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Germany January 2018: VW above 20% share, T-Roc weak, market up 11.6%

The VW T-Roc hasn’t yet cracked the Top 50 at home. Picture autobild.de

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The German new car market starts 2018 with a fantastic 11.6% year-on-year gain in January – almost 30.000 additional units – to 269.429 registrations. 5 of the Top 6 best-selling carmakers trail the market though, with the Top 10 identical to the FY2017 order. Volkswagen gains 10% to 20.2%, its first time above 20% in one year,  Mercedes is up 8% to 9.8%, Audi down 3% to 7.8% and BMW up 2% to 7.7%. Hyundai (+30%), Renault (+24%), Seat (+24%), Skoda (+17%) and Ford (+16%) post the largest year-on-year improvements in the Top 10. Below, Alfa Romeo (+64%), Cadillac (+58%), Jeep (+42%), Kia (+41%), Rolls Royce (+38%), Lada (+37%), Porsche (+37%), Toyota (+37%), Peugeot (+34%), Lamborghini (+31%), Dacia (+29%), Land Rover (+26%), Citroen (+25%), Smart (+23%) all at least double the market’s growth.

The BMW 5 Series is up 122% in January thanks to the new generation. 

Model-wise, the VW Golf (+31%) impresses with a 4th consecutive month of double-digit gains, followed by the Tiguan (+11%) and Passat (-12%), Volkswagen monopolising the podium like it did over the FY2017. The rest of the Top 7 is identical to the FY2017 order: Mercedes C-Class (-1%), VW Polo (-5%), Audi A4 (+12%) and Skoda Octavia (+14%). The BMW 5 Series (+122%), Mercedes GLC (+65%), Ford Focus (+63%), BMW 1 Series (+54%), Ford Kuga (+52%) and Audi A6 (+34%) post the largest gains in the Top 15.

The Dacia Sandero is the #1 “true” foreigner in Germany this month. 

Further down, the Dacia Sandero (+40%) is the best-selling “true” foreigner at #28 (removing Skoda and Seat nameplates), with the Citroen C3 (+98%), Audi Q2 (+92%), Opel Insignia (+83%), Mazda CX-5 (+76%) and Renault Captur (+48%) also making themselves noticed in the Top 50. The Opel Crossland X (#49) is the only recent launch (<12 months) inside the Top 50 this month, with the VW T-Roc up 59 spots on December to a lukewarm 57th place, nowhere near the levels it has already reached in markets such as Austria (#6). The Opel Grandland X is up 22 ranks on last month to #66, the Skoda Karoq up 24 to #74, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross up 203 to #82, the VW Arteon up 26 to #101, the Seat Arona up 68 to #103, the Kia Stonic up one to #106 and the Hyundai Kona up 52 to #110.

Previous post: Germany Full Year 2017: VW places Golf, Passat and Tiguan on podium

One year ago: Germany January 2017: Mercedes above 10%, BMW X1 up to record #7

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Germany Full Year 2017: VW places Golf, Passat and Tiguan on podium

The VW Tiguan signs its very first annual podium while the Skoda Kodiaq is the #1 newcomer.

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New car sales in Germany are up for the fourth year in a row at +2.7% in 2017 to 3.441.262 units, the largest annual volume this decade, since scrappage scheme-boosted 2009 (3.807.175). Once again, market leader Volkswagen loosens its grip on the brands ranking with a 3% decline leading to a market share down 1.2 percentage point on 2016 to 18.4%. Mercedes on the other hand grows slightly faster than the market at +5% to 9.5% share in 2nd place, hitting an all-time high of 10.6% in August. Audi drops 2% to 8.2% while BMW is up just 0.02% to 7.6% share, peaking at 9.8% in December.

The Mercedes E-Class is up 29% to return to the Top 10. Picture autobild.de 

Ford (+3%) overtakes Opel (-0.03%) for 5th place overall while Skoda (+4%), Renault (+8%), Hyundai (+1%) and Seat (+11%) keep the remainder of the Top 10 identical to 2016. Below, Tesla (+75%), Lada (+57%), Cadillac (+56%), Aston Martin (+50%), Bentley (+46%), Alfa Romeo (+42%), Chevrolet (+36%), Lotus (+32%), Dacia (+28%), Peugeot (+25%), Lexus (+22%), Suzuki (+22%), Lamborghini (+16%), Mitsubishi (+16%) and Toyota (+13%) post some of the largest year-on-year gains whereas Infiniti (-44%), Alpina (-43%), DS (-24%) and Honda (-20%) are the hardest hit.

The VW Golf has now been the best-selling car at home for 42 years.

The VW Golf celebrates 37 consecutive years in the German pole position despite a 3% drop to 6.6% share vs. 7% a year ago. The Golf’s decline would have been much steeper if it weren’t for a rallying back of sales during the last quarter: +22% in October, +24% in November and +28% in December. The Golf has now rank as the annual best-seller in Germany for 42 years: every single year since 1975 apart from one interruption in 1980 by the Mercedes W123. In comparison, the VW Beetle ‘only’ topped the Germany market for 29 consecutive years from 1946 to 1973. In spite of its decline, the Golf tightens its grip on the models ranking: it sells 3.15 times as much as the #2, the VW Passat (-10%) vs. 2.92 times in 2016 and 2.78 times in 2015.

The BMW 5 Series is up 43% thanks to the new generation. 

The VW Tiguan soars 12% and three spots to land on the annual podium for the first time in the history of the nameplate, hitting a record 71.437 units. The Mercedes C-Class (+3%) remains at #4 while the VW Polo (-15%) drops two ranks to #5 and both the Audi A4 (-3%) and Skoda Octavia (+1% to an all-time high 59.147 sales) take advantage of a dismal performance by the Opel Astra (-14%) to rank #6 and #7 respectively. Thanks to the new generation, the Mercedes E-Class surges 29% and 11 spots to #9, the BMW 5 Series is up 43% to #18, the Mercedes GLC is up 50% to #21, with the BMW X1 (+23%), Opel Insignia (+24%) and Dacia Sandero (+35%) also posting spectacular gains in the Top 50.

Boosted by a leasing offer, the Peugeot 208 breaks into the German Top 10 in December.

Boosted by a leasing offer by Sixt at 99€/month, the Peugeot 208 shoots up 445% to #9 in December (an all-time record) and 54% to #56 over the Full Year. Launched in late 2016, the Audi Q2 (+950%) ends its first full year on the German market at #43 while the Toyota C-HR (+1014%) ranks 82nd. The Skoda Kodiaq (#72) is the best-selling all-new launch in Germany for 2017, peaking at #42 in August and September, followed by the Opel Crossland X (#93) peaking at #43 in November, the VW Arteon (#171), Opel Grandland X (#182) and Skoda Karoq (#192).

The Dacia Sandero is up 41% to #6 private sale in Germany in 2017. 

Private sales only represent 35.6% of the total German market in 2017, that’s just 1.225.089 registrations. The VW Golf remains the most popular nameplate with private buyers yet it is down 6% to a weaker 27.9% Private Sales (PS) ratio. The VW Tiguan is up 16% to #2 and 47.6% PS, knocking the VW Polo (-21%) down to #3 at 51.9% PS. The Mini is up 9% to #4 with private buyers, ahead of the Mercedes C-Class (+8%) and the Dacia Sandero up 10 spots and 41% to #6 with a 91.6% PS ratio. The Ford Kuga is up 33% and 11 ranks to #9 with a strong 49.8% PS ratio, the Fiat Ducato is up 12% to #11, the VW Touran up 19% to #13, the Mitsubishi Space Star up 24% to #17, the Audi Q2 lands at #25 for its first full year in market, the Seat Ateca is up 182% to #31 and the Dacia Dokker is up 69% to #48.

Previous month: Germany November 2017: VW Golf up 24% in market up 9.4%

Previous year: Germany Full Year 2016: VW down, Mercedes up in strongest market in 7 years

Two years ago: Germany Full Year 2015: VW Golf celebrates 40 years in pole position

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Germany November 2017: VW Golf up 24% in market up 9.4%

The VW Golf posts a second 20%+ year-on-year gain in a row at home.

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New car sales in Germany are up a very healthy 9.4% year-on-year in November to 302.636 registrations, lifting the year-to-date volume up 3% to 3.187.312 with only one month left in 2017. For once Volkswagen manages to almost match the market growth at +8% to 19.2% share, nearly one percentage point above its YTD level of 18.4%. Mercedes remains comfortably in 2nd place with an almost two percentage point-advantage over its followers but trail the market at +1% to 9.5% share. Audi follows in third place with a market-beating 12% gain to 7.6% ahead of Ford (+17%) remaining at #4 for the second month running. Ford is now only 109 units below Opel year-to-date. Skoda advances 12% at #7 and Seat leaps up 26% to #9. Peugeot delivers the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 30 at a magnificent +72%, due to an on-going fleet offer on the 208 (up 246% with only 6.4% private sales in Nov), with Dacia (+53%), Alfa Romeo (+43%), Mazda (+30%), Kia (+25%), Jeep (+22%), Citroen (+20%) and Smart (+20%) also impressive. Among smaller brands, Aston Martin (+122%), Tesla (+98%), Rolls Royce (+59%), Lada (+48%), Lexus (+47%) and Ssangyong (+39%) also perform extremely well.

Over in the models ranking, after 13 straight months of year-on-year declines, the VW Golf impressively posts a second consecutive month of 20%+ gains at +24% to 7.3% share, the nameplate’s largest improvement since March 2016. With the Passat up 6% and the Tiguan up 12%, Volkswagen now monopolises the YTD podium as it did in 2016. The Mercedes C-Class drops 7% but is back up three spots to #4, followed by the E-Class up 27% to #5. The Skoda Octavia is solid at #6, while the next seven best-sellers all beat the market with double-digit gains: the VW Touran (+34%_), Audi A4 (+21%), Ford Focus (+23%), Fiesta (+26%), Skoda Fabia (+14%), Seat Leon (+16%) and Mercedes GLC, scoring the largest improvement of all at +72% but out of the Top 10 for the first time since last July. The BMW 5 Series (+40%), Ford Kuga (+100%), Seat Ibiza (+46%), Opel Insignia (+86%) and Dacia Sandero (+39%) also lodge spectacular gains in November. The Opel Crossland X continues to lead recent launches, improving to #43 and followed by the Skoda Kodiaq (#45), VW T-Roc up 123 ranks to #81 and the Skoda Karoq up 48 to #86.

Previous month: Germany October 2017: VW Golf up 22%, Ford Fiesta up to #4

One year ago: Germany November 2016: Mercedes hits high point at 10.3% share

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Germany October 2017: VW Golf up 22%, Ford Fiesta up to #4

The Ford Fiesta hits its highest ranking in Germany since November 2012. 

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New car sales in Germany are back up 3.9% year-on-year in October to 272.855 units, leading to a year-to-date volume up 2.3% or 66.000 sales to 2.884.676. Once again Volkswagen trails its home market with a 2% gain and posts a market share identical to its YTD level at 18.4%. Mercedes is up 7% to remain at a strong 9.8% but Audi is down 7% to 7.9% vs. 8.4% so far in 2017. Fallen down to a rare 7th place in September, Ford rallies back up 13% this month to #4, distancing Opel (-1%), BMW (-9%) and Skoda (+12%). Seat (+15%) is the third Top 10 manufacturer to post a double-digit gain in October. Beyond, Peugeot surges 38% to #11, Kia is up 16% to #13, Mazda up 15% to #15, Dacia up 40% to #17 and Mini up 16% to #19. Among smaller brands, Land Rover (+14%), Volvo (+14%), Alpina (+20%), Iveco (+32%), Suzuki (+35%), Cadillac (+50%), Lada (+65%), Tesla (+79%) and Bentley (+94%) make themselves noticed.

First Top 100 at home for the Opel Grandland X. Picture largus.fr

Over in the models ranking, the VW Golf speeds up a very robust 22% year-on-year to 20.343 sales and 7.5% share, almost one percentage point above its YTD level. This ends 13 consecutive months of year-on-year declines for the Golf and marks its largest gain since March 2015. The podium is unchanged on September with the Tiguan (-1%) in 2nd place and the Passat (-4%) in third, the latter snapping the 2nd spot YTD off the Mercedes C-Class down 1% to #7 in October. A revenant: the Ford Fiesta is up 8% year-on-year and a whopping 35 spots on September to #4, the nameplate’s first Top 10 in 2016 and its highest ranking in almost five years, since November 2012 when it ranked #4 also.  The Fiesta is at #21 so far in 2017.

The BMW X2 has landed. 

The Skoda Octavia remains at a cool 5th place and climbs up to #7 year-to-date, the Mercedes E-Class is up 29% to become the brand’s best-seller at home while the GLC posts a third consecutive month inside the Top 10 at #10 thanks to deliveries up 79% on October 2016. The BMW 5 Series is up 6% year-on-year but down 13 ranks on last month to #17, the Peugeot 208 justifies the brand’s surge with sales up 3-fold thanks to an aggressive fleet promotion (only 5.3% private sales this month) and the Opel Insignia doubles its sales year-on-year (+99%) thanks to the new model. The Opel Crossland X breaks into its home Top 50 for the first time to lead recent launches at #44, ahead of the Skoda Kodiaq (#51) and Toyota C-HR (#76) while the Opel Grandland X breaks into the Top 100 at #92. The Skoda Karoq is up 60 spots on September to #134, the Kia Stinger up 62 to #182 and the VW T-Roc up just 3 to #204. We welcome no less than four new nameplates in the German ranking this month: the Hyundai Kona directly at #125, the Seat Arona at #195, the BMW X2 at #289 and the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross at #296.

Previous month: Germany September 2017: BMW 5 Series and Skoda Fabia shine

One year ago: Germany October 2016: Volkswagen drops 20% but monopolises Top 4

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Germany September 2017: BMW 5 Series and Skoda Fabia shine

The BMW 5 Series is up 119% to 4th place overall in September.

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The German new car market is down 3.3% year-on-year in September to 288.035 registrations, but the year-to-date total remains in positive territory at 2.611.821 units, up 2.2% on the same period in 2016. Once again market leader Volkswagen is in difficulty at -8% but slots a market share higher than its YTD level at 18.5% vs. 18.3%. Mercedes (-2%) beats the market slightly but drops below 10% share for the first time since last June to 9.8%. BMW (+4%) and Opel (-0.3%) both bypass Audi (-9%) to rank 3rd and 4th respectively. Skoda (+12%) is the only carmaker to lodge a double-digit gain in the Top 15, overtaking Ford for 6th place overall, its highest ranking in Germany since December 2012. Hyundai (+9%) is up two spots on August to a splendid 8th place, frankly outselling Renault (-6%). Lexus (+10%), Subaru (+13%) Dacia (+27%), Suzuki (+43%), Chevrolet (+45%), Bentley (+49%), Lada (+53%) and Aston Martin (+250%) are among the biggest gainers in the remainder of the ranking.

For the first time in history, Skoda places two nameplates in the German Top 6.

The VW Golf unsurprisingly tops the German charts, following the market at -2% for a very solid 7.6% share vs. 6.5% so far in 2017. It’s a podium 100% Volkswagen with the Tiguan (-18%) in 2nd place and the Passat (-9%) at #3, this while the Polo, down 48% to #21, drops to #5 year-to-date in the midst of its generation changeover. The BMW 5 Series is the hero of the month, more than doubling its sales year-on-year at +119% to step up 10 spots on August to #4 overall. Skoda places the Octavia at #5 (+6%) and the Fabia at #6 (+11%): according to BSCB records the first time in history that two Skoda nameplates appear in the monthly Top 6 in Germany. If the Octavia is now almost a regular in the German Top 5 (third time this year) and has a personal best of #4 in March 2016, reversely the Fabia hasn’t ranked this high since March 2011 (#6) while its personal best remains #2 in February and September 2009 when aggressive scrappage schemes turned the German sales charts on their head. Then, the Octavia barely managed to break into the Top 20.

First appearance of the VW T-Roc in its home sales charts. 

The Mercedes C-Class is down 21% to #7 but remains #2 year-to-date for now. Exceptional performance of the Mercedes GLC, doubling down on its very first Top 10 ranking last month (#6) with a 9th place in September (+93%). The Opel Insignia is up 98% to #20, the Hyundai i20 up 30% to #28 vs. #46 YTD and the i30 up 36% to #33 vs. #49 YTD. Among recent launches, the Opel Grandland X is up 133 spots to #107, the VW Arteon up 38 to #122 and the Kia Stonic up 61 to #156. Finally, we welcome two (promising) nameplates in the German charts in September: the Skoda Karoq at #194 and the VW T-Roc at #207.

Previous month: Germany August 2017: Mercedes GLC and Seat Leon break records

One year ago: Germany September 2016: Mercedes soars 26% in market up 9%

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Germany August 2017: Mercedes GLC and Seat Leon break records

The Mercedes GLC soars to a record-breaking 6th place in Germany in August. 

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Up 3.1% year-on-year to 253.679 registrations, this is the best August score in Germany in 8 years, and this despite a freefalling of diesel sales at -13%. The year-to-date total is now up 2.9% to 2.323.785. If Volkswagen falls by the double-digits for the second consecutive month at -11%, Mercedes remains at historically high levels: with sales up 8% year-on-year, it hits 10.5% share of the German market, the fifth time it crosses the symbolic 10% milestone in the past year and at least the past decade, if not the past 40 years (see more detail in our July 2017 post). Audi (+1%) and BMW (+7%) are relegated way below at 7.6% and 7.4% share respectively. Strong month for Opel, Skoda and Seat all up 13% as well as Renault up 17% in 9th place. Dacia surges 31% to rank #11 with 2.5% share, no less than the brand’s highest ever ranking and market share in Germany. Further down, Citroen (+16%), Land Rover (+20%), Suzuki (+25%), Volvo (+25%), Peugeot (+28%), Mitsubishi (+42%), Alfa Romeo (+66%) and DS (+98%) all post impressive gains.

The Seat Leon is up to a best-ever 7th place in Germany this month. 

Model-wise, the Golf replicates Volkswagen’s fall at -11% to a still ultra-dominant 6.6% share, while the Mercedes C-Class (+9%) is now #2 year-to-date, bypassing the VW Polo tumbling down 11 spots in August to #16. The VW Passat (-7%) and Tiguan (-18%) round up the Top 4 but show paltry performances. Below the Skoda Octavia up 20% to #5, the Mercedes GLC soars 126% year-on-year to land at a spectacular 6th place, after only breaking into the Top 20 for the first time last month (#19)… The Seat Leon (+19%) surges 11 spots on July to smash its ranking record at #7, the third time the Leon ranks inside the German Top 10 after March 2017 (#9) and August 2015 (#10). Strikingly, the Leon outsells the Opel Astra this month to rank #2 in its segment below just the VW Golf… Notice also the Opel Mokka up 53% to #12, the BMW 5 Series up 83% to #14 and the Dacia Sandero up 50% to #22 or best-selling foreigner if we take Skoda and Seat as German-owned.

Dacia is knocking on the German Top 10’s door: up to a record 11th place in August. 

Among recent launches, the Audi Q2 is up 15 spots on July to a best-ever #33 also hit last March, the Skoda Kodiaq is up 48 ranks to break into the German Top 50 for the first time at #42, the Opel Crossland X is up 29 spots to #53, the Toyota C-HR down 8 to #81 and the Suzuki Ignis up 37 to #90, its first time inside the German Top 100. Finally, this month we welcome the Kia Stonic at #217 and the Kia Stinger at #305.

Previous month: Germany July 2017: Mercedes at highest share this decade, VW down 13%

One year ago: Germany August 2016: Mercedes > Audi but A4 beats Passat and C-Class

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Germany July 2017: Mercedes at highest share this decade, VW at -13%

Mercedes surges 18% to 10.6% market share at home in July. 

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The German new car market edges up by a meagre 1.5% year-on-year in July to 283.080 registrations, leading to the year-to-date tally up 2.8% to 2.070.106 units. Market leader Volkswagen however plunges 13% to 17.5% share, one percentage point below its YTD level. The hero of the month is once again Mercedes, surging 18% on July 2016 to 10.6% market share. This is the fourth time Mercedes crosses the symbolic 10% market share milestone in the past 12 months (10.1% in January 2017, 10.3% in November 2016 and 10.1% in August 2016) but also this decade according to BSCB files. Mercedes may have reached higher market shares when the Mercedes Strich 8 topped the annual ranking in 1974 and when the Mercedes W123 did so in 1980, but it is reasonable to state that Mercedes is enjoying its highest market shares in 40 years at home…

The last time Mercedes may have enjoyed higher market shares at home was in the early eighties.

Audi (+0.3%) remains in third place while BMW (+7%) is back up one spot to the 4th place it holds YTD. Ford (-6%) and Opel (+3%) follow ahead of Skoda (-1%), Renault (+11%) and Seat (+10%) being the only other manufacturers enjoying a double-digit year-on-year gain in the Top 10. In the Top 20, Toyota (+11%), Citroen (+13%), Dacia (+17%), Kia (+19%), Peugeot (+23%) and Mitsubishi (+54%) do the same, while among smaller brands Land Rover (+28%), Lamborghini (+52%), Aston Martin (+64%), Alfa Romeo (+76%), Tesla (+102%), Bentley (+106%) and Cadillac (+210%) are among the most dynamic.

The Mercedes E-Class is up 52% in July.

The VW Golf remains of course in the models’ pole position but drops a heavy 11% to 5.8% share. If Volkswagen still monopolises the YTD Top 4, it is far from being the case this month: the Passat is down 18% to #3, the Polo down 12% to #5 and the new gen Tiguan’s honeymoon period has now ended: it is down 22% to #9 in July. For its part, Mercedes justifies its historical performance by placing the C-Class (+21%) in 2nd place overall, the E-Class up 52% to #8 and the GLC up 60% to #19, the nameplate’s first time inside the German Top 20. Audi also shines, placing the A4 (-12%) at #4 and the A3 (+7%) at #6. The BMW 5 Series continues to be boosted by the new generation: up 73% to #10. Other great performers include the Opel Mokka (+60%), the Renault Captur (+84% and best-selling foreigner if we consider Skoda and Seat to be German), the Dacia Sandero up 29% and the Mitsubishi Space Star up 138%. The Audi Q2 (#48) leads recent launches above the Toyota C-HR (#73), Opel Crossland X (#82) and Skoda Kodiaq (#90).

Previous post: Germany First Half 2017: Mercedes up, Volkswagen down but trusts Top 4

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One year ago: Germany July 2016: Audi A4 and VW Tiguan step up

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Germany First Half 2017: Mercedes up, VW down but trusts Top 4

The new E-Class (+32%) helps Mercedes up 7% to #2 brand at home so far this year. 

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The German new car market slows down its growth in 2017: after gaining 7% in the First Half 2016, it now improves by just 3.1% to 1.787.026. The market was down 3 out of 6 months: in February, April and June. No surprise atop the brands ranking: Volkswagen remains master in command however has seen its market share thaw drastically – more than 3 percentage points – over the past two years (i.e. since the start of the emissions scandal): from 21.7% in H1 2015 to 20% in H1 2016 to 18.6% halfway through 2017. This due to a 4% sales decline, which is four times the decline it posted a year ago (-1%). Paradoxically, the models ranking has never been so utterly dominated by VW as we’ll see further down. Mercedes has taken the advantage over Audi in the premium race thanks to a 7% improvement vs. -3% for the VW Group brand. BMW (-3%) remains in 4th place but is now threatened by Ford (+4%) which has just overtaken Opel (-1%). Skoda (+2%) remains at #7.

The Tiguan makes it four VWs in the Top 4. Picture auto.ndtv.com 

It’s further down that we witness larger year-on-year gains. Renault soars 16% to 4% share and Seat is up 11% to 3%, both holding onto their rankings at #8 and #10 respectively. Just outside the Top 10, Fiat (+25%) and Toyota (+27%) excel, with Dacia (+27%) equalling Toyota for the biggest jump in the Top 25. Dacia’s performance is all the more remarkable that its range has only seen a few minor facelifts in the past year. Mitsubishi (+19%), Suzuki (+24%) and Jaguar (+24%) also make themselves noticed in the Top 30, but none can match Alfa Romeo (+66%) propped up by the Giulia and Stelvio. Below, Tesla (+144%), Lexus (+64%), Lada (+63%), Maserati (+52%), Bentley (+67%), Chevrolet (+67%) and Cadillac (+80%) are among the most dynamic.

Dacia German sales are up 27% year-on-year halfway through 2017. Picture newcarz.de 

Model-wise, the VW Golf loses one full percentage point of market share to just 6.4% due to sales down 12% to its lowest H1 volume this decade. Yet this is still almost three times the sales of the #2, the VW Polo up one spot on a year ago thanks to deliveries up 6%. The VW Tiguan is boosted up 37% by the new generation to snap the third spot overall, only one unit above the VW Passat down 15% and two ranks to #4. This means Volkswagen monopolises the Top 4 halfway through 2017 and were it to hold this order until the end of the year, it would be the first time in history it happens. The Mercedes C-Class (+8%), Opel Astra (-2%), Audi A4 (-2%) and Skoda Octavia (-3%) hold on their positions from a year ago, while the Mercedes E-Class shoots up 32% and 14 spots to break into the Top 10 at #9. The biggest decline near the top is the works of the Audi A3, down 22% and 8 ranks to #12.

The Audi Q2 is the most popular new nameplate in Germany over the period. 

Further down, notice the BMW X1 up 27% and 7 spots to #28, the Mercedes GLC up 23% and 8 ranks to #30 and the Dacia Sandero up 32% and 16 spots to #42. The Audi Q2 is the most popular recent launch (<12 months), directly inviting itself inside the German Top 50 at #45, and is followed by the Toyota C-HR at #84, the Skoda Kodiaq at #100 and the Suzuki Ignis at #119. Only ranked at #173 for now, the Opel Crossland X only has two months of sales under its sleeve and already shot up to #70 in June. To also be singled out among facelifts or slightly less recent launches are the Renault Megane up 51% to #46, the Seat Ateca up to #59, the Citroen C3 up 94% to #69 and the Fiat Tipo up 462% to #74.

The Mitsubishi Space Star misses out on a Private Sales Top 10 by just 118 units. It ranks #51 overall. Picture autobild.de

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Exclusive to BSCB, we can also share with you the best-selling cars with private buyers over H1 2017. This ranking is always very different to the overall one, as private sales (PS) only represent 34.6% of overall German sales over the period, or a meagre 618.311 units. Medium and large sedans such as the VW Passat (only 6.3% PS ratio) tend to primarily sell to businesses, notably as long-term leases. Some brands such as Opel have almost gone completely out of favour with private buyers: the Opel Astra, #6 overall, only ranks 33rd with private buyers halfway through 2017, down an abysmal 41%. If the VW Golf, Polo and Tiguan are the favourites with private buyers as they are overall, the Golf is down an even harsher 19%, with only 26% of its sales going to private buyers. Below, the ranking differs completely. The Mercedes C-Class is up 6 spots on last year to #4, the Dacia Sandero is up 10 to #8, the Ford Kuga up 11 to #9, the Mitsubishi Space Star up 8 to #11 and the Opel Mokka, going against the brand’s trend, is up 16 to #12. The Audi Q2 and Seat Ateca land directly inside the Top 30.

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One year ago: Germany First Half 2016: Volkswagen down 1% in market up 7%

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Germany June 2017: Renault and Seat shine in market down 3.5%

The 5 Series is up 46% to become BMW’s best-seller at home this month. 

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Whereas all other large European markets record a year-on-year gain, German new car sales are down 3.5% in June to 327.693 registrations. The year-to-date tally remains however in positive halfway through the year at +3.1% to 1.787.026 units.  Strikingly, the Top 7 best-selling manufacturers all lodge a negative result this month. Leader Volkswagen falls faster than the market at -5% to 18.5% share, as is the case for Audi (-9%), Opel (-9%), BMW (-18%) and Ford (-9%). Mercedes (-1%) and Skoda (-3%) manage meagre share gains thanks to restrained declines. Renault (+22%) and Seat (+19%) are the heroes of the Top 10 while beyond, Toyota (+23%), Peugeot (+14%) and Mitsubishi (+32%) are the only other Top 20 carmakers able to post a double-digit gains this month. Improvements are more frequent among smaller brands, with Tesla (+46%), Lada (+82%), Lexus (+31%), Maserati (+45%), Chevrolet (+184%), Bentley (+54%), Aston Martin (+46%) and Lotus (+58%) all excelling, none selling more than 400 units however.

The Opel Crossland X is up to #70 in June. 

Over in the models ranking, the VW Golf holds dearly onto the top spot but drops another 10% to 6.1% share. The VW Polo climbs up one spot on May and 17% on a year ago on the back of discounts on the outgoing generation and lands in 2nd place above the VW Passat (-7%) and Mercedes C-Class (-3%). One year after launch, the new generation still boosts VW Tiguan sales up 23% at #5. The Skoda Fabia is up three ranks on last month to #6, distancing the Opel Astra, down a surprisingly harsh 19% and the Skoda Octavia down 11% despite its recent facelift. The Seat Leon is down 1% year-on-year but climbs to #12. Just renewed, the Mercedes E-Class (+24%) and BMW 5 Series (+46%), now the brand’s best-seller, gain significant ground, just as the Mercedes GLC (+30%), Seat Ibiza (+83%) and Mitsubishi Space Star (+77%) also do. The Audi Q2 (#55) is the most popular recent launch ahead of the Opel Crossland X up 93 spots on May to #70, the Skoda Kodiaq (#81) and Toyota C-HR (#89).

Previous month: Germany May 2017: YTD Top 4 now 100% Volkswagen

One year ago: Germany June 2016: Opel Astra snaps first podium in over 4 years

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Germany May 2017: YTD Top 4 now 100% Volkswagen

The VW Tiguan is up 114% year-on-year in May. Picture autobild.de

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After dropping 8% in April, the German new car market rebounds back up 13% in May to 323.952 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up 5% to 1.459.333 units. Market leader Volkswagen slightly trails the overall growth at +9% but remains in negative year-to-date at -4%. Mercedes posts a very satisfying 25% gain to remain firmly in 2nd place at 9.7% share, followed by Audi (+1%) and BMW (+7%) both losing share year-on-year. Ford (+23%) and Fiat (+36%) are the other two great gainers inside the Top 10, while below let’s single out Toyota (+38%), Dacia (+49%), Mitsubishi (+29%) and Suzuki (+27%). Among smaller brands, Alfa Romeo (+47%), Tesla (+508%), Lexus (+129%) and Maserati (+119%) shine.

The Opel Crossland X makes its first appearance the German ranking this month. 

Model-wise, below the VW Golf down 3% it’s a podium 100% Volkswagen with the Passat at #2 with sales up 19% after dropping 31% in April and the Polo up 16%. The Mercedes C-Class drops two spots on April to #4 but gains 23% and the VW Tiguan rounds up the Top 5 with deliveries up 114%. The result: the year-to-date Top 4 is now 100% Volkswagen for the first time in history with the Golf, Polo, Tiguan and Passat dominating the ranking so far this year. The Mercedes E-Class is up 49% to 6th place, the Fiat Ducato continues to excel (+28%) thanks to camper-van sales ahead of Summer, the Ford Fiesta is up 29% to #17, the Opel Mokka up 35% to #21 and the Mercedes GLC up 79% to #24. Among recent launches, the Audi Q2 is down 14 spots on last month to #53, the Skoda Kodiaq is up 24 to #65 and the Seat Ateca down 5 to #67. This month we welcome in the German sales charts the Opel Crossland X (#163) and Grandland X (#236).

Previous month: Germany April 2017: VW, Mercedes, Audi struggle in market down 8%

One year ago: Germany May 2016: Volkswagen only brand down in Top 35, Audi up 28%

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