Facts about the Automobile Industry

Facts about the Automobile Industry

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.

Moving people

  • 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 6.8% 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

  • 13.3 million people - or 6.1% of the EU workforce - are employed in the sector.
  • The 3.4 million jobs in automotive manufacturing represent 11.3% of EU manufacturing employment.

Manufacturing in Europe

  • Vehicle manufacturing is a strategic industry in the EU, where 19.6 million cars, vans, trucks and buses are manufactured per year.
  • Automobile manufacturers operate some 304 vehicle assembly and production plants in 27 countries across Europe.

Exporting worldwide

  • The European auto industry is a global player, delivering quality 'Made in Europe' products around the world, and bringing in a €90.3 billion trade surplus.

Generating government revenue

  • Motor vehicles account for €413 billion in tax contributions in the EU-15 countries alone.

Spurring innovation

  • The auto industry is the largest private investor in R&D in Europe, with almost €54 billion invested annually.
  • In 2017, over 8,700 patents were granted to the automotive sector by the EPO.