Worldwide automobile production through 2018

In 2018, more than 70 million cars and around 25 million commercial cars were produced worldwide. This figure translates into a decline of around one percent, compared with the previous year. China, Japan, and Germany were the largest producers of passenger vehicles in 2018.

China leads production

China is ranked as the largest passenger car manufacturer in the world, having produced more than 23.5 million cars in 2018, and accounting for almost one third of the world’s passenger vehicle production. Over the past decades, China has emerged as one of the main growth markets for players in the global automobile industry.

American manufacturers in China

One of China’s largest car manufacturing companies is the joint venture between General Motors and SAIC Motor Corporation Limited, known as Shanghai General Motors Company Ltd or simply Shanghai GM. GM produces and sells passenger vehicles under the Chevrolet and Cadillac brands, among others. Aside from manufacturing cars, the company also produces engines and transmission systems. Shanghai GM’s production amounted to a little over two million units in 2017.

Estimated worldwide automobile production from 2000 to 2018

CarsCommercial vehicles
20187025
20177324
20167223
20156922
20146822
20136522
20126321
20116020
20105819
20094814
20085318
20075320
20065019
20054720
20044520
20034219
20024118
20014016
20004117
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Source

Release date

2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2000 to 2018

Supplementary notes

The values have been rounded.
The numbers for commercial vehicles have been added up.
The figures for 2000 through 2016 were taken from previous editions of the publication.
Audi, BMW, JLR, Mercedes, Scania and Daimler Trucks data not reported for India, according to the source.

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