The automobile industry: the engine of Europe.
Driving safe and sustainable mobility
- Europe's cars, vans, trucks and buses are the cleanest, safest and quietest in the world.
- Europe leads the way in clean production, with decreasing quantities of water and energy used to manufacture a vehicle, and much less CO2 and waste produced in the process.
- Cars and buses provide freedom and mobility for all, providing us with direct access to education, health and employment.
Delivering the goods
- Trucks and vans deliver the goods and services we take for granted in our daily lives, carrying 75% of freight transported over land and delivering 14 billion tonnes of goods per year.
Serving the community
- Many of our essential public services - such as postal, waste and emergency services - are delivered by cars, trucks and vans.
Powering economic growth
- The turnover generated by the automotive sector represents 6.5% 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
- 12.2 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 7.7% of the EU's manufacturing employment.
Manufacturing in Europe
- Vehicle manufacturing is a strategic industry in the EU, where 18.4 million cars, vans, trucks and buses are manufactured per year.
- Automobile manufacturers operate some 296 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 €100.4 billion trade surplus.
Generating government revenue
- Motor vehicles account for over €400 billion in tax contributions in just 14 EU countries.
- The auto industry is the largest private investor in R&D in Europe, investing over €44.7 billion into R&D. In 2015, about 6,000 patents were granted to the automotive sector by the EPO.