Premium statistics

Industry-specific and extensively researched technical data (partially from exclusive partnerships).

A paid subscription is required for full access.

Ranking of motor vehicle manufacturers worldwide - global sales 2018

Leading motor vehicle manufacturers worldwide in 2018, based on global sales (in 1,000 units)

by I. Wagner, last edited Aug 22, 2019
Ranking of motor vehicle manufacturers worldwide - global sales 2018 The Volkswagen Group sold the most cars and trucks in 2018, thus stealing the crown as the leading motor vehicle manufacturer worldwide. The Volkswagen Group sold a little more than 10 million sedans, sport-utility vehicles, and compact cars under its eight passenger car brands, as well as around 732,700 trucks under its three commercial vehicle brands. In addition to car and truck sales, the group’s motorcycle sales tally came to just over 53,000 units.

Do commercial vehicles really count?

While two-wheelers are typically not taken into account when the world’s largest vehicle manufacturer title is awarded, there is an ongoing debate among Volkswagen Group’s competitors in the automotive sector on whether to factor commercial vehicles into the equation, or not. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance claims to be the leading automaker if only cars and light commercial vehicles are considered.

Selling does not always mean winning

   The somewhat surprising success of this Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi business alliance comes at the expense of General Motors. The long-time vehicle sales leader dropped out of the top three list after falling short of its sales goals in 2018. A statement released by the company in December 2018 reads that General Motors is now intending to shift away from just selling vehicles, and instead, the company sees its future in pursuing an integrated approach to sustainability. New business opportunities such as vehicle subscription programs, the launch of electrified vehicle models, and large-scale production of autonomous vehicles will likely form an integral part of this new approach. It remains to be seen if General Motors will be able to regain the throne after some time of absence, especially since Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi are all well-versed players of the electrification game.
Show more

Leading motor vehicle manufacturers worldwide in 2018, based on global sales (in 1,000 units)

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $588 / Year
Basic Account
Get to know the platform

You only have access to basic statistics.
This statistic is not included in your account!

Premium Account
Your perfect start with Statista
  • Instant access to 1m statistics
  • Download in XLS, PDF & PNG format
  • Detailed references

$49 / Month *

Corporate Account
Full access

Corporate solution including all features.

* All products require an annual contract.
   Prices do not include sales tax.
Leading companies trust Statista:
Related Studies: Available to Download in PDF or PPTX Format
Automobile industry in Germany
Automobile industry in Germany

All Information
in one Presentation

Automobile industry in Germany

Everything On "Automobile industry in Germany" in One Document: Edited and Divided into Handy Chapters. Including Detailed References.

Statista has been my savior on several occasions. The site is easy to maneuver and the data is in a format that can go right into a report or presentation.
Marlene Greenfield

Marlene Greenfield
Vice President, Hearst Magazines

Statistics on "Automobile industry in Germany"
  • Economic importance of the automobile industry
  • Customers and utilization
The most important statistics
  • Key figures of the automobile supply industry
  • Key figures of automobile manufacture
  • Research and development in the automobile industry
  • Key figures of automobile trade
  • Key figures on after sales/ car services
Discover Statista
Need help with using Statista for your research? Tutorials and first steps
Further Content: Statistics, Studies, and Topic Pages
Learn more about how Statista can support your business.
Do you have any questions about our business solutions?

We provide you with detailed information about our Corporate Account.