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In 2017, North America had more motor vehicles relative to population than any other world region — nearly 700 vehicles per thousand people. The Pacific and Western Europe follow North America, each with more than 600 vehicles per thousand people in 2017. Eastern Europe grew from 271 to 373 vehicles per thousand people in the ten-year period from 2007 to 2017, and Far East Asia experienced a 77% increase.

Graph showing vehicles relative to population by region from 2007 to 2017. Regions include North America; Pacific; Western Europe; Eastern Europe; Central & South America; Asia, Middle East; Asia, Far East; and Africa.

Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Transportation Energy Data Book: Edition 38.1, April 2020, Table 3.6.

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