Car Rack Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 - 2024)

The Car Rack Market is segmented by Application Type (Roof Rack, Roof Box, Bike Car Rack, Ski Rack, and Watersport Carrier) and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Car Rack Market Summary
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Fastest Growing Market:


Largest Market:

North America

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Market Overview

The car rack market was valued at USD 1,322.05 million in 2018, and it is expected to project a CAGR of 6.90%, during the forecast period, 2019-2024.

  • Some of the major factors driving the growth of the market are demand for extra luggage space and increasing enthusiasm for recreational activities and tourism. However, quality (formation of rust and corrosion in low quality racks) and pricing issues (factors affecting the price, like cost of the product, such as construction material/raw material, style of roof rack, and brand) may hinder the growth of the market.
  • The North American region is expected to dominate the car rack market. The growing demand for vehicles from the tourism sector, increasing demand for recreational vehicles, and large number of young people moving out to different cities in the United States for studies and work are some of the factors driving the demand for roof rack, roof box, and bike car racks.
  • Some of the major players dominating the market studied are Thule Group, Yakima Products, Allen Sports, Rhino Rack, Car Mate Mfg Co. Ltd, Saris, and Cruzber SA.

Scope of the Report

Car racks are the combination of bars that are attached to the roof or back of the car for carrying luggage, bicycles, etc. The car racks are used to increase the luggage-carrying capacity of the given vehicle.

The car rack market has been segmented by application and geography.

By Application Type
Roof Rack
Roof Box
Bike Car Rack
Ski Rack
Watersport Carrier
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Rest of the World
South Africa
Other Countries

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Key Market Trends

Roof Box is the Second-fastest Growing Segment

The roof box segment was valued at USD 264.41 million in 2018, and it is expected to witness a growth rate of 7.22%, during the forecast period, 2019-2024.

Roof boxes are built and designed with a variety of materials, features, and sizes.

In September 2018, Thule Group officially unveiled Thule Vector and Thule Force XT cargo boxes at Automechanika. A roof box is ideal for families on vacation, as it can carry luggage, outdoor gear, and bulky loads. The company also offers the Thule Motion XT, which comes in four sizes, ranging from 300 to up to 610 liters. It has smart features, like SlideLock system with separate locking and opening functions, and is easy to mount, due to the pre-installed PowerClick quick-mount system.

Some people prefer roof top cargo luggage travel bag instead of boxes, due to its soft covers that allow travelers to carry objects, which may be oddly shaped and not fit under the hardcover cargo carriers. Due to the use of vinyl materials, these bags are waterproof and can be folded flat when not in use, for simpler storage. However, these bags are not ideal for sharp or delicate objects.

The price of roof cargo bags varies from USD 50 to USD 200, whereas the roof boxes cost more than USD 300, depending on the dimension and load carrying capacity.

Thule Group, Yakima, Inno Advanced Car Racks (CAR MATE MFG CO. LTD), and Malone Auto Racks offer roof boxes, globally. Inno Advanced Car Racks offers cargo boxes in four series, namely, Phantom Series, Wedge Series, Shadow Series, and Ridge Series.

Roof Box Segment

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North America Dominated the Market

In 2018, the car rack market was dominated by North America. The region accounted for 48.09% of the global market. The North American region was dominated by the United States.

Some of the major factors driving the growth of the US market are growing demand for vehicles from the tourism sector (car rental and taxi services), increasing demand for recreational vehicles (rise in demand for recreational travels among the consumers), and a large number of young people moving out to different cities in the United States for studies and work.

According to the US Travel Association, the number of domestic leisure trips accounted for 1,821.2 million in 2018, and it is expected to reach over 1,900 million by 2022. Nowadays, people in the country are opting for road trips and water sport activities during their vacations and holidays, which in turn, is driving the demand for roof rack, roof box, bike car rack, and watersport carrier in the country.

  • In the United States, cycling has increased in the past three years. According to the SFIA, about 8.7 million people participated in mountain/non-paved surface cycling, compared to 8.04 million people in 2014.
  • Additionally, the number of participants in recreational kayaking in the country increased from about 7.3 million in 2011 to over 11 million by the end of 2018, as per the SFIA.
  • According to the National Ski Areas Association, the number of skier/snowboarder visits in the country increased from 51 million in 2012 to reach over 53 million in 2018.

Allen Sports, Rhino Racks, Thule, Yakima, Saris, and Kuat are prominent players that offer different car racks in the country.


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Competitive Landscape

The car rack market is consolidated, with major players accounting for two-thirds of the total market share. Some of the major market players are Thule Group, Yakima Products, Allen Sports, and Rhino Rack.

Thule group accounted for more than 50% of the global market. The company is actively present in the European and North American markets. It is focusing on diversifying its product portfolio through new launches and acquisitions, to maintain its competitive position in the market studied.

Major Players

  1. Thule Group
  2. Yakima Products Inc.
  3. Cruzber SA
  4. Rhino Rack
  5. Saris

* Complete list of players covered available in the table of contents below

Competitive Landscape

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Application Type

      1. 5.1.1 Roof Rack

      2. 5.1.2 Roof Box

      3. 5.1.3 Bike Car Rack

      4. 5.1.4 Ski Rack

      5. 5.1.5 Watersport Carrier

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.2.4 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 Thule Group

      2. 6.2.2 Yakima Products Inc.

      3. 6.2.3 Allen Sports

      4. 6.2.4 Rhino Rack USA LLC

      5. 6.2.5 Cruzber SA

      6. 6.2.6 ACPS Automotive

      7. 6.2.7 Malone Auto Racks

      8. 6.2.8 Kuat Car Racks

      9. 6.2.9 Car Mate Mfg. Co. Ltd

      10. 6.2.10 Saris


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