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Car Stats and Data: Brands, Tyres and Road Safety

Cars in Europe: Basic Facts and Figures

  • Black, silver and white, were the most popular car colours in 2017 in the UK. (Source: smmt.co.uk)
  • The average car in the UK is 7.7 years old. (Source: statista.com)
  • The average passenger car age in the EU is 10.7. (Source: acea.be)

Car Manufacturing

How many cars are produced in the world?

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  • 2006 - 49.92
  • 2007 - 53.20
  • 2008 - 52.73
  • 2009 - 47.77
  • 2010 - 58.26
  • 2011 - 59.90
  • 2012 - 63.08
  • 2013 - 65.75
  • 2014 - 67.78
  • 2015 - 68.54
  • 2016 - 72.11
  • 2017 - 73.46

(Source: worldometers.info, statista.com)

  • In 2010, for the first time in the world, the one billion passenger car mark was exceeded. (Source: worldometers.info)
  • It is estimated that there will be 2 billion cars in use by the year 2035 globally. (Source: greencarreports.com)
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  • 2007 - 1.53
  • 2008 - 1.45
  • 2009 - 1.00
  • 2010 - 1.27
  • 2011 - 1.34
  • 2012 - 1.46
  • 2013 - 1.50
  • 2014 - 1.53
  • 2015 - 1.59
  • 2016 - 1.72
  • 2017 - 1.67

(Source: statista.com)

  • The number of used cars in the UK was 7.2 million in 2014. (Source: statista.com)
  • The number of new cars in the UK was 2.5 million in 2014. (Source: statista.com)
  • Between 2006 and 2016 Toyota produced 10.2 million motor vehicles worldwide. (Source: statista.com)

What are the biggest car producers?

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  • China - 24,420,744
  • Japan - 7,873,886
  • Germany - 5,746,808
  • UK is in 10th place with 1,722,698 cars

(Source: worldometers.info)

Car Sale Figures

  • It is estimated that by 2035 the total car sales may reach 127 million per year. (Source: greencarreports.com)
  • Passenger vehicle sales on Asian markets have doubled between 2008 and 2016. (Source: carsalesbase.com)
  • In 2017, new car sales noted a decrease for the first time in six years. They fell to about 2.5 million vehicles, which means there was a 5.7% decrease. (Source: SMMT)
  • During the past 8 years, vehicle sales in China have quadrupled to reach a staggering number of 28.9 million vehicles in 2017. (Source: statista.com)
  • An old Santler Dogcart from 1894 is Britain’s oldest drivable car and it’s worth £250,000. (Source: bonhams.com)
  • Germany experienced an increase of 1.4 million vehicles between 2008 and 2009, which was the biggest ever. (Source: smmt.co.uk)
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  • Toyota - 7,843,423
  • Volkswagen - 6,639,250
  • Ford - 5,953,122
  • Honda - 4,967,689
  • Nissan - 4,834,694
  • Hyundai - 3,951,176
  • Chevrolet - 3,857,388
  • Suzuki - 2,891,415
  • Mercedes - 2,534,181
  • Kia - 2,511,293
  • Renault - 2,275,227
  • BMW - 2,030,331
  • Audi - 1,847,613
  • Peugeot - 1,590,300
  • Fiat - 1,503,806
  • Mazda - 1,497,557

(Source: jato.com)

Car History - Interesting Facts

  • Airbags were invented in the US in 1951. (Source: thoughtco.com)
  • Air conditioning was first introduced in a 1940's Packard. (Source: thoughtco.com)
  • Brakes were invented in Britain in 1901. (Source: thoughtco.com)
  • The car radio was introduced in the US in 1929. (Source: thoughtco.com)
  • The crash test dummy was created in 1949. (Source: thoughtco.com)
  • Electric windows were introduced in cars in 1948. (Source: thoughtco.com)
  • The first electronic fuel injection system for cars was invented in 1966 in Britain. (Source: thoughtco.com)
  • The first patent for what would later become windscreen wipers was issued in November 1903. (Source: thoughtco.com)
  • The most expensive British car sold on auction was 1956 Aston Martin DBR1/1. (Source: thoughtco.com)
  • The man who invented the first car in 1886 was Karl Benz. (Source: thoughtco.com)

Road Safety Statistics

Car Accidents

Common causes of accidents (UK, 2016)

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  • Road environment - 11,748 (12%),
  • Vehicle defects - 1,687 (2%),
  • Injudicious action - 22,212 (22%),
  • Driver/Rider error or reaction - 71,518 (71%),
  • Road environment - 11,748 (12%),
  • Vehicle defects - 1,687 (2%),
  • Injudicious action - 22,212 (22%),
  • Driver/Rider error or reaction - 71,518 (71%),
  • Vision affected by external factors - 10,107 (10%),
  • Pedestrian only (casualty or uninjured) - 11,796 (12%)

(Source: gov.uk)

How many car accidents happen in the UK per year?

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  • 2007- 5,990
  • 2008 -6,223
  • 2009- 6,251
  • 2010- 5,666
  • 2011- 5,594
  • 2012- 5,775
  • 2013 -5,820
  • 2014 - 6,085
  • 2015 - 6,147
  • 2016 - 6,225

(Source: psni.police.uk)

  • Road traffic crashes are the 9th leading cause of death and make up 2.2% of all deaths worldwide. (Source: asirt.org)
  • While having less than half of the world's vehicles, low and middle-income countries account for over 90% of all road fatalities. (Source: asirt.org)
  • It is predicted that if nothing changes, road traffic injuries will become the fifth leading cause of death by 2030.(Source: asirt.org)

Fatal car accidents in the UK

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  • 2000 - 3,409
  • 2001 - 3,450
  • 2002 - 3,431
  • 2003 - 3,508
  • 2004 - 3,221
  • 2005 - 3,201
  • 2006 - 3,175
  • 2007 - 2,946
  • 2008 - 2,538
  • 2009 - 2,222
  • 2010 - 1,850
  • 2011 - 1,901
  • 2012 - 1,754
  • 2013 - 1,713
  • 2014 - 1,775
  • 2015 - 1,730
  • 2016 - 1,792

(Source: gov.uk)

  • On average there are 3,287 deaths due to road accidents a day. That makes up nearly 1.3 million deaths per year. (Source: Annual Global Road Crash Statistics)
  • An additional 20-50 million people are injured or disabled per year. (Source: Annual Global Road Crash Statistics)
  • More than 50% of all road traffic deaths happen among young adults aged 15-44. (Source: asirt.org)

Car theft in England and Wales

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  • 1999 - 1,126
  • 2000 - 1,100
  • 2001 - 1,031
  • 2002 - 1,064
  • 2003 - 1,075
  • 2004 - 985
  • 2005 - 820
  • 2006 - 793
  • 2007 - 765
  • 2008 - 656
  • 2009 - 592
  • 2010 - 495
  • 2011 - 450
  • 2012 - 417
  • 2013 - 387
  • 2014 - 372
  • 2015 - 350
  • 2016 - 366
  • 2017 - 407

(Source: ons.gov.uk)

  • In 2016 the number of people seriously injured or killed in tyre-related incidents was 162 and it has since fallen to  158 in 2017. (Source: gov.uk)
  • The total casualty number of tyre-related accidents in 2017 was the lowest ever recorded at 876. (Source: www.tyresafe.org)
  • In 2016, the number of people killed or seriously injured as a result of tyre-related incidents fell to 753 in England and 60 in Wales, compared to previous years. In Scotland, however, it grew to 63. The South East is the region  with the highest percentage (7%) of the overall number of casualties nationwide. (Source: gov.uk)

Driver distractions?

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  • Talking on a mobile phone was named a distraction by 30.0% of respondents
  • 71.4% of respondents declared eating, drinking, spilling a distraction
  • Preparing to eat or drink was named a distraction by 58.6% of respondents
  • 91.4% of respondents declared manipulating music/audio controls a distraction
  • Smoking was named a distraction by 7.1 % of respondents
    Reading or writing was named a distraction by 40% of drivers
  • 45.7% of respondents declared grooming a distraction
  • Baby, child and adult distracting was named a distraction by 8.6%, 12.9% and 22.9%
  • 77.1 % of respondents declared conversing a distraction
  • Reaching, leaning, etc. were named a distraction by 97.1% of respondents
  • 100% of respondents declared manipulating vehicle controls a distraction
  • Other internal distractions were mentioned by 67.1% of respondents
  • External distractions were mentioned by 85.7% of respondents

(Source: brake.org.uk, rospa.com)

Seat belt and airbag safety statistics

  • Frontal airbags have a fatality-reducing effectiveness of 14% without the use of a seat belt and 11% with seat belt used in addition to airbags. (Source: www.iii.org)
  • The risk of fatal injury to front-seat passengers is reduced by 45% by seat belts alone. And the risk of moderate-to-critical injury is lowered by 50%. (Source: nhtsa.gov)
  • It is estimated that in 2016 seat belts saved around 14,668 passengers aged five and up. (Source: nhtsa.gov)
  • In 2015, around 80% of vehicle passengers who were completely ejected from the car during a crash died. (Source: nhtsa.gov)

Car Tyre Statistics

Car Tyre Industry

Best selling tyre brands worldwide

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  • Bridgestone - 16%,
  • Michelin - 15%,
  • Goodyear - 11%,
  • Continental - 5%,
  • Pirelli - 4%,
  • Sumitomo - 4%,
  • Yokohama - 3%,
  • Hankook - 3%,
  • Cooper - 2%,
  • Maxxis - 2%,
  • Hangzhou - 2%,
  • Kumho - 2%,
  • Toyo - 2%

(Source: btmauk.com)

  • Over one billion pounds a year is spent by tyre manufacturers on further research and development. (Source: btmauk.com)
  • The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), estimates that a billion tyres yearly reach the end of their lives. (Source: accellatirefill.com)
  • In the UK, there are over 300 brands of tyres on sale. (Source: btmauk.com)
  • The tyre industry agreed to follow a European legislation regarding collecting, reusing and recycling all used tyre arisings. (Source: bandvulc.co.uk)

Tyre manufacturers by country (tyres sold in the UK)

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  • EU (countries) - 48%,
  • China - 27%,
  • South Korea - 8%,
  • Japan - 4%,
  • Indonesia - 3%,
  • Serbia - 3%,
  • Thailand - 2%,
  • Turkey - 2%,
  • Taiwan - 2%,
  • other - 1%

(Source: btmauk.com)

Tyre Size, Inflation and Condition

  • Under-inflated tyres are the most common tyre defect. 4psi below the recommended pressure settings is the amount that 57% of cars and vans drive at. (Source: tyresafe.org)
  • 37% of cars in the UK run on dangerously under-inflated tyres. (Source: fleetworld.co.uk)
  • Proper tyre inflation could save 1 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year and £440 million in fuel costs. (Source: btmauk.com)
  • Keeping tyres inflated around the recommended level usually helps improve fuel economy by 0.6%. (Source: fueleconomy.gov)
  • Tyre related faults account for 25% of MOT failures. (Source: DfT data)
  • in 2010, the number of road casualties that were related to defective, illegal, or under-inflated tyres was 1,210. (Source: btmauk.com)
  • Over the past 10 years, UK tyre factories have reduced their CO2 emissions by 32% per tonne of tyres produced. (Source: Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse)
  • In 2014, the tyre specialist sector employed about 22 thousand people in the UK. (Source: tyreindustryfederation.co.uk)
  • The total volume of retail sales of replacement tyres in the UK is approximately £3.2 billion per year. (Source: btmauk.com)
  • 53% of vehicles checked in 2012 had at least one illegal tyre. (Source: simplemotoring.co.uk)
  • The energy efficiency of the tyre manufacturing industry has grown by 20% since 2004 and its carbon footprint is predicted to keep reducing. (Source: etrma.org)
  • The legal requirement for a car tyre tread depth is unknown to 68% of UK drivers. (Source: TyreShopper.co.uk)
  • Each tyre has a contact patch that keeps the car on the road while cornering and braking and it’s the size of the palm of a hand. (Source: btmauk.com)

Waste Tyres

Tyre manufacturers by country (tyres sold in the UK)

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  • material recovery - 33%,
  • energy recovery - 19%,
  • landfill engineering - 17%,
  • retread - 12%,
  • reuse as part-worn in UK - 5%,
  • export - 5%,
  • other reuse - 4%,
  • unknown - 5%

(Source: btmauk.com)

  • There are around 500,000 tonnes of used tyres every year that come from tyre sales outlets and vehicle dismantlers. About 95% of them are recovered. (Source: btmauk.com)
  • Thanks to the work of the enforcement agencies, only a few per cent of all used tyres are disposed of illegally. (Source: btmauk.com)

Infrastructure in the UK

  • Over the past 10 years, the estimated road length in Great Britain has increased over 2.1 thousand miles (0.9%). In 2011 it was believed to be around 245 thousand miles. (Source: gov.uk)
  • In 2016 UK roads consisted of: 2,300 miles of motorways, 29,100 miles of ‘A’ roads, 18,800 miles of ‘B’ roads, 196,300 miles of ‘C’ and ‘U’ roads. (Source: gov.uk)
  • In 2011, minor roads made up 87% of the total road length. ‘A’ roads and motorways accounting for 12% and 1% respectively. (Source: gov.uk)
  • In 2017, over 50 thousand drivers called the RAC for help after misfuelling. (Source: simplemotoring.co.uk)
  • In 2016, there were 8459 petrol stations in the UK. (Source: statista.com)

Car Ownership

  • The number of cars per capita in the EU was 573 vehicles per 1,000 inhabitants in 2015. (Source: acea.be)
  • Female car ownership hit a new record high in 2017 with 11.8 million vehicles. (Source: smmt.co.uk)
  • In 2016, the Ford Fiesta (119,000), followed by the Vauxhall Corsa (76,000), the Volkswagen Golf (71,000) and the Ford Focus (70,000) were the most popular new car models in Great Britain. (Source: gov.uk)
  • During the past 2 decades, the vehicle market has grown by 42%. Vans increased by 74%, and motorcycles by 69%. An increase in HGVs was 15% and buses and coaches only 2%.
  • If a normally used car is serviced regularly, its gas mileage can be improved more or less by 4%. (Source: fueleconomy.gov)

Car Owners by Gender

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  • male: 76% own a vehicle, 8% plan to buy one, 16% don’t own or plan
  • female: 69% own a vehicle, 7% plan to buy one, 24% don’t own or plan

(Source: statista.com)

Young Drivers

  • In 2013, 5,419 people were seriously injured or killed in accidents involving one young car driver at least. (Source: autotrader.com)
  • In the first six months of driving, an estimated 40% of 17 year-old males have a car accident. (Source: autotrader.com)
  • A 48 year-old driver is three times less likely to be involved in a car crash than an 18-year-old driver. (Source: autotrader.com)
  • Fatal road accidents are the leading cause of death among young people aged 15-29, and the second leading cause of death worldwide among children aged 5-14. (Source: asirt.org)
  • More than 1,000 people under 25 die on the roads every day globally. That’s over 400,000 yearly. (Source: asirt.org)

Buying a Car

  • During the shopping process, car buyers take into consideration a wide choice of car makes and models, as well as both categories of new and used vehicles. (Source: autotrader.com)
  • A half of all car buyers trade in their old vehicle at the time of buying a new car. (Source: autotrader.com)
  • By the time car buyers get to the dealership, their decision to buy is already made. (Source: autotrader.com)
  • 52% of all vehicle buyers decide to test drive only one car. (Source: autotrader.com)
  • Online car buyers use many different sites to shop but third-party sites are their most popular online resource. (Source: autotrader.com)

Car Registration and Licence

  • In 2015 the total number of cars on the roads worldwide was higher than 1.282 billion. (Source: statista.com)
  • In 2016 3.3 million cars were registered for the first time in Great Britain which was the highest annual total ever recorded. (Source: gov.uk)
  • In 2017, the total number of car registrations in the UK was around 2,383,517 (Source: smmt.co.uk)
    • Jan - 174,564,
    • Feb - 83,115,
    • Mar - 562,337,
    • Apr - 152,076,
    • May - 186,265,
    • Jun - 243,454,
    • Jul - 161,997,
    • Aug - 76,433,
    • Sep - 426,170,
    • Oct - 158,192,
    • Nov - 163,541,
    • Dec - 152,47
  • March and September were the months with the highest number of car registrations during 2017. The lowest number of cars was registered in August and February. (Source: smmt.co.uk)

How many cars are there in the UK?

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  • 2006 - 29.9M
  • 2007 - 30.2M
  • 2008 - 30.3M
  • 2009 - 30.1M
  • 2010 - 30.3M
  • 2011 - 30.4M
  • 2012 - 30.5M
  • 2013 - 30.9M
  • 2014 - 31.1M
  • 2015 - 31.5M
  • 2016 - 31.7M

(Source: statista.com)

  • 1991 was the only year since the end of the Second World War in which the total number of licensed vehicles in the UK didn’t increase. (Source: gov.uk)
  • 44% of all licensed cars in Great Britain belonged to the top five makes (Ford, Vauxhall, Volkswagen, Peugeot and BMW) in 2016. Ford accounted for 14% of all cars and Vauxhall for 11%. (Source: gov.uk)
  • In 2016, new registrations included 36,782 cars and 1,025 vans. (Source: gov.uk)
  • There were 38.4 million vehicles registered in the UK by the end of 2016. Out of this number, 1.1 million (3%) were registered in Northern Ireland, 37.3 million in England, 2.9 million in Scotland and 1.9 million in Wales. (Source: gov.uk)
  • In 2016, in Great Britain there were 493,600 heavy goods vehicles registered. (Source: gov.uk)
  • In 2016 there were 161,500 buses and coaches registered in Great Britain. 55% of these were minibuses, 30% were single deck buses or coaches and 15% were double-deckers. (Source: gov.uk)

Cars and the Environment

Biofuels

  • The most commonly used substitute for regular, oil-based diesel for diesel vehicles in the UK is biodiesel. (Source: simplemotoring.co.uk)
  • The most common usage of biodiesel are biodiesel blends. Blends approved by car manufacturers are B5 (5% biodiesel and 95% petroleum diesel) for all diesel engines. In some newer car models, B20 blends (20% biodiesel and 80% petroleum diesel) are approved. (Source: fueleconomy.gov)
  • A blend of 10% ethanol and 90% gasoline called E10 is legally accepted for use in all gasoline-powered vehicles. (Source: fueleconomy.gov)
  • The size of the global liquid biofuels market reached nearly £55.1 billion in 2016. (Source: statista)

Green Cars

  • In the UK, almost 14 thousand new ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) were registered over the period of the first 3 months of 2017, which is 17% more than in the first 3 months of 2016. (Source: gov.uk)
  • Diesel cars accounted for 10% of all cars in the UK in 1996. By the end of 2016, there were 12.1 million diesel cars, which is 39% of the total. (Source: gov.uk)
  • By the end of 2016, there were 388,000 alternative fuel powered cars in the UK. (Source: gov.uk)
  • In 2015, 55.6% of cars in the European Union were fueled with petrol, 42.1% with diesel, and 3.2% with alternative fuels. (Source: acea.be)
  • In 2015, both the UK and the Netherlands were countries with the highest share of electric cars in the European Union, with EVs constituting 0.4% of all vehicles. (Source: acea.be)
  • Currently, there are two hydrogen cars available in the UK, the Toyota Mirai and the Hyundai ix35. (Source: express.co.uk, nextgreencar.com)
  • Nearly 42,000 new ultra low emission vehicles were registered in the United Kingdom in 2016, which is an increase of 40% since 2015. (Source: gov.uk)

Number of end-of-life vehicles in the UK

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  • 2007 - 1.14M
  • 2008 - 1.21M
  • 2009 - 1.33M
  • 2010 - 1.16M
  • 2011 - 1.22M
  • 2012 - 1.16M
  • 2013 - 1.15M
  • 2014 - 1.11M

(Source: europa.eu)

  • The End of Life Vehicles Directive was issued in 2003 (and amended in 2005 and 2010) by the European Community to regulate the issues related to the storage, treatment, and recycling of certain types of vehicles (Source: gov.uk)
  • The number of end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) in the EU grew significantly from 6.3 million in 2008 to 9 million in 2009. (Source: ec.europa.eu)
  • The reporting EU State Members were required to meet rates of at least 80% for tyre recycling and of at least 85% for tyre recovery until 2006. (Source: bmu.de, etrma.org)
  • Apart from Malta, all reporting countries were in compliance with the end-of-life tyres (ELTs) recycling targets in 2014. (Source: bmu.de, etrma.org)

Car Finance

  • The estimated cost of road crashes in low and middle-income countries is £51.1 billion per year. It is more than the total amount received in developmental assistance. (Source: asirt.org)
  • Globally, road crashes cost us £39 billion, which for individual countries means 1-2% of their annual GDP. (Source: asirt.org)

Fuel Prices

Petrol prices in the UK

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  • 2007 - 94.98
  • 2008 - 107.12
  • 2009 - 100.03
  • 2010 - 117.22
  • 2011 - 33.63
  • 2012 - 136.25
  • 2013 - 134.8
  • 2014 - 127.99
  • 2015 - 111.53
  • 2016 - 109.64
  • 2017 - 117.93

(Source:petrolprices.com)

  • The average early (over the first 3 years) car maintenance costs are the highest for: Porsche, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Acura, Lexus, Infiniti, Subaru, Audi, Mazda, Honda, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Hyundai, Dodge, Kia and Jeep (with similar maintenance costs), Ford. (Source: consumerreports.org)
  • The average long-term (over 10 years) car maintenance costs are the highest for: BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Jaguar, Volvo, Mini, Porsche, Infiniti, Subaru, Volkswagen, Acura, Lexus, Jeep, Cadillac, Saab GMC, Nissan, Chrysler, Dodge, Saturn, Honda, Mazda, Kia, Hyundai, Chevrolet, Mercury, Ford, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Buick. (Source: consumerreports.org)

Diesel prices in the UK

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  • 2007 - 97.58
  • 2008 - 117.94
  • 2009 - 104.45
  • 2010 - 119.74
  • 2011 - 138.98
  • 2012 - 142.39
  • 2013 - 140.72
  • 2014 - 133.62
  • 2015 - 114.80
  • 2016 - 110.35
  • 2017 - 119.93

(Source:petrolprices.com)

  • Repair costs grow with a car’s age. It is estimated that it increases £113 yearly during the first decade. Between the 11th and 12th year the value of the increase usually jumps and after the year 13 it reaches around £1,500 per year. (Source: yourmechanic.com)

Motorcycle facts

  • The UK’s net annual motorcycle sales are at almost £5.2 billion which generates an added value of over £2 billion per year, making the total national motorcycle industry worth approximately £7.2 billion. (Source: motorcycleguidelines.org.uk)
  • The motorcycle industry in the UK directly employs around 65 thousand people in more than 6 thousand businesses, which are mostly in market research, call centres, taxi driving, and cultural activities. (Source: motorcycleguidelines.org.uk)
  • The number of new licensed motorcycles in Great Britain was 953.7 thousand in 2000 and it grew to 1.3 million in 2016 (which is a 28% increase). (Source: statista.com)
  • In the years 2014-2017, the six leading motorcycle brands based on sales were: Honda, Yamaha, Triumph, BMW, Kawasaki and Piaggio. (Source: statista.com)
  • In 2016, Honda sold a total of 20,495 motorcycles in the UK which made the brand the most prominent one on the market. (Source: statista.com)
  • The most common reason for MOT failures during the seasons 2007/2008 and 2016/2017 in Great Britain were irregularities with lights and signaling. These problems constituted between 10 and 11% of failed tests. (Source: statista.com)
  • Since the early 1980’s motorcyclist deaths have been declining. In 1998 they began to increase and continued to do so up until 2008. In 2016, motorcycle fatalities doubled the amount of deaths in 1997 and accounted for 13 % of all road deaths. (Source: iihs.org)
  • It is believed that in 2013 wearing helmets saved 1,630 motorcyclists’ lives across USA. If all motorcyclists had used helmets, around 715 more could have been saved. (Source: crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov)
  • There are about 22 bikes per 1000 people in the UK. It’s one of the lowest rates of motorcycle ownership per person in Europe. (Source: motorcycleguidelines.org.uk)
  • On average, £1 billion yearly is paid in the UK by the motorcycle industry in taxes. (Source: motorcycleguidelines.org.uk)