The 2017 edition of ACEA’s ‘Vehicles in use’ report provides an extensive overview of the European motor vehicle fleet. Per country, it shows the number of vehicles in use for each segment – covering passenger cars, light commercial vehicles, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, as well as buses – and how those numbers have developed over recent years.

The report, which can be downloaded by clicking here, also provides interesting statistics per vehicle segment for each country, such as:

  • Average age, as well as the year of first registration
  • Fuel type
  • Number of vehicles per 1,000 inhabitants

In addition, the ‘Vehicles in use’ report looks at the number of cars per household in various countries, their average ownership period, the share of second-hand cars, as well as the average distance travelled (both for petrol and diesel cars).

A sneak peek at some of the report’s findings:

  • The EU passenger car fleet grew by 4.5% over the last five years; the number of vehicles on the road went from 241 to 252 million (page 3).
  • There are over 6 million trucks on the EU’s roads. With almost 1 million trucks, Poland has the largest fleet in the EU (page 5). Greek trucks are the oldest, with an average age of 18.7 years (page 11).
  • In Hungary, nearly half of all households do not have a car. By contrast, 29% of French families own two cars (page 17).


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