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New registrations, May 2020

Impact of COVID-19 behind 49 percent drop in new registration of cars in May

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden 2020-06-02 9.30

In May 2020, 16 899 passenger cars were registered for the first time, 49.2 percent less than in May last year, according to the Transport Analysis monthly official statistics on new registrations. This decrease is most probably due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which means that comparison with the same period a year ago should be made with caution. The decrease can also be explained by the calendar effect, as May 2020 has two registration days less than the same month last year.

New registrations of passenger cars 2020
New registrations

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 20.4 percent of new passenger car registrations in May. Diesel cars accounted for 22.9 percent of all new passenger car registrations, down by 12.2 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 26.4 percent of new registrations in May, compared with 12.1 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 May, 18 734 passenger cars were de-registered, which means that the passanger car fleet decreased by 1 835 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 decreased by 10.0 percent compared with the same period a year ago.

In May, there were 2 739 new registrations of lorries, down by 49.7 percent from the corresponding month a year ago. Among new registrations of lorries, 2 267 were light goods vehicles with a weight of up to 3.5 tonnes, which is a decrease of 50.3 percent, and 472 heavy goods vehicles with a weight of over 3.5 tonnes, which is a decrease of 46.5 percent compared with May 2019. Light goods vehicles are covered by the bonus malus system.

New registrations January–May 2020

New registrations of passenger cars between January and May 2020 decreased by 25.0 percent compared with a year ago. Thus far in 2020, there were 24 528 new registrations of diesel cars in total, a decrease of 52.2 percent compared with the corresponding period in 2019.

New registration of vehicles in January-May 2020
Passenger cars, by fuel typeJanuar - May
January - May
in percent
Passenger cars 105 544 140 686 ‑25
of which petrol 40 244 62 916 ‑36
of which diesel 24 528 51 364 ‑52
of which electric 7 604 6 744 13
of which hybrid electric 12 910 9 329 38
of which plug-in hybrid 18 717 9 135 105
of which ethanol 29 59 ‑51
of which gas 1 501 1 130 33

*Hybrid electric includes mild hybrids.

New registration of vehicles in 2020, by type of vehicle
Type of vehicle January - May
January - May
in percent
Passenger cars 105 544 140 686 ‑25.0
of which Motorhomes (subset of passenger cars) 1 549 1 985 ‑22.0
Light goods vehicles 11 575 19 336 ‑40.1
Heavy goods vehicles 2 675 3 523 ‑24.1
Busses 526 431 22.0
Trailers 21 479 21 408 0.3
of which Caravans 1 752 1 696 3.3
Tractors 3 964 4 078 ‑2.8
Motorcycles 6 637 6 674 ‑0.6
Class 1 mopeds 6 892 6 241 10.4
Snowmobiles 3 889 5 266 ‑26.1
Terrain vehicles 1 512 1 935 ‑21.9

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:

Transport Analysis

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 June will be published on 2 July 2020 at 09:30.

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