European vehicle market statistics 2021/2022

The European vehicle market statistics pocketbook offers a statistical portrait of passenger car and light commercial vehicle fleets in the European Union, updated annually. The emphasis is on vehicle technologies and emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants. Brief introductions to each chapter note important trends and provide select comparisons to other large vehicle markets.

See the EU Pocketbook online,, for interactive charts and underlying data.

Selected highlights of the 2021/22 edition include:

  • In 2020, new car registrations in the EU and the UK dropped to a level of 11.7 million, about 25% less than in the previous year and the lowest number since 2001, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • New electric car registrations soared, triggered by the phase-in of the mandatory 2020 carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions target of 95 grams per kilometer (g/km). Plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) made up about 5% and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) almost 6% of new vehicle registrations in the EU and the UK in 2020, while their combined market share was about 3% in 2019.
  • The official level of average CO2 emissions from new passenger cars in the EU and the UK decreased from 122 g/km in 2019 to 109 g/km in 2020, reversing the upward trend of the 2016 to 2019 timeframe.
  • The share of diesel cars sold in the EU and the UK continued to decline in 2020, dropping from 44 % in 2017 to 29% in 2020. This is significantly less than in 2011-2012, when 55% of new cars were still powered by diesel.