Which Country Sells the Most Passenger Cars?

Sales of Passenger Cars (thousand), 2019 or latest
Automotive | June 16, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 139 countries in 2019, China ranked the highest in sales of passenger cars with 21,444 thousand followed by USA and Japan. On the other end of the scale was Burundi with 0.010 thousand, Liberia with 0.068 thousand and Palestine with 0.109 thousand.

Total sales of passenger cars reached 64,342 thousand in 2019 in the World according to ACEA. This is 6.76 % less than in the previous year and 22.8 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total sales of passenger cars reached an all time high of 70,695 thousand in 2017 and an all time low of 11,000 thousand in 1961. The average annual growth amounted to 2.75 % since 1960.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 33.3 % of sales of passenger cars in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 47.3 % share while the ten largest countries some 73.5 % in 2019.

Data for more countries are available at Sales Of New Passenger Cars indicator page.

Sales Of New Passenger Cars Unit 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Australia thousand 900 884 924 927 916
Brazil thousand 3,041 2,795 2,123 1,677 1,856
China thousand ... ... ... ... ... ... 17,928 19,708 21,210 24,377 24,718
France thousand 1,790 1,796 1,917 2,015 2,111
Germany thousand 2,952 3,037 3,206 3,352 3,441
India thousand ... ... ... ... ... ... 2,554 2,571 2,772 2,967 3,229
Indonesia thousand 880 863 756 835 834
Italy thousand 1,305 1,361 1,569 1,826 1,971
Japan thousand 4,562 4,700 4,216 4,146 4,386
Mexico thousand 698 745 892 1,066 984
Russia thousand ... ... ... ... ... ... 2,649 2,333 1,283 1,240 1,449
South Korea thousand 1,244 1,360 1,534 1,534 1,527
Spain thousand 723 855 1,034 1,147 1,235
USA thousand 7,585 7,689 7,517 6,873 6,080
United Kingdom thousand 2,265 2,476 2,634 2,693 2,541