9309.0 - Motor Vehicle Census, Australia, 31 Jan 2012 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 22/08/2012   
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22 August 2012
Embargoed: 11.30 am (AEST)
Diesel vehicles increase by 60%

The number of registered diesel vehicles has increased by 60.6% from 2007 to 2012, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Queensland had the largest percentage of diesel powered vehicles with 26.3%, followed by New South Wales (25.50%) and Victoria (21.4%). The Australian Capital Territory had the smallest percentage of diesel powered vehicles with 1%.

At 31 January 2012, diesel powered vehicles made up 15.9% of registered cars in Australia, compared to 14.7% at the same time last year.

Over the same period, petrol powered vehicles decreased from 82.1% to 81.1%.

The number of vehicles registered in Australia at 31 January 2012 was 16.7 million (up 2.5% from 2011).

Motorcycles continued to grow in popularity at a faster rate than any other vehicle type in the twelve months to January 2012. From 2007 to 2012, motorcycle (including scooter) registrations had an average annual growth rate of 7.7%.

For further information see Motor Vehicle Census (cat. no 9309.0).

Media notes:
When reporting ABS data you must attribute the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or the ABS) as the source.