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Automobile Industry Introduction

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The automobile industry surged ahead worldwide in 2013 and 2014, with the notable exception of Europe, where a dull economy has been particularly hard on auto sales.  Estimates of the global automobile market vary substantially from one source to another.  Analysts at IHS Automotive estimated the global market at 82.8 million units for 2013, up about 4.2% from the previous year.

According to Plunkett Research estimates, U.S. car and light truck sales will total from 16.3 million to 16.7 million units for 2014 provided the economy does not slow significantly during the final quarter of the year.  This would represent excellent growth from 15.6 million units sold in 2013, 14.5 million during 2012 and 13 million units during 2011.

The biggest upward trend in auto sales has been in China.  While estimates of its annual unit sales vary widely, China has clearly become the world’s largest car market, topping 20 million units sold during 2013.  China’s sales could grow to 22 to 24 million in 2014 and 30 million by 2020, depending on economic growth, the availability of credit and the regulatory environment.  Meanwhile, China’s government has a great deal of control over the market, as, at any time, it may increase sales by encouraging new auto loans, or decrease sales by adding new registration fees or restricting traffic in major cities in order to reduce congestion and pollution.

One of the biggest winners by far in today’s highly competitive automobile market has been Korea, where Hyundai, along with its brand Kia, have enjoyed soaring global sales.  Consumers are attracted to their reasonable prices, excellent warranties and world class manufacturing quality. 


Approximate Global Car/Light Truck Sales by Top Manufacturers 2013, in millions

General Motors (GM)                 9.72

Volkswagen                                9.73

Toyota*                                         9.12

Hyundai/Kia                                7.37

Ford                                              6.33

Nissan                                         4.91

Fiat/Chrysler                               4.40

Honda*                                        4.01


*Fiscal year ending March 31, 2014

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Video Introduction to Automobile Industry
Complete list of market research data provided by Plunkett Research, Ltd. for the Automobile Industry
  • U.S. Auto Manufacturers Rebound
  • Fuel Efficiency Becomes a Key Selling Element/Stiff Emissions Standards Adopted in the U.S. and Abroad
  • Hybrid Cars Command Low, but Growing, Market Share
  • Electric Cars and Plug-in Hybrids (PHEVs) Enter Market in Low Numbers
  • Major Research in Advanced Lithium Batteries
  • Clean Diesel Technology Gains Acceptance
  • Natural Gas-Powered Vehicles Gain in Popularity/Long Term Potential is Bright Thanks to Low Shale Gas Prices
  • Ethanol Production Soared, But U.S. Federal Subsidy Expires
  • Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Power Research Continues/Fuel Cell Cars Enter Market
  • Outsourcing of Automobile Component Manufacturing/Design
  • Optimum Lean Production Saves Manufacturing Costs
  • China Becomes the World’s Largest Auto Market/Indian Market Slows
  • Mexico Grows Rapidly as a Major Automotive Maker and Exporter
  • Focus on Safety Improvements by Automakers/Google Car Drives Itself
  • Super-Expensive Cars Are Pushed by Manufacturers/Luxury Car Market Is Highly Competitive
  • Big News in Small Cars
  • Car Sharing Programs and Mobility Services Proliferate
  • Fewer Miles Driven in the U.S. as Young People Use Bikes, Light Rail or Car Share
  • Wireless Information Systems Surge Ahead in Vehicles: Telematics, ITS and Real Time Traffic Information
  • Ford Sync and Microsoft Software Race to Bring Onboard Apps to New Car Buyers/In-Car Internet Grows
  • Technology Drives Insurance Efficiencies/Drivers Allow Their Habits to Be Tracked for Lower Insurance Rates
  • Complete list of statistics data provided by Plunkett Research, Ltd. for the Automobile Industry
  • Automobile Industry Overview

  • General Motors Corporation Overview
  • Ford Motor Company Overview
  • Toyota Motor Corporation Overview
  • Volkswagen Group Overview
  • Daimler AG Overview
  • Honda Motor Co. Overview
  • Hyundai Motor Group Overview
  • U.S. New Car & Truck Market Shares by Company: 2010-2013
  • New Vehicle Sales by Vehicle Type, U.S.: 2007-2014
  • Highest Fuel Economy by Vehicle Class: 2014 Model Year
  • Lowest Fuel Economy by Vehicle Class: 2014 Model Year
  • Gross Output in the Motor Vehicles & Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Industries: Selected Years, 2005-2012
  • Personal Transportation Expenditures, U.S.: 2006-2013
  • Average Miles Per Gallon vs. Horsepower, U.S.: 1975-2013
  • Automobile Driving Costs, U.S.: 2014
  • Highway Vehicle Miles Traveled, U.S., Monthly: January 1990-May 2014
  • Motor Vehicle Traffic Accidents in the U.S. by Type of Vehicle & Person: 2002-2012
  • International Retail Premium Gasoline Prices: August 1996-August 2014
  • Retail On-Highway Diesel vs. Regular Gasoline Prices, U.S.: January 1995-August 2014
  • Value of Exports of U.S. Vehicles: 2008-2nd Quarter 2014
  • Value of Imports of Vehicles to the U.S.: 2008-2nd Quarter 2014
  • Occupational Employment and Wages for Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics: May 2013
  • Employment in the Automobile Industry, U.S.: 2007-2013
  • Licensed Drivers, Vehicle Registrations & Resident Population, U.S.: 1960-2011
  • Table of Contents for Plunkett's Automobile Industry Almanac  
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    how to use this book 3
    chapter 1: major trends affecting the automobile industry 7
    1) automobile industry introduction 7
    2) u.s. auto manufacturers rebound 10
    Profiles of Leading Automobile Companies are provided, including Public, Private, U.S., and non-U.S. Firms.  
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    • AAMCO Transmissions Inc
    • AB Volvo
    • ABC Group
    • Accuride Corporation
    • ADA
    • Adam Opel AG
    • ADESA Inc
    • Advance Auto Parts Inc
    • Agero Inc
    • AGS Automotive Systems Inc
  • AGS Automotive Systems Inc
  • Aisan Industry Co Ltd
  • Aisin Seiki Co Ltd
  • Allied Specialty Vehicles Inc
  • Allied Systems Holdings Inc
  • Allison Transmission Holdings Inc
  • Ally Financial Inc
  • Alps Electric Co Ltd
  • AM General LLC
  • AMERCO (U-Haul)
  • Key Automobile Industry Topics
  • Car Business
  • Truck Business
  • Specialty Vehicles Business
  • RVs
  • Car Dealerships
  • E-Commerce
  • Car Finance
  • Parts
  • Components
  • Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Telematics
  • Globalization
  • Services
  • Profiles of Leading Automobile Firms Worldwide
  • Profiles of Leading Companies
  • Executive Mailing Lists