In December, vehicle registrations in Switzerland fell by 3.39% with respect to December of 2006. In total, 24,774 cars were registered and 315,408 new cars were sold in the last twelve months, 5.71% more than the year before.
The breakdown of car sales figures for the month of December is:
- Commercial vehicles sold: 2,091, 30.55% less than in December of 2006.
- Passenger cars regitrations: 22,683, which represents a figure of 0.23% more than in December of 2006.
Switzerland is the 32th-placed country in ranking of 133 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 41.54 cars per 1,000 residents, 3.26 of them in the last month, Switzerland, occupies 15th 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.
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.