Top 10 Automotive Software Vendors, Market Size and Market Forecast 2021-2026

Worldwide Automotive Applications Market to reach $15.4 billion by 2026, compared with $13.8 billion in 2021 at a compound annual growth rate of 4.2%.


In 2021, the top 10 Automotive software vendors accounted for nearly 57.6% of the global Automotive applications market which grew 10.4% to approach nearly $13.8 billion in license, maintenance and subscription revenues.

Cox Automotive was the market leader with a 17.1% market share followed by SAP, Microsoft, CDK Global, and Reynolds and Reynolds.

We ask the simple question: Who’s buying Automotive applications from whom and why? And we provide the answers – supported by decades of research – to our clients around the world. (Sample from our Apps Database)

2021 Automotive Applications Market Shares Split By Top 10 Automotive Vendors and Others
Exhibit 1 – 2021 Automotive Applications Market Shares Split By Top 10 Automotive Vendors and Others

Through our forecast period, the Automotive applications market size is expected to reach $15.4 billion by 2026, compared with $13.8 billion in 2021 at a compound annual growth rate of 4.2%.

Exhibit 2: Worldwide Automotive Software Market 2021-2026 Forecast, $M
Year202120262021-2026 CAGR, %

Source: Apps Run The World, September 2022

Top 10 Automotive Software vendors

Automotive (Automotive production, equipment, repair, services) – PLM, CAD, CAM, Dealer Management System, Parts Management, Financials, HR, Procurement.

Analytics could be the baseline for next-generation automobile apps not just for PLM to manufacture personalized cars, but also self-driving models that redefine transportation. Still supporting operations of global OEMs with unified systems will be top priority for apps vendors.

Here are the rankings of the top 10 Automotive software vendors in 2021 and their market shares.

RankVendor2020 Automotive Apps Revenues, $M2021 Automotive Apps Revenues, $MYoY Growth2021 Automotive Market Share, %Recent Developments
1Cox Automotive Subscribe Subscribe1.3% SubscribeIn 2021, Cox Automotive acquired FleetMaster, a cloud-based fleet software company that delivers solutions to rental companies, dealerships and automotive manufacturers. With this acquisition, Cox Automotive aims to expand its capabilities to customers and prospects in Europe. More than 40,000 auto dealer clients across five continents are supported by Cox Automotive’s technology.
2SAP Subscribe Subscribe0.8% SubscribeThe intelligent business suite SAP S/4HANA is designed to transform automotive business and SAP Fiori provides customized user experience and integrates every part of the business with accurate analysis and projections. SAP’s stable digital core and line-of-business extensions flexibility, has simplified Automotive Business Process.
3Microsoft Subscribe Subscribe8.9% SubscribeMicrosoft unveiled a total solution for the automotive and mobility sectors in China. The solution is based on Microsoft’s Smart Cloud and Smart Edge technologies to achieve key innovations in two major areas: autonomous driving and smart cockpits.
4CDK Global Subscribe Subscribe2.1% SubscribeIn July 2022, CDK Global was acquired by Brookfield Business Partners. CDK’s transition brings additional uncertainty to a DMS market that is evolving with new entrants and technology.
5Reynolds and Reynolds Company Subscribe Subscribe6.7% SubscribeIn 2022, Reynolds and Reynolds Company acquired Proton Dealership IT, a provider in dealership cybersecurity. Cybersecurity threats have cost businesses millions of dollars, and dealerships are becoming a prime target for these kinds of attacks.
6Dassault Systemes Subscribe Subscribe7.2% SubscribeDassault Systèmes is recognised as a long-standing growth partner of Hyundai Motor. It has contributed to the development of vehicles and related technologies by providing CATIA and technical support to Hyundai Motor for the past 30 years.
7Autodesk Subscribe Subscribe15.8% SubscribeAutodesk recently completed their business model transition from selling perpetual licenses to selling subscriptions. The subscription revenue increased 26% and ther remaining performance obligations increased 19% from fiscal 2020.
8Solera Holdings Subscribe Subscribe22.9% SubscribeIn 2022, Solera Holdings has acquired Spireon, a device-independent telematics and connected vehicle intelligence provider. Solera’s strategic acquisition of Spireon will further strengthen its position as a of AI-powered software, services, and data assets to four critical pillars of the vehicle lifecycle: Vehicle Claims, Vehicle Repair, Vehicle Solutions, and Fleet Solutions.
9Siemens Digital Industries Software Subscribe Subscribe6.6% SubscribeWith more than 170,000 customers worldwide and offices in every part of the industrialized world, Siemens works collaboratively with its customers to provide industry software solutions that help companies everywhere achieve sustainable competitive advantage.
10Cadence Design Systems Subscribe Subscribe11.4% SubscribeIn 2021, Cadence Design Systems released Cadence Integrity 3D-IC platform, the industry’s first comprehensive, high-capacity 3D-IC platform that integrates 3D design planning, implementation and system analysis in a single, unified cockpit. The Integrity 3D-IC platform underpins Cadence’s third-generation 3D-IC solution, providing customers with system-driven power, performance and area for individual chiplets through integrated thermal, power and static timing analysis capabilities.
Subtotal Subscribe Subscribe5.6% Subscribe
Other Subscribe Subscribe17.7% Subscribe

Source: Apps Run The World, September 2022

Other Automotive software providers included in the report are: Adobe, ADP, Alfa Financial Software Holdings plc, Altair Engineering, Inc., Ansys Inc., Aptean, ARI Network, Atlassian, AVEVA Group, Bentley Systems Inc., Bynx, Cegedim, Blue Yonder, Cisco Systems, Citrix, Corel Corporation, CCC Intelligent Solutions, Constellation Software Inc., DealerSocket, Inc., Descartes Systems Group, Drive Software Solutions LTD, Exela Technologies, Inc., GE Digital, GEP Procurement, Google, Hexagon, IBM, IFS, Infor, Intuit Inc., LECTRA, LivePerson Inc., LogMeIn, Inc., Manhattan Associates Inc., Mitchell International, Inc., Nuance Communications Inc., Oracle, Open Text Corporation, Palantir Technologies, Plex Systems Inc, PTC, QAD Inc., RingCentral, Roper Technologies, Inc., Sage, SAS Institute, ServiceNow, ShopifySolarWinds, SupplyOn, Solera, Synopsys, Sofico NV,, The Innovation Group, Trimble, UKG, Verizon Connect, Workday, Yonyou, Zoom Video Communications and many others.

Custom data cuts related to the Automotive Applications market are available:

  • Top 1000 Automotive Applications Vendors and Market Forecast 2021-2026
  • 2021 Automotive Applications Market By Functional Market (16 Markets)
  • 2021 Automotive Applications Market By Country (USA + 45 countries)
  • 2021 Automotive Applications Market By Region (Americas, EMEA, APAC)
  • 2021 Automotive Applications Market By Revenue Type (License, Services, Hardware, Support and Maintenance, Cloud)
  • 2021 Automotive Applications Market By Customer Size (revenue, employee count, asset)
  • 2021 Automotive Applications Market By Channel (Direct vs Direct)
  • 2021 Automotive Applications Market By Product

Exhibit 4 shows our projections for the enterprise applications market by vertical segment, based on the buying preferences and the customer propensity to invest in new software within those industries as they continue to upgrade and replace many legacy industry-specific applications that have been identified and tracked in our Buyer Insight Database.

Worldwide Enterprise Applications Market Forecast 2021-2026, By Vertical Market, $M
Exhibit 4 – Worldwide Enterprise Applications Market Forecast 2021-2026, By Vertical Market, $M

Automotive Software Purchases Win/Loss Analysis As Part Of Enterprise Applications Buyer Insight Customer Database

On the buyer side, customers are investing in Automotive systems based on new features and capabilities that are expected to replace their existing legacy systems. In many cases, competitive upgrades and replacements that could have a profound impact on future market-share changes will become more widespread.

Since 2010, our global team of researchers have been studying the patterns of the latest Automotive software purchases by customers around the world, aggregating massive amounts of data points that form the basis of our forecast assumptions and perhaps the rise and fall of certain vendors and their products on a quarterly basis.

Updated continuously, our database features extensive win/loss analysis. Each year our research team identifies tens of thousands of these customer Automotive wins and losses from public and proprietary sources.

The research results are being incorporated into regular updates in our Enterprise Applications Buyer Insight Customer Database. You can access the Quarterly Win/Loss Analysis Scoreboard and our Enterprise Applications Buyer Insight Customer Database by becoming a subscriber.

CustomerIndustryEmpl.RevenueCountryVendorNew ProductCategory
Delphi AutomotiveAutomotive19000$4.36BUnited KingdomAnsys Inc.ANSYS DesignSpaceProduct Lifecycle Management
Groupe PSAAutomotive210000$80.02BFranceAnsys Inc.ANSYS EnSightComputational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
Audi AGAutomotive90783$67.60BGermanyAnsys Inc.ANSYS LS-DYNAMaterial Simulation
Autoliv, Inc.Automotive58092$8.55BSwedenAnsys Inc.ANSYS LS-DYNAMaterial Simulation
BENTELER International AGAutomotive26000$8.02BGermanyAnsys Inc.ANSYS LS-DYNAMaterial Simulation
BMW GroupAutomotive120726$118.10BGermanyAnsys Inc.ANSYS LS-DYNAMaterial Simulation
BYTON North AmericaAutomotive1000$200.0MUnited StatesAnsys Inc.ANSYS LS-DYNAMaterial Simulation
General Motors CompanyAutomotive155000$122.49BUnited StatesAnsys Inc.ANSYS medini analyzeElectronic Design
Bajaj Auto LtdAutomotive10171$3.91BIndiaAnsys Inc.ANSYS nCode DesignLifeFatigue Analysis
Groupe PSAAutomotive210000$80.02BFranceCDK GlobalAutoline Drive DMSDealership Management
Group 1 Automotive, Inc.Automotive6000$10.85BUnited StatesCDK GlobalAutoline Drive DMSDealership Management
Sytner GroupAutomotive10000$6.50BUnited KingdomCDK GlobalAutoline Drive DMSDealership Management
Volkswagen Group UK LtdAutomotive4000$3.00BUnited KingdomCDK GlobalAutoline Drive DMSDealership Management
Jardine Motors Group PlcAutomotive3100$1.80BUnited KingdomCDK GlobalAutoline Drive DMSDealership Management
Mossy Nissan HoustonAutomotive150$40.0MUnited StatesCDK GlobalCDK DriveDealership Management
Sewell AutomotiveAutomotive2700$600.0MUnited StatesCDK GlobalCDK Global CRMAutomotive Dealership CRM
Ganley Automotive GroupAutomotive1000$1.50BUnited StatesCDK GlobalCDK Global DMSDealership Management
Lithia Motors, IncRetail14538$13.12BUnited StatesCDK GlobalCDK IntelliDealer Financial ManagementAutomotive ERP
Premier AutomotiveAutomotive2500$1.00BUnited StatesCDK GlobalCDK IntelliDealer Financial ManagementAutomotive ERP
ValeoAutomotive300$68.0MBelgiumDassault SystemesApriso FlexNetQuality Management
BlutecAutomotive5185$500.0MItalyDassault SystemesDassault 3DEXPERIENCE PlatformProject Portfolio Management
U.S. Auto Parts Network, IncAutomotive1054$289.0MUnited StatesMicrosoftLinkedIn Talent SolutionsRecruiting
Nexteer Automotive Group LimitedAutomotive11900$3.03BUnited StatesMicrosoftMicrosoft 365Collaboration
Navistar International CorporationAutomotive12300$11.25BUnited StatesMicrosoftMicrosoft 365Collaboration
DELFINGEN Industry SAAutomotive2800$278.0MFranceMicrosoftMicrosoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and OperationsERP Financial
Isuzu AustraliaAutomotive110$10.0MAustraliaMicrosoftMicrosoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and OperationsERP Financial
Ken Garff Automotive GroupAutomotive2400$1.30BUnited StatesReynolds and Reynolds CompanyReynolds and Reynolds DMSAutomotive ERP
Leader Automotive GroupAutomotive500$300.0MUnited StatesReynolds and Reynolds CompanyReynolds and Reynolds DMSAutomotive ERP
Toresco Enterprises IncAutomotive600$70.0MUnited StatesReynolds and Reynolds CompanyReynolds and Reynolds DMSAutomotive ERP
Walker AutomotiveRetail350$50.0MUnited StatesReynolds and Reynolds CompanyReynolds and Reynolds DMSAutomotive ERP
Audi AGAutomotive90783$67.60BGermanySalesforceSalesforce Sales CloudSales Automation,Sales Engagement
Michelin GroupAutomotive112800$11.19BFranceSalesforceSalesforce Sales CloudSales Automation,Sales Engagement
General Motors CompanyAutomotive155000$122.49BUnited StatesSalesforceSalesforce Sales CloudSales Automation,Sales Engagement
Michelin GroupAutomotive112800$11.19BFranceSalesforceSalesforce Marketing CloudMarketing Automation
BMW GroupAutomotive120726$118.10BGermanySalesforceSalesforce Marketing CloudMarketing Automation
Stellantis, formerly Fiat Chrysler AutomobilesAutomotive3000$815.0MUnited KingdomSalesforceSalesforce Marketing CloudMarketing Automation
Ford Motor CompanyAutomotive182000$127.14BUnited StatesSalesforceSalesforce Service CloudCustomer Support
Harley-Davidson, Inc.Automotive5600$5.36BUnited StatesSalesforceSalesforce Service CloudCustomer Support
Navistar International CorporationAutomotive12300$11.25BUnited StatesSAPSAP AribaProcurement
Dana IncorporatedAutomotive36000$8.60BUnited StatesSAPSAP AribaProcurement
General Motors CompanyAutomotive155000$122.49BUnited StatesSAPSAP AribaProcurement
Toyota Motor CorporationAutomotive359542$275.40BJapanSAPSAP S/4 HANAERP Financial
Indus Motor CompanyAutomotive3200$1.05BPakistanSAPSAP S/4 HANAERP Financial
BENTELER International AGAutomotive26000$8.02BGermanySAPSAP S/4 HANAERP Financial
Audi AGAutomotive90783$67.60BGermanySAPSAP S/4 HANAERP Financial

Source: Apps Run The World, September 2022

Further Readings

An expanded version of this report covers the top 1000+ Automotive Software Vendors, offering in-depth analysis of the market dynamics, vendors’ Strengths, Customers, Opportunities, Risks and Ecosystems as well as their ability to gain Shares(SCORES) within their respective space. We also offer win-loss analysis of the quarterly wins of these top vendors and whether incumbents and upstarts pose any real threat to their standing amid shifting market requirements and user preferences.

More Enterprise Applications Research Findings

Based on the latest annual survey of 3,000+ enterprise software vendors, Apps Run The World is releasing a number of dedicated reports, which profile the world’s 500 largest Enterprise Applications Vendors (Apps Top 500) and the world’s 500 largest Cloud Applications Vendors (Cloud Top 500) ranked by their 2015-2021 product revenues.

Their 2021 results are being broken down, sorted and ranked across 16 functional areas (from Analytics to Treasury and Risk Management) and by 21 vertical industries(from Aerospace to Utility), as shown in our Taxonomy. Further breakdowns by subvertical, country, company size, etc. are available as custom data cuts per special request.

Research Methodology

Each year our global team of researchers conducts an annual survey of thousands of enterprise software vendors by contacting them directly on their latest quarterly and annual revenues by country, functional area, and vertical market.

We supplement their written responses with our own primary research to determine quarterly and yearly growth rates, In addition to customer wins to ascertain whether these are net new purchases or expansions of existing implementations.

Another dimension of our proactive research process is through continuous improvement of our customer database, which stores more than one million records on the enterprise software landscape of over 100,000 organizations around the world.

The database provides customer insight and contextual information on what types of enterprise software systems and other relevant technologies are they running and their propensity to invest further with their current or new suppliers as part of their overall IT transformation projects to stay competitive, fend off threats from disruptive forces, or comply with internal mandates to improve overall enterprise efficiency.

The result is a combination of supply-side data and demand-generation customer insight that allows our clients to better position themselves in anticipation of the next wave that will reshape the enterprise software marketplace for years to come.