Reverse gear: The industry has struggled to recover due to automakers off-shoring operations

Over the five years to 2019, the Car and Automobile Manufacturing industry in Canada has struggled to recover as many automakers have moved operations abroad. Dissuaded by high labour costs in Canada, many international automakers have refocused investments toward Mexico and the United States. Although demand for vehicles has rebounded, industry operators have been gradually scaling back operations domestically in favour of manufacturing in other countries. Operators in Mexico benefit from lower wage costs, which can be passed on to downstream markets in the form of lower selling more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Operators have been gradually scaling back operations domestically
  • Strong demand has flowed through to Canadian automobile production
  • The health of the Canadian economy is expected to bolster new car sales
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    Over the five years to 2019, revenue for the Car and Automobile Manufacturing industry in Canada is anticipated to decrease, despite rapid growth during the beginning of the period. Automakers have gradually slowed down auto-related investment, and in many cases, moved operations abroad entirely, facilitating this contraction. The United States and Mexico have been the biggest beneficiaries of this trend due to their respective competitive advantages and proximity to major automotive markets. Furthermore, the domestic automotive sector has been characterized by a shift to SUV and light truck manufacturing (IBISWorld report 33611bCA), which serves as the primary external competition to this industry...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Car & Automobile Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Car & Automobile Manufacturing Industry are

  • Establishment of export markets
  • Optimum capacity utilization
  • Ability to negotiate with workers' union
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Canadian effective exchange rate index and Demand from new car dealers in the Car & Automobile Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Car & Automobile Manufacturing Industry?

    Companies in this industry manufacture cars and automobile chassis. These companies, referred to as automakers, typically produce cars, including electric cars, in assembly plants. The manufacture of light trucks (e.g. vans, pickups and SUVs) and heavy trucks is excluded from this industry. In addition, crossover vehicles (CUVs) are excluded from this industry as well, despite being built on car chassis.

    Industry Products
  • Compact cars
  • Full-sized sedans
  • Luxury cars
  • Industry Activities
  • Automobile assembly
  • Automobile chassis
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Canadian effective exchange rate index
  • Demand from new car dealers
  • World price of steel
  • Consumer Confidence Index
  • Per capita disposable income

  • Current Performance
  • Reliance on the United States
  • Labour woes and profit fluctuations
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • International trade
  • Industry landscape
  • Table: Car & Automobile Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Car & Automobile Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Automobile Wholesaling in Canada
  • New Car Dealers in Canada
  • Car Rental in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Auto Parts Manufacturing in Canada
  • Automobile Electronics Manufacturing in Canada
  • Automobile Engine & Parts Manufacturing in Canada
  • Battery Manufacturing in Canada
  • Iron & Steel Manufacturing in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Full-sized sedans
  • Compact cars
  • Luxury cars
  • Chart: Car & Automobile Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Exports
  • Wholesalers and distributors
  • Automobile Dealerships
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Car & Automobile Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Car & Automobile Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Car & Automobile Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    FCA Canada Inc., Honda Canada Inc., General Motors of Canada Company,
  • Table: FCA Canada Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Honda Canada Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: General Motors of Canada Company - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Car & Automobile Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Car & Automobile Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Exports (2010-2024)
  • Imports (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Purchases (2010-2024)
  • Profit (2010-2024)
  • Depreciation (2010-2024)
  • Marketing (2010-2024)
  • Rent (2010-2024)
  • Utilities (2010-2024)
  • Other (2010-2024)
  • Average price of a new passenger car (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A car that runs on an electric battery combined with a gasoline engine to be more fuel efficient than a standard car.
  • Sport-Utility Vehicle (Suv)
  • A rugged automotive vehicle similar to a station wagon but built on a light-truck chassis.
  • The Big Three
  • The three biggest US automakers, which include General Motors Company, Ford Motor Company and FCA US LLC.
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