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Vehicle registrations - Spain. January of 2021

Drop in number of Spaniards passenger car registrations

In January, vehicle registrations in Spain fell by 48.06% with respect to January of 2020. In total, 53,377 cars were registered and 979,704 new cars were sold in the last twelve months, 34.25% less than the year before.

The breakdown of car sales figures for the month of January is:

  • Commercial vehicles sold: 11,411, 30.08% less than in January of 2020.
  • Passenger cars regitrations: 41,966, which represents a figure of 51.45% less than in January of 2020.

Spain is the 16th-placed country in ranking of 137 countries based on number of vehicle registrations.

A very useful variable for estimating the level of economic wealth enjoyed by Spaniards 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 20.7 cars per 1,000 residents, 1.13 of them in the last month, Spain, occupies 25th 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 Spanish 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 declined since 2011, as 1,097,692 were registered that year, as have the number of registrations per thousand residents, which that year numbered 23.52.

Here we show you the progression of vehicle registrations in Spain. You can see car registrations in other countries in en vehicle registrations and see all the economic information about Spain in en Spanish economy.

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DateCommercial vehicles MonthPassengers vehicles MonthMonthly vehicle salesMonthly Vehicles/ 1,000 p.Commercial vehicles YearPassengers vehicles YearAnnual vehicle salesAnnual Vehicles/ 1,000 p.
January 202111,41141,96653,3771.13174,604806,741979,70420.70
December 202018,383105,841123,9412.62179,512851,2181,029,08921.74
November 202018,32075,70893,8051.98179,097851,2301,028,96921.74
October 202019,35174,22893,3741.97180,484868,6801,048,02922.14
September 202016,24570,72986,7191.83182,247888,4131,069,73022.60
August 202012,85066,92579,6761.68181,229899,4351,079,98922.82
July 202022,331117,929140,0712.96185,058906,9341,091,48223.06
June 202017,70582,651100,2172.12184,446863,4951,089,81223.02
May 20209,58334,33743,8310.93189,958911,3631,143,33124.16
April 20202,7274,1636,8330.14203,6821,002,6491,248,43326.38
March 20208,02437,64445,5660.96223,2671,117,9031,383,32029.23
February 202017,67494,620112,2942.37237,7771,202,9181,482,94031.33
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Spain - New motor vehicle registrations
Spain - New motor vehicle registrations