Luxembourg has the most cars per inhabitant in the EU

Among EU Member States, Luxembourg recorded the highest ’motorisation rate’ with 676 passenger cars per 1.000 inhabitants in 2018, Eurostat data shows.

However, cross-border workers using company cars registered in the country may influence this figure.

Luxembourg was followed by Italy (646 cars), Cyprus and Finland (both 629 cars). In contrast, the lowest rates were recorded in Romania (332 cars), Latvia (369 cars) and Hungary (373 cars).

In 2018, the highest number of registered passenger cars was recorded in Germany with 47 million cars. Thereafter followed Italy (39 million cars) and France (32 million cars).

From 2014 to 2018, Romania had the strongest growth in the number of registered passenger cars

Romania (31%) was followed by Czechia, Slovakia and Lithuania (each 19%), Hungary and Portugal (both 17%) and Cyprus (15%).

Poland has the ”oldest” cars in EU

Several EU Member States reported a large share of ’old’ passenger cars (20 years or older) in 2018. The Member States with the highest shares were Poland (36.5%), Estonia (29.6%), Finland (25.2%), Romania (21.4%) and Malta (20.8%).

By contrast, the shares of the ’youngest’ passenger cars (less than 2 years old) were highest in Ireland (29.2%), Luxembourg (23.8%), Denmark (23.3%) and Belgium (23.1%).

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