The world's leading manufacturers have reported cumulative losses in H1 2020 revenue of $ 250 billion, according to Dow Jones.
Toyota Motor Corp. and Volkswagen AG, the two largest global automakers by sales volume, suffered the largest losses in terms of revenue. Together, they lost almost $ 70 billion in the first half of the year compared to the same period last year.
Japan's Toyota missed $ 35.45 billion, while Volkswagen's six-month revenue was $ 34.17 billion lower than in the same period last year.
French Renault SA lost $ 11.35 billion in revenue, while the company's net loss showed a record $ 8.63 billion.
American automakers have also been hit by the pandemic. Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV combined lost $ 69.3 billion in revenue in the first half of the year, with Ford accounting for the largest losses.
At the same time, the revenue of the American Tesla Inc. increased by more than one billion dollars.
Despite the unprecedented plight of the first half of the year, automakers are optimistic about their forecasts for the second half of the year.
For example, Japanese Toyota expects the global car market to reach 2019 targets by the end of 2020 or the first half of next year.
A positive signal for most carmakers is the dynamics of the Chinese market, where passenger car sales grew 8.5% year-on-year in July.