Major increase in new car registrations in Finland

The numbers of new cars, vans and cars using ethanol fuel increased significantly in 2010, according to the Finnish Transport Safety Agency.

A total of 126,396 new vehicles were registered in Finland in 2010, representing an increase of 22.7% on the year before, according to the Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi). The annual statistics from Trafi show that car sales have improved substantially, with new registrations up by 23.6% compared to the recession-hit year 2009.

Currently the most popular new cars in Finland are manufactured by Toyota, Volkswagen, Skoda, Ford and Volvo, making up 49.6% of all new car registrations. In terms of regions, the major growth areas in car registrations in Finland during 2010 were Kymenlaakso, Pirkanmaa and South Karelia.

The number of newly registered vans in 2010 vans grew by 27.3% in 2010 compared to the previous year, reaching a total of 11,045 vehickes. In line with previous years, the most popular vans were made by Toyota, Volgswagen and Ford.

According to Trafi, by far the biggest percentage increase in 2010 was recorded for the number of registrations for cars using ethanol – rising from just one car in 2009 to 334 cars in 2010.

Source: Trafi