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First registrations of cars up by 8.0% in first half of 2018 – plug-in petrol hybrids increasing in popularity

7/10/18, 9:00 AM

In the first six months of 2018, 69,600 first registrations of cars were recorded, representing an 8.0% increase year on year. The number of cars with an alternative power source registered between January and June exceeded the total over 12 months last year.

First registrations of 3,973 new cars running on an alternative power source were completed in the first six months of the year. This exceeds the total number of first registrations of cars using an alternative power source for the entire year in 2017, which was 3,489. The change compared to last year is, above all, explained by the growing popularity of plug-in hybrids with a petrol engine.

More petrol hybrid cars registered in the first six months of 2018 than in 2017 in total

In January–June, 2,794 new plug-in hybrids with a petrol engine were registered. This exceeds the figure for the entire year in 2017, which was 2,401 first registrations of plug-in petrol hybrids. The same applies to new gas-powered cars: 745 first registrations were made in the first six months of 2018, compared to 433 in the entire year in 2017.

First registrations of gas-powered cars, on the other hand, showed a more moderate growth between January and June 2018 than in the year before. By the end of June, 352 new electric cars had been registered, only slightly exceeding the corresponding figure for 2017 (272).

Skoda Octavia was the most popular in the first six months of 2018

The most popular car models in the first six months of the year were Skoda Octavia (3,063), Nissan Qashqai (2,744) and Toyota Yaris (2,366), the latter having increased its popularity by around one third year on year.

While the highest number of first registrations of new cars continue to be completed in Uusimaa, the greatest changes in this figure were seen in South Karelia (14.6%) and Central Finland (12.4%). The greatest drop in first registrations of new cars, on the other hand, was seen in Central Ostrobothnia (-6.6%) and Kainuu (-0.4%) compared to the first six months of 2017.

First registrations of cars by region in the first six months of 2017 and 2018

First registration statistics on Trafi's website (in Finnish)

Further information:
Head of Department Esa Aaltonen, tel. +358 29 5347 132, esa.aaltonen (at) trafi.fi
Special Adviser Mika Idman, tel. +358 29 534 5222, mika.idman (at) trafi.fi, on Twitter @MikaIdman (statistics)