General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title The Economic Geography of the Car Market
Language English
Module lecturer dr Bartłomiej Kołsut
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position assistant professor
Faculty Faculty of Human Geography and Planning
Semester 2023/2024 (summer)
Duration 15


Monday, 13:15-14.45, Collegium Geographicum, ul. Krygowskiego 10, 61-680 Poznań, room 13.

First meeting: 29 April 2024.

Module aim (aims)

The aim of the module is to present (in a long-term perspective) the development of the car market (mainly in the field of passenger cars) in various countries of the world. The topics of the lectures will cover the role of carmakers and brands in the development of the motorization, as well as changes in the car use in various countries of the world. Phenomena related to the car market will also be combined with other factors that affect this sector: global economic crises, the functioning of trade blocks and international organizations, strategic decisions, and others. The lecture will present the global diversity of various development paths of the car market.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)


Week 1: Global car market - introduction 

Week 2: USA - Big Three and their ups and downs

Week 3: Japan and South Korea - masters of improvement

Week 4: Germany and the global dominance in the production of luxury cars

Week 5: France, Italy, UK 

Week 6: China and South-East Asia - new center of the global car market? 

Week 7: Central-Eastern Europe - new players on the automotive industry 

Week 8: Students’ presentations 

Reading list

Carrillo, J., Lung, Y., & van Tulder, R. (Eds.). (2004). Cars, carriers of regionalism?. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.

Covarrubias, A., & Pérez, S. M. R. (Eds.). (2019). New frontiers of the automobile industry: exploring geographies, technology, and institutional challenges. Springer Nature.

Dicken, P. (2015). Global shift: Mapping the changing contours of the world economy. Chapter 15. ‘Wheels of Change’: The Automobile Industry. New York.

Freyssenet, M. (Ed.). (2009). The second automobile revolution: trajectories of the world carmakers in the 21st century. Springer.

Kołsut, B., & Stryjakiewicz, T. (Eds.). (2022). The Economic Geography of the Car Market: The Automobile Revolution in an Emerging Economy. Taylor & Francis.

Nieuwenhuis, P., & Wells, P. (Eds.). (2015). The global automotive industry. John Wiley & Sons.