Where Cars Are Made

Where Cars Are Made

Where Cars Are Made

For generations, Detroit has been known as the Motor City, the center of the automotive universe. While the region is still very car-centric, the world of automobile production has changed dramatically in recent decades. Here is where cars are now made.


China has been leading the world in the manufacture of automobiles for decades now. About one-third of all vehicles manufactured in 2021 are estimated to have been manufactured in China. That makes them the world leader…by far.

The United States

While China manufactures the lion’s share of the world’s vehicles, the U.S. still remains a major player. The country produces about 12% of the world’s vehicles, but in places beyond Detroit. While Michigan still tops the list, states with major automobile production plants include Ohio, Indiana, Texas, Illinois, Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky and elsewhere.


Japan has been a major producer of motor vehicles since the 1970s. While the early vehicles produced in Japan were considered cookie cutter and of poor quality, that has changed significantly. They hold one of the top three spots, producing an estimated 8,000,000 vehicles in 2021.


Germany is known for its superbly engineered vehicles by brands such as Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW, Volkswagen, Porsche and others. The 3.7 million vehicles the country produced in 2020 was good enough to make them the fourth largest vehicle producer in the world.


You may not have heard of Maruti Suzuki, but it has a nearly 50% share of the Indian automotive market. Other top brands in India include Hyundai Motors India which sells the Eon, Santro and Creta and Tata Motors, which features the Sumo, Indica, Zest and Storme.

The top ten is rounded out by South Korea, Mexico, Brazil and Russia.

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