Statistics Austria: new car registrations in the first three quarters of 2021 26.5 percent behind the same period in 2019, but 5.1 percent up on the previous year. Every third newly registered car has an alternative drive.

2:42 p.m., October 11, 2021


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More than every third newly registered automobile had an alternative drive (here: VW ID.3) © AFP

The sales figures for new cars this year are far below the pre-crisis level of 2019. In the first three quarters, new car registrations (189,881) fell by more than a quarter (26.5 percent) compared to the same period two years ago (258,272), as current statistics from Statistics Austria show. Compared to the same period of the previous year – the pandemic started in mid-March 2020 – sales increased by 5.1 percent, a good third had an alternative drive.

“Alternative drives are on the advance,” said Statistics Austria Director General Tobias Thomas on Monday. In September alone, 7,896 new cars were registered in Austria this year that were not classic combustion engines. “The share of cars with alternative drives in all newly registered cars was 44.2 percent,” said the head of statistics with a view to one month. “That is higher than the proportion of newly registered gasoline-powered vehicles and more than twice as high as the proportion of diesel-powered cars.”

According to the information, a total of 17,864 passenger cars were newly registered in September this year – That was almost a fifth (19.4 percent) less than in September of the previous year or 15.1 percent less than in September before the 2019 pandemic. RThe main reductions in new registrations were diesel cars (minus 60.7 percent; share: 18.3 percent) and gasoline engines (minus 23.8 percent; share: 37.5 percent), while new registrations of alternatively powered cars continued to grow.

Best-selling: VW and Skoda

The best-selling car brands in September were VW with a share of 13.4 percent, followed by Skoda (share: 7.6 percent) and Hyundai (share: 7.4 percent). Demand was much higher than in the previous year for Kia (plus 20.4 percent), BMW (plus 20.2 percent) and Opel (plus 10.3 percent). Mercedes developed in decline (minus 34.9 percent), Ford (minus 32.1 percent), Skoda (minus 31.3 percent), VW (minus 25.5 percent), Audi (minus 17.9 percent), Hyundai (minus 16.2 percent) Percent) and Renault (minus 10.5 percent).

14.4 percent less than in 2019

In the first nine months of this year, 298,643 new motor vehicles (motor vehicles) were registered, which corresponds to a decrease of 14.4 percent compared to the corresponding period in 2019 and an increase of 13.3 percent compared to the same period in the first Corona year 2020.

In the case of cars, the trend away from gasoline and – even more clearly – away from diesel continued. Compared to the previous year, 8.2 percent fewer gasoline-powered cars (75,088) and almost a third (32.1 percent) fewer diesel-powered cars (46,405) were registered.

Plus 170 percent for purely electric cars

At the same time, sales of cars with alternative drives accelerated – albeit from a relatively low level. For cars with purely electric drive (24,134) the increase was 169.9 percent, for those with diesel hybrid drives (10,529) 120.8 percent and for those with gasoline hybrid drives (33,637) 105.1 percent.

The share of alternatively powered cars thus reached 36 percent in the first three quarters (2020: 16.9 percent; 2019: 7.3 percent; 2018: 4.5 percent). Alternative drives were thus 3.5 percentage points behind petrol-powered cars, which achieved a share of 39.5 percent from January to September 2021 (2020: 45.3 percent; 2019: 54.6 percent; 2018: 54.2 percent) , but clearly ahead of diesel-powered cars with 24.4 percent (2020: 37.9 percent; 2019: 38.1 percent; 2018: 41.3 percent).

Across Austria, around one eighth (12.7 percent) of all new car registrations from January to September 2021 were delivered with a purely electric drive (BEV). This share has increased continuously in recent years (2020: 5 percent; 2019: 2.9 percent; 2018: 1.6 percent). So far this year, 16.2 percent of all BEV registrations have been made by private individuals and 83.8 percent by legal entities, companies and local authorities.

Plus for commercial vehicles, mobile homes

There was also noticeable growth this year in new registrations of commercial vehicles and mobile homes. For trucks in class N1 (45,146) the increase from January to September compared to the previous year was 64.3 percent, for articulated vehicles (2,347) 42.7 percent), for agricultural and forestry tractors (6,614) 36.7 percent and trucks Class N3 (2,719) 13 percent). In contrast, sales of new N2 trucks (261) fell slightly (minus 3.3 percent).

3737 new motorhomes have been sold since the beginning of 2021 – this corresponds to an increase of 61.8 percent year-on-year. For two-wheelers, 10.3 percent more motorcycles (30,354) but 3.4 percent fewer motorcycles (11,149) were registered.

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