About the Pocketbook

The European Vehicle Market Statistics Pocketbook aims to provide additional information on new passenger cars and light-commercial vehicles in Europe since 2001.

With the adoption of the EU regulation setting CO2 emission performance standards for new passenger cars (Regulation (EC) No. 443/2009) and light-commercial vehicles (Regulation (EC) No. 510/2011) Member States are required to report certain details for each new vehicle registered in their territory. The information is then compiled and published by the European Environmental Agency (EEA) on behalf of the European Commission. The first statistical report for passenger cars was published in 2011, and the first report for light-commercial vehicles in 2013. Before the adoption of Regulation (EC) No. 443/2009, Decision No. 1753/2000/EC was in place, which established the scheme for monitoring the average specific CO2 emissions from new passenger cars. Therefore, official EU CO2 monitoring data for new passenger cars is available from the year 2000 onwards. While these data collections are an important step forward in making transparent and detailed vehicle market statistics for Europe available to the general public, the amount of information included is limited to a few parameters, such as number of registrations, manufacturer, fuel type, CO2 emissions, and vehicle mass.

The basis for the statistics shown in this report is a database compiled by the ICCT. It includes technical information, emission levels, and registration volumes at a car variant level. Sources of information include data obtained by IHS-Polk from various registration authorities, as well as car manufacturers’ and importers’ associations, data from the European Environmental Agency, the United Kingdom Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA), the German Kraftfahrtbundesamt (KBA), Automobil Revue,, ADAC and information provided directly by manufacturers and suppliers. Data included in this report are aggregated to a great extent and are only intended to illustrate high-level trends. It is not to be considered official data and does not provide the same level of precision as the EC CO2 monitoring data.

For light-commercial vehicles only 2009 to 2017 data are available.

For the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) is in charge of releasing a similar annual publication that includes trends on vehicle technologies, CO2 emissions, and fuel economy from 1975 onward (EPA, 2017). For China, a similar statistical overview was prepared by ICCT for the 2010 car fleet (He and Tu, 2012).