China with the largest automobile industry in 2019 had ~21.4 Million passenger Vehicles. The pandemic outbreak in 2020 is expected to negatively affect the sales by 16-19%.



Sedan and SUVs accounted for almost 92% of the total car sales in the country. These car segments have propelled the LED penetration in the market. The combined volume of LEDs fitted in the cars is highest for any other region in the world.


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In 2019, market value of automotive lighting system in the country was 2nd highest for any region in the world. Despite the high volume, the low individual vehicle pricing of lighting resulted in value less than that of market leader US.



LED exterior lighting has been the market leader in terms of volume among the various technologies used in lighting. Due to its large market share it has been the occupying high market value too.

On overall, China had around 75-76% of the LED penetration in automotive lighting. The LED penetration in Frontal Lighting (Head Lights) is 2nd highest in the country.

Among the OEMs, VW Group had higher penetration towards LED headlights. Whereas, the budget brands such as Wuling, Geely etc in the country had much lower penetration of LED lighting and had most of the cars with Halogen exterior lighting.  



LEDs and Halogen occupy almost the entire market share in the frontal lighting in the country. Some of the other technologies in frontal lighting are HID and Laser lighting.

HID lighting is currently almost negligible among the top selling cars and the volume of these are not impacting the market value.

The laser lighting however, are limited to the ultra-premium brands like Audi and BMW. The laser lighting despite the low penetration in the volume impacts the market value significantly, due to its high price.

In the rear lighting, the Chinese OEMs had rather less penetration of LEDs in this segment compared to foreign OEMs. Top selling cars from Changan, Wuling, Jetour, Baojun and Roewe had most of its variants equipped with Halogen Tail lamp.

China had one of the highest adoption LED DRLs among top selling cars. Wuling Hongguang and Volkswagen Santana were the only 2 models among top 20 selling cars not to be equipped with the LED DRLs in 2019.



The adoption of LEDs in headlight segment is expected to increase significantly over the years. Since the country had comparatively less penetration of LEDs in tail lamp segment the adoption of LEDs in this segment is estimated to be the highest in the coming years

The top selling models in China are adopting the Matrix LED headlights as directly increasing the volume of LEDs and propelling the market value for the LED segment.

Adaptive Headlights currently limited to mostly Premium segment cars are expected to important feature to be included in top selling models too.




The top global automotive lighting manufacturers are Koito (Japan), Stanley (Japan), Hella (Germany), ZKW (Austria), Valeo (France) and Calsonic Kansei [Formerly Magneti Marelli] (Japan). HASCO Vision Technology, formerly Shanghai Koito Automotive Lamp Co., Ltd is the first Chinese lighting vendor to set up R&D in the country and is based in Shanghai.

In the Chinese automotive lighting market, joint ventures like Guangzhou Stanley Electric Co., Ltd., Changchun Hella Faway Automotive Lighting Co., Ltd. and Valeo Lighting Hubei Technology Center Co., Ltd. are some of the main players.




  1. HASCO Vision Technology
  2. Hella GmbH
  3. Koito
  4. Stanley
  5. Varroc
  6. Calsonic Kansei Corporation
  7. Sanden Corporation
  8. ZKW
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1Market Segmentation
2Scope of the report
4Research Methodology
5Executive Summary
7Insights from Industry stakeholders
8Cost breakdown of Product by sub-components and average profit margin
9Disruptive innovation in the Industry
10Technology trends in the Industry
11Consumer trends in the industry
12Recent Production Milestones
13Component Manufacturing in US, EU and China
14COVID-19 impact on overall market
15COVID-19 impact on Production of components
16COVID-19 impact on Point of sale
17Market Segmentation, Dynamics and Forecast by Geography, 2020-2025
18Market Segmentation, Dynamics and Forecast by Product Type, 2020-2025
19Market Segmentation, Dynamics and Forecast by Application, 2020-2025
20Market Segmentation, Dynamics and Forecast by End use, 2020-2025
21Product installation rate by OEM, 2020
22Incline/Decline in Average B-2-B selling price in past 5 years
23Competition from substitute products
24Gross margin and average profitability of suppliers
25New product development in past 12 months
26M&A in past 12 months
27Growth strategy of leading players
28Market share of vendors, 2020
29Company Profiles
30Unmet needs and opportunity for new suppliers


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