By on March 22, 2011

The international auto manufacturers association OICA finally got around to publishing its 2010 production statistics by country. Officially still provisional, but don’t expect material change. Publication of the all important by manufacturer part will probably take well into summer, but you, esteemed TTAC reader, are well ahead of the game.

Before we delve into the numbers, some kudos:

J.D. Power had announced last February that the world had quietly left carmageddon behind itself in 2010 and set a new record: 72 million light-vehicles were sold worldwide in 2010, a number never seen before, J.D. Power said. The echo at the time was utter disbelief, the story did not get a single comment on TTAC, and very little traction in the world’s media. Oh, well, good news don’t sell.

The 2010 OICA list bears J.D. Power’s observation out. OICA lists a total production of all motor vehicles, including commercial, of 77.6 million. A solid 25.8 percent jump from 2009. In the world according to OICA, a motorvehicle is anything with an engine that has four wheels or more and does not run on rails (or flies, but they don’t say that.)

The “light vehicle” count is an American invention. It encompasses cars, pick-ups, vans, SUVs etc, everything except heavy trucks and busses. 72 million light vehicles from J.D. Power and 77.6 million total units from OICA leave room for 5.2 million heavy trucks and busses, sounds about right. My usual remark at this point: In absence of a true light vehicle count, ALWAYS use the total vehicle count. NEVER use the car or passenger vehicle count. 72 or 77.6 million don’t make a big difference. 58 million “cars” made world-wide and more than 70 million light vehicles do make a difference – unless you are a total moron.

Speaking of which, I fully expect the Associated Press to announce today that the United States has produced fewer cars than places like India, Brazil or South Korea. It sure did, check the table: 2.7 million “cars” were made in the U.S. in 2010. In addition to 5 million “commercial” vehicles. But AP continues to ignore those when writing about China, so I expect that they give the U.S. equal treatment. Fair is fair. Why am I not holding my breath?

Of all the lists, this is the list I like the most. I don’t (well …) really care how many cars a country buys. The true measure of the strength of a national industry is how many cars it makes and sells, be it at home or in Timbuktu.

China rules this list with 18.3 million units made. Nearly twice as many as the runner-up, Japan, did produce.  Third on the podium, the U.S.A. Nearly all countries on this list recorded gains, some breathtaking. Only five, not really consequential markets, show losses.

OICA 2010 Provisional Production Statistics

Rank Country Cars Commercial vehicles Total % change
1 China 13,897,083 4,367,584 18,264,667 32.40%
2 Japan 8,307,382 1,318,558 9,625,940 21.30%
3 USA 2,731,105 5,030,338 7,761,443 35.40%
4 Germany 5,552,409 353,576 5,905,985 13.40%
5 South Korea 3,866,206 405,735 4,271,941 21.60%
6 Brazil 2,828,273 820,085 3,648,358 14.60%
7 India 2,814,584 722,199 3,536,783 33.90%
8 Spain 1,913,513 474,387 2,387,900 10.00%
9 Mexico 1,390,163 954,961 2,345,124 50.20%
10 France 1,922,339 305,403 2,227,742 8.80%
11 Canada 968,860 1,102,166 2,071,026 39.00%
12 Thailand 554,387 1,090,126 1,644,513 64.60%
13 Iran 1,367,014 232,440 1,599,454 14.70%
14 Russia 1,208,362 194,882 1,403,244 93.50%
15 UK 1,270,444 123,019 1,393,463 27.80%
16 Turkey 603,394 491,163 1,094,557 25.90%
17 Czech Rep. 1,069,518 6,867 1,076,385 9.50%
18 Poland 785,000 84,376 869,376 -1.10%
19 Italy 573,169 284,190 857,359 1.70%
20 Argentina 508,401 208,139 716,540 39.70%
21 Indonesia 528,200 176,515 704,715 51.60%
22 Malaysia 522,568 45,147 567,715 16.00%
23 Slovakia 556,941 0 556,941 20.70%
24 South Africa 295,394 176,655 472,049 26.20%
25 Romania 323,587 27,325 350,912 18.40%
26 Belgium 313,520 24,770 338,290 -37.00%
27 Supplementary 227,987 101,302 329,289 9.80%
28 Taiwan 251,490 51,966 303,456 34.10%
29 Australia 205,334 38,161 243,495 7.10%
30 Sweden 177,084 40,000 217,084 38.80%
31 Slovenia 195,207 10,504 205,711 -3.30%
32 Hungary 165,000 2,890 167,890 25.90%
33 Portugal 114,563 44,160 158,723 26.00%
34 Uzbekistan 130,400 26,480 156,880 33.10%
35 Austria 86,000 18,814 104,814 44.90%
36 Netherlands 48,025 46,081 94,106 22.60%
37 Ukraine 75,261 7,872 83,133 20.00%
38 Egypt 44,480 24,580 69,060 -25.20%
39 Finland 6,500 0 6,500 -40.80%
40 Serbia 5,620 850 6,470 -35.80%
Total 58,264,344 19,345,557 77,609,901 25.80%

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