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Automotive Differential Market by Type (Open, Locking, Limited Slip Differential (LSD), Electronic Limited Slip Differential (ELSD), and Torque Vectoring), Drive Type (FWD, RWD, and AWD/4 WD), Highway Vehicle Type (PC, LCV, Truck, and Bus), and Hybrid Vehicle Type (HEV and PHEV): Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2019–2026

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Automotive Differential Market Outlook: 2026

Differential system offers better traction on roads and fuel efficiency, as it splits power or torque generated by engine to allow wheels or axles move independently at different speeds. The increasing vehicle production along with demand for all wheel drive vehicles is a major driver for the differential market. It allows the outer drive wheel to rotate faster than the inner drive wheel, which is necessary when a vehicle turns, to improve driver safety and deliver better vehicle handling. By drive type, AWD/4WD is anticipated to be the largest and the fastest growing automotive differential market for automotive differential during the forecast period. 

Growing demand for SUVs, increasing demand for improved vehicle safety, stability, and enhanced driving dynamics has led to the increase in adoption of AWD/4WD drive differential systems. ELSD (Electronically Controlled Limited Slip Differential) is another fastest growing automotive differential market for ICE and hybrid vehicles, which is expected to increase the focus of automotive OEMs to replace mechanical parts with compact electrical components for better fuel-efficiency.

The factors that drive the market include increase in demand for SUVs, crossovers, compact SUVs, improvement in economic conditions, rise in industrialization, inclination toward all wheel and four wheel drives integrated vehicles, and improvement in the living standards of consumers, which has increased the popularity of off-road vehicles and sports cars. In addition, the factors that restrain the automotive differential market growth include increase in demand for electric vehicles, high maintenance and repairing cost of EVs. However, emerging economic conditions, increasing population, and per capita income of public in developing countries opens up a wide range of opportunities for the growth of the market around the globe. 

The major companies profiled for the market include GKN (UK), Eaton (Ireland), American Axle (US), JTEKT Corporation (Japan), Dana Limited (US), Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG (Germany), ZF (Germany), and Continental (Germany), Powertrax, Auburn Gear, and others. These players have adopted different strategies such as expansion and new product development to gain significant automotive differential market share.

The market is segmented on the basis of type, drive type, highway vehicle type, hybrid vehicles type, and region. By type, it is categorized into open, locking, Limited Slip Differential (LSD) Electronic Limited Slip Differential (ELSD), and torque vectoring. On the basis of drive type, it is classified into FWD, RWD, and AWD/4 WD. On the basis of highway vehicles type, the market is classified into PC, LCV, Truck, and Bus. By hybrid vehicle type, it is bifurcated into HEV and PHEV. By region, the market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. 

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  • The Automotive Differential Market analysis report presents information related to key drivers, restraints, and opportunities with a detailed impact analysis.
  • The current Automotive Differential Market forecast is quantitatively analyzed from 2019 to 2026 to benchmark the financial competency.
  • Porter’s five forces analysis illustrates the potency of the buyers and suppliers in the industry.

Key Market Segments

By Differential Type:

  • Open Differential
  • Locking Differential
  • Limited-Slip Differential
  • Electronically Controlled Limited-Slip Differential
  • Torque Vectoring Differential

By Drive Type:

  • Front wheel drive (FWD)
  • Rear wheel drive (RWD)
  • All wheel drive/Four wheel drive (4WD)

By On Highway Vehicles:

  • Passenger Cars
  • Light Commercial Vehicles
  • Trucks
  • Buses

By Hybrid Vehicles

  • HEVs
  • PHEVs

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • UK
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
    • Japan
    • China
    • India
    • Rest of Asia-Pacific
    • Latin America
    • Middle East
    • Africa

Key Market Players Profiled

  • GKN plc
  • Eaton
  • American Axle 
  • ZF
  • Continental
  • Auburn Gear
  • Powertrax
  • The Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
  • JTEKT Corporation
  • Dana Limited


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