Figure of the month
Ownership transfers and new registrations by drive system
The Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) reported that diesels accounted for 33% of new registrations in 2019. Beginning in the 1990s, the market share of diesel increased from 18% to as high as 48% in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The declines that followed (2016: 46%; 2017: 39%; 2018: 32%) were much more pronounced than for transfers of ownership, where the ratio of two-thirds petrol to one-third diesel has always been steady. The fall-offs here were in the low single digit range. “Other” in the chart refers to alternative drive systems, including hybrid vehicles. It should be noted that this also includes numerous ‘mild hybrid’ cars which have a 48-volt electrical system but are unable to drive a single metre on electrical power alone.