The aim of the paper is to present the most important changes that took place on the car market during the COVID-19 pandemic and to compare them with the changes that took place in the first years of the global financial crisis of 2007-2009. The paper will cover two parts: (1) global processes affecting the global car market (including changes in the volume of production and sales of cars due to lower demand and disruption of semiconductor supply chains) and (2) effects of these processes in Poland and other economies emerging. The presentation will use data published by car manufacturers, International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, European Automobile Manufacturers' Association and other entities collecting scattered data on the car market (as at the end of Q1 2022). In turn, in the part concerning Poland, data from the Central Vehicle Register (as at the end of 2021) will be analyzed. The paper will contain preliminary research results of the National Science Center project entitled "The spatial dimension of car market (r)evolution in Poland". Due to the relatively short period that has elapsed since the first changes in the car market caused by the COVID-19 pandemic were observed, the presentation will be a diagnosis of the current situation, without introducing long-term generalizations (these will be possible to determine in at least a few years).
Mots clés : COVID-19|car market|car industry|emerging economies|Poland