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The 20 biggest car markets in the world: Russia on the up!

Red Square in Moscow, Russia. Picture by Andras Pfaff 

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To give a bit of perspective to all the models data I publish here, I thought I would make a Top 20 biggest car markets ranking for 2011, with some figures still estimates. China leads with nearly 19 million sales but grows slower than the US this year at +5%. Japan falls by 14% but stays #3 ahead of Brazil (+3%) and Germany (+9%).

Exceptional performance of Russia, up 39% to 2.65 million units and going from #10 overall and #5 in Europe in 2010 to #6 and #2 behind just Germany this year! India also fares well at +12% and 2.3 million and stays #7. France, UK and Italy are all down. Notice also Indonesia (+17%), Turkey (+14%) and Argentina (+29%) all reaching their highest level ever, while Spain is down 3 spots to #19 (-18%).

I have also introduced the New Cars Per Thousand (NCPT) ratio which is the number of new cars purchased in 2011 per thousand inhabitants. Belgium leads at this little game with 53, followed by Canada (46), Australia (44) and the USA (41). Interestingly, Russia (19), Iran (19), Brazil (18) and Spain (18) are now all at the same level, while China is at 14 and India at 2.

Full Year 2011 Top 20 Ranking Table below.

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  1. Rick
    February 16th, 2013 at 18:42 | #1

    Good analyses of the global automotive trend Matt.
    Here in EU, we’re still asleep, complaining ‘what should have been’ ;-)

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  4. seyhan
    January 19th, 2012 at 00:38 | #4

    WHY NOT TURKEY ?

    • matgasnier
      January 19th, 2012 at 08:05 | #5

      Hi Seyhan,
      I do not have the final 2011 figure for Turkey yet, do you?
      This is why it was not included. If it is above Belgium then I will amend the ranking.
      Thanks!
      Matt

  5. Achtung
    January 15th, 2012 at 23:14 | #6

    very very interesting information! thanks Mat

    • matgasnier
      January 15th, 2012 at 23:34 | #7

      No worries Achtung, glad you’re enjoying it!
      cheers
      Matt

  6. Max
    January 15th, 2012 at 19:38 | #8

    matgasnier :Hi Max,Yes the Netherlands are under Belgium, but just: it would rank #21 overall with 555,920 registrations and getting closer at +15% on 2010…cheersMatt

    Thanks for your answer, Matt !

  7. Max
    January 15th, 2012 at 19:17 | #9

    I love this Volga M24 Estate…

    The Belgian market seems to be more important than the Dutch market ? That’s strange : there are 16 million of inhabitants in the Netherlands, and only 11 million in Belgium !

    • matgasnier
      January 15th, 2012 at 19:26 | #10

      Hi Max,
      Yes the Netherlands are under Belgium, but just: it would rank #21 overall with 555,920 registrations and getting closer at +15% on 2010…
      cheers
      Matt

  8. David
    January 15th, 2012 at 13:19 | #11

    It should be worth noting that some figures are not directly comparable. For example, Australia’s sales figure includes heavy trucks (like Mack, Kenworth, etc.). USA sales figures exclude heavy trucks and commercial vehicles, and only count light vehicles. Heavy vehicles accounted for only 3% of total Australian sales.

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