Austria: Registrations of used passenger cars decreased by 11.5%

A total of 385.780 used passenger cars was registered from January to June 2020, 11.5% less than in the first half of the previous year.

According to Statistics Austria, used car registrations still increased in January (+3.7%) and February 2020 (+0.1%), but significantly decreased during the COVID-19 related lockdown in March (-48.7%) and April (-39.1%).

The decline was already less pronounced in May (-3.2%), and used passenger car registrations rose again in June (+26.8%).

Diesel-driven (share: 59.4%; -13.3%) and petrol-driven passenger cars (incl. flex-fuel; share: 38.5%; -10.4%) recorded declines compared to the first half of 2019; alternative drives achieved a share of 2.1% and increased by 40.8%.

Among the top 10 passenger car makes, the number of used registrations declined for all brands: Opel (-17.3%), Ford (-13.7%), Peugeot (-13.1%), VW (-12.0%), Renault (-11.0%), Mercedes (-9.8%), Audi (-9.6%), Seat (-9.5%), BMW (-8.0%) and Skoda (-0.5%).

9.5% less vehicle registrations from January to June 2020

In the first half of 2020, 493 663 used motor vehicles were registered, 9.5% less than in the first half of 2019.

The used commercial vehicle market recorded an increase of 7 vehicles for lorries category (cat.) N3, while there were declines for agricultural and forestry tractors (-0.9%), lorries cat. N1 (-1.1%), lorries cat. N2 (-20.5%) and articulated lorries (-15.0%).

For used two-wheelers, fewer motorcycles (-0.2%) and scooters (-4.7%) were registered compared to the first half of 2019.

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