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.

Exporting worldwide

  • 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.

 Spurring innovation

  • 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.