This paper reviews the latest developments in joining technologies for automotive body assembly manufacturing. The recent evolution of Resistance Spot Welding (RSW), which has been predominantly used in automotive body assembly for decades, is reviewed first. Laser Beam Welding (LBW) with growing applications is discussed, too. Compared to RSW and LBW, other types of welding, mechanical joining and adhesive bonding techniques are also concisely evaluated. This application-oriented review of joining technologies is concentrated on their capability and issues, such as quality, throughput and cost-effectiveness, for automotive body assembly operations. Accordingly, comments are provided on the current and future applications of the joining technologies.