A report released by the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA) shows that there are currently 290 plants assembling vehicles and engines in Europe, most of them in Germany.
According to the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA), the European continent is home to 290 factories that produce and assemble cars, commercial vehicles, buses and engines. Of these, 185 are in the European Union.
Of the total plants in Europe, 135 are for cars, 37 produce light commercial vehicles, 54 trucks, 58 buses and 71 engines.
The absolute leader of the European car industry remains Germany, a state that owns no less than 41 car factories. 23 of them produce cars, 13 engines, 4 light commercial vehicles (LCV), 3 trucks and another 3 buses.
In second place in this ranking is Russia, a state that has 34 plants, and on three are tied with France and the United Kingdom by 30. In the top 10 are also, in order, Italy (22 plants), Turkey ( 17 plants), Spain and Poland (16 plants), the Netherlands (10 plants), the Czech Republic and Sweden (8 plants).
Romania has, according to ACEA, 3 plants, one owned by Renault, in Mioveni, one by Ford in Craiova and the third in Brașov where, at least in theory, trucks are produced. The report does not take into account the ATP company from Baia Mare, which assembles trucks and, more recently, even electric buses.
The states included by ACEA in this report are the 27 of the European Union, the members of EFTA, Great Britain, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
Germany, many factories, tailor-made production
Another report, from the World Automobile Manufacturers Organization (OICA) this time, shows that Germany remains the largest European manufacturer in terms of the number of units assembled. The continent’s strongest economy assembled 3.8 million vehicles last year.
In second place in Europe are Spain (2.3 million units), followed by Russia (1.5 million units), France (1.3 million units), Turkey (1.3 million units), the Czech Republic (1.2 million units), Great Britain (0.99 million units), Slovakia (0.98 million units), Italy (0.78 million units) and Poland (0.45 million units).
According to OICA, Romania ranks 11th with 0.43 million vehicles assembled in 2020.
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