All-Wheel Drive Market Size to Rise USD 63.14 Bn By 2033

Published Date : 06 May 2024

The global all-wheel drive market size reached USD 37.73 billion in 2023 and it is projected to hit around USD 63.14 billion by 2033, growing at a CAGR of 5.33% from 2024 to 2033. The growing industrialization of various developing countries throughout the globe drives the all-wheel drive market. 

All Wheel Drive Market Size and Growth Rate 2024 to 2033

Market Overview 

The all-wheel drive market deals with selling, distributing, manufacturing, designing, and production of all-wheel drive vehicles. All-wheel drive is the power train capable of offering all the wheels of a vehicle for improved control and traction in a variation of driving conditions, whether on-demand or full-time. The increasing demand for low carbon emissions and high performance in the automotive industry is expected to drive market growth. Technological developments and the development of various cutting-edge combustion modes, such as homogeneous charge compression ignition to fuel market growth. Technological advancements in electric vehicle technology are expected to drive market growth and increase the manufacturing of electric cars. In addition, increasing cases of road accidents are anticipated to drive the growth of the market.  

Traction and stability for safe driving fuels the all-wheel drive market growth 

Enhanced traction is among all-wheel drive's principal benefits. All four wheels of four-wheel drive cars are powered by all-wheel drive systems. This implies that the other wheels can preserve wheel balance and guarantee that the cars stay stable even if certain wheels lose traction due to slick and rainy circumstances. For individuals who routinely travel in snowy and wet weather, all-wheel drive might be a game changer. The technology lowers the possibility of wheelspin by providing power to all wheels, enabling the driver to maintain a secure grip, particularly when accelerating and making abrupt corners. Another important area where all-wheel drive excels is steadiness. Because power is distributed to all wheels, the weight distribution helps lessen the likelihood that the vehicle may lose control and slide. If there is a patch of ice or puddle on one side of the car, this distribution needs to be made sure of. The necessary counter-traction can be provided by the opposing side of the wheel to maintain the car's stability. These are the main causes that are expected to propel the market for all-wheel drive to greater heights. 

However, the weight and complexity of all-wheel drive may challenge the market growth. All-wheel drive vehicles have more weight than two-wheel drive systems due to the extra components needed for the system, including differentials and driveshafts. This can result in increased maintenance costs and reduced fuel efficiency over time. In addition, the high cost of all-wheel drive may hinder market growth. All-wheel drive is more expensive than any other in terms of repairs, ongoing maintenance, and purchase price. This can make all-wheel drive vehicles less obtainable to users looking to save money on vehicle purchases. These are the key factors responsible for restraining the growth of the market. 

All-Wheel Drive Market Scope

Report Coverage Details
Market Revenue in 2023 USD 37.73 Billion
Projected Forecast Revenue by 2033 USD 63.14 Billion
Growth Rate from 2024 to 2033 CAGR of 5.97%
Largest Market North America
Base Year 2023
Forecast Period 2024 to 2033
Regions Covered North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa

All-Wheel Drive Market Top Companies 

  • JTEKT Corporation (Japan) 
  • BMW
  • Continental AG (Germany) 
  • BorgWarner Inc. (U.S.) 
  • Magna International Inc. (Canada) 
  • GKN PLC (UK) 
  • ZF Friedrichshafen AG (Germany) 
  • American Axle & Manufacturing Inc. (US) 
  • Eaton (Ireland) 
  • Oerlikon (Italy) 
  • Dana Limited (US) 

Recent Development by JTEKT Corporation 

  • In October 2022, JTEKT Corporation launched Intelligent Torque Controlled Coupling (ITCC) for 4WD vehicles based on FR. The company also collaborated with Fuji Kiko Co. and developed a “Lightweight and Compact Motorized Rake Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column.” Both developments are beneficial for all-wheel drive vehicles.

Recent Development by BMW 

  • In May 2024, in India, the biggest vehicle manufacturer, BMW, launched its powerful model, the M4 Competition. This innovative high-performance model was launched with the all-wheel drive system of BMW and is popular for the S58 six-cylinder turbo engine. This was available in the nation as the CBU model.  

Regional Insights 

Asia Pacific is expected to have the fastest growth in the forecast period. It is the largest manufacturing and production industry in the world. Due to the increasing demand for all-wheel drive vehicles, the need for all-wheel drive systems is increasing in the Asia Pacific region. China, India, Japan, and South Korea are the emerging countries in the Asia Pacific region.  Car manufacturers are serving the demands of budget-conscious purchasers who want off-road capacity without breaking the bank. This is due to the increasing demand for all-wheel drive cars in India. In India, there are five cheapest all-wheel drive cars available on the market: Skoda Kodiaq, VW Tiguan, Mahindra XUV700, Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder, and Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara. Indian all-wheel drive cars are enabled on dirty roads and difficult climate conditions.  These are the major factors, and the best AWD cars in India are expected to drive the growth of the all-wheel drive market in the Asia Pacific region.  

North America dominated the all-wheel drive market in 2023. Stability and torque distribution, customer preference for safety features, extreme weather conditions, and weight distribution in the vehicle are the major driving factors in the North American region. The U.S. and Canada are the emerging countries in the North American region. 

Canada has the lowest price for all-wheel drive cars and provides valuable awareness of their performance and distinctive features. Canada has the biggest market for all-wheel drive systems. Car manufacturers always respond to Canadians' all-wheel drive service demand. There are various best cars with all-wheel drive in Canada, including Volvo v90 Cross Country, Toyota Corolla Hybrid, Subaru Impreza, Porsche 911, Nissan Altima, Mercedes-Benz, Mazda3, Lexus IS, Kia K5, BMW 5 Series, Audi S5, and many more. All-wheel drive cars in Canada have so many advanced features, such as home-based test drives, no-haggle pricing, and five years of scheduled maintenance. All-wheel drive supplies stability and enhanced traction, making them perfect for dealing with Canada’s challenging roads. These are major factors, and top cars of all-wheel drive are expected to drive the growth of the all-wheel drive market.  

Market Potential and Growth Opportunity 

Automatic all-wheel drive system 

The automatic all-wheel drive system functions include existing systems such as 2WD AWD and manual. The modern AWD system has various functions, including employing electronic steering and determining whether all-wheel drive is essential. The system developed by Honda Motor Company can improve vehicle stability and respond to driver input. It also merges front-rear torque distribution. The automatic all-wheel drive systems offer stability and better fuel efficiency for vehicles. These are the major opportunities anticipated to drive the growth of the all-wheel drive market in the coming years.  

All-Wheel Drive Market News

  • In March 2024, Lexus LM launched the new Lexus LM luxury van in India. This innovative van was powered by an all-wheel drive setup and a 2.5-litre strong hybrid petrol powertrain. The Van’s price started from 2 crore. The outer highlights include connected LED taillights, electronically sliding rear doors, and a big spindle grille. 
  • In March 2024, BYD, a Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer, launched a premium EV Seal in India. It is an electric vehicle seal with two battery pack options, out of which the larger pack with 82.5 kWh can be used for all-wheel drive.

Market Segmentation

By Type

  • Manual
  • Automatic

By Propulsion

  • Ice Vehicle
  • Electric

By Application

  • On Road
  • Off Road

By Vehicle Type

  • Passenger Vehicles
  • Commercial Vehicles

By EV Type

  • Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV)
  • Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)

By Component

  • Differential
  • Transfer case
  • Propeller shaft
  • Power Transfer Unit
  • Final Drive Unit

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