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New registrations, April 2020

Corona effect behind drop in new registration of cars – decreased by 37 percent in April

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden 2020-05-05 9.30

In April 2020, 19 831 passenger cars were registered for the first time, down by 36.9 percent from April last year, according to the Transport Analysis monthly official statistics on new registrations. This decrease is most likely due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, which means that comparison with the same period last year should be made with caution.

New registrations of passenger cars 2020
New registrations, April 2020

Passenger cars defined as a “klimatbonusbil”, that is, electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids that emit less than 70g CO2/km, and gas cars (natural, bio- and methane gas), accounted for 22.3 percent of new passenger car registrations in April. Diesel cars accounted for 23.3 percent of all new passenger car registrations, down by 14.8 percentage points from the corresponding month a year ago. Passenger cars that are plug-in hybrids, or that run on ethanol or natural gas, accounted for 27.4 percent of new registrations in April, compared with 12.7 percent in the corresponding period in 2019.

Changes introduced in the bonus malus system on 1 January 2020 affect comparisions with the previous year throughout 2020.

In April, 23 157 passenger cars were de-registered, which means that the passanger car fleet decreased by 3 326 vehicles in total. In recent years, the number of exported vehicles has increased significantly, although there may be large variations from month to month. So far this year, exports have increased by 6.6 percent compared with the same period a year ago.

In April, there were 3 173 new registrations of lorries, down by 37.3 percent from the corresponding month a year ago. Among new registrations of lorries, 2 640 were light goods vehicles with a weight of up to 3.5 tonnes, which is a decrease of 38.3 percent, and 533 heavy goods vehicles with a weight of over 3.5 tonnes, which is a decrease of 31.7 percent compared with April 2019. Light goods vehicles are covered by the bonus malus system.

New registrations January–April 2020

New registrations of passenger cars between January and April 2020 decreased by 17.5 percent compared with a year ago. Thus far in 2020, there were 20 657 new registrations of diesel cars in total, a decrease of 48.0 percent compared with the corresponding period in 2019.

New registration of vehicles in January-April 2020
Passenger cars, by fuel type January- April
January - April
in percent
Passenger cars 88 634 107 430 ‑17
of which petrol 33 084 47 376 ‑30
of which diesel 20 657 39 691 ‑48
of which electric 6 763 5 489 23
of which hybrid electric 10 605 6 667 59
of which plug-in hybrid 16 126 7 480 116
of which ethanol 24 44 ‑45
of which gas 1 375 683 101

*Hybrid electric includes mild hybrids.

New registration of vehicles in 2020, by type of vehicle
Type of vehicle January - April
January - April
in percent
Passenger cars 88 645 107 436 ‑17.5
of which Motorhomes (subset of passenger cars) 1 037 1 217 ‑14.8
Light goods vehicles 9 308 14 775 ‑37.0
Heavy goods vehicles 2 203 2 640 ‑16.6
Busses 297 277 7.2
Trailers 14 821 14 692 0.9
of which Caravans 1 189 1 123 5.9
Tractors 2 958 3 063 ‑3.4
Motorcycles 4 731 4 571 3.5
Class 1 mopeds 4 622 3 719 24.3
Snowmobiles 3 799 5 207 ‑27.0
Terrain vehicles 1 113 1 389 ‑19.9

Databases containing information for passenger cars on the county/municipality level and fuel for the years 2006–2020 are available in the Statistical database.

Statistical Database

Transport Analysis is the government agency responsible for these statistics, and Statistics Sweden produces the statistics on its behalf. For detailed information on new registrations, please see ‘Monthly vehicle statistics’, which is available on the Transport Analysis website:

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or on Statistics Sweden’s website:

Statistics Sweden-Registered vehicles

New registrations comprise all vehicles that were entered into the register during the month. These registrations differ from new registrations in BIL Sweden’s reports. BIL Sweden's data only contains data on cars of the latest three model years and cars that are not directly imported.

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Transport Analysis is the government agency that analyses and evaluates Swedish transport policy and is responsible for official statistics in the field of transport. Transport Analysis also produces background data for transport policy decision-makers and promotes socioeconomically efficient and long-term sustainable transport services provision throughout Sweden.

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Statistical news on new registrations in May will be published on 2 June 2020 at 09:30.

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