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Registered passenger cars in Europe by country 2018

Germany was the European country with the largest passenger vehicle fleet in 2018 with more than 47 million units. The total number of registered passenger cars in Europe stood at 292 million units in 2018.

Germany is the largest car market in Europe

Germany is Europe’s leading car producer with a production volume of almost 4.7 million units. The strong assembly sector coupled with a large customer base makes Germany the largest automotive market in Europe, recording annual passenger car sales of more than three million units. The country's autobahns are famous for no-limit sections. However, construction projects and traffic jams are common roadblocks in Germany.

Łódź is Europe's most congested city

The large number of automobiles on Europe’s streets led to many cities suffering under road congestion. The Polish city of Łódź was the most traffic jam prone metro area, with a 51 percent longer travel time compared to uncongested traffic.

Number of registered passenger cars in Europe in 2017 and 2018, by country

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Europe, EU

Survey time period

2015 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Cars in operation at the end of each year shown, with the following exceptions:
Belgium - August 1;
Switzerland - September 30;
Liechtenstein - July 1.

* Includes light vans.

The figures include taxi fleets.

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