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The global automotive suspension system market size was valued at USD 44.32 billion in 2022. The market is projected to grow from USD 45.45 billion in 2023 to USD 107.12 billion by 2035, exhibiting a CAGR of 7.41% during the forecast period.
An automotive suspension system comprises a mechanical system of springs or shock absorbers connecting the wheels and axles to the chassis of a wheeled vehicle. This system further allows the relative motion between the wheels and axles, thus absorbing the impact from varying road surfaces.
The surging demand for enhanced comfort and safer ride quality in vehicles is fueling the global market. Additionally, technological advancements in suspension systems concerning future mobility, electrification, and autonomous driving technology are expected to drive market growth. However, the high capital investment and suspension component costs and shortage of raw materials hamper market growth.
Major OEM Players Relied Heavily on E-commerce and Digital Platforms to Sustain and Generate Sales in the Market
The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the global outlook of the market. The outbreak caused disruptions to global supply chains, leading to shortages of raw materials and components. This caused production delays and increased costs for the manufacturer, leading to a market slowdown. On the other hand, the manufacturing sector adopted new safety measures to prevent the outbreak of coronavirus, which led to increased costs for manufacturers.
The pandemic also accelerated the adoption of e-commerce and online sales, which led to increased competition and changed market conditions for manufacturers. With the shift toward online sales and e-commerce, OEMs invested in digital platforms and technologies to reach customers and continue to generate sales. To adapt to changing market conditions, major market players diversified their products and services such as developing innovative suspension systems to meet the demand for electric and hybrid vehicles.
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Use of Advanced Lightweight Material to Further Support the Adoption and Trend of Electrification of Vehicles
One of the market trends in automotive suspension system is the increased use of advanced materials, such as carbon fiber and aluminum, to reduce the weight of the suspension and increase its efficiency. For instance, in August 2022, BMW, in collaboration with ZF, developed a carbon fiber suspension for the K 1600 GT Duolever. The lightweight material helped reduce weight and enabled BMW to study the characteristics of its superbike, the M 1000 RR.
The increasing adoption of air and active suspension systems has aided market growth during the forecast period. Dynamic suspension systems play a vital role in an electric vehicle, providing comfort and safety to the driver. Advanced sensors and control systems are used to improve system’s performance. Thus, the development of new suspension systems that are more energy-efficient, intelligent, and lightweight drives the market during the forecast period. For instance, an Electronically Controlled Active Suspension System (ECASS) has fewer moving parts and operates without fluid in the dampers. The system also generates power using linear electric motors and dampers, which benefits electric vehicles.
Surge in Demand for Electric & Autonomous Vehicles to Propel Market Growth
Electric vehicles typically have a lower center of gravity than vehicles with internal combustion engines. This leads to improved handling and stability. This may result in increased demand for advanced suspension systems that can further enhance the handling and performance of EVs. Additionally, using electric motors and battery packs in electric vehicles provides extra space under the hood, allowing for more innovative suspension designs.
Recently, a growing populace has been shifting toward adopting electric vehicles for efficient, clean, and sustainable environmental factors. This has created lucrative growth for the electric vehicle market, which drives the automotive suspension system market growth. Moreover, autonomous and connected cars require advanced systems to ensure smooth operation and improved safety. Autonomous cars need advanced sensors and cameras to navigate and communicate with other vehicles, which require stable and smooth systems to ensure accurate data collection. Connected cars, on the other hand, require a stable and smooth ride for passenger comfort and safety, as well to properly function in-car technologies such as infotainment systems. This propels the market during the forecast period.
Increasing Demand for SUVs to Drive the Market Growth
SUVs typically have higher ground clearance than sedans or hatchback vehicles. This means that SUVs require more robust suspension systems to handle off-road conditions and rugged terrain. This led manufacturers to invest in new suspension technologies and components to cater to the growing SUV market.
The growing preference of consumers toward luxury SUVs equipped with advanced features and ride comfort is fueling the demand for these systems. These vehicles also incorporate advanced suspension technologies such as air suspension and adaptive damping systems, increasing the market for these high-end suspension systems and fueling market growth. For instance, in September 2022, XPENG Inc. launched its 4th production of the model G9 flagship SUV in China. The G9 lineup comprises three series, each with a diverse driving range, and six configurations in total. These are the RWD 570G, RWD 570E, and RWD 702E; the 4WD Performance 650E and 650X; and the Launch Edition 650X.
High Capital and Suspension Costs along with Shortage of Raw Materials Hamper Market Growth
The high capital investments in research and development make it difficult for companies to invest in technologies and innovate new products in the market. Additionally, the high cost of manufacturing and assembling advanced suspension systems limits the demand from consumers creating the issue of affordability. The high cost of these systems provides a barrier to the growth of this market. The high cost of suspensions increases the price of the vehicles. Moreover, the shortage of raw materials also leads to increased system costs and delayed production and supply chain disruptions, further hampering the market growth.
Passive System Segment to Hold Larger Share Backed by its Higher Adoption Rate in Numerous Vehicles
Based on system, the market is segmented into passive system, active system, and semi-active system. The passive system segment is expected to hold a major market share in 2022. The passive system segment dominates the market due to its higher integration rate in various automotive vehicles, such as passenger cars, commercial vehicles, and off-roading vehicles.
The semi-active suspension and active suspension systems shared a decent market share in 2022. With rising demand for greater comfort and safety in vehicles, this active system is expected to grow in adoption with increasing demand for next-generation conventional and electric vehicles.
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Others Segment Holds Maximum Market Share and Drives the Market for Suspension System
Based on component, the market is categorized into shock dampener, struts, control arm, ball joint, air compressors, and others. In 2022, the others segment held a sizable market share. The others segment includes essential suspension system elements, including leaf springs, rubber bushings, and sway bars. The others segment also consists of struts, control arms, air compressors, and ball joints.
The struts segment is expected to grow significantly at the highest CAGR of 8.7% over the forecast period.
The shock dampener segment accounted for a market share of 21% in 2022. The growth is directly integrated with rising automotive sales worldwide, leading to a high demand for shock dampers from automotive OEMs and in the aftermarket.
Hydraulic Suspension Segment’s Growth Driven by High Demand from the Automotive Industry
Based on suspension type, the market is categorized into hydraulic suspension, air suspension, and leaf spring. In 2022, the hydraulic suspension segment commanded majority of the market. The major players in the automotive industry are focused on introducing enhanced hydraulic suspensions for improved vehicle handling and smoother riding experience. Hydraulic suspension is most widely used in various vehicles, thus fueling the market growth.
Air suspension and leaf spring also had significant market shares in 2022. Leaf spring segment accounted for a high integration rate in commercial and off-roading vehicles, thus exhibiting their respective market shares. However, the growing demand for advanced suspension types in various upcoming electric and fossil-fueled vehicles drastically drives the air suspension segment during the forecast period.
Growing Production Rate and Sale of Passenger Vehicles are Fueling Market Growth
Based on vehicle type, the market is categorized into passenger cars and others. Passenger cars segment holds the largest market share and is the most dominant over the other segments. Passenger cars are the most widely produced and sold vehicle type. Thus, it accounts for majority of global automotive production and vehicle sales. According to OICA, vehicle production in 2021 crossed 80 million units as compared to 77 million units in 2020. This high production and sales volume leads to a corresponding demand.
The others segment also accounted for a sensible market share in 2022. The others segment includes commercial vehicles, electric vehicles, and two-wheelers. The others segment is expected to grow significantly over the forecast period, with rising vehicle production.
Asia Pacific Automotive Suspension System Market Size, 2022 (USD Billion)
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Asia Pacific held the largest automotive suspension system market share in 2022. The regional growth is attributed to the increased production rate of vehicles that occurred as part of the recovery from the pandemic in this region. Major key players in regions are focusing on developing innovative technologies further to strengthen the trend of electrification in the automotive industry. The growing demand for high-performance suspension kits in major countries, such as China, India, and Japan, further drives the market growth in Asia Pacific.
The Europe market accounted for a significant market share in 2022 and is expected to be the most demanding region for advanced suspension systems during the forecast period. Many countries are integrating stringent emission regulations to reduce carbon consumption and are switching toward sustainable mobility solutions. Moreover, the growing demand for electric vehicles and connected cars is driving the need for advanced suspension systems, thus propelling this market in this region.
North America also accounted for a substantial market share in 2022 and is the second most dominant region, followed by Asia Pacific. The growth is attributed to increasing demand for new advanced vehicles, particularly SUVs and trucks, which tend to have larger, more advanced suspension systems. This propels the market growth in the North America region.
The rest of the world accounted for a decent market share in 2022 and is expected to grow level-headedly over the forecast period. The growth is attributed to the high demand for luxury vehicles in countries such as the UAE and Saudi Arabia. These luxury vehicles are equipped with high-performance, advanced suspension systems. Furthermore, increased tourism in these locations leads to increased demand for rental cars, which leads to increased demand for these systems and fuels market growth.
Companies are Focusing on Mergers & Acquisitions and Partnerships to Gain Competitive Edge
Various regional and international automotive suspension system players consistently develop advanced strategies to take a leading step in the competitive landscape. Many companies are forming mergers & acquisitions and partnership and collaboration strategies to enable market growth. For instance, in 2022, ZF Friedrichshafen AG and BMW Group collaborated on developing a carbon fiber telescopic suspension fork. The fork consists of a carbon fiber outer tube infused with a carbon fiber inner tube and will be integrated with BMW's M 1000 RR motorcycle.
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The research report provides a global market analysis and focuses on key aspects such as leading companies, product/service types, and leading applications of the product. Besides, the report offers insights into the market trends and highlights key industry developments. In addition to the factors above, the report encompasses several factors that contributed to the growth of the market in recent years.
CAGR of 7.41% from 2023 to 2035
Volume (MW), Value (USD Billion)
By Suspension Type
By Vehicle Type
As per the Fortune Business Insights study, the market size was USD 44.32 billion in 2022.
The market is likely to grow at a CAGR of 7.41% over the forecast period (2023-2035).
The others segment is expected to lead the market due to the development of high-performance suspension systems.
Some of the top players in the market are KYB, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, and Tenneco Inc.
Asia Pacific dominated the market in terms of market size in 2022.
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