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Germany – The World’s Automotive Hub of Innovation

Germany is recognized the world over for its outstanding automotive industry and excellence in engineering. From Asia to the Americas, German cars embody highly cherished values of innovation, reliability, safety, and design. Germany is by some distance Europe’s leading production and sales market. The country’s world-class R&D infrastructure, complete industry value chain integration, and highly qualified workforce create an internationally peerless automotive environment. It enables companies to develop cutting- edge technologies, which perfectly address tomorrow’s mobility needs.

Take a look at our impressive numbers and find out why, more than 125 years after inventing the automobile, Germany remains the world’s automotive innovation hub.

Industry & Market Numbers

  • The automotive industry is the largest industry sector in Germany. In 2016, the auto sector listed a turnover of EUR 404 billion, around 20 percent of total German industry revenue. Source: VDA 2017
  • Germany is Europe’s number one automotive market; accounting for over 30 percent of all passenger cars manufactured (5.75 million) and about 20 percent of all new car registrations (3.35 million). Source: VDA 2017
  • Germany is home to 41 automobile assembly and engine production plants with a capacity of over one third of total automobile production in Europe. Source: ACEA 2016
  • One in every five cars worldwide carries a German brand. Source: VDA 2015
  • In 2016, domestic internal automotive industry R&D expenditure is expected to reach EUR 21.7 billion, equivalent to 35 percent of Germany’s total R&D expenditure. Source: VDA 2017
  • 21 of the world’s top 100 automotive suppliers are German companies. Source: Automobilwoche, Spezial Dez. 2015
  • Around 77 percent of cars produced in Germany in 2015 were ultimately destined for international markets – a new record. Source: VDA 2017
  • R&D personnel within the German automobile industry reached a level of just about 110.000 in 2016. Around 808.500are employed in the industry as a whole. Source: VDA 2017


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