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New registrations, February 2019

Registration of new cars decreased by 14.5 percent in February

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden 2019-03-04 9.30

In February 2019, 23 789 passenger cars were newly registered, down 14.5 percent from February last year. This, according to Transport Analysis’ monthly official statistics on newly registered vehicles.

New registrations of passenger cars 2019
New registrations, February 2019

Passenger cars defined as a “klimatbonusbil”, that is, electric, plug-in hybrids and gas cars (natural, bio- and methane gas), accounted for 12 percent of newly registered passenger cars in January. Diesel cars accounted for 37.1 percent of all new passenger car registrations, which is a decrease of 6.6 percent compared with the same month last year. The Bonus malus system, introduced on 1 July 2018, will affect comparisons with the previous year throughout 2019.

Among newly registered cars, 23 337 were of model year 2017 or later, and 452 were older models. In February, 23 289 passenger cars were deregistered, which meant that the total passenger car fleet increased by 500 vehicles.

Seventy percent of the cars were registered by businesses and organisations, of which businesses in the car retail trade accounted for 28 percent of total new registrations. Among cars registered by private persons, men accounted for 64 percent and women accounted for 36 percent of registrations.

In February, 3 868 lorries were newly registered, down 11.2 percent compared with the same month last year. Among newly registered lorries, 3 279 were light lorries with a weight up to 3.5 tonnes, which is a decrease of 14.6 percent, and 589 were heavy lorries with a weight over 3.5 tonnes, which is an increase of 13.9 percent compared with February 2018.

New registrations January–February 2019

New registrations of passenger cars in 2019 decreased by 13 percent compared with last year. A total of 16 940 diesel cars were registered this year, a decrease of 22.8 percent compared with last year.

Passenger cars that can be powered by electricity (including hybrid electric and plug-in hybrids), ethanol or gas accounted for 18.5 percent of new registrations this year, compared with 13.4 percent in 2018.

New registration of passenger cars in 2019, by fuel type
Passenger cars, by fuel type January–February
in percent
Passenger cars 44 906 51 630 ‑13.0
of which petrol 19 646 22 798 ‑13.8
of which diesel 16 940 21 931 ‑22.8
of which electric 2 005 515 289.3
of which hybrid electric 2 612 2 594 0.7
of which plug-in hybrid 3 477 3 124 11.3
of which ethanol 25 143 ‑82.5
of which gas 200 522 ‑61.7

New registration of vehicles in 2019, by type of vehicle, corrected 2019-03-04.
Type of vehicleJanuary–February
in percent
Passenger cars 44 906 51 630 -13.0
of which Motorhomes (subset of passenger cars) 177 344 ‑48.5
Lorries 7 310 8 816 ‑17.1
Busses 134 101 32.7
Trailers 4 747 4 797 ‑1.0
of which Caravans 139 204 ‑31.9
Tractors 1 396 997 40.0
Motorcycles 1 001 941 6.4
Class 1 mopeds 800 550 45.5
Snowmobiles 3 970 3 702 7.2
Terrain vehicles 652 594 9.8

Databases containing information for passenger cars on the county/municipality level and fuel for the years 2006–2019 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 March will be published on 2 April at 09:30.

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