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The “Global Automotive Cabin AC Filter Market by Vehicle Type (Passenger Cars, LCV, and HCV), by Filter Type (Particulate, Electrostatic, and Charcoal), by Sales Channel (OEM and Aftermarket), and by Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa) - Global Forecast to 2027”, is estimated to account for US$ 2,660.2Mn in terms of value by the end of 2019 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.9% during the forecasted period (2019-2027), as highlighted in a report published by Coherent Market Insights.


Automotive cabin AC filter is part of the air conditioning and ventilation system that filters out air pollutants and dangerous particles. It also filters out foul smell, dust, and exhaust particles from entering into the vehicle cabin through heat or ventilation system. Moreover, it maintains and improves the air quality within the vehicle cabin. With cabin AC filter, wear and tear of vehicle’s air conditioning and ventilation system are reduced. Different types of materials are used for filter ranging from paper, foam, to cotton, oil bath, and water bath. Generally, an ordinary vehicle contain a single cabin filter, while premium luxury cars are equipped with an extra layer of filter.

The global automotive cabin AC filters market is estimated to account for US$ 2,660.2 Mn in terms of value and 419,999 Thousand Units in terms of volume by the end of 2019.

Market Driver

Growing demand for efficient HVAC system in vehicles is expected to drive the global automotive cabin AC filter market growth during the forecast period

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system of the vehicle draws power from the engine. When Fuel consumption of a vehicle tends to increase when the efficiency of the HVAC system decreases. The major reason behind decrease in efficiency of the HVAC system is due to clogging of dust particles and other microparticles in the evaporator of the HVAC system. In order to counter this, occupants often increase the blower speed of the HVAC system, resulting in higher fuel consumption. This is usually avoided by decreasing occurrence of particulate clogging in the evaporator unit. Therefore, implementation of cabin AC filter at the air intake also provides the advantage of improving efficiency of HVAC system and in turn increases fuel efficiency. Furthermore, maintenance of evaporator unit is relatively time consuming and significantly more expensive as compared to simple replacement of cabin AC filter. These factors are expected to boost the market growth over the forecast period.

Market Opportunity

Restoration of older vehicles with cabin AC filter is expected to offer significant growth opportunity for market players

Vehicles produced post-1990 are fitted with cabin AC filter, however, older vehicles are still equipped with conventional HVAC system. With growing awareness among consumers regarding negative effects of air pollution, older cars are now being refurbished cabin AC filters. Moreover, there has been significant demand for customized cabin AC filter system This, in turn, is expected to pose lucrative growth opportunities for market players during the forecast period.

Market Restraint

Lack of awareness regarding cabin AC filter among consumers is expected to hinder growth of the global automotive cabin AC filter market over the forecast period

Cabin AC filter is an essential part of HVAC system although there is still lack of awareness among many consumers regarding the function of cabin AC filter system. Therefore, most consumers are not aware of the replacement cycle of the filter, which in turn, is expected to hamper the global automotive cabin AC filter market growth in the near future. Moreover, service center owners have started alerting vehicle owners about the functions of various automotive peripherals and the importance of their timely replacement, in order to ensure smooth running.

Key Takeaways

Market Trends

  1. Passenger cars segment to gain traction during the forecast period

Passenger cars are largest end-use segment for cabin AC filters, owing to high adoption rate, increasing car production, and large demand. Most passenger cars are equipped with cabin AC filter. Moreover, luxury cars are equipped with charcoal cabin filters and electrostatic filters to provide healthy and clean air for cabin. However, light commercial and other low and mid segment passenger cars still prefer particulate cabin AC filter, which is less expensive than charcoal cabin AC filter and electrostatic cabin AC filter. In many countries, heavy trucks are being equipped with cabin AC filters, in order to provide better working conditions for drivers. Furthermore, buses and coached are being integrated with 10-12 cabin AC filters, in order to provide maximum comfort to passengers.

  1. Increasing average miles traveled by cars is boosting the demand for cabin AC filters

Higher disposable income and growing consumer preference to travel by an individual have increased time spent on traveling in a vehicle and have also contributed to increase in distance traveled by a single vehicle. Ideally, a cabin AC filter should be replaced after covering 15,000 to 18,000 kilometers, in order to maintain the air quality within the cabin. This, in turn, has increased the sales of cabin AC filters in the aftermarket segment.

Competitive Section

Key players operating in the global automotive cabin AC filter market are Cummins Filtration Inc., Denso Corporation, Donaldson Company Inc., Freudenberg Filtration Technologies SE & Co. KG, K&N Engineering Inc., Lydall Inc., Mahle GmbH, Mann+Hummel, PARKER HANNIFIN CORP, Robert Bosch GmbH, Roki Co. Ltd, SogefiS.p.A., Toyota Boshoku Corporation Valeo S.A., and others

Key Developments

  1. Key companies in the market are focused on capacity expansion, in order to gain competitive edge in the market. For instance, in February 2017, Freudenberg Filtration Technologies (FFT) inaugurated new cabin air filter production line at its U.S. factory situated in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.
  2. Major manufacturers are involved in participating in shows and conferences, in order to enhance their market presence. For instance, in February 2018, MAHLE GmbH displayed CareMetix cabin air filter at AutoExpo ’18, India.


Market Taxonomy:

  1. By Filter Type
  • Particulate
  • Electrostatic
  • Charcoal
  1. By Vehicle Type
  • Passenger Car
  • LCV
  • HCV
  1. By Sales Channel
  • OEM
  • Aftermarket
  1. By Region
  • Asia Pacific
  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Middle East and Africa
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