Europe is one of the world’s largest producers of, and market for, passenger cars.
- Cars are the number one source of mobility in Europe.
- Over 70% of journeys are made by car – be it private car, taxi or car-sharing.
- 21% of all cars in the world are manufactured in the European Union (15 million units).
- 12.1 million people – or 5.6% of the EU work force – are employed in the automotive sector.
- The European car industry is a global player with exports of cars resulting in a trade balance surplus of €95.1 billion.
- Europe’s cars are the cleanest, safest and quietest in the world.
- The average car engine emits 28 times less carbon monoxide than 20 years ago.
- In 2014, 70% of new cars emitted less than 130g CO2 per kilometre.
- An average new car today consumes 15% less fuel per 100km than 10 years ago.
- Noise from passenger cars has been reduced by 90% since 1970.
Powering economic growth
- The turnover generated by the automotive sector represents 6.3% of EU GDP.
- The automobile industry has ripple effects throughout the economy, supporting a vast supply chain and generating an array of business services.
Creating skilled jobs
- 12.1 million people – or 5.6% of the EU workforce – are employed in the sector.
- The 2.3 million high-skilled jobs in automotive manufacturing represent 7.6% of the EU’s manufacturing employment.
Manufacturing in Europe
- Vehicle manufacturing is a strategic industry in the EU, where 17.2 million cars, vans, trucks and buses are manufactured.
- Automobile manufacturers operate some 292 vehicle assembly and production plants in 26 countries across Europe.
- The European auto industry is a global player, delivering quality ‘Made in Europe’ products around the world, and bringing in a €95.1 billion trade surplus.
Generating government revenue
- Motor vehicles account for over €396 billion in tax contributions in just 14 EU countries.
- The auto industry is the largest private investor in R&D in Europe, investing over €41.5 billion into R&D. In 2014, about 6,000 patents were granted to the automotive sector by EPO.