Archives for : February2004

Global Car Production Figures

Listed here are the global sales figures for many well-known manufacturers. Whether a company’s information is listed here or not is a reflection of the ease of access to the necessary data, rather than any other consideration. We will endeavour to expand this section to include a greater number of companies in the future.

Figures are listed specifically for the trading name of the manufacturer without including its dependencies or subsidiaries (unless otherwise stated). See the footnotes for details of manufacturing groups and joint results.

Manufacturer 2002 2003 2004
Audi Brand Group 2 1,191,000 1,217,000
Aston Martin
Bentley
BMW Cars 913,225 928,151
BMW Group 1,057,344 1,104,916
BMW Motorcycles§ 92,599 92,962
Buick 6 432,017 336,788
Cadillac 6 199,748 216,090
Chevrolet 6 2,642,786 2,655,777
Chrysler Group 4 2,820,000 2,640,000
DaimlerChrysler Group 4,300,000
Fiat
Ford (Worldwide) 6,973,000 6,720,000
GM Cars (US) 2,063,875 1,960,682
GM Trucks (US) 2,790,140 2,795,721
Holden 9 178,392 175,412
Honda
Hummer 7 19,581 35,259
Jaguar
Jaguar (US) 61,204 54,655
Land Rover
Land Rover (US) 40,987 39,035
Lincoln 150,057
Mazda 8 936,371 1,068,400
Mercedes-Benz Group 5 1,232,300 1,216,900
Mini 144,119 176,465
Nissan 2,693,737 2,957,757
Oldsmobile 6 155,113 125,897
Opel
Pontiac 6 516,832 475,615
Renault (passenger cars) 1,902,322 1,896,128
Renault Group 1 2,404,889 2,389,022
Saab 120,831 131,706
Saab (US) 47,914
Saturn 6 280,248 271,157
Smart
Volkswagen 3 3,539,000 3,549,000
Volvo 406,112 415,046

 

1 – incorporates Dacia, Renault Samsung and Renault light commercial vehicles.
2 – Audi brand group incorporates Audi, Seat and Lamborghini.
3 – Volkswagen brand group incorporates VW passenger cars, Skoda, Bentley and Bugatti.
4 – Chrysler Group incorporates Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep brands.
5 – The Mercedes Car Group includes Mercedes-Benz, Maybach, smart, Mercedes-Benz AMG and Mercedes-Benz McLaren
6 – Part of GM Car (US)
7 – Part of GM Truck (US)
8 – Refers to ‘Key global Markets’ (Japan, the US, Canada, Europe, China, Australia, Thailand, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Israel, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela and Puerto Rico)
9 – Passenger cars and light trucks

Automotive Manufacturing Processes

Modern manufacturing and assembly processes, whilst highly refined and advanced, are still based in principle on the production-line pioneered by Ford for the Model T in the early years of vehicle mass production. Contemporary systems are fast, precise and now not only actuated by robots, they are increasingly setup and configured by computer.

Pressing

 

Body-in-White Assembly (BIW)
Following delivery of parts from the press shop the vehicle is assembled from the inside-out.
– Assembly of various modules, typically joined by cramping and spot welding.

Painting
Electro-coating
Drying
Base coat
Top coat
Drying unit
Conveyor to assembly

Final Assembly
Trim (including interior modules)
Powertrain
End of line detail assembly

Testing and inspection

Resources

World Auto Steel – covering all aspects of car production with steel.