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Germany – The World’s Automotive Hub of Innovation

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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 2013, the auto sector listed a turnover of EUR 361 billion, around 20% of total German industry revenue. Source: VDA 2014
  • Germany is Europe’s number one automotive market; accounting for over 30 percent of all passenger cars manufactured (5.4 million) and almost 20 percent of all new registrations (2.9 million). Source: VDA 2014
  • Germany is home to 46 automobile assembly and engine production plants with a capacity of over one third of total automobile production in Europe. Source: ACEA 2014
  • One in every five cars worldwide carries a German brand. Source: VDA 2014
  • In 2013, automotive industry R&D expenditure reached EUR 18.3 billion (+5 percent), equivalent to one third of Germany’s total R&D expenditure. Source: VDA 2012
  • 21 of the world’s top 100 automotive suppliers are German companies. Source: PWC 2013
  • Around 77 percent of cars produced in Germany in 2013 were ultimately destined for international markets – a new record. Source: VDA 2014
  • R&D personnel within the German automobile industry reached a level of just over 95,000 (+3%) in 2013. Around 756,000 (+1.9%) are employed in the industry as a whole. Source: VDA 2014

Smart Mobility

To achieve its objective of being the lead market and provider for electric mobility, Germany is investing heavily in new technology R&D and labor force training and qualification. [...]


Expert opinion: These countries are the most innovative
“In your opinion, how competitive are the following automotive hubs with respect to innovation power?”

Expert opinion: These countries are the most innovative | © Ernst & Young European Automotive Survey 2013 | Grafic: GTAI Source: Ernst & Young European Automotive Survey 2013

Up to three responses possible. Total respondents: A representative panel of 202 international decision-makers.

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