Global Car Production, Sales and Exports December 2020

Datium Insights Monthly Car Supply Update

Read our monthly update on global car production, new car sales in key markets, export levels and imports into Australia.



Global Car Production

  • Manufacturers around the world are facing production bottle necks due to a shortage of semiconductors. Some forecasts expect a 10-20% fall in production from February
  • Apple and Hyundai are engaging in a partnership towards autonomous electric cars
  • Globally, production is down significantly in all major manufacturing bases
  • Japan is down 20% through October
  • South Korean is down 11% through November
  • The US is down 23% through November
  • Germany is down 26% through November
  • The UK is down 31% through November
  • China is only down 4% through November

Global Car Production in 2020

New Car Sales

  • With global supply chains hampered and a drop in demand, new car sales have been sluggish to recover losses in early 2020
  • In North America, the US is down 17% through November, while Canada is down 23% and Mexico 30%
  • In Europe, Germany has fared the best having seen a smaller decline in April-May while also recovering to be only down 22%
  • Spain is down 34% after seeing a spike in Coronavirus infections in late 2020 that hampered output
  • France and Italy are down 26% and 28% respectively
  • In the Asia Pacific region, nations have generally fared better
  • Australia ended the year down only 14% while Japan was slightly better at 12%
  • Through November, New Zealand is still down 23%
  • Meanwhile, South Korea has bucked the trend and improved sales by 6%

Global Car Sales in 2020 North America

Global Car Sales in 2020 UK Europe

Global Car Sales in 2020 Asia Pacific

Car Imports into Australia

  • Car Imports increased again in November 2020, recording a figure of $3.661 billion according to latest ABS figures
  • This represents an increase of $1.05 billion (+40%) compared to November 2019
  • The cumulative total for 2020 shows imports are now down $4.6 billion compared to 2019
  • Stock supply entering Australia seems to be increasing significantly to make up for losses earlier in 2020
  • Greater stock availability helped new car sales increase 14% in December 2020, see our latest VFACTS report for insights

Australian Car Imports

Australian Car Imports YoY

Australia 2020 Cumulative Car Imports YoY Change

International Car Exports

The latest government figures show the following changes in car export volume from the large car manufacturing nations:

  • South Korea is down 16% so far through November 2020 compared to 2019
  • Japan is down 24% so far through November 2020 compared to 2019
  • The United Kingdom is down 30% so far through October 2020 compared to 2019
  • Germany is down 26% so far through November 2020 compared to 2019
  • The United States is down 32% so far through October 2020 compared to 2019

With car production and exports from international markets still significantly low, imports into Australia are likely to remain volatile for sometime.

New car sales in large international markets are also still low and with Australia further down the priority chain for car manufacturers, it’s likely that new car supply into Australia will struggle for the next few months.


Global Car Exports in 2020

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By Tanim Ahmed, Head of Product at Datium Insights

Tanim is a Macquarie University alumni with degrees in Finance and Economics. He has spent a decade in the Leasing and Finance industry, specializing in Residual Value risk.

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