In January, vehicle registrations in Switzerland fell by 2.73% with respect to January of 2016. In total, 351,445 cars were registered and 351,445 new cars were sold in the last twelve months, 2.73% less than the year before.
The breakdown of car sales figures for the month of January is:
- Commercial vehicles sold: 34,881, 2.31% less than in January of 2016.
- Passenger cars regitrations: 19,451, which represents a figure of 3.73% less than in January of 2016.
Switzerland is the 17th-placed country in ranking of 36 countries based on number of vehicle registrations.
A very useful variable for estimating the level of economic wealth enjoyed by Swiss residents, when compared to the other countries in the ranking, is the number of vehicles sold or registered per thousand residents in the last year. With annual sales of 42.2 cars per 1,000 residents, 42.2 of them in the last month, Switzerland, occupies 12th place in the ranking.
As can be seen, the number of registrations per thousand residents has fallen in the last year. A drop in registrations generally indicates a fall in consumer confidence and, when it is sustained, a recession in the real economy .
Changes in Swiss vehicle registration numbers are shown in the tables below. As several studies indicate, these changes are very much related to changes in GDP and, hence, to a country's economic situation. Sales have grown since 2007, as 298,163 were produced that year as have the number of registrations per thousand residents, which that year numbered 39.71.
Here we show you the progression of vehicle registrations in Switzerland. You can see car registrations in other countries in en vehicle registrations and see all the economic information about Switzerland in en Swiss economy.