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Automotive Air Filters Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Vehicle Type (Passenger Car, Light Commercial Vehicle, and Heavy Commercial Vehicle), By Product (Air Intake Filters and Cabin Air Filters), By End-User (OEM and Aftermarket), and Regional Forecast, 2020-2027

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The global automotive air filters market size was valued at USD 5.08 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 5.49 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 1.1% during the forecast period. It is expected to experience a steep decline due to the COVID-19 pandemic till 2022. The market growth, which will be sluggish in 2021 and the first half of 2022, is expected to show signs of recovery in the second half of 2022 due to the resumption of regular production and sales.

Air is essential for the combustion of any engine because the oxygen existing in the air helps to burn the fuel. The amount of oxygen required for the complete combustion is appropriate, which is effective and results in efficiency, effluents, and engine life too. For instance, to burn 1 liter of fuel of the average heavy-duty truck engine, 13000 to 19500 liters of air are required. The wear of the air filter of an internal combustion engine is affected seriously by passing through the dust particles from the atmosphere.

The prime determination of the air filter is to lessen the number of particles reaching the combustion chamber of the internal combustion engine. To achieve this goal, more attention must be paid to maintenance activities. The replacement of the air filter must be carried out by understanding the impact of early or delayed replacement on the life of the engine.

COVID-19 Pandemic to Decline Growth Backed by Halt in Automotive Production

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a rapid and serious impact on the globally integrated automotive industry and has halted automobile production worldwide. Since this industry growth is directly related to the production of vehicles, this situation is expected to affect the market. The decline in automobile production is expected to have an adverse effect on the automotive air filters industry. Also, the high cost of filters with ongoing fluctuations in prices of raw materials is likely to affect this market.

The effect of COVID-19 on this market has led to a halt of the production of air filters globally. This has further resulted in the disruptions of the supply chain among automotive manufacturers. However, post-COVID, the market is likely to show steady growth. The production of Hyundai and Suzuki were down by 30% due to inadequate inventories and lesser demand.


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Adoption of Small Air Cleaner Systems is a Prominent Trend

In the past ten years, countless emission standards and engineering achievements were combined to create advanced, clean, and flexible engines. Diesel engines and vehicles driven by these engines require smaller air filter system packaging sizes, higher pollutant separation efficiency, superior pollutant loading performance, and surging temperature performance. They retain a lower initial airflow restriction. Engines that meet vehicle emission standards, have tighter component tolerances, and extended oil drains and oils, help to improve the performance of the overall air filtration system.


Expansion of Automotive Industry is Expected to Drive Growth

The expanding automotive market, especially the surging production of passenger cars, is the main driving factor for the growth of this market. For instance, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), the production of a car accounted for approximately 15.8 million units in the European Union in 2019. Similarly, car consumers have also begun to realize the significance of air filters for purifying the air and isolating them from dust in the air, leading to a boom in the market. All these factors are responsible for the automotive air filters market growth.

Technological Advancements in Air Filters to Promote Growth

At present, air filters are made of cellulose media, which are costly in nature. Technological advancements in air filters such as synthetic media are now gaining popularity owing to its capabilities such as enhanced performance, less sensitivity to water, and improved airflow. The usage of such materials would lead to improved and increased fuel efficiency and complete combustion of the fuel of engines. All these advanced properties of synthetic media are expected to drive the growth of this market over the forecast period.


Rising Adoption of Electric Vehicles May Restrain Growth

The rising interest of consumers towards plug-in/battery electric vehicles owing to their capabilities such as non-emission vehicles and non-consumption of fuels such as gasoline and diesel is most likely to hamper the growth of the market over the forecast period. Moreover, less maintenance cost, lowering the overall expended costs may also drive the growth of electric vehicles (EVs) that are eco-friendly. Thus, the rising popularity of electric vehicles among consumers is projected to hamper and lower the automotive air filters market size over the forecast period.


By Vehicle Type Analysis

Passenger Car Segment to Hold the Largest Share Stoked by Their High Sales & Production

Based on the vehicle type, the market for automotive air filters is segmented into passenger cars, light commercial vehicles, heavy commercial vehicles, and electric vehicles. The passenger car segment accounts for the major share in the global market due to the rising production and sales of these cars. The commercial vehicle segment is also expected to show good growth in the market over the forecast period owing to the frequent replacement of air filters.

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Air Intake Filter Segment is Expected to Hold the Maximum Share

Based on the product, the market is segmented into air intake filters and cabin air filters. The air intake filters segment holds the largest automotive air filters market share in the global market owing to the requirement of regular maintenance of engines for better fuel efficiency. However, the cabin air filters segment is also expected to experience good growth in the market owing to the rising inclination of people to having clean and fresh air in the cabin. Hence, regular cabin air filters are being replaced rapidly.

By End-User Analysis

OEM Segment to Dominate Fueled by Rising Production of Vehicles

Based on the end-user, the market is segmented into OEM and aftermarket. The OEM segment is expected to dominate the market due to the rising production of vehicles. However, the aftermarket segment is also expected to showcase an exponential growth in the market owing to the rising replacement of air intake filters in vehicles as they have good fuel efficiency.


Asia Pacific Automotive Air Filters Market Size, 2019 (USD Billion)

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The market size in Asia-Pacific stood at USD 3.29 billion in 2019. The region dominates the global market owing to the rising sales and production of vehicles in this region. According to the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, this region was the largest in the number of produced vehicles in 2019.

Moreover, it is estimated that the automotive filters market in North America will show good growth due to the rising number of SUVs in this region. Also, the increasing consumer inclination towards clean air in cabins in the United States is likely to drive the filters market growth in this region.

Apart from that, Europe will show significant growth in the market for automotive air filters. The presence of top players in the region, such as Robert Bosch and Mahle GmbH, is expected to drive the growth of the market for automotive air filters. Additionally, the rising product demand for luxury vehicles in this region is anticipated to boost the market growth in this region. The rest of the world is likely to show steady growth in the market owing to the lesser number of high-end vehicles in this region.


Robert Bosch GmbH is the Top Key Player Because of its Possession of Advanced Portfolio

Robert Bosch GmbH's business areas include transportation solutions, industrial technology, consumer products, and energy building. It delivers technologically cutting-edge solutions for connected travel, smart cities, connected manufacturing, and smart homes. Apart from this, DENSO is a global company focusing on advanced mobility technology. It mainly focuses on four technologies, namely, automated driving, electrification, connected driving, and factory automation.


  • Mann+Hummel GMBH (Ludwigsburg, Germany)

  • K&N Engineering, Inc. (California, United States)

  • Denso Corporation (Kariya, Aichi, Japan)

  • Donaldson Company, Inc. (Minnesota, United States)

  • Robert Bosch GmbH (Stuttgart, Germany)

  • Cummins Inc. (Indiana, United States)

  • Hengst SE (Münster, Germany)

  • Parker Hannifin Corporation (Ohio, United States)

  • Ahlstrom Corporation (Helsinki, Finland)

  • Lydall Inc. (Connecticut, United States)


  • September 2020 – MAHLE GmbH Develops Smart AC System MAHLE GmbH developed an AC system that can reduce fine dust in the cabin of vehicles. This is to support the fight against fine dust particles in the compartment of vehicles. With the help of sensors in this smart AC system, the pollution level of air can be checked and strategies can be changed to bring clean air in the cabin.

  • August 2020 – MAHLE GmbH Introduces Innovative Filter Concept for Fuel Cell MAHLE GmbH introduced its innovative filter concept for the fuel cell that is inexpensive, fast, and flexible. This will reduce the time and the cost of developments. This filter concept has a longer lifespan with great reliability to protect the fuel cell from harmful gases.


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The global automotive air filters market research report provides a detailed analysis of the market and focuses on key aspects such as the leading companies, their product offerings, and leading applications of the product. Besides this, the report offers insights into the market trends and highlights key industry developments. In addition to the factors above, it encompasses several factors that have contributed to the growth of the market over recent years.

Report Scope & Segmentation



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Forecast Period


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  Value (USD Billion) & Volume (Thousand units)


By Vehicle Type

  • Passenger Car

  • Light Commercial Vehicle

  • Heavy Commercial Vehicle

By Product

  • Air Intake Filters

  • Cabin Air Filters

By End-User

  • OEM

  • Aftermarket

By Geography

  • North America (U.S., Canada, and Mexico)

  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France and Rest of Europe)

  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, South Korea and Rest of Asia- Pacific)

  • Rest of the World

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global automotive air filters market size for automotive air filters was USD 5.08 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 5.49 billion by 2027.

In 2019, the Asia Pacific automotive air filters market size was USD 3.29 billion.

The automotive air filters market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 1.1% in the forecast period (2020-2027).

The air intake filter segment is expected to be the leading segment in this market during the forecast period.

The rising production of vehicles is expected to drive the market growth.

Robert Bosch GmbH is the major player in the global market.

Asia Pacific dominated the market in terms of share in 2019.

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