IN 2014 the world made some 89.7 million vehicles. Comfortably leading the way in production was China, which produced some 23.7 million vehicles, or over a quarter of the world’s total production. In second place was the USA with 11.7 million, under half the output of China but ahead of Japan with 9.8 million and Germany with 5.9 million. China’s production even outstripped the combined output of the entire European Union (Germany, France, Italy, the UK, Spain, etc.), which accounted for 17 million vehicles. Thanks to the sheer size and increasing affluence of the Chinese domestic market, the vast majority of vehicles made in China are sold in China.