7 million mark for motor vehicles exceeded for the first time in 2020; number of passenger cars increased to 5.1 million
"At the end of 2020, more than 7 million motor vehicles were on Austria's roads for the first time, almost 5.1 million of which were passenger cars. While the number of diesel cars continued to decline and the number of petrol cars inclined only slightly, the number of electric cars increased by 50.8%. However, their share of the total passenger car population remains low at less than 1%," says Statistics Austria Director General Tobias Thomas.
Fewer diesel cars; more petrol cars; high growth related to alternative drives
The number of diesel-powered passenger cars decreased
by 0.4% to 2.76 million (2019:
The shares of diesel-powered passenger cars per federal state were highest in Carinthia (56.4%) and Upper Austria (56.3%), while Vorarlberg had the most petrol-powered passenger cars (46.3%) and electric passenger cars (1.3%). Vienna had the highest share of hybrid passenger cars (2.7%) and also topped the Austrian rankings in terms of absolute numbers in this category with 19 708 passenger cars.
VW is the most popular passenger car brand followed by Audi and BMW
In 2020, VW dominated the Austrian streets again with
1 033 770 passenger cars (share: 20.3% of all registered passenger cars),
followed by Audi with 385 372 passenger cars (share: 7.6%) and BMW with
317 582 passenger cars (share: 6.2%). Among the ten most popular passenger
car brands, which accounted for 69.1% of all registered passenger cars,
increases over the previous year were recorded for Skoda
21.9% of passenger cars are registered in Lower Austria; highest density of passenger cars in Burgenland
In Lower Austria 1 113 849 passenger cars (share: 21.9%)
were registered, followed by Upper Austria (959 126 passenger cars; share:
18.8%), Styria (775 945 passenger cars; share: 15.2%) and Vienna (718 819
passenger cars; share 14.1%). Increases between
With 681 passenger cars per 1 000 inhabitants, Burgenland had the highest motorisation rate of all federal states, followed by Lower Austria (659), Carinthia (654), Upper Austria (641), Styria (622) and Salzburg (570). The provinces of Tyrol (549), Vorarlberg (547) and Vienna (374) were below the Austria-wide motorisation rate of 570 cars per 1 000 inhabitants (provisional population level on 1 January 2021).
Of the 5.09 million passenger cars, 224 492 were registered for the first time in 2020, regardless of the country of first registration (in Austria or imported). More than two-fifths of the passenger car stock (41.1% or 2.09 million cars) was registered before 2011 and is therefore older than ten years.
For more detailed results and further information concerning statistics of motor vehicles please refer to our website.
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
Within motor vehicle statistics, all motor vehicles, once nationally or internationally registered, are levied, irrespective of the registration’s duration.
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