Fact sheet: cars

Cars are the number one source of mobility in Europe, transforming society by providing independence and freedom of mobility. Without cars, adequate social participation would be impossible in many cases.

Top five insights

            • The average European travels over 12,000 kilometres a year by car
            • Drivers make around 85% of inland journeys by car in Europe
            • Manufacturers made almost 11 million cars in the EU in 2022
            • 127 car assembly plants operate in Europe
            • Average CO2 emissions from new cars have decreased by 17% since 2012

            Get the bigger picture on cars in our fact sheet below


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