Press release: 12.258-098/20

New passenger car registrations down by one third in May 2020, nearly a quarter less new motor vehicle registrations

Vienna, 2020-06-10 – In May 2020, the total number of new motor vehicle registrations was 32 224, representing a decrease of 23.4% compared to May 2019. New passenger car registrations (20 211) decreased by 33.9%, as Statistics Austria reports. Passenger cars accounted for 62.7% of all new motor vehicle registrations.

Registrations of new electric cars rose by 5.2% (share: 3.6%). Increases were also reported for petrol hybrids (+83.8%; share 9.7%) and diesel hybrids (+40.2%; share 1.9%). Registrations of new petrol-powered passenger cars decreased by 41.6% (share: 47.7%), those of diesel cars declined by 37.8% (share: 36.7%).

All makes among the top 10 passenger cars recorded declines: Opel -45.5%, Skoda -41.8%, VW -41.0%, Ford -36.7%, Seat -33.8%, Hyundai -32.3%, Audi -32.2%, Renault -29.6%, Mercedes -22.5% and BMW -19.8%.

The market for new commercial vehicles showed decreases for tractors used for agriculture and forestry (-5.4%), lorries category (cat.) N3 (-24.1%), lorries cat. N1 (-27.7%), lorries cat. N2 (-43.5%) and articulated lorries (-67.7%).

For two-wheelers, much more registrations for new motorcycles (+32.1%) and scooters (+63.8%) were recorded.

January to May 2020: new passenger cars -39.9%; new motor vehicles -35.8%

From January to May 2020, the number of new passenger car registrations decreased by 39.9% to 86 111 – 57 269 vehicles fewer than in the same period of 2019. The total number of newly registered motor vehicles declined by 35.8% to 123 804.

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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