New cars on the market

This indicator shows the number of newly registered cars entering the market. The number includes all newly registered cars, both new and second hand.

628,323 cars

  • Between 2018 and 2019 there was a 6% increase in the number of newly registered cars.
  • As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a decrease of 13% in 2020.

What do we see? 

The number of newly registered cars (grey dots on the graph below) increased steadily between 2014 and 2019. On average there was a 2% to 6% growth in newly registered cars each year and the number peaked in 2019. 

In 2020 the number of newly registered cars dropped by 13% as a result of the reduced mobility and economic conditions caused by COVID-19.



What’s the aim?

In a circular economy the aim is to minimise the number of new cars entering the market as this also calls for the use of new materials. As such, the goal is to increase the use intensity and efficiency of cars while also increasing the use of public transport and other more active forms of mobility like walking and cycling. 

The second-hand car market definitely has a place in the circular economy as it stimulates the reuse of materials and products. However, we should always consider the age and condition of second-hand cars, especially to avoid the high emissions that are more common with older cars.

What does this indicator measure?

This indicator measures the number of newly registered cars based on data provided by Ecoscore (managed by VITO) and the Federal Public Service Mobility & Transport.

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