An automobile, in short, a car (also a motor vehicle, in Switzerland, officially a motor vehicle), is a multi-lane motor vehicle (ie a motor-driven road vehicle) used to transport persons (passenger cars and buses) and freight goods (trucks). As a matter of course – and also in this article – cars are mostly vehicles whose design is predominantly intended for the transport of persons and which may be carried by a car driving license.
The worldwide fleet of vehicles is growing steadily and in 2010 it amounted to more than 1.015 billion cars. In 2011 more than 80 million cars were built worldwide. In Germany, approximately 51.7 million motor vehicles were registered in 2012, of which nearly 43 million cars are registered.