Automotive Exhaust Aftertreatment Systems Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Automotive Exhaust Aftertreatment System market is segmented by Filter Type (Cordierite based, Silicon carbide based, and Ceramic fiber based), Vehicle Type (Passenger Cars and Commercial Vehicles), and Geography

Market Snapshot

automotive exhaust aftertreatment systems market
Study Period:

2018 - 2026

Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

North America


>18.5 %

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Market Overview

The automotive exhaust aftertreatment systems market is expected to register a CAGR of over 18.5% during the forecast period (2020 - 2025).

An increasing number of flaws in exhaust systems, the rising automotive share of greenhouse emissions, and stringent regulatory norms levied by EPA and emission authorities in emerging automotive markets, like India, act as major propellants of the market growth, globally. 

Technical difficulties, such as high pressure to force the exhaust through the filtering system, unavailability of these systems for biodiesel, passive regeneration system requiring highway driving to clean the accumulated soot, and complicated set-up for urea injection, have acted as barricades for the market growth. However, the recovering global automotive industry and increasing production sites in developing nations, such as Mexico and India, are opening new opportunities for the growth of the market by 2025.

Scope of the Report

The global automotive exhaust aftertreatment system market is segmented by filter type, vehicle type, and geography.

Filter Type
Cordierite based
Silicon carbide based
Ceramic fiber based
Vehicle Type
Passenger Cars
Commercial Vehicles
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Rest of the World
United Arab Emirates
Other Countries

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Key Market Trends

Stringent Emission Regulations Driving the Market

The demand for diesel engines is expected to witness a positive growth from the rise in commercial vehicle sales, owing to the growing construction industry and developing logistics market (primarily due to a rise in the e-commerce business).

The emission standards for diesel engines are becoming more stringent gradually and have forced manufacturers to develop advanced exhaust aftertreatment systems.

For instance, according to Eurostat, over 75% of inland cargo transports within the European Union (i.e., about 1,750 billion metric ton-kilometers) travel by road. In some European countries, this percentage goes as high as 90% or more.

  • As a result, the demand for commercial vehicles has been continually increasing in the region, owing to growth in the logistics industry. The Government of India announced to skip BS-V and leapfrog to BS-VI emission norms by 2020, opening new opportunities for the exhaust aftertreatment system market. Strong economic growth in Asia-Pacific has increased the purchasing power of consumers in the region.

The majority of the diesel engines can convert in between 40% to 46% of the fuel energy, while the remaining is lost in the environment as heat, through exhaust emissions and cooling systems.

With the enactment of Euro VI emission for heavy-duty engines, the burden on commercial vehicle manufacturers has increased.

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Asia-Pacific Market Growing at a Faster Pace

As of 2019, Asia-Pacific dominated the global market, with China emerging as the largest automotive destination, with major OEMs setting up manufacturing plants in the country. The government is playing a pivotal role in the shift toward electric vehicles. To cut carbon emission and reduce dependence on non-renewable sources of energy, governments of various countries have implemented programs to boost the electric vehicle infrastructure and are supporting with funds for manufacturers to set up new factories and encourage customers to purchase.


  • China is the world’s largest automotive market, accounting for more than 32% of the global passenger vehicle sales and 15% of the global commercial market sales.
  • China targets a reduction of 50% for hydrocarbons, 40% for Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), and 33% for particulate matter over Euro 6 Levels. New gasoline vehicles in China are made mandatory to meet the regulations.
  • There has been tremendous growth in demand for electric cars across the world. China led the market with a 102% growth between the first quarters of 2015 and 2016.
  • Owing to an issue in the exhaust system, Volkswagen recalled more than 84,000 units of its Passat models in the United States.
  • Similarly, several leading automakers, such as Audi, Chevrolet, and Honda, have also recalled a few of their models under the same issue. This move has created a negative impact on the market.
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Competitive Landscape

Some of the major players dominating the market are CDTi Advanced Materials Inc., Delphi Technologies PLC, Continental Reifen Deutschland GmbH, and Tenneco Inc., and Donaldson Company Inc., among others. The companies are planning to tap the market by introducing or expanding their product portfolio. Increasing pressure from emission regulation authorities has forced manufacturers to come up with new technologies, which reduces the emission of polluting gases from the exhaust. This made the manufacturers to increase R&D spending, to manufacture better exhaust aftertreatment technologies.

The increasing number of suppliers of exhaust aftertreatment systems and their joint ventures with local suppliers putting emphasis on expanding their presence resulted in improving production capacity.

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 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Force 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 Filter Type

      1. 5.1.1 Cordierite based

      2. 5.1.2 Silicon carbide based

      3. 5.1.3 Ceramic fiber based

    2. 5.2 Vehicle Type

      1. 5.2.1 Passenger Cars

      2. 5.2.2 Commercial Vehicles

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Spain

        5. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Rest of the World

        1. Brazil

        2. United Arab Emirates

        3. Other Countries


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 CDTi Advanced Materials Inc.

      2. 6.2.2 Continental Reifen Deutschland GmbH

      3. 6.2.3 Cummins Inc.

      4. 6.2.4 DCL International Inc.

      5. 6.2.5 Delphi Technologies PLC

      6. 6.2.6 Dinex

      7. 6.2.7 Donaldson Company Inc.

      8. 6.2.8 ESW Group

      9. 6.2.9 European Exhaust and Catalyst Ltd

      10. 6.2.10 Nett Technologies Inc.

      11. 6.2.11 Tenneco Inc.


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Automotive Exhaust Aftertreatment Systems Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Automotive Exhaust Aftertreatment Systems Market is growing at a CAGR of >18.5% over the next 5 years.

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

North America holds highest share in 2020.

  • Continental Reifen Deutschland GmbH
  • Delphi Technologies PLC
  • Tenneco Inc.
  • Donaldson Company Inc.
  • CDTi Advanced Materials Inc.

Are the major companies operating in Automotive Exhaust Aftertreatment Systems Market.

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