Purchases of new vehicles have declined in Switzerland, but the interest of Helvetians in hybrid cars continues to grow.
New vehicle releases fell 4% in June compared to the same month a year earlier to 36,475 units. The fall is even 14% for passenger cars.
If the petrol (-21%) and diesel (-31%) categories suffered a lot, the electric (+ 19%) and especially the hydric (+ 101%) categories posted exceptional growth, the Federal Office of statistics (FSO) in a press release.
Decline in registrations
The magnitude of the decline in passenger car registrations thus returns to its level of February 2020, which already showed a fall of 14%. Meanwhile, with the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, releases had plummeted, with a peak of -67% in April (9225 new units only).
The decline has been chronic for years. In January, before the confinement, the SFO announced a contraction of 10% in the new releases of passenger cars.