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World 2011: Global sales to hit 75 million new vehicles

Beijing, China

In 2011 the global car market is expected to have grown 4% over 2010 to a new record: 75 million units. Both industry analysts IHS Automotive and LMC Automotive agree on that figure in their estimates. This is actually quite an impressive feat considering the impact on world car production of the Japan tsunami and Thai floods, as well as the debt crisis in Europe.

Bangkok, Thailand. Picture by songglod.

The two main markets are obviously China with just under 19 million units, a whopping 25% of global sales, and the US with around 12.8 million new vehicles registered. Interestingly and for the first time in probably 20-odd years, the US market has grown faster (+9%) than the Chinese one (+5%) this year...

How times have changed... 50 years ago in the US.

For 2012, predictions are bright, once again despite the economic situation in Europe. IHC banks on another 4% increase to 78 million vehicles while LMC bets on 5%, leading the market to 79 million units. However the Western European market is tipped to decline by five per cent in 2012.

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  1. January 19th, 2012 at 00:45 | #1

    In these photos best traffic jam is a Delhi

  2. Głowa
    January 3rd, 2012 at 03:36 | #2

    This is BMW 600 based on streched body of Isetta. It was produced between 1957 and 1959.
    http://www.autowp.ru/bmw/600/car8844/pictures/

  3. dave
    January 2nd, 2012 at 22:35 | #3

    whats that weird tiny car on the old US photo?

  4. Tuga
    January 2nd, 2012 at 07:05 | #5

    Forbes prediction on best selling cars in 2011: http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2011/12/25/the-worlds-most-popular-cars-are-changing/

    There seems to be a lot of things wrong about this list ( It being made before the year ended, the Elantra and Passat having multiple generations on sale right now worldwide, no way the Jetta sold 750k units, Kia has sold +800k units of the Rio, true, but thats since 2005, not in 2011 alone, etc ) but the Corolla seems like a safe bet for world best selling car 2011.

    Would love to know what their sources are.

    • matgasnier
      January 2nd, 2012 at 11:45 | #6

      Hey Tuga thanks so much for this!!! and I will try to find the 2010 list as well to see how it compares…

      For the Kia Rio, they sell the ‘Pride’ from 1987 in Iran and over 50,000 units are produced each month so it would make sense that they sell 500,000 units a year. However the 1987 Pride and 2011 Rio (still called Pride in Korea) have absolutely nothing to do with each other!!!
      See here all Pride generations: http://www.autowp.ru/kia/pride/

      Yes I’m also surprised by the 750,000 units of the Jetta

      Plus the Ford F-Series should be around 700,000 units this year…

      I’ll try and get in touch with them.
      Thanks again for sharing!
      cheers
      Matt

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