Lightweight Car Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Lightweight Car Market is segmented by Car Type (Passenger Cars and Sports Cars), Material Type (Glass Fiber, Carbon Fiber, High-strength Steel, and Other Material Types), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Lightweight Car Market Overview
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: >4.5 %

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Market Overview

The lightweight car market was valued at USD 67 billion in 2020, and it is expected to reach a value of USD 73 billion by 2026 while registering a CAGR of over 4.5% during the forecast period.

COVID-19 had a huge impact on the market. With the raw materials and international trade halt due to stringent lockdowns worldwide, the assembly lines and production units were closed, and this resulted in a considerable dent in the market's economy. However, with the preference of personal and individual mobility, the market is definitely set to step up and get back into stability in terms of revenue and market sizes of different vehicles.

Increasing demand for lightweight materials from the automotive industry and a growing focus on fuel economy are expected to be major growth drivers for the market. However, the high cost of lightweight materials, such as carbon fiber and glass composites, is hindering the growth of the market, as their usage in low-cost vehicles may drastically increase the prices of such vehicles.

The automotive sector is one of the largest markets for composite materials. The automotive industry is continuously looking for innovative materials to help reduce vehicle weight and achieve fuel efficiency and carbon emission targets.

Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the fastest growth in the market, due to the growing automotive industry in the region (in terms of both production and demand), especially in countries, such as India and China. In India, the automotive industry is expanding rapidly, with the rise in the income level of consumers. In addition, the demand for light vehicles has increased with awareness about fuel efficiency and environmental benefits. Currently, it is the fifth-largest producer of light and commercial vehicles and is also the second-largest producer of two-wheeled vehicles. With the rapid increase in manufacturing capacities in the country, the consumption of carbon fiber composites is expected to increase during the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

The lightweight car market has been segmented by car type, material type, and geography. The report offers market size of and forecast for the lightweight car market in value (USD billion) for all the above-mentioned segmentation.

Car Type
Passenger Cars
Sports Cars
Material Type
Glass Fiber
Carbon Fiber
High-strength Steel
Other Material Types
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
United Arab Emirates
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand for Lightweight Material from the Automotive Industry

As fuel costs and distance traveled are increasing, consumers want better miles per gallon (mpg) and often consider gas mileage as a key factor while purchasing a vehicle. With the enactment of stringent emissions regulations due to increased exhaust emissions, automobile manufacturers are focusing on manufacturing lightweight vehicles to reduce CO2 emissions. A 10 kilogram weight reduction is estimated to save 1 gram of CO2 per kilometer. In the United States, the regulations mandate that by 2025, the average fuel economy standard must meet 54.5 miles per gallon. As per the US Department of Energy (DOE), they are reducing the weight of a vehicle by 10% yields a 6%-8% rise in fuel economy.

Thus, to facilitate this change, automobile manufacturers are shifting from steel or aluminum to composite materials that are essential to achieve the cost efficiency of these highly automated production cycles, which reduce vehicle weight. In a typical automobile, the use of fibers is 50% by volume while adding just 10% of the weight.

As a result, the companies have started using materials such as carbon fiber and titanium alloys to make vehicles lightweight and fuel-efficient, especially in luxury and sport models. Automotive manufacturers, such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, McLaren, Chevrolet, and Lamborghini, are some of the OEMs who are continually increasing the usage of composites in their vehicles as they aid in reducing the weight of the vehicles.

Lightweight Car Market Revenue Share

Europe is Expected to Witness Healthy Growth Rate

With the enactment of stringent emission norms and fuel economy standards in the European region, the automobile manufacturers in the region have started using carbon fiber composites in the manufacturing of their vehicles.

The companies are experimenting with new composites that can reduce the total weight of the vehicle to a great extent. The application of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) has been widely adopted for the production of automotive bodies, particularly in German cars, such as BMW and Audi.

For instance, BMW partnered with German carbon fiber producer SGL Group and spent ~USD 1 billion for securing the supply chain for CFRP used in the production of i3 and i8. Apart from BMW, another German automobile manufacturer Audi has also been using CFRP to produce the rear wall of the space frame for its A8 luxury sedan. This part provides ~40% of the vehicle’s overall torsional rigidity, making it a suitable material for usage in the vehicle. The part is ~50% lighter in weight than its metallic predecessor.

The carbon fiber material is a go-to option for most manufacturers. This can handle high loads despite being a lightweight material and is a perfect alternative to traditional heavy-weight metals.

Lightweight Car Market Growth Rate By Region

Competitive Landscape

Some of the major players in the lightweight car market are Toyota Motor Corporation, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd, Kia Motors Corporation, Hyundai Motor Co., and Ford Motor Company.

The market for lightweight cars is majorly held by auto manufacturers who have a long-standing partnership with the major composite manufacturing companies and are their preferred suppliers.

Recent Developments

With the need for sustainability and lower emissions to protect the environment, many OEMs have started to release electric vehicles on their models, and the industry is looking to invest and bring out electric vehicles with the best combination of performance and a long travel range that can be achieved.

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 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 Car Type

      1. 5.1.1 Passenger Cars

      2. 5.1.2 Sports Cars

    2. 5.2 Material Type

      1. 5.2.1 Glass Fiber

      2. 5.2.2 Carbon Fiber

      3. 5.2.3 High-strength Steel

      4. 5.2.4 Other Material Types

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Rest of North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles*

      1. 6.2.1 Toyota Motor Corporation

      2. 6.2.2 Volkswagen

      3. 6.2.3 Ford Motor Company

      4. 6.2.4 Hyundai Motor Co.

      5. 6.2.5 Nissan Motor Co. Ltd

      6. 6.2.6 General Motors Company

      7. 6.2.7 Honda Motor Co. Ltd

      8. 6.2.8 Kia Motors Corporation

      9. 6.2.9 Ferrari SpA

      10. 6.2.10 Lamborghini SpA


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Lightweight Cars Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Lightweight Cars Market is growing at a CAGR of >4.5% over the next 5 years.

The Lightweight Cars Market is valued at 67 Billion USD in 2018.

The Lightweight Cars Market is valued at 73 Billion USD in 2026.

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

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

Toyota Motor Corporation, Hyundai Motor Co, Ford Motor Company, Nissan Motor Co Ltd, General Motors are the major companies operating in Lightweight Cars Market.

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