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The Global Market for Automotive Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning: 2013 Edition

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The Global Market for Automotive Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning: 2013 Edition
Published: September 30, 2013 Content info: 50 Pages

This publication has been discontinued on January 9, 2019.


The penetration of automotive air conditioning systems continues to grow, and has reached near-saturation levels in the developed markets, with uptake continuing to climb in the developing markets. Automatic and multi-zone systems are now filtering down from larger, more luxurious vehicles, to even the very smallest cars.

The growth of the electric and hybrid vehicle segment has spurred further development of systems designed for use with these new drivetrains. The implications for HVAC suppliers are significant; this growth will create new opportunities and technical challenges for HVAC manufacturers for systems that can operate efficiently in this environment.

But perhaps the most significant factor impacting the HVAC market in recent years has been the European Union (EU) legislation banning the refrigerant R134a used in automotive HVAC systems. While the same legislative pressure is not taking place in North America and Japan, these markets are following the lead and moving to replace R134a as well.

And although it looked as if vehicle manufacturers had finally reached consensus over a new replacement refrigerant, recent concerns over safety have once again created uncertainty - seemingly putting HVAC suppliers back in the position of having to develop equipment for two different systems.

Brand new research on the automotive HVAC sector

This report highlights the findings of research conducted throughout 2013 by ABOUT Automotive in the automotive air conditioning market. It is largely based on our research, analysis and interviews with a number of industry experts, gathering individual perspectives.

ABOUT Automotive has been tracking the automotive HVAC sector since 2002, and this research, now in its 5th edition, updates and extends our previous analysis of this sector, providing valuable insights in a number of areas, including:

  • The market for automotive climate control, determining the trends and topical issues;
  • The main manufacturers serving this sector, identifying how the market is divided in terms of market share and market value on a regional basis;
  • Trends in key product and process technologies, both current and future; and
  • OEM trends and rationale in adopting different types of climate control.

The report provides answers to such vital questions as:

  • What are the market shares of the leading companies, and what will the automotive HVAC market be worth by 2020?
  • Despite the maturity of the markets throughout the developed world, why will the technical boundaries of air conditioning systems continue to be pushed back?
  • Will the move towards hybrid and electric vehicle technology present significant opportunities for manufacturers, and will the development costs be prohibitive?
  • How will the increasing adoption of stop-start engine technology affect the automotive HVAC sector?
  • How quickly are penetration rates for the smaller vehicle segments catching those of the larger, more saturated segments?

Report coverage:

Chapter two analyses product trends and fitment levels for HVAC systems in passenger cars in each major vehicle producing region through to 2020, and reviews manufacturer market shares in each major region.

Chapter three reviews the technical trends and challenges that the sector currently faces. The great refrigerant debate is analysed, along with new trends such as the integration of control functions into a single centre console.

Chapter four provides brief profiles of the major automotive air conditioning equipment manufacturers:

  • Behr
  • Calsonic Kansei
  • Delphi Thermal Systems
  • Halla Visteon Climate Control
  • Valeo
  • Sanden
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Executive summary

Chapter 1: Introduction

  • 1.1: Summary
  • 1.2: Report coverage

Chapter 2: The market

  • 2.1: Overview
  • 2.2: The downsizing trend across the industry
  • 2.3: The changing profile of vehicle production - global trends
  • 2.4: Market players
    • 2.4.1: World market players
    • 2.4.2: European market players
    • 2.4.3: North American market players
    • 2.4.4: Japanese market players
    • 2.4.5: Chinese market players
  • 2.5: Market size
    • 2.5.1: Europe
    • 2.5.2: China
    • 2.5.3: North America
    • 2.5.4: Japan and South Korea
    • 2.5.5: Rest of the world
  • 2.6: Market values
  • 2.7: Market shares
    • 2.7.1: Global market shares
    • 2.7.2: European market shares
    • 2.7.3: North American market shares
    • 2.7.4: Japanese market shares

Chapter 3: Technical review

  • 3.1: Air conditioning: how it works
  • 3.2: Technology partnering and customisation
  • 3.3: Platform design
  • 3.4: Standard, automatic and multi-zone air conditioning systems
    • 3.4.1: Standard air-conditioning systems
    • 3.4.2: Automatic air conditioning systems
    • 3.4.3: Multi-zone systems
  • 3.5: Compact and hybrid/electric air conditioning systems
  • 3.6: Compressor technology
  • 3.7: Control systems and user interface
  • 3.8: Interior cabin air quality
  • 3.9: Refrigerants technology: controversy and debate
    • 3.9.1: Background
    • 3.9.2: EU legislation driving change
    • 3.9.3: Upcoming US legislation
    • 3.9.4: Japan
    • 3.9.5: Refrigerant manufacturers
      • HFO-1234yf
      • CO2 - R744
      • Latest developments
      • Potential implications

Chapter 4: Manufacturer profiles

  • 4.1: Behr
    • 4.1.1: European joint ventures
    • 4.1.2: Chinese joint ventures
    • 4.1.3: Japanese joint ventures
    • 4.1.4: Indian joint ventures
  • 4.2: Calsonic Kansei
  • 4.3: Delphi Automotive
  • 4.4: DENSO
  • 4.5: Halla Visteon Climate Control
  • 4.6: Valeo
  • 4.7: Sanden

List of tables

  • Table 1: Chinese market global player subsidiaries/JVs and domestic suppliers, 2012
  • Table 2: Light vehicle production by region to 2020 (million units)
  • Table 3: Automotive HVAC demand by region to 2020 (million units)
  • Table 4: Automotive HVAC (automatic) demand by region to 2020 (million units)
  • Table 5: Automotive HVAC demand to 2020: Europe (million units)
  • Table 6: Automotive HVAC demand to 2020: China (million units)
  • Table 7: Automotive HVAC demand to 2020: North America (million units)
  • Table 8: Automotive HVAC demand to 2020: Japan and South Korea (million units)
  • Table 9: Automotive HVAC demand to 2020: Rest of the world (million units)
  • Table 10: Automotive HVAC market value by region to 2020 (million USD)
  • Table 11: Delphi Thermal Systems net sales 2010 - 2012

List of figures

  • Figure 1: 2010 Regional share of global vehicle production
  • Figure 2: 2012 Regional share of global vehicle production
  • Figure 3: Shares of the global OE HVAC market: 2012 (% volume)
  • Figure 4: Shares of the European OE HVAC market: 2012 (% volume)
  • Figure 5: Shares of the North American OE HVAC market: 2012 (% volume)
  • Figure 6: Shares of the Japanese OE HVAC market: 2012 (% volume)
  • Figure 7: Cooling circuit of an air conditioning system
  • Figure 8: Standard air conditioning - penetration rate by region, 2004 - 2012
  • Figure 9: Automatic air conditioning - penetration rate by region, 2004 - 2012
  • Figure 10: Audi's deluxe automatic air conditioning control panel
  • Figure 11: Toyota's compact dashboard mounted HVAC unit
  • Figure 12: Preh's 2011 ‘PrehCon' centre console concept
  • Figure 13: Preh's integrated centre stack for the 2013 Lincoln MKZ
  • Figure 14: 2013 Toyota Prius solar roof
  • Figure 15: Delphi Thermal Systems key customers (% of 2012 net sales)
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