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motor vehicle production

INTRODUCTION

The motor vehicle manufacturing industry is a good indicator of both the industrial and technological capacity of a country. This page looks at motor vehicle production from 1950 to 2010 as there have been significant shifts in the geographical location of production over this period. 

Charts

1. Global Motor Vehicle Production 1970 - 2010

2. Share of Global Motor Vehicle Production by Region 1970 - 2010

3. Motor Vehicle Production by Region 1970 - 2010

Data Table

4. Motor Vehicle Production by Region of World 1950 - 2010

East Asia has seen a dramatic rise in vehicle production in the 21st century as part of it's overall economic and manufacturing rise. China is by far the leading country today for motor vehicle production. The rise in East Asian production has driven a bigger global increase in production between 2000 and 2010 compared with growth in previous decades. The modest decline in East Asian production in the last decade of the 20th century was due to a decline in the Japanese car industry and because the Chinese car industry hadn't yet made up for it. North American production has declined in the 21st century. Other developing regions have also seen an increase in production. As US car manufacturers have moved production facilities to Latin America, mainly Mexico, Latin American production has increased rapidly. Western Europe has also seen a decline between 2000 and 2010 but less than North America in large part because the German car industry remains very strong. 

The Chinese car manufacturing industry has grown dramatically over the last 20 years. Today, over a quarter of cars made in the world are made in China. 

Car assembly line of Geely in Beilun District, Ningbo

Photo by Siyuwj

Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

DATA TABLE

4. Motor Vehicle Production by Region of World 1950 - 2010

Year
North America
East Asia and Pacific
Latin America and Caribbean
Western Europe
Soviet Union and successor states
Middle East and North Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa
South Asia
1950
8,390,000
30,000
N/A
1,610,000
360,000
N/A
N/A
10,000
1960
8,300,000
500,000
270,000
6,180,000
520,000
N/A
N/A
50,000
1970
9,440,000
5,410,000
830,000
11,930,000
920,000
60,000
300,000
80,000
1980
9,380,000
11,670,000
2,090,000
13,070,000
2,200,000
210,000
400,000
110,000
1990
11,730,000
14,490,000
1,880,000
16,230,000
2,040,000
250,000
330,000
360,000
2000
15,760,000
13,690,000
4,020,000
17,320,000
1,290,000
800,000
350,000
830,000
2010
9,810,000
35,490,000
6,680,000
13,890,000
1,660,000
2,850,000
470,000
3,710,000
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