Eurostat: Central and Eastern Europe, the graveyard of the rabble in

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At the end of 2020, the highest share of new cars in circulation (ie no more than 2 years old) among EU member states was registered in Luxembourg (22% of all cars in this country). The next places were France, Austria, Ireland, Belgium and Sweden (all between 16% and 17%), according to the data presented by the European Statistical Office – Eurostat.

At the same time, the highest shares of cars aged between 2 and 5 years were also registered in Luxembourg, on a par with Ireland (both 28%), followed by Belgium (24%).

At the opposite pole, the highest share of cars with an age of at least 20 years was recorded in Poland (40%), Estonia (33%) and Finland (28%).

Combining the two categories containing the oldest cars (i.e. cars over 20 years old together with those between 10 and 20 years old), the highest share of cars over 10 years old was reported in Lithuania (81%), Romania (80%) and Poland (78%).

The fewest old cars were registered in Luxembourg (24%), Ireland (29%) and Belgium (32%).

The vehicle fleet of the EU Member States, according to the age of operation, at the end of 2020. Source: Eurostat.

In recent years, various countries have offered programs to support the purchase of new low-emission cars to replace old cars. The overall goal of these programs is to renew the car fleet with low-emission cars while stimulating the economy.

However, the renewal of the car fleet was affected by the restrictions imposed during the pandemic and the disruptions in the supply chains, Eurostat also states.