Cars produced in the world

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Cars produced in the world
The data on global car production displayed on the Worldometers' counter is based on the latest statistics on worldwide car production issued by the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA).

A formula based on the current data available, historical trends, and projections is used to estimate total cars produced in the current year.
Because the auto industry is an important sector of the global economy, numerous analysis of sales data and future outlook are issued by financial and economic institutes worldwide.

National trade organizations are surveyed on their annual data by OICA. Each summer, a survey on the last six months provides a first estimation of the year’s production figures .
 

Definition of "car" and "production"
By "car" we are referring to passenger cars, which are defined as motor vehicles with at least four wheels, used for the transport of passengers, and comprising no more than eight seats in addition to the driver's seat. Cars (or automobiles) make up approximately 74% of the total motor vehicle annual production in the world.
The remaining 26%, not included in this statistics, is made up by light commercial vehicles and heavy trucks (motor vehicles with et least four wheels, used for the carriage of goods), buses, coaches and minibuses (comprising more than eight seats in addition to the driver's seat)
By "production" we are following the convention used by national trade organizations and referring to completely built vehicle (CBU) as opposed to assembly of completely knocked down (CKD) or semi-knocked down (SKD) sets when vehicle parts originate in another country.


How many cars are produced in the world every year?
In 2012, for the first time in history, over 60 million cars passenger cars will be produced in a single year (or 165,000 new cars produced every day).

After a 9% decline in 2009 (due to the 2008 global financial crisis), global car production immediately jumped back the following year with a 22% increase in 2010, to then consolidate at the current 3% yearly growth rate.

Going back in history, in 2006 there were less than 50 million passenger cars produced in the world, with an increase of 6.45% over the previous year. The increase for 2007 was more modest, and 2008 showed a decline. Analysts from various institutes had in fact pegged the year 2007 as the year which would end the 5-year cycle (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006) of record global auto sales worldwide.


Year and cars produced in the world
2011    59,929,016
2010    58,264,852
2009    47,772,598
2008    52,726,117
2007    53,201,346
2006    49,918,578
2005    46,862,978
2004    44,554,268
2003    41,968,666
2002    41,358,394
2001    39,825,888
2000    41,215,653
1999    39,759,847

Which country produces most cars?
China. 1 out of 4 cars produced in the world comes from China.
China was the world’s third-largest car market in 2006, as car sales in China soared by nearly 40% to 4.1 million units. Soon thereafter, China took the lead and became the world’s first-largest car market, as low vehicle penetration, rising incomes, greater credit availability and falling car prices lift sales past those of Japan. Furthermore, vehicle penetration in China still stands at only about 40 vehicles per 1,000 people, compared with approximately 700 vehicles per 1,000 people in the mature markets of the G7.
More than half of the cars are produced in Asia and Oceania, whereas Europe produces almost a third.
Below, a summary of global car production by country in 2011:
 

Rank Country Cars produced % of total world production
1 China 14,485,326 24.0%
2 Japan 7,158,525 11.9%
3 Germany 5,871,918 9.7%
4 South Korea 4,221,617 7.0%
5 India 3,038,332 5.0%
6 U.S.A. 2,966,133 4.9%
7 Brazil 2,534,534 4.2%
8 France 1,931,030 3.2%
9 Spain 1,819,453 3.0%
10 Russia 1,738,163 2.9%
11 Mexico 1,657,080 2.8%
12 Iran 1,413,276 2.3%
13 U.K. 1,343,810 2.2%
14 Czech Republic 1,191,968 2.0%
15 Canada 990,483 1.6%
16 Poland 722,285 1.2%
17 Slovakia 639,763 1.1%
18 Turkey 639,734 1.1%
19 Argentina 577,233 1.0%
20 Indonesia 561,863 0.9%
21 Belgium 560,779 0.9%
22 Thailand 537,987 0.9%
23 Malaysia 488,441 0.8%
24 Italy 485,606 0.8%
25 South Africa 312,265 0.5%
26 Romania 310,243 0.5%
27 Taiwan 288,523 0.5%
28 Hungary 211,218 0.4%
29 Australia 189,503 0.3%
30 Sweden 188,969 0.3%
31 Slovenia 168,955 0.3%
32 Uzbekistan 146,300 0.2%
33 Portugal 141,779 0.2%
34 Austria 130,343 0.2%
35 Ukraine 97,585 0.2%
36 Egypt 53,072 0.1%
37 Netherlands 40,772 0.1%
38 Serbia 25,494 0.04%
39 Finland 2,540 0.004%
Others 367,138 0.6%

Total 60,250,038 100.0%

Last Updated: December 1, 2012

Which are the manufacturers and how many cars they produce?
The statistics on world car production include the following auto-makers: Anhui, Avtovaz , Beijing, BMW, Brilliance, Byd, Chana, Changhe, Chery, China National, Chrysler, Daewoo, Daihatsu, DaimlerChrysler, Dongfeng, Faw, Fiat, Ford, Fuji, Fujian, Gaz, Geely, General Motors, Great Wall, Guangzhou, Harbin, Hino, Honda, Hyundai, Ij-Avto, Isuzu, Kamaz, Kia, Mahindra&Mahindra, MAN, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Multicar, Nanjing, Navistar, Nissan, Nissan Diesel, Paccar, Porsche, Proton, PSA, Renault, Saic, Scania, Suzuki, Tata, Toyota, Uaz, Vaz, Volkswagen, and Volvo.
For detailed statistics on production by manufacturer, make, country and type visit the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers

How many cars are there in the world currently?
It is estimated that over 1 billion passenger cars travel the streets and roads of the world today.
The 1 billion-unit mark was reached in 2010 for the first time ever.
In the United States alone, 250,272,812 "highway" registered vehicles were counted in 2010, of which 190,202,782 passenger cars. (Bureau of Transportation Statistics U.S. Department of Transportation)

References and useful links:
OICA - (Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles) - The International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers comprising 43 national trade associations around the world, including all major automobile manufacturing countries, thereby covering virtually the entire motor vehicle industry all over the world.
ACEA - European Automobile Manufacturers' Association
Global Auto report [Pdf file]- monthly analysis of auto sale figures and forecasts by ScotiaBank
The Physics Factbook - number of cars (2001)
WordMapper: passenger cars

 

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