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EU: average age of vehicles from 2013-2017, by type

The average age of passenger cars on the road in the European Union was 11.1 years. Between 2013 and 2017, the age of the continent’s fleet steadily progressed, with the oldest motor vehicles being heavy commercial units.
As of 2017, the European Union housed 264.2 million registered passenger cars. This was the peak since the beginning of the reporting period in 1990, when figures where nearly one hundred million units lower.

Lithuanians drive oldest cars

Of European countries, the oldest passenger cars were found in Eastern Europe, with the average car in Lithuania almost 17 years of age. Countries like Luxembourg and Austria, where disposable income was higher, had a comparatively younger fleet.

World fleet comparison

Across the Atlantic the car and light truck fleet had a slightly higher average age to that reported in the European Union. Light vehicles registered in the United States were on average 11.6 years old, compared to 10.9 years for the European fleet. Comparatively, passenger cars in Japan were noticeably newer.

Average age of the European Union car fleet from 2013 to 2017, by type

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Release date

January 2020



Survey time period

2013 to 2017

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