New passenger car registrations decreased by one fourth in 2020; two-wheelers and passenger cars with alternative drive systems showed significant increases
Significantly fewer petrol and diesel cars, increases in electric and hybrid cars
In 2020, registrations of new passenger cars fell to 248 740, the lowest level since 1987 (243 221) and also well below the twenty-year-average (313 297). Compared to 2019 (329 363 newly registered passenger cars), this was the highest year-on-year decline ever observed.
New registrations of petrol-powered passenger cars
(share: 43.3%) fell by 39.0% and those of diesel passenger cars (share: 36.5%)
by 28.0%. The share of alternatively powered passenger cars – electric,
natural gas, bivalent drive, combined drive (petrol or diesel hybrid)
and hydrogen (fuel cell) – reached 20.1% in 2020 with 50 060 vehicles
With a share of 10.2% of all new passenger car registrations
or 25 380 vehicles
Primarily legal entities, companies and local authorities are registering new electric cars (share of all new electric car registrations: 81.6% or 13 040 vehicles).
The highest number of new electric passenger cars was registered in Vienna and Lower Austria (shares of 18.5% and 18.4%, respectively), followed by Upper Austria (17.6%) and Styria (13.0%).
Average passenger car CO2-emissions (WLTP) reached 136 g/km
According to the WLTP test procedure ("Worldwide
Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure"), the average CO2-emissions
of newly registered passenger cars in 2020 amounted to 136 g/km (including
electric and hydrogen vehicles; petrol-powered: 143 g/km; diesel-powered 156 g/km).
Within the most important CO2-class
Passenger car segments: off-road-vehicles/SUVs ahead of compact class and small cars
The preferred segment for new passenger car registrations
in 2020 is the off-road vehicle or SUV (sport utility vehicle) with
a share of 31.5% and 78 403 vehicles, followed by compact cars with a
share of 25.5% (63 333 vehicles) and small cars with a share of 19.5%
(48 480 vehicles). Increases compared to 2019 were observed for sports
VW remains market leader ahead of Skoda, Seat and BMW
The Top 10 brands in 2020 represent 67.5% of all new
passenger car registrations. VW remained the market leader with a share
of 15.4%, followed by Skoda (share: 9.5%) and Seat and BMW (share 6.4%
each). Compared to the previous year, all Top 10 brands had double-digit
With 11 794 passenger car one-day registrations a decline
of 33.4% was recorded in 2020 (2019:
New passenger car registrations with a registration
period of up to seven days fell by 39.0% in 2020. Short-term registrations
with a registration period of up to 30 days
Strong growth in campers
Campers recorded the highest growth in new registrations
in 2020 among all vehicle types, albeit starting from a small share
(0.8% of all new vehicle registrations). New registrations of campers
increased by 74.2% to 2 969 (2019: 1 704, 0.4% share). An analysis of monthly
trends shows that, especially from May 2020, new registrations increased
Declines in new lorry registrations; more tractors used for agriculture and forestry
The number of new registrations of lorries declined
in 2020 to 40 042 vehicles
Significant increase in new registrations of two-wheelers
As in 2019
In 2020, the share of electrically powered two-wheelers
was 5.7% (2 632; 2019: 6.0%). Of the total new motorcycle registrations,
Registrations of used vehicles decreased slightly, commercial vehicles and two-wheelers increased
In 2020, 1 049 345 used motor vehicles were registered,
1.7% less than in 2019. Used passenger car registrations (841 196 vehicles)
were 3.5% lower than in 2019. Registrations of used petrol passenger
cars (including flex-fuel, share: 38.0%, 319 623 vehicles) and diesel passenger
cars (share: 59.5%, 500 579) recorded decreases of 3.8% and 4.9%, respectively.
In contrast, registrations of used electric cars (share: 0.7%) increased
by 44.5% to 5 936 vehicles. Regarding the used commercial vehicle market,
increases were observed for lorries
Provisional stock 2020: more than 7 million motor vehicles
As of December
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.
All new registrations, i.e. all brand-new registrations, are collected as part of the new vehicle registration statistics, regardless of the duration of the registration (including so-called "short-term registrations", e.g. one-day registrations).
A short-term registration is a new car registration that is deregistered within a certain period of time. For example, a new passenger car registration with a registration period of up to seven days means that the passenger car is deregistered after the initial registration on the day of registration or within the following seven days. This applies accordingly to short-term registrations with a registration period of up to 30, 60, 90 or 120 days. One-day registered passenger cars are registered and deregistered within 24 hours.
In this context, the reporting month indicates the month in which the deregistration was carried out. Only the date of first registration and the date of deregistration (= execution of deregistration in the authorized registration offices of the insurance companies) of a vehicle are decisive for the classification as "short-term registration".
In the case of the used motor vehicle registration statistics, all used vehicle registrations, i.e. registrations of vehicles that have already been registered once nationally or abroad, are surveyed, regardless of the duration of the registration.
Based on the motor vehicle stock of the previous year, all registered vehicles of the year - old and new - are added and the deregistrations are deducted, resulting in the annual vehicle stock.
The determination of CO2-emissions is based on globally harmonized measurements within the framework of the WLTP test procedure ("Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure"), which will apply from September 1st, 2018 - with a transitional period of up to 18 months; this measurement procedure replaces the "New European Driving Cycle" (NEDC).
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