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Global sales of passenger cars are forecast to hit 77.7 million vehicles in 2017. Along with China, the United States is counted among the largest automobile markets worldwide, both in terms of production and sales. About 6.9 million passenger cars were sold to U.S. customers in 2016, and around four million cars were produced here in the same year. The United States became a key automotive market 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 car model currently being the Ford Focus, which was also one of 2016’s best selling light vehicles worldwide. In terms of revenue, Volkswagen, Toyota and General Motors topped the list of major automobile makers in 2015, while the automotive supplier industry was dominated by Bosch, Continental, Denso and Magna.
Over the next decade, Internet-connected car technologies and autonomous vehicles are set to stir up yet another revolution in the automotive sector. In 2016, some 40 percent of U.S. respondents aged between 25 and 34 stated that they were willing to use fully autonomous vehicles, presumably because they consider autonomous vehicles to be safer than conventional cars. The global market for autonomous driving hardware components is expected to grow from 400 million U.S. dollars in 2015 to 40 billion U.S. dollars in 2030.
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Worldwide automobile production from 2000 to 2016 (in million vehicles)
Estimated global vehicle production growth from 2012 to 2016, by region
Passenger car production in selected countries in 2016, by country (in million units)
Revenue* of the leading automotive manufacturers worldwide in FY 2016 (in billion U.S. dollars)
Number of cars sold worldwide from 1990 to 2017 (in million units)
Sales of passenger cars in selected countries worldwide from 2005 to 2016 (in million units)
Largest automobile markets worldwide between January and December 2016, based on new car registrations (in 1,000s)
Best-selling car and light truck models worldwide in 2016 (in 1,000 units)
Leading automobile manufacturers worldwide in 2015 and 2016, based on vehicle sales (in million units)
Number of motor vehicles produced by Volkswagen worldwide from 2006 to 2016 (in millions)
Number of motor vehicles produced by Toyota worldwide from 2006 to 2016 (in 1,000 units)
Number of motor vehicles produced by General Motors worldwide from 2006 to 2016 (in 1,000 units)
Number of motor vehicles produced by Ford worldwide from 2006 to 2016 (in 1,000s units)
Toyota's retail vehicle sales from FY 2014 to FY 2017 (in 1,000 units)
Volkswagen's worldwide vehicle sales from 2006 to 2016 (in millions)
General Motors Company's worldwide vehicle sales from 2013 to 2016 (in units)
Ford Motor Company's worldwide vehicle sales from FY 2012 to FY 2016 (in 1,000 units)
The leading global automotive suppliers in 2016, based on revenue (in million euros)
The world's largest tire producers in 1st and 2nd quarter 2016, based on tire-related sales (in billion U.S. dollars)
Robert Bosch GmbH's global sales of OEM automotive parts from 2001 to 2016 (in million U.S. dollars)
ZF Friedrichshafen AG's global OEM automotive parts sales from 2007 to 2016 (in million U.S. dollars)
Global sales of the automotive supplier Denso Corp. from FY 2014 to FY 2017 (in million Japanese yen)
Continental AG's revenue from FY 1999 to FY 2016 (in million euros)
Global light vehicle production forecast from 2015 to 2023 (in million units)
Outlook on worldwide light vehicle sales from 2016 to 2024 (in million units)
Worldwide vehicle sales by propulsion technology in 2025 (in million vehicles)
Projected autonomous vehicle sales worldwide in 2035, by country or region (in million units)
Passenger cars - major producing countries 2016
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Revenue of the leading car manufacturers worldwide 2016
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Passenger cars - sales in selected countries worldwide 2005-2016
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