New passenger car registrations declined by 3.4% in 2019; significant growth for passenger cars powered by alternative fuels
Fewer petrol- and diesel-driven passenger cars, but alternative drives on the rise
The number of passenger car registrations (329 363)
was by 11 705 lower than 2018 (341 068), but still significantly above
the twenty-year average of 316 332. Petrol-driven passenger cars (share:
53.7%) recorded a decrease of 4.0%, as well as those with diesel drive
New registrations of electric cars increased by more than a third
The number of newly registered electrically powered passenger cars increased by 36.8% to 9 242, the share related to all new registered passenger cars rose from 2.0% to 2.8%. Electric cars were mostly registered in Vienna (share: 19.9%), followed by Lower Austria (17.8%), Upper Austria (16.8%) and Styria (14.8%). Their registrations were predominantly undertaken by legal persons, companies and regional authorities (80.9% of new electric passenger car registrations), the share of private registrations declined from 19.9% in 2018 to currently 19.1%.
Average CO2 emissions of passenger cars reach 126 g/km
CO2 emissions from all newly registered passenger cars (incl. those with electric and hydrogen drive) amounted to an average of 126 g/km in 2019 (2018: 123 g/km), according to provisional data based on measurements within the framework of the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). For petrol-powered passenger cars, the value rose from 125 g/km to 128 g/km (2000: 176 g/km). Diesel cars recorded an increase in CO2 emissions from 129 g/km in 2018 to 133 g/km in 2019 (2000: 162 g/km). Without electric- and hydrogen-powered passenger cars, the average CO2 value would reach 129 g/km (2018: 126 g/km).
According to the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), the average value for newly registered petrol cars in 2019 was 150 g/km; for diesel cars it was 163 g/km.
As in the previous years, vehicles in the most common
CO2 class 111 to 120 g/km
(share: 24.2%) increased again
Most popular car segment: off-road-vehicles/SUVs
The favoured segment in new car registrations was the off-road-vehicle or Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) with a market share of 31.9% (105 102 vehicles), followed by compact cars with a share of 24.7% (81 479 vehicles) and small cars (share: 18.8%; 61 992 vehicles). The average CO2 emissions were 136 g/km for off-road-vehicles/SUVs, 115 g/km for compact cars and 112 g/km for small cars.
VW remained market leader, followed by Skoda and Seat
A comparison of the ten most important passenger car
makes 2019, representing about two thirds of all new car registrations,
shows that VW remained market leader with a share of 16.0%, although
registration numbers decreased by 7.5%. VW was followed by Skoda (share:
8.3%) and Seat (share: 6.0%), whose new registrations rose by 7.3% and
5.7% respectively. Registrations of Ford declined
Around a quarter fewer one-day registrations of passenger cars
One-day registrations of passenger cars decreased
by 24.2% in 2019 (2018:
The number of short-term registrations of passenger
cars up to seven days decreased by 17.9%, those up to 30
New registrations of lorries remained stable; more agricultural and forestry tractors
In 2019, registrations of new lorries developed slightly
Registrations of new two-wheelers increased by 6.6%
Newly registered two-wheelers showed an overall increase of 6.6% to 40 660 vehicles in 2019. The number of new motorcycle registrations increased by 6.4%, that of scooters by 7.1%. The two-wheelers had reached the highest value in 2008 with a total of 53 255 new registrations.
Of the 12 964 newly registered scooters, 1 902 or 14.7%
had an electric drive (share:
Used motor vehicle registrations stagnated in 2019
In 2019, a total of 1 067 994 used motor vehicles was
registered in Austria. This represents a decrease of 0.1% compared to
the previous year. A decrease was also reported for registrations of
used passenger cars (872 043;
Provisional stock 2019: for the first time more than 5 million passenger cars registered in Austria
According to provisional figures for the reference
day 31 December 2019, the stock of motor vehicles registered in Austria
amounted to about 7.00 million, by 1.5% more than in 2018. Passenger
cars, the most important type of vehicle (share: 72.0%), showed an increase
by 1.2% to 5.04 million vehicles. Furthermore, 494 585 lorries
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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