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Automotive industry worldwide - statistics & facts

Global sales of automobiles are forecast to fall to just under 64 million units in 2020, down from a peak of almost 80 million units in 2017. The auto industry's most important industry segments include commercial vehicles and passenger cars. China is counted among the largest automobile markets worldwide, both in terms of sales and production. Car sales in China dipped for the first time in 2018; the market cratered in February 2020 but is showing signs of recovery.

The auto industry has reached a crossroads

As our Statistic: Estimated number of vehicles lost due to auto plant stoppages caused by COVID-19, by key market (in 1,000 vehicles) | StatistaStatista Dossier on the impact of COVID-19 on the automotive industry intends to outline, the fate of the industry seems to rely on how fast production will be ramped up following the coronavirus outbreak in the winter of 2019/2020. Amid the outbreak of the pandemic in China, many factories were closed, and no new vehicles were rolling off the assembly lines in Wuhan. Work stoppages resulting from outbreaks continue to affect the industry on a global scale, although factories have reopened in many markets. More recently, the coronavirus pandemic has also sparked a shortage of semiconductors and chips in many industries, including the auto sector. It is projected that on average, electronic systems will account for half of the total price of a new car by 2030.

Mass production of automobiles started in the early 1900s when Ford introduced assembly line car production to mass-manufacture its Model T. Today, the Ford Motor Company still ranks among the leading manufacturers of passenger cars, its most popular passenger light truck model being the Ford F-Series, which was also one of 2019’s best-selling light vehicles worldwide. Surprisingly, only one American company made it into the list of major motor vehicle manufacturers in 2019, and the global automotive supplier industry was dominated by European and Japanese players such as Bosch, Continental, and Denso.

Environmental regulations are becoming stricter

Statistic: Global plug-in light vehicle sales from 2015 to 2019 (in million units) | Statista Prompted by global initiatives such as the Paris Agreement, several countries around the globe are enacting stricter emissions controls on new vehicle models. As such, automakers are beginning to expand their business into the electric mobility sector. Every third new car sold is anticipated to be propelled or assisted by an electric battery by 2025. Over the next decade, mobility services and autonomous vehicles are set to stir up yet another revolution in the auto sector. China is projected to lead the market by 2040 with projected autonomous vehicle sales of 14.5 million units.

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