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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 2018, the auto sector listed turnover of EUR 426.2 billion – around 20 percent of total German industry revenue.
  • Germany is Europe’s number one automotive market, accounting for around 30 percent of all passenger cars manufactured (5.12 million) and approximately 20 percent of all new car registrations (3.43million).
  • One in every five cars worldwide carries a German brand.
  • Germany is home to 40 automobile assembly and engine production plants with a capacity of over one third of total automobile production in Europe.
  • In 2017, Germany’s domestic internal automotive industry R&D expenditure rose 17 percent to EUR 25.7 billion – equivalent to 37 percent of total R&D expenditure in Germany.
  • Sixteen of the world’s top 100 automotive suppliers are German companies.*
  • Around 78 percent of cars produced in Germany in 2018 were ultimately destined for international markets – a new record.
  • More than 40 percent of patent registrations in Germany originate from the automotive industry.
  • R&D personnel within the German automobile industry reached around 126,400 in 2018. Around 833,900 are employed in the industry as a whole.

Source: VDA 2019
* Source: Crain Communications 2017


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