Countries that increased their car production the most since Covid - South Africa ranks 7th

The countries with the highest increases in car production:

Rank

Country

Cars Produced

Commercial Vehicles Produced

Total Produced (2021)

% change variation

2020/2021

1

Argentina

184,106

250,647

434,753

69%

2

Indonesia

889,756

232,211

1,121,967

63%

3

India

3,631,095

768,017

4,399,112

30%

4

Kazakhstan

80,679

11,738

92,417

24%

5

Morocco

338,339

64,668

403,007

23%

6

Thailand

594,690

1,091,015

1,685,705

18%

7

South Africa

239,267

259,820

499,087

12%

7

Brazil

1,707,851

540,402

2,248,253

12%

9

Portugal

229,221

60,733

289,954

10%

10

Austria

124,700

12,000

136,700

9%

Argentina saw the highest percentage increase in car manufacturing in 2021 compared to 2020, at a rate of 69%. Argentina's motor vehicle production was reported at 434,753 units in Dec 2021. This records an increase from the previous number of 257,187 units for Dec 2020. This year, Argentina’s Senate has approved a bill to promote the automotive industry. The initiative was spearheaded and supported by IndustriALL affiliates in the country.

Indonesia had the second-highest increase in car production in 2021 compared to 2020, at an increase of 63%. As well as being the fourth most populous country in the world, 

India was the country that witnessed the third-highest increase in car production in 2021 compared to the previous year, at an increase of 30%. Although India’s change in variation in car manufacturing is substantially less than in Indonesia and Argentina, the automotive sector is benefiting from a host of improvements. These include global supply-chain rebalancing and government incentives to increase exports.

The countries with the biggest volume of car production: 

Rank

Country

Cars Produced

Commercial Vehicles Produced

Total Produced 2021

1

China

21,407,962

4,674,258

26,082,220

2

Usa

1,563,060

7,604,154

9,167,214

3

Japan

6,619,242

1,227,713

7,846,955

4

India

3,631,095

768,017

4,399,112

5

South Korea

3,162,727

299,677

3,462,404

6

Germany

3,096,165

212,527

3,308,692

7

Mexico

708,242

2,437,411

3,145,653

8

Brazil

1,707,851

540,402

2,248,253

9

Spain

1,662,174

435,959

2,098,133

10

Thailand

594,690

1,091,015

1,685,705

China produced the most cars and commercial vehicles, with a total of 26 million manufactured in 2021. China is well known for being the world’s biggest manufacturer of cars, and its domestic production is expected to reach 35 million vehicles by the year 2025.

The United States produced the second-highest number of cars and commercial vehicles in 2021, with a total of 9.16 million vehicles manufactured. In December 2021, President Joe Biden imposed a new executive order that states that by 2035, all new light-duty vehicles sold in the US must be 100% all-electric vehicles, to help with climate change and air pollution issues in the country.

Japan is the third biggest car manufacturing country in the world, with a total of 7.8 million cars and commercial vehicles produced in 2021. Japan’s market share has decreased slightly in recent years, due to new competition in South Korea, China and India. Automobile export remains the country’s most profitable industry and is a part of its recovery plan for the economic crisis of the pandemic.

Further findings: 

  • China is the world’s biggest manufacturer of cars - it produced the most cars and commercial vehicles in 2021, with a total of 26 million units manufactured.
  • Egypt had the second lowest number of vehicles manufactured in 2021, with a total of 23,754 commercial vehicles and cars produced annually. 
  • Slovenia had the highest decrease in car production at -32%. 

Slovakia has the highest share of automotive employment in Europe - it accounts for 16.2% of employment in the country.