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The European automotive sector has ascended to the top of the global industry. The European car manufacturers have a high reputation for their quality made cars, innovative technologies, and trend-setting marketing and design.

As of 2019, the Volkswagen Group is the largest car manufacturer in Europe, followed by Daimler (Germany), BMW (Germany), Peugeot (France) and Renault (France).

Here are the top five leading countries in European car manufacturing, including Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, France, Sweden.

Let's take a look at which countries and famous car brands are on the list.

Germany

Being home to the modern car, the German automobile industry is regarded as the most competitive and innovative in the world. German-designed cars won in the European Car of the Year, the International Car of the Year, the World Car of the Year annual awards the most times among all countries.

Germany is famous for the high-performance and high-quality sports cars made by Porsche, and the cars of Mercedes, BMW and Audi are famous for their quality and technological innovation. In the mass market, Volkswagen and Opel are most well known.

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    Germany Porsche Luxury Sports Cars
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    Germany Mercedes-Benz Luxury Vehicles
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    Germany BMW Luxury Vehicles
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    Germany Audi Luxury Vehicles
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    Germany Volkswagen Mass-Market Cars
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    Germany Opel Mass-Market Cars

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United Kingdom

The automotive industry in the United Kingdom is now best known for ultra-luxury cars and luxury sports car marquees including Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin, Lagonda, Land Rover, Jaguar, McLaren, Lotus, Mini, MG, and Morgan.

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    United Kingdom Rolls-Royce Ultra-luxury Cars
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    United Kingdom Bentley Ultra-luxury Cars
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    United Kingdom Aston Martin Luxury Sports Cars
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    United Kingdom McLaren Luxury Sports Cars
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    United Kingdom Land Rover Luxury Sport Utility Vehicles
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    United Kingdom Jaguar Luxury Vehicles
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    United Kingdom Mini Luxury Small Cars

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Italy

Today, the Italian automotive industry continues to boast a wide range of products, from very compact city cars to sport supercars such as Ferrari and Pagani.

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    Italy Ferrari Super Luxury Sports Cars
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    Italy Lamborghini Super Luxury Sports Cars
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    Italy Maserati Super Luxury Sports Cars
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    Italy Alfa Romeo Luxury Sports Cars
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    Italy Fiat Small Cars

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France

The two main automotive manufacturers in France are PSA Peugeot Citroën, makers of Peugeot and Citroen, and Renault, which makes Renault and Dacia (in Romania).

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    France Bugatti Luxury Supercars
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    France Renault Mass-Market Cars
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    France Peugeot Mass-Market Cars
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    France Citroen Mass-Market Cars

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Sweden

Sweden’s automobile industry has long been synonymous with exceptional quality and safety, whether it be trucks, busses, passenger vehicles. Volvo has established a well-earned reputation for building what is among the safest cars on the road.

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    Sweden Koenigsegg Luxury Supercars
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    Sweden Volvo Luxury Vehicles
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    Sweden Saab Manufacturer
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    Sweden Scania Heavy-duty Trucks

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Other European Countries

Include Spanish Car Brands, Russian Car Brands

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    Czech Republic Škoda Mass-Market Cars
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    Spain SEAT Compact Cars
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    Russia Lada Compact Cars

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10 Most Popular European Car Brands in the U.S.

The Mercedes-Benz was the best-selling European car brand in the United States. Meanwhile, BMW edged past Volkswagen to become the second best-selling European car brand in the United States.

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    Germany Mercedes-Benz Luxury Vehicles
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    Germany BMW Luxury Vehicles
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    Germany Porsche Luxury Sports Cars
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    Germany Volkswagen Mass-Market Cars
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    Germany Audi Luxury Vehicles
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    Italy Ferrari Super Luxury Sports Cars
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    Sweden Volvo Luxury Vehicles
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    United Kingdom Jaguar Luxury Vehicles
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    United Kingdom Bentley Ultra-luxury Cars
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    United Kingdom Land Rover Luxury Sport Utility Vehicles

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Largest Car Companies

Rank Company Country
*1 Volkswagen logoVolkswagen Germany
*2 Toyota logoToyota Japan
*3 Daimler logoDaimler Germany
*4 Ford logoFord Motor United States
*5 General Motors logoGeneral Motors United States

Largest Tire Manufacturers

Rank Company Country
*1 Bridgestone logoBridgestone Japan
*2 Michelin logoMichelin France
*3 Goodyear logoGoodyear United States
*4 Continental logoContinental Germany
*5 Sumitomo logoSumitomo Japan