Press release: 12.761-059/22

Around one-fifth fewer new passenger car registrations in February 2022; share of alternatively powered passenger cars 39%

Vienna, 2022-03-09 – According to Statistics Austria, 16 103 passenger cars were newly registered in February 2022. This is a decrease of 3 760 passenger cars or 18.9% compared to February of the previous year. There were significantly fewer new registrations of both petrol-powered (6 053; 31.5%) and diesel-powered passenger cars (3 763; 27.4%). New registrations of diesel-hybrid passenger cars (990; -7.2%) also declined. In contrast, increases were observed for electric passenger cars (BEV; 2 114; +15.5%) and petrol-hybrid passenger cars (3 174; +8.4%). New passenger car registrations with alternative drive systems reached a total share of 39.0% (2021: 29.4%).

Among the top ten passenger car makes, VW was again in first place in February 2022 with 1 691 newly registered passenger cars and a share of 10.5%. Skoda followed closely with 1 631 passenger cars and a share of 10.1%. Audi (1 123; share: 7.0%), BMW (1 116; share: 6.9%) and Seat (1 024; share: 6.4%) occupied the other places. Increases in new registrations were observed for Toyota (+61.8%), Kia (+34.4%), Audi (+16.1%) and BMW (+5.4%). Decreases in new car registrations were recorded for VW (-46.0%), Ford (-44.6%), Seat (-40.5%), Renault (-29.2%), Mercedes (-24.9%) and Skoda (-18.8%).

A total of 21 313 new motor vehicles were registered in February 2022, a decrease of 5 878 motor vehicles or 21.6% compared to February 2021. Fewer new registrations were recorded for lorries class N2 (21; -54.3%) and lorries class N1 (1 742; -54.1%). Increases were observed for articulated lorries (258; +16.2%), lorries class N3 (228; +2.7%) and tractors used for agriculture and forestry (628; +1.8%). In addition, one third more campers (356; +36.4%) were newly registered.

Compared to the same month of the previous year, more motorbikes (1 119; +3.4%) were newly registered in February 2022, but one-fifth fewer scooters (428; -20.4%).

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.
Stefan PREMM, Tel.: +43 1 71128-7598 resp. and 
Thomas JANKA, Tel.: +43 1 71128-7575 resp.

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