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Automotive industry in the MENA region - statistics & facts

As of 2019, around one billion motor vehicles have been sold worldwide. Close to 70 percent of those sales were generated by passenger cars. The global automotive production is projected to grow from 100 million units in 2025 to 117 million units by 2030. The Japanese automotive manufacturer Toyota leads the global automotive market with a market share of 10.2 percent, followed by the German manufacturer Volkswagen with 7.9 percent.

When breaking down these global developments of the automotive industry to just the Middle East and North African region, certain trends and market indicators emerge:

Automotive sales

In 2019, almost two million commercial and passenger vehicles were sold in the Middle East and North Africa region. Although the Middle East, North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa have the lowest rate of motor vehicle sales, those markets still confirm Toyota as the leading automotive producer; this is also the case for the oil-rich Gulf Cooperation Council countries, including the UAE. During this time, Iran led the region in terms of passenger car sales, followed by Saudi Arabia and Israel. In the commercial vehicle segment, sales were strongest in Saudi Arabia, followed by Iran and Iraq.

Automotive production
Automotive production in the Middle East and North African region is dominated by Turkey and Iran, with 1.5 million and 1.01 million production units respectively. The majority of automotive producing countries In the Middle East and North Africa focused on passenger cars, followed by light commercial vehicles.


The outlook for the automotive industry in the Middle East and North Africa bears potential for growth with regard to both sales and production. Highlighting the United Arab Emirates as an example, it is interesting to see that the oil-rich country is not only keen on importing high-end and sports vehicles, but also wants to establish itself as a production hub for luxury sports cars in the near future. Investing in the establishment and promotion of manufacturing, new technologies, and R&D is a significant step towards diversifying the economy of the Gulf Cooperation Council sub-region. This would connect the region further with the global economy, where the automotive industry is an important indicator for the economic performance of a country.

The automotive industry of the Middle East and North African region has experienced during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 an enormous impact as the rest of the world. To find out more about the potential consequences of coronavirus on the global automotive industry, please check out our latest dossier.

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In the following 5 chapters, you will quickly find the 24 most important statistics relating to "Automotive industry in the MENA region".


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