Worldwide automobile production through 2018

Estimated worldwide automobile production from 2000 to 2018 (in million vehicles)

by I. Wagner, last edited Sep 11, 2019
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.
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