Automobile Industry Pocket Guide 2016-2017
Each year, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) publishes its Automobile Industry Pocket Guide in order to provide you with a clear and complete overview of one of Europe’s key industries.
2016 is a special year for ACEA, as it was exactly 25 years ago that our association was founded. Looking back at what Europe’s auto industry has achieved over these two and a half decades, it becomes clear that our industry has made a significant contribution to powering economic growth, spurring innovation, and driving safe and sustainable mobility for Europe and its citizens.
The latest employment data show that 12.2 million Europeans now work directly or indirectly in the automotive sector, producing 18.4 million cars, vans, trucks and buses a year. A fleet of 291 million motor vehicles provides efficient mobility and transport solutions across the EU. In 2015, 15.8 million new motor vehicles were sold in the EU, with automobile trade generating a healthy trade surplus of more than €100 billion.
Representing one of Europe’s most vital strategic industries, ACEA continues to contribute constructively to discussions with policy makers and other stakeholders in order to strengthen the global competitiveness of the automobile sector. At the same time, we are committed to meeting tomorrow’s challenges. In order to make mobility cleaner, smarter and safer in the future, the automobile industry will continue to play its role as a driving force for innovation in Europe. To that end, the automotive sector invests over €44.7 billion in innovation each year, making us the EU’s largest investor in R&D.
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