South America Automotive Industry Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The South America Automotive Industry is Segmented by Vehicle Type (Passenger Cars, Commercial Vehicles, and Two-wheelers), By Fuel (Diesel, Gasoline, Electric Vehicle, and Other Fuels), and By Country (Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Rest of South America). The report offers market size and forecasts for the South America Automotive Market in USD for all the above segments.

South America Automotive Market Size

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South America Automotive Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Market Size (2024) USD 24.88 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 36.90 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 8.20 %
Market Concentration High

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South America Automotive Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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South America Automotive Market Analysis

The South America Automotive Market size is estimated at USD 24.88 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 36.90 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 8.20% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

  • The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the South American automotive market. The region experienced a sharp decline in automotive sales and production due to various factors. Government-imposed lockdowns and restrictions on movement led to a decrease in consumer demand and disrupted supply chains, resulting in reduced manufacturing output.
  • However, the South American automotive market has shown resilience, with a gradual recovery observed as restrictions were lifted and economic activities resumed. Government stimulus measures, including tax incentives and subsidies, have been implemented to encourage automotive sales and production. The market is expected to continue its recovery, driven by pent-up demand, digital transformation, and the introduction of new electric and hybrid vehicle models.
  • The prime factors driving the growth in the sales and demand for passenger cars were lower interest rates and improving consumer confidence. For instance, the export and sales of passenger cars in 2022, compared to 2021, witnessed an increase of about 50% and 6%, respectively.
  • However, the automotive market in South America is highly vulnerable to the instability of social and political policies, as countries like Venezuela are experiencing a slowdown in their economic growth, drastically impacting the country's automotive industry growth.
  • In Brazil, with the improvement in the economy (directly influencing consumer confidence) and rise in credit availability to support the country's light-vehicle market, growing investment in the country, and strong export demand, the country has been witnessing positive growth in the demand and sales of vehicles.
  • Hence, with the situation easing and investments in the industry, the market is expected to grow in the upcoming years.

South America Automotive Market Trends

Brazil, Argentina, and Chile, to Drive the Market

  • The passenger car market in South America witnessed considerable numbers in 2021 despite the pandemic. Although the numbers indicate a dip of more than 100% in the sales of all types of vehicles in all the countries of the region combined in 2021, considering the pandemic and the pace at which the economy is set to bounce back, the region being a hotspot for potential investors from all over the world, the industry is expected to recover with good numbers in the coming quarters. For instance,
  • In September 2022, Argentine drafted a new law, which was enacted which aims to promote new investments in the automotive industry and its supply chain. It also aims to strengthen the industry's export orientation, promote the development of new clean engine technologies, and foster technology transfer and innovation.
  • The automotive industry grew steadily, with total sales reaching 1.39 million units throughout the region's nine main markets.
  • The Brazilian automotive industry's output fell consistently following the economic recession that affected production and sales. However, the industry is now gathering momentum due to the improvement of the economic indexes directly influencing consumer confidence and increased credit availability to support the country's light-vehicle market and strong export demand from South American countries.
  • Brazil saw a significant drop in yearly car production for FY 2021. Furthermore, sales were down 26.6 % and 28.2 % during the same period, respectively. Lockdowns and other preventative measures imposed by the government have had a significant impact on the passenger automobile industry in Latin America. However, the market has rebounded significantly following the relaxing of government sanctions and the reopening of production houses in Q2 FY21. The market has re-entered a growth phase and appears promising for the projection term. In 2021, about 1.97 million light vehicles were sold in the country, which is about 2% more than in 2020. Owing to the slow rise in demand, the number of vehicles sold is expected to increase in the upcoming years.
  • Similarly, in Argentina, more than 350,000 vehicles were sold in 2021, up by 10% compared to 2020 figures. Comparing the number of light vehicles sold in Chile in June 2021, there is an increase of more than 70%. In June 2020, more than 8,000 vehicles were sold in the country, increasing to over 35,000 units.
  • With the industry moving toward a more sustainable production, the research being carried into the electrification of automotive looks promising because the region is a hot investment zone, owing to the growing nature of the market, which can bring in a lot of money and improve the market conditions.
South America Automotive Market - Number Of New Vehicles Registered Or Sold In Selected Countries In South America in 2021 (in 1,000s)

Electric Vehicles are Expected to Witness Significant Growth

  • Electric vehicles (EVs) have grown in popularity in the South American region over the last few years due to the necessity to meet future energy and emission demands. The need for environmentally friendly transportation is a major driver of the electric vehicle segment of the market studies. The electric vehicle market is growing as an important part of the South American automotive industry, and it promises a path to increased energy efficiency while lowering pollution and other greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Owing to the stringent exhaust emission norms imposed and the incentives provided by several governments in the region are the prime drivers of sales in the countries in South America. Because of Brazil's growing demand for electric vehicles, several players are investing in starting a manufacturing plant there.
  • For instance, in July 2023, BYD, the Chinese electric vehicle giant, invested USD 624 million to build its first plant outside of Asia in Brazil. This is part of the company's plan to expand its global reach amid a surge in sales. Similarly, the demand for low-emission vehicles, such as battery electric automobiles and hybrid electric vehicles, is constantly increasing in Argentina. In 2021, for instance, the country sold 5,871 low-emission vehicles, representing a 148% increase from the 3,488 electric vehicles sold in 2020. So, in March 2022, Shell exclaimed to install its first charging station network in the county to cater to the demand for electric vehicles.
  • Governments of many countries in the region are also pushing incentives to boost the sales of electric vehicles. For instance, in March 2022, Chile published its national electric mobility strategy to transform the transportation sector over the next decade. One of these incentives offers tax discounts on annual car usage on electric vehicles. For the first two years, the tax is completely waived off, after which, for the next 3-4 years, the government will offer a discount of 75%, a 50% discount for the next 5-6 years, and a 25% reduction on following 7-8 years.
  • With the increase in government awareness of converting to sustainable energy and many electric vehicle manufacturers expanding their business in the country, the electric vehicle segment of the South America Automotive Market is expected to witness growth in the following years.
South America Automotive Market - Number of passenger cars sold in selected countries in South America in 2022 (in 1,000s)

South America Automotive Industry Overview

A few major manufacturers in the South American automotive market include Stallantis, General Motors, Toyota Motor Corporation, Nissan Group, and Volkswagen AG. Between 2021 and 2022, Toyota led the market with more than 73,000 units of new registrations, followed by Volkswagen with 55,000. 

For instance, in July 2023, Volkswagen is planning a major product offensive in South America, with the goal of increasing its market share in Brazil by 40% by 2027. The company will launch 15 new electric and flex-fuel vehicle models by 2025 and will follow up with hybrid vehicles in the medium term. The first fully electric models, the Volkswagen ID.4 and ID. Buzz, will be available in Brazil before the end of 2023.

In July 2023, Stellantis launched it is New Citroën C3 for the South American Market.

South America Automotive Market Leaders

  1. General Motors

  2. Stellantis NV

  3. Renault Group

  4. Volkswagen AG

  5. Toyota Motor Corporation

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

South America Automotive Market Concentration
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South America Automotive Market News

  • April 2022: Nissan Motor Co. invested 1.3 billion reais (USD276.12 million) in its plant in Resende, Brazil, and in launching new products between 2023 and 2025.
  • January 2022: Link, a United States-based electric vehicle manufacturer, built a factory in the Mexican state of Puebla. A total of USD 265 million was invested in this production system.
  • January 2022: Great Wall Motors announced investing USD 1.81 billion to manufacture electric vehicles in Brazil over the next decade in the factory acquired by Daimler AG.

South America Automotive Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Economic Growth And Stability

      2. 4.1.2 Othe Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Increasing Cost Of Vehicles To End Users

      2. 4.2.2 Other 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 By Vehicle Type

      1. 5.1.1 Passenger Cars

      2. 5.1.2 Commercial Vehicles

      3. 5.1.3 Two-Wheelers

    2. 5.2 By Fuel Type

      1. 5.2.1 Diesel

      2. 5.2.2 Gasoline

      3. 5.2.3 Electric Vehicle

      4. 5.2.4 Other Fuel Types

    3. 5.3 Country

      1. 5.3.1 Brazil

      2. 5.3.2 Argentina

      3. 5.3.3 Chile

      4. 5.3.4 Peru

      5. 5.3.5 Rest of South America


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share**

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles*

      1. 6.2.1 General Motors

      2. 6.2.2 Toyota Motor Corp.

      3. 6.2.3 Stallantis NV

      4. 6.2.4 Volkswagen AG

      5. 6.2.5 Ford Motor Company

      6. 6.2.6 Honda Motor Company Ltd

      7. 6.2.7 Hyundai Motor Company

      8. 6.2.8 Nissan Motor Company Ltd

      9. 6.2.9 Daimler AG

      10. 6.2.10 Groupe Renault

      11. 6.2.11 Kia Motor Corporation


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South America Automotive Industry Segmentation

The South American automotive market refers to the sector of the automotive industry encompassing the production, sale, and usage of vehicles within the countries of South America.

The South America Automotive market is segmented by vehicle type (passenger cars, commercial vehicles, and two-wheeler), fuel (diesel, gasoline, electric vehicle, and others), and by country. It includes various types of vehicles, such as passenger cars, commercial vehicles (including light commercial vehicles, heavy commercial vehicles, and buses), and two-wheelers (including motorcycles and scooters). 

The report offers market size and forecasts for the South American automotive market in USD for all the above segments.

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South America Automotive Market Research FAQs

The South America Automotive Market size is expected to reach USD 24.88 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 8.20% to reach USD 36.90 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the South America Automotive Market size is expected to reach USD 24.88 billion.

General Motors, Stellantis NV, Renault Group, Volkswagen AG and Toyota Motor Corporation are the major companies operating in the South America Automotive Market.

In 2023, the South America Automotive Market size was estimated at USD 22.99 billion. The report covers the South America Automotive Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the South America Automotive Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

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South America Automotive Industry Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)