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Trevor Collett | Nov, 04 2014 | 2 Comments

China has overtaken the European Union as the world’s biggest carmaker, having built around 18.2 million new passenger cars in 2013.

According to the latest European Automobile Manufacturers Association figures, 87 million new cars were built last year of which almost 66 million were passenger cars.

That sees China’s share of the world passenger car pie at 27.6 percent - well ahead of the EU (22.3 percent), Japan (12.5 percent) and North America (10.8 percent).

South Korea is next on 6.3 percent, followed by India on 4.8 percent and Brazil with 4.2 percent.

A group called “Asia-Others” built 4.7 percent of the world’s new passenger cars in 2013, which includes Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan and Australia.

The same group - excluding Thailand - built 1.9 percent of the world’s commercial vehicles, while Thailand on its own is a much bigger player in this class with 6.4 percent of production.

2015 Ford Escort - made in China, for China
2015 Ford Escort - made in China, for China

While North America’s insatiable thirst for pickup trucks sees it well ahead in commercial vehicle production on 43 percent, China is a clear second on 18.4 percent.

With around 3.9 million commercial vehicles coming from Chinese factories, China’s total production for 2013 was just over 22 million new cars.

The EU is next for total production on 16.2 million, a nose ahead of North America on 16.1 million with Japan third on 9.7 million.

China is part of the “BRIC” (Brazil, Russia, India and China) group of emerging markets within industry circles, which collectively was responsible for 39.6 percent of new passenger car production last year.

Despite being grouped together, China’s production is nearly 70 percent of BRIC’s total passenger car figure for 2013.

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