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Annual kilometres covered by car owners 2019
Annual mileage slightly lower: Figure A4 provides an overview of annual distances covered, showing that each car owner covered 14,610 kilometres in his own car, 310 kilometres less than in the previous year. The highest annual mileage was once again reported by diesel drivers at 19,700 kilometres, while owners of petrol cars averaged 12,050 kilometres. This shows that the decision for or against a diesel car depends to a large extent on the annual mileage and the place of residence.
There were also significant differences between large city and small town populations: car owners in cities with over 100,000 population covered 12,790 kilometres, and owners in towns with less than 20,000 population covered 16,110 kilometres. That’s 26% more.
Overall, the annual mileage has gone down compared to twenty years ago. In the automotive year 2000, the average distance travelled was still a high 16,360 kilometres. In 2009, the year of the financial crisis, it fell to 14,260 km. It has remained at a relatively constant level ever since.