Automotive Drive Shaft Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecast (2022 - 2027)

The Automotive Drive Shaft Market is Segmented by Design Type (Hollow Shaft and Solid Shaft), Position Type (Rear Axle and Front Axle), Vehicle Type (Passenger Car and Commercial Vehicle), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Automotive Drive Shaft Market Overview
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 4.93 %
Automotive Drive Shaft Market Major Players

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Market Overview

The automotive driveshaft market is valued at USD 29.15 billion in 2020, and it is expected to reach USD 39.67 billion in 2026, registering a CAGR of about 4.93% during the forecast period (2021-2026).

The outbreak of COVID-19 impacted the whole supply chain for the market, as the demand-side (i.e., OEMs) plants were shut down, as the new vehicles sales were almost zero during the imposed lockdown, as the movement of people was not allowed to contain the spread of the virus. However, with the gradual opening of the economies, the demand is returning to the market.

Trends, such as the increasing sales of all-wheel-drive vehicles, growing sales of SUVs, and the increasing demand for lightweight components, are expected to drive the automotive driveshaft market in the coming years.

Countries, such as China, the United States, and Norway, are continuing to see stronger demand for electric vehicles. Automakers are planning to launch more electric vehicle models in the coming years. The majority of the present and upcoming electric vehicle models are all-wheel drives (AWD) or rear-wheel drive (RWD), which will generate the demand for lightweight driveshafts in the forecast period.

The increasing driveshaft recalls and demands from the aftermarket channel due to the growing number of vehicles in use are driving the market growth. For instance, in December 2020, American Honda will conduct two recalls for around 430,000 Acura and Honda vehicles in the United States. If needed, the company will be replacing its drive shafts for free.

Scope of the Report

An automotive drive shaft or propeller shaft transfers the power produced by the engine from the transmission to the rear axle or front axle. The application of extruded aluminum in drive shafts has been the most notable for rear-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicles, both for the tubes and the Cardan links. The prime reason for using extruded aluminum in drive shafts is the reduction of inertia and vibration damping. The aforementioned types of drive shafts have been considered in the scope of the market.

The automotive drive shaft market has been segmented by design type, position type, vehicle type, and geography. For each segment, the market size and forecast have been done on the basis of in value (in USD billion).

Design Type
Hollow Shaft
Solid Shaft
Position Type
Rear Axle
Front Axle
Vehicle Type
Passenger Cars
Commercial Vehicles
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Asia Pacific
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Rest of the World
South Africa
Other Countries

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand for Electric Vehicles Driving Growth

At the global level, the sales of electric vehicles have been growing positively over the past three years. The global sales of EVs in 2020 increased by 39% Y-o-Y to 3.1 million units, where the total passenger car market declined by 14%. China is leading the electric vehicle market. The sales of electric vehicles in China are growing at a rapid pace. Approximately 1.3 million new energy vehicles were sold in 2020, which represents 41% of the global EV sales, just behind Europe with 42% of global EV sales. China is still far ahead of the United States in EV share. In the United States, EV sales represented just 2.4% of sales in 2020.

As the demand for electric vehicles is growing, vehicle manufacturers are putting all their efforts into manufacturing the most efficient electric vehicles. Moreover, driveshaft manufacturers are updating their product list to supply the best products to the OEMs to gain market share. For instance:

  • In February 2021, Volta Trucks, the full-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer, confirmed the appointment of Meritor as the strategic drivetrain component supplier for Volta Zero. This major purchasing milestone will support the delivery of Volta Zero vehicles for customer trials during 2021 and the start of series production around 12 months later.
  • In March 2021, Nexteer Automotive, a leader in intuitive motion control, made an announcement that it continues expanding its Driveline portfolio with new Halfshaft technologies that are tailored to meet the unique demands of electric vehicles (EVs). Nexteer’s Halfshaft technologies solve EV challenges by enhancing durability and efficiency while optimizing noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) performance and low mass.

These trends are likely to drive the demand for lightweight and high-performance driveshafts, as they are indispensable automobile parts for conventional IC engine vehicles and hybrid and electric vehicles.

Automotive Drive Shaft Market Key Trends

Asia Pacific Dominates the Market

The demand for automobiles in the region is growing at a high rate, as the region has big developing nations, like China and India, where the demand for both passenger cars and commercial vehicles is increasing yearly.

China’s vehicle production and sales increased by 34.6% in January 2021. The country recovered from the impact of COVID-19, and there was an increase in sales since 2020. China is the largest automobile market worldwide in terms of demand and supply.

The automotive sales in India declined in 2019 because of the transition to BS6 engine norms. The growth further decreased due to the economic slowdown and lockdowns caused by COVID-19. However, India became the fourth-largest auto market in 2019, displacing Germany with about 3.99 million units sold in the passenger and commercial vehicles categories. India is expected to displace Japan as the third-largest auto market by the end of 2021.

The sales of passenger vehicles slowed down during the economic slowdown caused by COVID-19. However, the demand for luxury vehicles in the region had a minimal effect. For instance:

  • In Australia, Audi sales increased by 1.4% in 2020 compared to 2019.
  • During the year 2020, the luxury vehicles sales in China witnessed a growth of about 9% compared to the previous year.

The rising demand for vehicles and the growing electrification of vehicles are expected to drive the market during the forecast period.

Automotive Drive Shaft Market Growth Rate

Competitive Landscape

Some of the major players, like GKN PLC (Melrose Industries PLC), Yamada Manufacturing Co. Ltd, American Axle & Manufacturing Inc., JTEKT Corporation, and Dana Incorporated, captured significant shares in the market.

The competition in the market is medium, as major players continue to crack high orders from major OEMs. For instance, in August 2018, Dana Incorporated announced that it was selected by Daimler AG to supply front and rear propeller shafts to the all-new Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup truck and the latest generation Sprinter van.

Recent Developments

In January 2020, GKN Automotive announced a collaboration with Delta Electronics Inc. for the development of advanced eDrive technology.

In January 2021, Dana Holdings Corporation announced that it will supply Dana 60 AdvanTEK solid rear axle with Spicer PerformaTraK electronic locking differential to the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX pickup truck.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porters Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Design Type

      1. 5.1.1 Hollow Shaft

      2. 5.1.2 Solid Shaft

    2. 5.2 Position Type

      1. 5.2.1 Rear Axle

      2. 5.2.2 Front Axle

    3. 5.3 Vehicle Type

      1. 5.3.1 Passenger Cars

      2. 5.3.2 Commercial Vehicles

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Rest of North America

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia Pacific

        1. India

        2. China

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 Rest of the World

        1. Brazil

        2. South Africa

        3. Other Countries


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 GKN PLC (Melrose Industries PLC)

      2. 6.2.2 JTEKT Corporation

      3. 6.2.3 Dana Holding Corporation

      4. 6.2.4 Hyundai Wia Corporation

      5. 6.2.5 Nexteer Automotive Group Ltd

      6. 6.2.6 Showa Corporation

      7. 6.2.7 Yamada Manufacturing CO. Ltd

      8. 6.2.8 American Axle & Manufacturing Co. Ltd

      9. 6.2.9 Wanxiang Qianchao Co. Ltd

      10. 6.2.10 NTN Corporation


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Automotive Drive Shaft Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Automotive Drive Shaft Market is growing at a CAGR of 4.93% over the next 5 years.

The Automotive Drive Shaft Market is valued at 35 Billion USD in 2018.

The Automotive Drive Shaft Market is valued at 39 Billion USD in 2026.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

GKN plc (Melrose Industries PLC), JTEKT Corporation, Dana Incorporated, American Axle Manufacturing Holdings Inc., Yamada Manufacturing Co. Ltd are the major companies operating in Automotive Drive Shaft Market.

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