 100 automotive and automotive part companies list.

Leading automobile manufacturers worldwide

Worldwide car sales were expected to reach just under 80 million units in 2019.

The ranking of the major automotive companies in terms of brand value includes the leading automotive manufacturers Volkswagen, Toyota, General Motors and Renault-Nissan. The Toyota Motor Corporation sold around 10.6 million light and commercial vehicles in 2018. Toyota’s main markets include Japan and the United States. The U.S. is the second largest market for passenger vehicles worldwide. In December 2018, the U.S. automotive industry reported some 1.6 million vehicle sales. The upward trend in the world’s second-largest market for light vehicles is set to falter throughout the next decade. In light of an ongoing economic slump, a growing number of people is expected to hold on to their vehicles for longer. On average, U.S. passenger cars are 11.6 years old. In the United States, the Toyota Camry and the Toyota Corolla/Matrix are ranked among the best-selling car models.

Global car sales by manufacturer in 2018

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Release date

January 2019



Survey time period

2017 and 2018

Supplementary notes

The values have been rounded.
The 2017 figures were taken from an article published on in January 2018.

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