Europe car sales: average engine size in 2018, by country

Luxembourgians bought the largest passenger cars out of all European Union member states. In 2018, the mean engine size of a car bought in the Grand Duchy was 1,800 cubic centimeters. This was noticeably larger than the EU-28 average of 1,550 cubic centimeters, while residents in the Netherlands tended to purchase smaller vehicles to their European neighbors. Mean engine size for automobiles bought in the EU-28 translated into 98 kilowatts of engine power per vehicle.

36% of cars still diesel fueled

Of passenger cars sold in the EU-28 in 2018, 36 percent were diesel fueled. This was a decrease of the 44 percent recorded in the previous year. The share of diesel cars had declined across most European countries, with Italy and Denmark being the exception. By comparison, battery electric and fuel cell engines were most popular among Norwegian car buyers.

Sales volume to reach 16.4m in 2019

Car sales in Europe were forecast to reach 16.7 million units in 2019. Small SUV’s proved to be the most popular segment, which also explained why average engine size of vehicles in Europe had grown to become as large as they are today.

Average engine size of new passenger cars sold in Europe in 2018, by country

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Release date

December 2019

Region

Europe

Survey time period

2018

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