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World Full Year 2013: Total sales now available for 143 countries!

Astana Kazakhstan. Picture courtesy of Eric LafforgueKazakhstan is the fastest growing car market in the world. Photo © Eric Lafforgue

* See the Top 50 biggest car markets in the world by clicking on the title! *

Thanks to OICA I can share with you the overall Full Year 2013 sales figure for 143 countries in the world! I have created a Top 50 biggest markets ranking which is a vast improvement on the Top 20 I published a while ago. Please note this new ranking now classifies countries based on their overall vehicle sales. That’s Passenger Cars and Commercial Vehicles, including Light, Medium and Heavy ones, putting all countries on a level-playing field (some countries traditionally report monthly PC car sales only and other overall sales). The files released by the OICA (and linked to below) also feature Passenger Cars only and Commercial Vehicles only figures so you can see the split.

Shanghai night traffic. Picture courtesy of Jacqtai via FlickrIn 2013, China became the first new car market to pass 20 million annual units. It should pass 25 million in 2015. Photo © Jacqtai.

Based on this data, a record 85,393,803 new vehicles were sold worldwide in 2013, up 3.9% on 2012. This is the 4th consecutive record year for worldwide sales after the 74.89 million reached in 2010, 78.09 million in 2011 and 82.17 million in 2012. At this rate, the 90 million units should be passed in 2015 and the 100 million in 2017 potentially. Asia/Oceania/Middle East sales are up 5.8% to reach 40.45 million or 47% of the worldwide marketplace, America is up 5.6% to 25 million (NAFTA up 7.1% and Central & South America up 1.5%), Europe is down 2.1% to 18.28 million and Africa up 3.3% to 1.65 million.

Burj Khalifa Dubai, UAE. Picture courtesy FlickrNew car sales in the United Arab Emirates are up 16% in 2013. Photo © cheng-long chan

Country-wise, it’s a slightly different picture as the Top 20 I published earlier as now all vehicles are included for all countries. China still reigns supreme with a record 21,984,100 units (+14%) followed by the USA at 15,883,949 (+7%) and Japan stable at 5,375,513. Brazil (3.77 million), Germany (3.26 million), India (3.24 million) and Russia (2.95 million) all lose ground but their figures are boosted by the inclusion of Commercial Vehicles. The UK is still up 11% to an updated 2.59 million units.

Quebec Canada. Picture courtesy of cntraveler.comCanada new vehicle sales hit a new record in 2013 at 1.78 million units.

Canada at 1,779,860 sales, Indonesia at 1,226,199 (+10%), Australia at 1,136,227 and Argentina at 955,023 (+14%) all reach all-time record heights as does Turkey at 893,124 units (+9%). Other great gainers now include Chile up 9% to #26, the United Arab Emirates up 16% to #27, the Philippines up 15% to a record 212,682 registrations, Kuwait up 9% to #44 and, best of all, Kazakhstan up a gargantuan 74% to an all-time high 165,710 sales and carving itself a spot among the 50 biggest car markets in the world for the first time at #43.

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Full Year 2013 Top 50 biggest car markets and data for 143 countries below.

All countries – Passenger Cars + Commercial Vehicles: Worldwide sales 2013 PC and CV total

All countries – Passenger Cars only: Worldwide sales 2013 PC only

All countries – Commercial Vehicles only: Worldwide sales 2013 CV only

The Top 50 biggest car markets in the world (Passenger Cars + Commercial Vehicles):

PosMarket2013/122012Pos
1China21,984,10014%19,306,4531
2USA15,883,9697%14,785,9362
3Japan5,375,5130%5,369,7203
4Brazil3,767,370-1%3,802,0714
5Germany3,257,718-4%3,394,0026
6India3,241,209-10%3,595,5085
7Russia2,950,483-6%3,141,5517
8UK2,585,71311%2,333,7638
9France2,201,068-6%2,331,7319
10Canada1,779,8604%1,716,17810
11South Korea1,543,564-1%1,562,22911
12Italy1,419,494-8%1,545,76412
13Thailand1,324,722-8%1,436,35513
14Indonesia1,226,19910%1,116,22414
15Australia1,136,2273%1,102,03215
16Mexico1,100,5427%1,024,57417
17Argentina955,02314%840,67918
18Turkey893,1249%817,62019
19Spain822,9504%790,99120
20Saudi Arabia755,5637%704,21421
21Iran710,000-31%1,030,00016
22Malaysia655,7934%627,75322
23South Africa650,6204%623,92123
24Belgium547,9040%550,51925
25Netherlands481,444-16%571,89324
26Algeria424,974-2%433,23326
27Chile395,0009%362,33130
28Taiwan378,2914%365,07129
29United Arab Emirates361,32816%310,28733
30Austria357,179-5%374,82927
31Poland351,8107%328,53231
32Switzerland344,096-6%366,27328
33Sweden313,067-4%326,44132
34Egypt294,9003%286,30034
35Colombia285,3000%285,00035
36Ukraine229,715-12%259,58636
37Oman219,6366%206,92037
38Israel215,5004%206,50038
39Philippines212,68215%184,24842
40Denmark210,9476%199,14739
41Peru202,0006%190,76141
42Czech Republic185,048-5%193,79540
43Kazakhstan165,71074%95,31352
44Kuwait153,8009%140,53544
45Pakistan141,778-10%157,65643
46Portugal124,1239%113,43550
47Morocco120,755-7%130,30746
48Irak117,500-2%120,00049
49Finland117,363-7%126,50547
50Ecuador113,812-6%121,44648

Source: OICA, usual local sources

This Post Has 10 Comments
  1. Hi Matt,

    What do you think about accuracy of OICA? , i remember last year for 2012 stats they were also wrong in few countries by far. They should have the best – correct numbers since they are global association tracking production numbers from all countries. For example Algeria just like last year again is way off. Even Renault group on their site for 2013 global sales had Algeria among biggest market and they have their market share numbers and Algeria was clearly something about 420 thousand – either light vehicles or total vehicles.

    Also i think Taiwan and Iraq are bigger, but Iraq sales stats are hard to track.

    1. Hi Romismak,
      A few countries are off but by and large it’s accurate.
      Algeria amended now to 420k+
      Cheers,
      Matt

    1. Hello Dajense,
      Keep in mind this figure includes commercial vehicles. 142,000 is the amount of passenger cars sold in 2013.
      Best,
      Matt

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