Austria: New passenger car registrations down by one third in May

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.

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