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An Orthodox boy riding his scooter between cars during standstill traffic jam on Route 6 highway.

There were approximately 3,373,000 motor vehicles in Israel in 2017, out of which 2,857,000 were private vehicles, according to a report by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics.

About 375,000 vehicles were added and approximately 241,000 were removed from the list of active vehicles, so that the overall number of vehicles grew by 134,000, an increase of 4.1% compared with 2016.

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The number of private vehicles increased by 4.8%.

14.0% of all motor vehicles in Israel were powered by diesel fuel in 2017, as were 4.3% of private cars.

Approximately 20,600 vehicles were driven by natural gas, of which 17,100 were private. This compared with 2016 which had 19,400 and 16,000 gas-driven vehicles respectively.

The average age of vehicles in 2017 was 6.5 years.

In 2017, 87.0% of private vehicles were privately owned (86.3% in 2016) and 13.0% were owned by leasing companies (7.4%), or were part of company fleets (not including self-employed businesses (4.6%). Rental cars accounted for 1.% of the country’s vehicles in 2017.

27.5% of the vehicles in Israel were manufactured in Japan; 13.8% in South Korea; and 7.1% in Germany.

In 2017, Hyundai was the number one manufacturer of private vehicles sold in Israel, 13.1% of the market, a decrease of 1.1% compared to 2016. About 36% of all private vehicles sold in Israel in 2017 were manufactured by three companies: Hyundai, Mazda and Toyota.

The rate of motorization in Israel increased during 2017: 384 vehicles per 1,000 residents, compared with 375 in 2016. This figure is relatively low compared with the developed countries of the world.

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