Japanese and South Korean automakers through the years

By | March 1, 2017

I’ve recently posted an article showing the vehicle model trend for US automakers since 1980 along with another article looking back at all US auto manufacturers prior to 1960. But today we will be looking at data tracking the rise of Japanese and South Korean automakers through the years. I am using the same graph as in my earlier post (source: Asif Rahman), which shows changes in the number of models offered by each automaker since 1980. It’s important to point out that this data captures models offered in the US market only. (You are able to scroll over the name to view the number of models across each year.)



Vehicle Models by Automaker

Unlike the chart for the US automakers (most of which dominated the US market since the turn of the last century), we can actually observe the early beginnings of their Asian counterparts. It is easy to pick up on the rapid rise in the number of models from Toyota, Nissan, and Hyundai, all of which now occupy a significant portion of the US market.  Lastly, I've created a chart to detail the number of models across all vehicle segments. Feel free to compare this graph with the one for the US automakers.



Vehicle Models by Segment