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Automotive Diagnostics Tool Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 - 2024)

  • ID: 4515610
  • Report
  • June 2019
  • Region: Global
  • 85 pages
  • Mordor Intelligence

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  • ACTIA Systems
  • Carman Scan
  • Continental AG
  • Delphi Automotive PLC
  • Hella KGaA Hueck & Co
  • KPIT
  • MORE
Market Overview

The global Automotive Diagnostics Tools market is expected to register a CAGR of 5.89%, during the forecast period, 2019-2024.

Automobiles have become highly complex in recent years. Some of the major factors driving the growth of the market are -
  • Increasing function and role of the advanced electronic systems that control every aspect of the car
  • High-end vehicles becoming fully automated and computer controlled
  • Rising concerns for reducing exhaust emissions from vehicles across the world
Though vehicle diagnostics were a part of vehicles for a long time in countries like the United States and EU, other countries have not been a part of the list, until recently. Many countries, such as Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, China, Israel, Japan, India, etc. have mandated the diagnostic systems in automobiles between 2000 and 2010.

Furthermore, OEMs are following the trend toward automobiles that are electronically equipped for remote diagnostics. With the support of manufacturers and favorable regulations, the automotive diagnostic tools market is surging ahead. The shift of the automotive industry from IC engine vehicles to electric vehicles would also have an impact on the diagnostics market, as the parameters and components in both types of vehicles differ.

Scope of the Report

On-board Diagnostics (OBD) refers to the self-diagnostic and reporting capability of the vehicle. This gives the vehicle owner information regarding the subsystems of the vehicle. With a rise in the dependency of electronics in automobiles, the need for a computerized malfunction detection system has been increasing, which has led to the development of a better on-board diagnostics system.

The global automotive diagnostics market has been segmented by type and vehicle type.

Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand for Electric System Analyzer Tool

The increase in the demand for electric system analyzers (during the forecast period) is due to the recent rise in the popularity of electric vehicles, which is expected to continue at a significantly high pace in the coming years.

Bosch supplies BAT 151 Electrical system Diagnostic analyzer kit, which combines direct temperature measurement with deep scan technology. Over 225,000 KTS diagnostic testers has been sold by Bosch worldwide since its introduction in 1988. Additionally, as the automotive industry is continually moving towards the use of electronic systems, control unit diagnosis testers are becoming an essential part of the modern testing toolkit.

A study suggests that one-third of the independent workshops of Europe use Bosch electric system diagnostic testers, while in Germany half of all independent workshops use these devices.

VDO, a trademark of Continental Corporation, supplies diagnostic tools like electric system analyzers to major automakers and accounts for a significant share in the global automotive diagnostic tools market.

A consistent rise in technological advancements in electric vehicles is leading to an increase in the complicated functioning of different electrical systems, which requires electric system analyzers. Suppliers like Bosch, Continental, etc., are expected to capitalize on this opportunity in the near future.

Asia-Pacific - Fast Growing Market

The Asia-Pacific region is expected to be the fastest-growing automotive market in the world, led by China, and also with the presence of large markets, such as India. The region is also home to manufacturing giants, such as Hyundai, Toyota, and Honda.

All the countries in the region have harmonized their OBD standards with global standards, yet gaps remain in markets, such as India, in implementing these standards.

As automakers in China, Japan, and South Korea have stepped up their R&D programs to develop advanced automotive technologies, such as connected cars, autonomous vehicles, and electric vehicles, the demand for automotive diagnostic tools is expected to grow.

Additionally, the countries in the region have vowed to lower vehicular emissions and adopt automotive technologies for better performance and maintenance, giving rise to the demand for automotive diagnostic tools.
  • In China, the China 6 OBD provisions are similar to that of California OBD II regulations, but with minor changes that exempt few monitoring requirements to ease compliance burdens for auto manufacturers.
  • The China 6 standards also have provisions for deficiencies in the OBD systems, exempting automakers from installing all the monitoring systems.
  • Japan adopted regulations requiring the installation of basic OBD systems in 2002. Starting from 2008, Japan introduced its version of OBD regulations JOBD for vehicles manufactured in Japan, and later in 2010, made these regulations mandatory for all the vehicles that are sold in Japan, including vehicles that were imported.
  • India has been experiencing high levels of pollution in its cities and a significant part of the problem is the rise in vehicle exhaust emissions.
  • The government adopted Bharat IV emission norms, which were based on Euro IV norms, and the country is planning to directly adopt BS VI norms by 2020.
  • The government has introduced OBD systems in its BS-III norms and later notified OBD-II regulations in the current BS-IV norms.
  • Though OBD regulations are in place, many inspection and maintenance programs are inadequate to reduce emissions from in-use vehicles, due to poor implementation. The current Pollution Under Control (PUC) program of the country does not include OBD checks, making the current program obsolete.
Competitive Landscape

Major players in the automotive diagnostics tools market are Robert Bosch, Continental AG, Delphi Automotive, Snap-on, etc. Other companies in the industry include KPIT, Carman, General Technologies Corporation, Pico technology, and etc.

Robert Bosch occupied a significant share in the global automotive diagnostic tools market, with its popular VCI scan tools supplied to the aftermarket channels (automotive service centers and automotive dealers) as well as several OEM level diagnostic tools, manufactured for various vehicle manufacturers, especially GM vehicles. Europe and Asia were the major regions for Bosch to gain top shares in the market.

Continental AG has catered to both OEM and aftermarket channels, not only in Europe but across the globe after the acquisition of Siemens VDO in 2007.

There exist several aftermarket channels such as Autozone, OEM Tools, and etc. in the market, which supplies automotive diagnostics tools at both local and international locations.

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1.1 Study Deliverables
1.2 Study Assumptions
1.3 Scope of the Study



4.1 Current Market Scenario
4.2 Technology Trends
4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Force Analysis
4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants
4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers
4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products
4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
4.4 Market Drivers
4.5 Market Restraints

5.1 By Type
5.1.1 OBD
5.1.2 Electric System Analyzer
5.1.3 Scan Tool
5.2 By Vehicle Type
5.2.1 Passenger Cars
5.2.2 Commercial Vehicles
5.3 Geography
5.3.1 North America United States Canada Rest of North America
5.3.2 Europe Germany United Kingdom France Rest of Europe
5.3.3 Asia Pacific China Japan India Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.3.4 Rest of the World Brazil South Africa Other Countries

6.1 Vendor Market Share
6.2 Company Profiles
6.2.1 ACTIA Systems
6.2.2 Delphi Automotive PLC
6.2.3 Continental AG
6.2.4 Robert Bosch GmbH
6.2.5 Snap-On
6.2.6 Carman Scan
6.2.7 Vector Informatik
6.2.8 Softing Automotive
6.2.9 KPIT
6.2.10 Hella KGaA Hueck & Co

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  • ACTIA Systems
  • Delphi Automotive PLC
  • Continental AG
  • Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Snap-On
  • Carman Scan
  • Vector Informatik
  • Softing Automotive
  • KPIT
  • Hella KGaA Hueck & Co
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