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Global Vehicle Registrations by Country
Global vehicle registrations surpassed the 1 billion unit mark in 2017 for the sixth consecutive year. Worldwide registrations of cars,
light, medium and heavy duty trucks increased by 4.2 percent from 1.28 billion in 2016 to 1.33 billion in 2017. Asia had the highest
number of registered vehicles, accounting for 32.9 percent of the global fleet; followed by Europe’s 29.7 percent, North America’s
26.2 percent, South America’s 5.7 percent and 5.5 percent in the Middle East and Africa. The top vehicle-owning nations included
the U.S., with 280.6 million vehicles, China (184.5 million vehicles), Japan (77.7 million vehicles) and Russia (49.7 million vehicles).
The U.S. and New Zealand recorded the lowest number of persons per car ratio with 1.2, respectively. Canada is second with 1.3
persons per car. By contrast, China, the most populous nation in the world with 1.4 billion of the world’s 7.4 billion people, has 184.5
million vehicles equating to 7.5 persons per car.
Global Registrations by Region
Total = 1,329,245,675 (4.2%: 2016 v. 2017)
Source: IHS Markit. © 2018, all rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without written permission of IHS Markit,
248-728-7000, www.ihsmarkit.com. South America
5.7% North
America
26.2%
Europe
29.7%
Asia
32.9%
Middle East
and Africa
5.5%
North American Registrations
Total = 348,201,445 (26.2% of Global) United
States
80.6%
Canada
7.9%
Mexico
11.5%
European Registrations
Total = 395,399,415 (29.7% of Global)
South American Registrations
Total = 75,872,187 (5.7% of Global)
Asian Registrations
Total = 436,810,056 (32.9% of Global)
Middle East and African Registrations
Total = 72,962,572 (5.5% of Global) Russia
12.6% All Other
37.1%
France
9.8%
Italy
10.8%
Germany
12.5%
United
Kingdom
10.1%
Spain
7.1% All Other
19.2% China
42.2%
India
10.0%
South Korea
5.0%
Japan
17.8%
Indonesia
5.7% Chile
6.5%
Colombia
7.2%
Argentina
18.6%
Brazil
56.8%
Venezuela
5.6%
Peru
5.3%
Algeria
7.8% Iran
28.4%
Egypt
8.2%
South Africa
14.0%
All Other
19.1
Saudi Arabia
12.9%
Nigeria
9.7%
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