North America Automotive Air Filter Market Report

North America Automotive Air Filter Market Analysis By Product (Intake, Cabin), By Application (Passenger Cars, Commercial Vehicles, Two Wheelers) By End-Use (OEM, Aftermarket) And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2024

  • Published Date: Apr, 2017
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2015
  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-434-5
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2015
  • Number of Pages: 77

Industry Insights

The North American automotive air filters market size was valued at USD 756.9 Million in 2015 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.8% from 2014 to 2024. A large number of vehicles plying on the road coupled with the addition of new vehicle every year has helped the growth of the industry. 

Strict rules and regulations formulated by the U.S. and Canadian governments to curb the alarming air pollution levels are expected to favor the industry growth. Air filters help increase the performance efficiency of automobile engines by filtering particulate matter, thereby providing clean air to the engine. This results in increased performance efficiency of the engine, which is also presumed to drive growth.

North America automotive air filter market by product, 2015 (USD Million)

North America automotive air filter market

North America being a hub for automotive sales as well as production, air filters industry is in turn fueled by the OEM and aftermarket demand. Huge focus on periodic maintenance with strict guidelines and awareness is further expected to propel the industry in the region.

Innovative technologies and shift towards newer fiber materials are incorporated to improve the value chain of the industry by major industry participants. Automotive air filters market, in North America, is influenced by several rules, regulations, and standards. Government initiatives and several associations are presumed to play a vital role in driving the automotive air filters market in the near future.

Product Insights

On the basis products, the market has been segmented into intake and cabin. With shifting consumer preferences and rising disposable income, almost all the passenger cars and commercial vehicles come with air conditioners and thus with cabin filters. Early replacement cycle of cabin filters than intake filters would reflect into higher industry growth rate for the cabin filters segment.

Intake air filters are used to catch dust and unwanted particles from entering the car engines when it is running. Dust formations bring down the efficiency of the engine performance, therefore, costing the end consumer more fuel expense. Intake air filters are necessary, and with advancing technologies, innovations are upcoming in the market to make the riding experience for the user more enjoyable and hassle free.

Emission norms are seeing an uptrend regarding strictness in the states which will lead car manufacturers to use products meeting the environment standards more judicially. Consumers are likely to change both air and cabin filters periodically so as to meet stringent implementation of these air safety standards by the state governments, therefore, boosting the sales of the automotive air filters in the region.

Application Insights

Most of the vehicles operating in North America fall under commercial segment, which is in turn responsible for the commercial vehicle application segment to dominate the market. Average yearly mileage for commercial vehicles is much higher than passenger cars.

This results in higher frequency of scheduled services. Moreover, increasing awareness of health disorders among consumers related to improper ventilation in the cabin will act favorable to the air filters market for passenger car segment.

U.S. automotive air filter market revenue by application, 2015 (USD Million)

U.S. automotive air filter market

Sales for commercial vehicles has been growing rapidly since past few years. The popularity of light commercial vehicles such as mini trucks among individual consumers will probably result in higher growth for the automotive air filters in commercial vehicle segment over the forecast period.

Although 2015 has seen a decline in the passenger car sales in the U.S. and Canada owing to the shifting consumer preferences towards light commercial vehicles, the number of passenger vehicles still running on these roads is enormous, and thus offer an ample scope of growth for the passenger cars segment

End-Use Insights

The end-use segment includes original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and aftermarket segments. The air filters are installed by the original manufacturers during the production process, while they also serve the aftermarket demand.

With high standards of manufacturing, coupled with regular maintenance services, the average age of vehicles plying on roads in the U.S. has reached 11.5 years as of 2015. Such a high lifespan of vehicles results in high demand for aftermarket, and the same scenario is expected to continue over the forecast period. 

Aftermarket segment is anticipated to grow at the highest CAGR of 9.2% to reach a value of USD 971.3 million by 2024. The air filters must be replaced at a regular predetermined interval for better vehicular performance; moreover, the government initiatives such as the New York's motor vehicle Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) programs are expected to promote the aftermarket demand in the coming years.

High awareness regarding the need of periodic maintenance in the region has resulted in strong demand for aftermarket air filters. Implementation of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, which regulates and monitors the average fuel economy of fleets has forced vehicle owners to follow the scheduled maintenance services strictly.

Stringent regulations for production of fuel efficient and low-emission vehicles have forced the car manufacturers to install good quality air filters while production, thus driving the OEM end-use market for the product. The presence of the key automotive manufacturers such as General Motors, Chrysler, Ford Motor Company, etc. in the region is also expected to act as a driving force for the market growth.

Regional Insights

The North American automotive air filters market has been segmented into U.S. and Canada. The U.S. currently dominates the market and is anticipated to maintain its dominance over the forecast period as well.

The U.S. segment is projected to grow at the highest CAGR of 9.0% on account of increasing demand for fuel efficient vehicles, and implementation of stringent emission control regulations by the government.

Canada, although being a relatively smaller market, possesses remarkable growth potential with around 2 million vehicles sold in 2016. Canadian automotive market is also dominated by commercial vehicles with sales figures nearly twice the passenger cars in 2016.

A large number of vehicle plying on the road, increasing sales of commercial vehicles, the presence of the major automotive manufacturers, high awareness regarding periodic maintenance, increased vehicle age, regulations & standards about emission and fleet maintenance will trigger the industry growth over the forecast period.

Competitive Insights

The leading companies in North America are trying to expand their product portfolio by focusing on developing better and cost-effective products with competitive properties to meet growing industry demands. Some of the major players in this industry include Parker Hannifin Corporation, Cummins, Inc., and Donaldson Company, Inc., Hollingsworth & Vose and others.

To gain a competitive advantage in various regional markets, companies are focusing on adopting manufacturing and distribution activities and expanding their product portfolio to suit the needs of the consumers. Industry rivalry is expected to be moderate with major players adopting strategies such as mergers, acquisitions, partnerships, and joint ventures.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2015

Forecast period

2016 - 2024

Market representation                                                

Revenue in USD Million and CAGR from 2016 to 2024

Regional scope

North America

Country scope

U.S., Canada

Report coverage             

Revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments covered in the report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis on the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2024. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the North America automotive air filter market on the basis of product and region:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2024)

    • Intake

    • Cabin

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2024)

    • Passenger car

    • Commercial vehicles

    • Two wheelers

  • End-Use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2024)

    • OEM

    • Aftermarket

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2024)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

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