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Car sales in Germany are stable year-on-year in January at 210,195 registrations. The VW Golf/Plus/Jetta continues to dominate, reaching its best market share since last September at 8.9% thanks to 18,764 sales. The podium is 100% VW and identical to the Full Year 2011 ranking with the Passat at #2 and Polo at #3, both grabbing 3.1% share. The Mercedes C Class is up 2 spots on December to #4 with 5,485 units.
Exceptional performance of the Audi A6/A7 this month: with 4,537 sales and 2.2% it reaches a record 5th position, its highest ever monthly ranking in Germany since the launch of the A6 nameplate in 1994. Its previous best was #6 in July 2005 when it sold 6,646 units for a 2.5% market share. Note the A7 had not launched in 2005 but this month the split A6/A7 is 3,998/539, meaning the A6 alone would rank #6 and still equal its best ever ranking.
Another model reaches its highest ever German monthly ranking in January: the VW Tiguan ranks #7 with 3,912 sales and 1.9% share, it’s the second time the Tiguan reaches that position after February 2011 and only the third time since the launch of the Tiguan nameplate in 2007 that the model breaks into the monthly Top 10.
Mercedes B Class
We are starting to see the effects of the 2nd generation Mercedes B Class spreading across the country, with the model up a whopping 14 spots on December to break into the Top 10 for the first time since last March at #10 and 3,482 sales. Other great performers this month include the Opel Zafira up 12 ranks to #21, the VW Up! holding itself to a promising #23 with 2,153 units and 1%, Hyundai ix35 up to #41 and Audi Q3 breaking into the Top 50 for the first time at #44.
Further down the ranking, notice the Mercedes ML Class at #54, Kia Rio at #64, BMW 7 Series at #91, Range Rover Evoque at #119 with 386 sales and 0.3%, VW Beetle at #123 and 359 units, Citroen DS5 at #153 with 217 sales and Opel Ampera at #193 and 110 units. Two models have their very first month of sales in Germany this month: the Subaru XV delivers 26 units (#248) and the Mazda CX-5 has its first 7 sales (#279).
Previous month: Germany December 2011: VW Up! already at #22
One year ago: Germany January 2011: New VW Passat up to #2, BMW 5 Series up to #5
Full January 2012 Top 50 Ranking Table below.