The Malta Independent 5 December 2023, Tuesday
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Malta ranks second for highest number of cars per inhabitant in EU

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 10:19 Last update: about 7 years ago

Malta has the second highest number of cars per inhabitant in the European Union, according to research collected by Eurostat in a report titled ‘Passenger Cars in the EU’, which analysed the number of passenger cars per inhabitant in European countries.

According to the report, Malta has 634 passenger cars per 1000 people, holding second place after Luxembourg, who topped the list with 661 cars per 1000 inhabitants. Italy follows Malta at third place with 610 cars per 1000 people.


The report also shows that in Malta, more than half of all passenger cars had small petrol engines in 2015, at 56%, and that petrol powered passenger cars dominated new registrations in Malta, at 68%, the third highest number.

Liechtenstein, a non-EU country showed to have 766 passenger cars per 1000 people. At the bottom of the scale, the lowest number of cars was recorded in Romania, with 261 cars per 1000 people.

The research found that passenger cars which are powered by alternative fuels constituted only a small percentage in the fleet of passenger cars in the EU in 2015. The amount of passenger cars in almost all of the European Union Member States has grown over the last five years, with an average of 497 passenger cars per 1000 inhabitants was registered in the EU in 2015.

The data was collected in 2015 and extracted in April of this year.

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