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Global Automotive HVAC Market 2021-2026

March 19, 2021
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  1. In terms of automatic AC penetration, Japan has a higher penetration followed by Europe, China, and the US 
  2. Europe has a higher penetration of Multi-zone HVAC followed by US, China and Japan 
  3. Air purifiers along with dust filters and pollen filters have seen increased penetration with China seeing high penetration of PM 2.5 filter
  4. Among the pickups in the USA – Optional automatic ac is present in most of the trims which have manual AC 
  5. Among the vans in Japan – Automatic ac is present in almost all the top-selling vans as a standard feature
  6. Honda offers Dual zone HVAC on most of its beset-selling vehicles including Civic,Accord, CRV in US, EU, China as well as Japan. It is also among the best filration systems like PM 2.5 and Pollen filters in China and Plasma cluster technology in Japan
  7. Among Premium European OEMs, BMW, Volvo and Mercedes had 100% installation rate of automatic HVAC worldwide in 2019
  8. As of 2020, the global EV HVAC Compressor market looks fragmented with 8 major players occupying 91.1% of the market.
  9. In 2019, Manual HVAC system has dominated in the markets like India, Indonesia and Latin America, where the manual HVAC penetration is more than ~55%
  10. In Latin America, the COVID effect in 2020 is expected to be severe in the region and the sales dip in excess of 30 % is estimated. Brazil being one of the severely hit country by COVID-19 pandemic contributes majorly.


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HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. The primary purpose of HVAC is to clean, cool, heat, regulate, ventilate and dehumidify the air entering the cabin. The desire for more comfort and luxury has led to development of climate control system inside an automobile. Major components of an HVAC are compressor, condenser, evaporator, pressure regulating devices, thermal expansion valves, orifice tubes and accumulator. It is now available in most of the high end passenger cars. However, high maintenance cost is restraining its growth.




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By Technology

  • Automatic
  • Manual


  • GM
  • Toyota
  • VW Group
  • Ford
  • FCA
  • BMW
  • Daimler
  • Honda
  • Hyundai-KIA
  • Chinese OEMs
  • Indian OEMs
  • Other OEMs

By Vehicle Type

  • Passenger Cars
  • Commercial Vehicles

By Geography

  • US
  • Europe
  • China
  • Asia-Excluding China
  • ROW



The demand for thermal system and automatic climate control is driving the global HVAC market. Moreover, the need for eco-friendly refrigerants and coolants will propel the HVAC market.  The rise in demand for thermal comfort and increase in penetration of automatic HVAC expected to propel the HVAC market.



Compressor is the primary component in a HVAC system. The traditional type of compressor was reciprocating type wherein it used to be driven directly by crankshaft of the engine. However, with advancement in technology and rise in EV there has been need for improved compressor and scroll compressors came into market. The development of different components used in HVAC has helped the market grow steadily and will help to expand in future. The below chart depicts the component wise market in HVAC system:



Automatic HVAC System market is expected to grow at rapid rate compared to the manual one. The need for ease in operation and desire for more comfort has directly influenced the automatic HVAC market. These systems require sensors inside the cabin to detect the temperature and outside temperature, so as to function the HVAC accordingly to the comfort of passengers.


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Manual HVAC system is mostly found in the entry level budget cars. They consist of lot of knobs and dials to control the air flow and the temperature. It requires human intervention to start and stop the system. The high cost of automatic HVAC has made the auto manufacturers to settle for manual ones for the budget cars.



Commercial vehicles are experiencing steady growth in the HVAC market. The major factors being air quality inside the truck cabin, the need to improve it and to increase the thermal comfort of the driver. Increase in vehicles used by E-commerce and logistics sector is expected boost the HVAC market in commercial vehicles. Also HVAC installation in buses and other public transport systems is anticipated to help increase the HVAC market.


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Passenger cars accounted for three quarters of the overall revenue of the HVAC market. Over the years air conditioning in a car has become most standard option. Other climate control features are added as a standard feature in luxury and high end SUVs. However, the entry level cars are equipped with at least manual HVAC systems, if not for automatic ones.



The US automotive HVAC market is second biggest globally. The extreme weather conditions either its summer or winter has been major factor for increased HVAC market in passenger cars. Most of the top selling passenger cars are fitted with automatic HVAC control system in few mid and higher variants. 

In the pickup truck segment, the top 3 best-sellers have ~40+% installation rate of manual HVAC which is substantially higher than the overall manual installation in the country i.e. ~25%.

US the 2nd biggest auto market in the world, due to being one of the worst affected country by COVID-19 in 2020, the market is expected to take extra time to get back to its pre-COVID-19 sales volume.

The Japanese OEMs offer Dual/Tri zone HVAC systems on many best-selling vehicles.



Owing to high share of Premium car sales(21% share of new cars) and extreme climate conditions in Europe has been driving the automotive HVAC market.

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Since German auto makers are also the largest manufacturers of premium cars in EU and worldwide, the European automotive HVAC market is among the biggest in Revenue.

Among the entry level hatchbacks, very few of the top selling A segment cars in Europe are equipped with automatic HVAC, most of them are fitted with manual climate control on low and mid variants.

Similar to China the Europe market is also anticipated to see a linear spike in the HVAC market value from 2021.

The increased adoption of EVs in Europe will help to raise the market value in the region and will help to reach close to market value by 2023 itself.



China is  the #1 HVAC automotive market by volume. In China manual air conditioning is mostly found in top selling budget cars. But in top-selling vehicles like Nissan Sylphy, Volkswagen Lavida, automatic air conditioning is found only on top trims. In Haval H6, Dual zone temperature zone control is available on 8 out of 13 variants.

The premium cars which accounted for 11% of new cars sold in China are also incorporated with PM2.5 filter device in the car. 

The decision from the Chinese government to extend the incentives for EVs till 2022 will boost the sales of these cars which in turn directly increase the market size of HVAC in the country.

The gradual increase in sales and the fact being facing comparatively less COVID-19 casualties compared to other major markets has helped the region to achieve higher CAGR i.e. 6.0%

The region witnessed the 2nd highest application of rear a c vents after US of about 64 % in top 30 cars in 2019. The inclusion of rear a c vents increases the individual vehicle HVAC value by at least 4-5%.




In India,where average transaction value per car was among the lowest in the world at $10,000 in 2019, automatic climate control(ACC) has less than 40% fitment rate. Many B-segment hatchbacks are now offering it on mid and higher trims.

Maruti Suzuki, the market leader in India with more than 50% market share is now offering ACC on B and C segment vehicles, therefore fitment rate has climbed up sharply between 2016-2019.

Among the domestic OEMs Tata has take the lead by offering ACC on higher trims of budget hatchback Tiago. Mahindra ,the other homegrown major is the only OEM among top 30 best-sellers to offer dual zone climate control offered on mid and higher trims of Mahindra XUV 300.

In India 2019 witnessed sales of 2.93 million units. But the COVID-19 impact in 2020 is anticipated result in being the worst affected region in terms of sales.

Overall sale volume is expected witness a slump of 25% in 2020.  In the month of April 2020, the country saw complete lockdown resulting in zero sales



Japan is among the most biggest individual market in terms of automotive HVAC fitment and Revenue. Manual HVAC fitment is minimal even on the low cost kei cars, which account for more than 35% share in new car sales every year.

Honda is now offering high performance odorizing filter  and Plasma cluster technology as standard  on top0selling vehicles like Freed, Vezel Fit and Shuttle. 

Most of the Standard segment cars sold in the country are fitted with dual and tri-zone climate control.

Japan has the one of the highest number of vehicle per capita, with only 126 million population, the country sold 4.34 million passenger cars in 2019.

Keihin Products were installed in Honda Passport and Ford Ranger automobiles in North America region, and in Subaru Forester and Honda CR-V hybrid models launched in Japan.



Growth in demand for safety, comfort and latest features has led to several technological developments in HVAC. HVAC system contributes to defrosting of windows, demisting windshields and dehumidifying air which improve visibility and safety of passengers. Thus, HVAC by providing safety and favourable conditions inside the cabin is anticipated to propel the automotive HVAC market growth.

The auto manufacturers have been incorporating air purifier for the cabin of the car. Purifiers are integral part of HVAC. The development in this segment is expected to expand the HVAC market globally.

The manual AC vehicles share in 2025 is expected to further less with only ~XX%, due to increased adoption of automatic AC in the regions which has lower automatic HVAC penetration

Many manufacturers are striving hard to develop compact and light weight HVAC systems. This will help in less fuel consumption, and help in boosting the HVAC market.

There has been use of passive absorbers in the HVAC system. These absorbers are fitted to reduce the noise generated inside the cabin by these systems. The development in this area of expertise will help increase the HVAC market.


The global Automotive HVAC market is estimated at $XX Billion in 2020


To understand the trends in Automotive HVAC market , read our article TOP 7  AUTOMOTIVE HVAC MARKET TRENDS



  • Lumax Group has extended its JV with Stanley Electric in HVAC panel products line.
  • BorgWarner announced that it would be supplying advanced cabin heating technology for a new electric vehicle for a global known EV automaker.




The top global automotive HVAC manufacturers are Mahle GmbH (Germany), Hanon Systems (South Korea), Mitsibushi Heavy Industries Ltd (Japan), Denso Corporation (Japan), Toyota Industries Corporation.

Among the leading compressor manufacturers, Toyota Industry corporation is now planning to expand the manufacturing of electric compressors outside Japan. In Chinese province of Jiangsu the production was to commence by March 2020, that now likely to have been postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak.

  • In Shandong, another Chinese province the production is expected to commence by June 2021. The target annual production of 400, 000 units of electric compressors of ESB27 and ES20 models are expected to be achieved in each of the 2 plants.

Mahle-Behr is a leading Euroepan HVAC manufacturer.The activities at R&D centres of conventional air conditioning compressors plant in Luxembourg is proposed to be ceased by mid-2021, as the focus on product development of electric compressor is looming large.

MAHLE developed an air-conditioned child’s car seat in collaboration with a leading manufacturer in the sector. The product is expected to be available from specialist retailers in 2020.The Thermal Management segment accounted for $5.45 Billion revenue out of $14 Billion revenue in 2019

Hanon Systems invested ~380 Million USD on automotive AC sector of the company on installment and expansion of new facilities. Operating profit of Hanon Systems in 2019 was ~$ 362 M and in Q1 2020 it was $50.2 M loss of 36.1%   Y-o-Y. Hanon System produces about 1.28 M HVAC units across the world with productions in Asia accounting for almost 50%. HVAC units’ were operating ratio was 73% in Asia highest for any region, the company is capable of producing 1.8 M units globally. 

Operating Profit of Keihin Systems for the FY 2019 ended March 2019 was $236 Million, and the value and at the end of 9 month period in Dec 2019 the operating profit was $90.4 Million

Denso Corporation’s consolidated revenue at the end of FY-2019 was $47.6 Billion 3.9% decrease Y-o-Y and the operating profit was $563.8 Million 80% decrease from previous year

Denso’s 1st Quarter revenue ending June 2020 was $ 7.1 Billion a 42% decrease from previous year and the operating loss was $989.6 Million.Thermal systems accounted for $13.2 Billion revenue out of $47.6 Billion in the FY2019. The figure was $13.5 Billion in FY-2018



  1. Denso Corporation
  2. Mahle GmbH
  3. Hanon Systems
  4. Valeo
  5. Mitsibushi Heavy Industries Ltd
  6. Johnson Electric
  7. Calsonic Kansei Corporation
  8. Sanden Corporation
  9. Keihin Corporation
Sl no Topic
1 Market Segmentation
2 Scope of the report
3 Abbreviations
4 Research Methodology
5 Executive Summary
6 Introduction
7 Insights from Industry stakeholders
8 Cost breakdown of Product by sub-components and average profit margin
9 Disruptive innovation in the Industry
10 Technology trends in the Industry
11 Consumer trends in the industry
12 Recent Production Milestones
13 Component Manufacturing in US, EU and China
14 COVID-19 impact on overall market
15 COVID-19 impact on Production of components
16 COVID-19 impact on Point of sale
17 Market Segmentation, Dynamics and Forecast by Geography, 2021-2026
18 Market Segmentation, Dynamics and Forecast by Product Type, 2021-2026
19 Market Segmentation, Dynamics and Forecast by Application, 2021-2026
20 Market Segmentation, Dynamics and Forecast by End use, 2021-2026
21 Product installation rate by OEM, 2021
22 Incline/Decline in Average B-2-B selling price in past 5 years
23 Competition from substitute products
24 Gross margin and average profitability of suppliers
25 New product development in past 12 months
26 M&A in past 12 months
27 Growth strategy of leading players
28 Market share of vendors, 2021
29 Company Profiles
30 Unmet needs and opportunity for new suppliers
31 Conclusion
32 Appendix


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