12. 06. 12. - 16:58
Car sales decline
Car sales are the latest victim of the current economic crisis as the number of new car sales fell considerably over the past two months in comparison with the same period last year.
In April 2012 1.8 per cent fewer new cars were registered, whereas in May the sale of cars declined by 5.8 per cent on 2011.
In May 2012 that meant 44,265 vehicles were registered.
Sales between April and May 2012 declined by 3.8 per cent.
Comparing the figures between January and May 2012 the sales decreased by 1.1 per cent. In total 153,890 vehicles were sold.
2011 in comparison was a booming year for car sales when they increased by 8.4 per cent year on year.
Hyundai increased sales by 38.6 per cent in 2011 whereas Renault made 26 per cent fewer sales. Opel made 24.5 per cent fewer sales whereas Europe's largest car seller VW made 4.2 per cent fewer sales in Austria in 2011.
Sales of SUV vehicles were increasing most despite the higher fuel prices.
The VW Tiguan increased by almost 300 per cent where as the smaller VW Polo decreased by 44 per cent.
55.2 per cent of Austrian cars registered in 2011 are diesel run vehicles.
The sales of HGV vehicle and trailer tanker vehicles also decreased in May 2012.
However farming vehicles saw an increase of 4 per cent in May 2012 compared to May 2011.
Scooters have also experienced a boom - light motorcycles increased their sales by 7.1 per cent in comparison to the same month in 2011. But motorbike sales decreased by 2.9 per cent.