Irrespective of the discussion about a traffic turnaround, there will be more cars in Germany in 2022 than ever before, with 583 cars per 1,000 inhabitants. The density tends to be higher in the west than in the east and in the city states. The only country with fewer cars on the roads than 10 years ago is Berlin. In an EU comparison, Germany ranks 8th, with Poland (687), Luxembourg (681) and Italy (675) in first place. Car density has increased in all other EU countries over the past 10 years. As of Jan. 1, 2023, 48.8 million passenger cars were registered in this country, according to the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) - more than ever before. The rising registration figures are also reflected in the equipment of private households. "Here, the trend over the past ten years has been toward second or third cars," according to the statisticians. The proportion of households owning at least one car in 2022 was 77.6 percent, similar to 2012 (77.4 percent). The proportion of households with three or more cars grew from 4.1 to 6.2 percent.