Press release: 12.279-119/20

Registrations of used passenger cars decreased by 11.5% in the first half year of 2020

Vienna, 2020-07-15 – A total of 385 780 used passenger cars was registered from January to June 2020, 11.5% less than in the first half of the previous year. According to Statistics Austria, used car registrations still increased in January (+3.7%) and February 2020 (+0.1%), but significantly decreased during the COVID-19 related lockdown in March (-48.7%) and April (-39.1%). The decline was already less pronounced in May (-3.2%), and used passenger car registrations rose again in June (+26.8%).

Diesel-driven (share: 59.4%; -13.3%) and petrol-driven passenger cars (incl. flex-fuel; share: 38.5%; -10.4%) recorded declines compared to the first half of 2019; alternative drives achieved a share of 2.1% and increased by 40.8%.

Among the top 10 passenger car makes, the number of used registrations declined for all brands: Opel (-17.3%), Ford (-13.7%), Peugeot (-13.1%), VW (-12.0%), Renault (-11.0%), Mercedes (-9.8%), Audi (-9.6%), Seat (-9.5%), BMW (-8.0%) and Skoda (-0.5%).

9.5% less vehicle registrations from January to June 2020

In the first half of 2020, 493 663 used motor vehicles were registered, 9.5% less than in the first half of 2019.

The used commercial vehicle market recorded an increase of 7 vehicles for lorries category (cat.) N3, while there were declines for agricultural and forestry tractors (-0.9%), lorries cat. N1 (-1.1%), lorries cat. N2 (-20.5%) and articulated lorries (-15.0%).

For used two-wheelers, fewer motorcycles (-0.2%) and scooters (-4.7%) were registered compared to the first half of 2019.

For more detailed results and further information concerning statistics of motor vehicles please refer to our website.

Information on methods, definitions: Motor vehicle statistics (registrations of new and used vehicles as well as the stock of vehicles) are secondary statistics, compiled on the basis of daily data files sent to Statistics Austria by Austria’s association of insurance companies (VVO). VVO, in turn, receives data by the insurances’ registrations offices, responsible for registrations, de-registrations and rectifications of motor vehicles and trailers.   
Within motor vehicle statistics, all motor vehicles, once nationally or internationally registered, are levied, irrespective of the registration’s duration.

For further inquiries please contact Directorate Spatial Statistics, Statistics Austria:  
Gerda FISCHER, Tel. +43 (1) 71128-7566 resp. and 
Brigitte KVAPIL, Tel. +43 (1) 71128-7449 resp.

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