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Germany March 2015: Opel Corsa and Mazda3 impress

April 15th, 2015 No comments

Opel Corsa Germany March 2015Opel Corsa

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Excellent showing for the German new car market in March: up 9% to 323,039 deliveries, which brings the 1st quarter total to 757,630 units, up 6%. If Mercedes is back to its traditional 2nd spot with 27,674 sales and 8.6% share and the entire Top 7 brands for March is both identical to the year-to-date ranking and the FY2014 one, Audi (+12%) and Ford (+15%) clearly outperform the market. Hyundai (+8%) overtakes Renault (-14%), while Fiat (+20%), Peugeot (+16%), Citroen (+17%), Suzuki (+99%), Smart (+71%), Porsche (+53%) and Jeep (+123%) also post very strong results.

VW Golf Sportsvan Germany March 2015. Picture courtesy of automibile-magazine.frThe Sportsvan variant helps the Golf nameplate up 32% year-on-year in March.

The VW Golf remains the most popular nameplate at home and by a country mile, even lodging the largest year-on-year sales increase among the 19 top sellers in March at +32% to 26,821 units and 8.3%, with the podium 100% Volkswagen for the third consecutive time and the 5th time in the past 6 month: the Passat is up 27% to #2 and the Polo up 12% to #3. The Mercedes C-Class is back up to 4th place despite sales down 1% on March 2014, the Opel Corsa is up 26% to #5 thanks to the new model, the Ford Fiesta is up 17% to #7, the Ford Focus up 11% to #8 and the Skoda Fabia up 27% to #15, boosted by the new generation.

Mazda3 Germany March 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frMazda3 sales are up 88% in Germany this month.

Further down, the Ford Kuga surges 40% to #31, the Mazda3 is the 2nd best-selling ‘true’ foreigner (remove Skoda and Seat) below the Fiat 500 with sales up an explosive 88% on March 2014 to 2,712 at #33, the Hyundai i10 is up an equally impressive 74% to #34, the BMW 4 Series is up 42% to #35, the Suzuki Swift is up 248% to #40 and the Ford Mondeo up 47% to #49. Finally, notice the Suzuki Vitara landing at #147 with 393 sales.

Previous month: Germany February 2015: BMW 2 Series breaks into Top 20

One year ago: Germany March 2014: Mercedes C-Class up 31% to #4

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Germany February 2015: BMW 2 Series breaks into Top 20

March 10th, 2015 2 comments

BMW 2er Active Tourer Germany February 2015. Picture courtesy autozeitung.deThe BMW 2 Series is up to #16 in February at home in Germany.

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Germany, Europe’s largest new car market, is up a very satisfying 7% year-on-year in February to 223,254 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 434,591 units, up 5% on 2014. It’s a solid start of 2015 in Germany indeed. Not only does Volkswagen sell 2.5 times more than any other brand at home, it is also the fastest-growing brand in the Top 15 this month with sales up 18% on a year ago to 50,143 units. Audi (+5%) and BMW (+13%) both overtake Mercedes to rank #2 with 9.2% and #3 with 8.1% respectively, while Ford passes Opel to #5. Seat (+9%), Hyundai (+14%) and Nissan (+13%) are the other manufacturers in the Top 15 to outperform the market. Jeep (+97%), Lexus (+63%), Ssangyong (+52%), Smart (+43%) and Honda (+39%) also impress.

VW Passat Germany February 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe new model pushes VW Passat sales up 51% year-on-year.

For the first time since last October, Volkswagen monopolises the podium with the Golf (+29%), Passat (+51%) and Polo (+16%) in the lead. In fact, the Top 6 best-selling models frankly outperform the market, with the Audi A3 (+17%), Mercedes C-Class and Skoda Octavia (both at +15%) following. The VAG Group trusts 7 spots in the Top 8, also placing the VW Tiguan at #7 and the Audi A4 at #8. The Ford Focus is up 10 spots on January but down 5% year-on-year at #9 and the BMW 2 Series slices its record ranking in two at #16 with 3,247 sales, mainly due to the Active Tourer variant which outsells its rival the Mercedes B-Class (#25) for the very first time.

Fiat 500X Germany February 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe 500X helps the Fiat 500 nameplate remain inside the German Top 30.

The Seat Leon continues on its outstanding run at #17, the Opel Mokka is up 27% on a year ago to #23, and the Nissan Qashqai (#28) and Fiat 500 (#30) are the only “true” foreigners in the Top 30 this month, removing Skoda and Seat nameplates. Solid progressions for the Ford Kuga (+56%), Opel Adam (+47%), Hyundai ix35 (+49%), BMW 4 Series (+126%), Ford Mondeo (+44%) and Suzuki Swift (+128%). Recent launches mark a pause this month: the Mercedes V-Class is down 4 spots on January to #58, the Smart Forfour down 11 to #78, the Nissan Pulsar down 16 to #91 and the Citroen C4 Cactus down two to #103.

Previous month: Germany January 2015: Mercedes B-Class and Mini up

One year ago: Germany February 2014: VW monopolises Top 4 for 2nd time in 77 year-history

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Germany Private Sales February 2015: 3 Skodas in Top 7

March 10th, 2015 No comments

Skoda Yeti Germany February 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Skoda Yeti is #7 with German private buyers this month.

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Private sales in Germany are back up to 33.1% of the overall market vs. 31.2% in January at 73,897 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 139,938 units or a 32.2% private sales ratio vs. 36.2% over the FY2014 and 37.9% in FY2013. Volkswagen monopolises the podium once again and is the only manufacturer with nameplates selling over 1,500 units to private buyers this month: the VW Golf (5,541), Polo (2,827) and Tiguan (2,254) lead the way while sister brand Skoda also places 3 models inside the Top 7: the Octavia (1,471), Fabia (1,469) and Yeti (1,359). Notice also the Seat Leon at #11, the Smart Fortwo at #16, Hyundai ix35 at #19, Suzuki Swift at #22 and Hyundai i20 at #29. Among the Top 100 best-sellers, the Dacia Sandero (88.2%) and Duster (85.6%) lodge the highest private sales ratio, whereas the VW Passat (6.4%) and BMW 5 Series (8.3%) post the lowest.

Previous month: Germany Private Sales January 2015: Seat Leon up to #7

One year ago: Germany Private Sales February 2014: Skoda Fabia up to #4

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Germany January 2015: Mercedes B-Class and Mini up

February 11th, 2015 No comments

Mercedes B Class BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Germany January 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Mercedes B-Class is still far above the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer for now.

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New car sales start the year in positive in Germany at +3% in January to 211.337 registrations. Market leader Volkswagen is particularly strong: up 9% to 24.5% market share, a full 3 percentage points above its 2014 level. Mercedes outperforms the market at +6% to 9.5% share, Audi (+1%) overtakes BMW (+1%) vs. December and FY2014 to rank third while Opel (+9%) and Ford (-14%) remain 5th and 6th respectively. Renault is strong at +14%, Nissan surges up 60% to #9, Mini is up 30%, Smart up 32%, Mitsubishi up 108%, Jeep up 55%, Lexus up 102% and Tesla up 84%.

VW Passat Mercedes C-Class Germany January 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frLike in December, both the VW Passat and Mercedes C-Class are on the podium.

Model-wise, below the ever-dominant VW Golf at 20,806 sales and 9.8% share including the Golf Sportsvan, the VW Passat is a strong 2nd thanks to the new generation and sales up 51% to 7,619 units and 3.6% share, and the Mercedes C-Class lodges a third consecutive month on the German podium with deliveries up 37% year-on-year to 5,255 and 2.5% share. The VW Polo (-16%), Audi A3 (-11%) and VW Tiguan (-15%) suffer but the VW Touran (+5%), Skoda Octavia (+3%), Opel Corsa (+60% thanks to the new model) and Mercedes B-Class (+17%) fare very well. Further down, the Mini (all versions) is up 30% year-on-year to #15, the Seat Leon is up 21% to #34 and outsells its competitor the Opel Astra (+11% to #22) for the 2nd time ever.

Mazda-CX-5 Nissan-Qashqai-VW Touran Germany January 2015. Picture courtesy auto-motor-und-sport.deThe Nissan Qashqai and Mazda CX-5 are 2 of 3 foreigners in the January Top 40.

The Nissan Qashqai, up a spectacular 80% on January 2014 to #25, is the only true foreigner in the Top 30 at #25 (counting Skoda and Seat as part of Volkswagen), and one of just 3 in the Top 40 along with the Fiat 500 at #31 and Mazda CX-5 at #40. Notice also the BMW 2 Series up a further two spots to a record #32 thanks to the Active Tourer variant, the Ford Mondeo up 59% to #38 thanks to the much anticipated new generation, the BMW 4 Series up 19 spots on December to #41, the Mitsubishi Space Star up 20 to #42 and the Mercedes GLA up 42 to #49.

Citroen C4 Cactus Germany January 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Citroen C4 Cactus is about to break into the German Top 100 – like the 2CV did in its time.

Among other recent launches, let’s salute the Mercedes V-Class up 4 spots on last month to a best-ever #54, the Smart Forfour down one to #67, the Nissan Pulsar up 29 to #75, Porsche Macan up 29 to #91, Citroen C4 Cactus up 26 to #101, and the BMW X4 and Peugeot 108 both up two ranks to #103 and #109 respectively.

Previous post: Germany Full Year 2014: Audi A3, VW Tiguan & Skoda Octavia at all-time high

Previous month: Germany December 2014: Mercedes C-Class up 80% to 2nd place

One year ago: Germany January 2014: Volkswagen monopolises Top 4 for first time in history

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Germany Private Sales January 2015: Seat Leon up to #7

February 10th, 2015 No comments

Seat Leon Germany January 2015. Picture courtesy automobile-magazine.frSeat Leon 

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As an appetiser for overall German new car registrations, I give you German Private Sales data for January 2015. Germany characterises itself by an exceptionally low Private Sales (PS) ratio in general, but in January it reaches record lows at just 31.2% and 65.937 registrations in market at 211.337 units. This level is to be compared to 36.2% over the FY2014 and 37.9% in FY2013, let alone other European countries like France where the 2014 PS ratio is around 52%. Before we go into the sales charts in detail, a methodology note: are counted as Private Sales the cars sold to private buyers. Demo cars, rental cars and long-term leases are not counted as private – this is pretty standard across the industry.

VW Up Germany January 2015VW Up

Volkswagen monopolises the January podium like it did over the FY2014 with the same models: the Golf in the lead at 27% PS followed by the Polo at 49.2% and the Tiguan at 42%, all these PS ratios being well below their respective 2014 levels. The Mercedes B-Class is back up to #4 ahead of the Skoda Octavia strong at #5, the VW Up excellent at #6 and the Seat Leon at a best-ever #7. Other great performers with German private buyers in January include the Dacia Sandero at #9 (88.4%), Smart Fortwo at #11 (60.1%), Nissan Qashqai at #15, Mitsubishi Space Star at #21, Hyundai ix35 at #23 and the BMW 2 Series at #24. The Renault Captur (#30) is above the Clio (#32) and the Peugeot 2008 (#52) is well above the 208 (#85).

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One year ago: Germany Private Sales January 2014: Opel Mokka up to #4, Dacia Sandero #6

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Germany Full Year 2014: VW Golf celebrates 39 years in top spot Audi A3, VW Tiguan and Skoda Octavia at all-time high

January 17th, 2015 No comments

Audi A3 Germany 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Audi A3 ranks at a best-ever 4th place at home in 2014.

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The German new car market is reassuringly back in positive territory in 2014, up 3% year-on-year to get back above the symbolic 3 million annual unit-mark at 3,036,773, however still among the lowest volumes in the past 25 years. Volkswagen is almost immobile atop the brands ranking with 656,494 sales and 21.6% share, while Mercedes is the only one of the 3 local premium brands to lose ground over 2013 despite a flurry of new launches: down 2% to 272,566 units and 9% to be compared with +3% to 259,459 and 8.5% at Audi and +3% to 237,748 and 7.8% at BMW. Mass-market brands Opel and Ford are growing faster this year: both gain 6% but remain in 5th and 6th position respectively.

Renault Captur Germany 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frRenault is the most popular ‘true’ foreign marque in Germany (excluding Skoda).

Skoda (+9%) and Seat (+12%) sign the best percentage improvements in the Top 10 while Renault reclaims the title of best-selling foreign brand off Hyundai thanks to sales up 6% to 105,322. Further down, great performers this year in Germany include – in order of sales – Nissan (+14%), Mazda (+17%), Volvo (+16%), Porsche (+17%), Mitsubishi (+14%), Land Rover (+18%), Jeep (+48%), Maserati (+194%), Ssangyong (+50%) and Infiniti (+48%) while Tesla lands at #38 with 817 sales and BMW’s performance division Alpina gains 74%.

VW Golf Germany 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Golf is even more dominant this year than in 2013.

As the years pass, the VW Golf continues to strengthen its grip on the German models charts, as if it was still possible to dominate more blatantly. Helped by the arrival of the Sportsvan variant still counted as part of the Golf nameplate, Volkswagen’s best-seller is up 4% to 255,044 sales and 8.4% share. That’s exactly 3.5 times the sales of any other nameplate in the market (vs. 3.4 in 2013 and 2.7 in 2012). The Golf celebrates 34 years in a row at #1 in Germany, (no interruption since 1981!) with the nameplate holding the #1 spot at home for 39 of the past 40 years. Who is responsible for ruining a perfect 4-0? the Mercedes W123 which was #1 in 1980. Note the Golf reign is much longer than that of the Beetle, #1 from 1946 to 1973.

VW Tiguan Germany 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deFirst annual Top 5 ranking for the VW Tiguan in Germany.

Volkswagen returns to monopolising the podium this year after being interrupted by the BMW 3 Series in 2013: the Passat remains #2 with 2.4% of the market and the Polo is up one spot to #3. The Audi A3 gains 7% to deliver the nameplate’s best-ever ranking in Germany at #4 and 65,199 sales while the VW Tiguan achieves exactly the same at #5 and 61,947 units, also up 7%. That both nameplates are at their highest-ever levels while going relatively under the radar in 2014 is testimony of their new status as regulars in the Top 5. This also means the VAG Group monopolises the Top 5 for the first time in history in Germany.

Skoda Octavia Germany 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Skoda Octavia cracks the annual German Top 10 for the first time.

The Mercedes C-Class (+15%) and Opel Corsa (+11%) also lodge fantastic years but 2015 will be even better for both models with a new generation now in full swing. A third nameplate breaks records in the Top 10 this year in Germany, and here to we have become accustomed to see it at this level so it’s a slight surprise to discover it is the very first annual Top 10 ranking in Germany for the Skoda Octavia, up 6% on 2013 to #9 with 52,620 deliveries. Amazingly, the Octavia is only the third foreign nameplate in the last 75 years to manage an annual Top 10 ranking in Germany, along with the Skoda Fabia (#5 in 2009) and Renault 4 (#5 in 1970).

Seat Leon Germany 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Seat Leon has been breaking German sales records all year. 

Further down, the Opel Astra is down 8% to #14, stepping out of the Top 10 for the first time in the nameplate’s 23 year-career, but in the same segment the Seat Leon is another model evolving at all-time high levels: up a very solid 30% on record figures in 2013 to a best-ever #18 and 40,251 sales, breaking its monthly ranking record in May (#13) and October (#12). The Fiat 500 is the only ‘true’ foreigner in the Top 30 at #27 (excluding Skoda and Seat nameplates), followed by the Nissan Qashqai, Renault Clio (+19%) and Hyundai i30.

BMW 4er Germany 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.de16,513 BMW 4 Series found a buyer in Germany in 2014.

Other great performers in Germany in 2014 include the Opel Mokka up 41% to #28, the Ford Kuga up 38% and 18 spots to #30, Opel Insignia up 32% and 17 ranks to return inside the Top 50 at #39 and the Skoda Rapid up 157% to finish its first full year at #46. The BMW 4 Series is at a very high 16,513 registrations, the Mercedes GLA ranks #62, the BMW X5 is up 118% to #72 and the BMW 2 Series sells 9,005 units. The Mercedes V-Class is the best-selling all-new entrant at #106 followed by the Porsche Macan at #117, Ford Transit Connect at #147 and BMW X4 at #148.

Previous post: Germany December 2014: Mercedes C-Class up 80% to 2nd place

One year ago: Germany Full Year 2013: VW Golf marks 38 years in pole position

Two years ago: Germany Full Year 2012: Mercedes B-Class and VW Tiguan break records

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Germany December 2014: Mercedes C-Class up 80% to 2nd place

January 17th, 2015 No comments

Mercedes C-Class Germany December 2014. Picture courtesy of largus,frMercedes C-Class

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New car sales in Germany are up a very robust 7% year-on-year in December to 229,700 registrations, bringing the final 2014 tally above 3 million units. Below Volkswagen up 1% to 21.6% share, both Mercedes (+16%) and BMW (+17%) lodge outstanding results and hold 8.8% and 8.7% share respectively, leaving Audi (+6%) a fair bit behind at 7.6%. The rest of the Top 10 brands are identical to November with Ford impressive at +11% and Skoda surprisingly down 14%.   Seat confirms it has now reached blockbuster level in Germany with sales up 20% year-on-year at #10, Nissan is up 15% to #11, Citroen up 33%, Mini up 36%, Volvo up 52%, Jeep up 94% and Smart up 115% thanks to the arrival of the Forfour up 40 spots to #66 this month.

VW Passat Germany December 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frVW Passat

Below the VW Golf falling back to more normal levels at 8.5% share, the Mercedes C-Class lodges another very impressive month thanks to the much improved new generation: up 80% year-on-year to snap the 2nd place off the VW Passat itself up 25% as the new model spreads across dealerships. It is the first time since June 2011 that the C-Class ranks that high at home. Boosted by discounts before its facelift, the BMW 1 Series is up 22% on December 2013 and 8 spots on November to #4, with the VW Tiguan (+34%), VW Touran (+51%) and Seat Leon (+32%) also very impressive.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Germany December 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frBMW 2 Series Active Tourer

If we consider Skoda and Seat as part of Volkswagen, there is only one foreign nameplate in the German December Top 30: the Fiat 500 at #29, and its sales are in fact the addition of the 500 and 500L. The Renault Clio (#32) and Nissan Qashqai (#33) follow. The BMW 2 Series benefits from the addition of the Active Tourer in its monthly tally to jump 18 ranks on November and break into the monthly Top 50 at home for the first time, landing directly at #34. Notice also the Volvo XC60 up 88% to #44, the Mercedes V-Class up 11 spots to #58 and the Jeep Renegade up 13 to #103.

Previous month: Germany November 2014: Mercedes C-Class on podium

One year ago: Germany December 2013: VW Up inside Top 10 for the first time

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Germany Private Sales Full Year 2014: Mercedes C-Class up to #4

January 17th, 2015 No comments

Mercedes C Class Germany 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frMercedes C-Class

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As an appetiser for overall German new car registrations, I give you German Private Sales data for 2014. Germany characterises itself by an exceptionally low Private Sales (PS) ratio: 36.2% this year, and the situation is getting worse as this is almost two percentage points below the 2013 level (37.9%). This is to be compared with France where the 2014 PS ratio of 52.2% is the lowest ever there. As a result, even as the overall German market gains 3% year-on-year, Private Sales are actually down in volume as well at -2% to 1,099,312 units. Before we go into the sales charts in detail, a methodology note: are counted as Private Sales the cars sold to private buyers. Demo cars, rental cars and long-term leases are not counted as private – this is pretty standard across the industry.

Dacia Sandero Germany 2014. Picture courtesy of autozeitung.deThe Dacia Sandero achieves the highest PS ratio in the Top 100 (89.9%).

Volkswagen monopolises the podium with the Golf the most popular nameplate with private buyers once again at 73,708 sales above the VW Polo (36,844) and Tiguan (32,212) in the same order as last year. The Mercedes C-Class jumps 6 spots to land in 4th place with a PS of 37.6% – above the national average. The BMW 1 Series (PS: 44.5%) is up two ranks to #5, whereas the Mercedes B-Class (60.9%), Skoda Fabia (53.7%) and Mercedes A-Class (55.7%) all lose ground. Further down, notice the Dacia Sandero (89.9%) up to #13, the Seat Leon (37.6%) up to #15, Opel Mokka (52.8%) up to #19, Nissan Qashqai up to #22 and the Dacia Duster (84.3%) up to #23.

Previous month: Germany Private Sales November 2014: Opel Mokka shines

One year ago: Germany Private Sales Full Year 2013: Mercedes A-Class up 67%

Two years ago: Germany Private Sales Full Year 2012: Toyota Yaris and VW Up shine

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Germany November 2014: Mercedes C-Class on podium

December 25th, 2014 No comments

Mercedes C Class Germany November 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Mercedes C-Class is now leader year-to-date in its segment at home.

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New car sales in Germany are down a disappointing 2% year-on-year in November to 250,082 registrations: the road to recovery still has a few chicanes ahead. Year-to-date, German sales are up 3% on 2013 to 2,807,073 units. In the brands ranking, if Volkswagen at #1 (-3%) and Audi at #3 (-4%) roughly follow the market, Mercedes at #2 (+1%), BMW at #4 (+2%) and Opel at #5 (+1%) buck the trend and post positive results. Ford (-9%), Kia (-11%), Toyota (-12%) and Peugeot (-20%) suffer while Subaru (+63%), Jeep (+53%), Mitsubishi (+44%), Porsche (+35%) and Volvo (+14%) are in great shape. Boosted by the new Sportsvan variant still counted within the nameplate’s sales, the VW Golf remains at stratospheric heights atop the models ranking with 9.9% share above the VW Polo up a solid 9% to 3.1% in 2nd place.

Opel Mokka Germany November 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Opel Mokka breaks its ranking, volume and market share records at home this month…

The Mercedes C-Class is up a splendid 55% on November 2013 to climb onto the German podium for first time since June 2012 and only the second time in the past 3 years at #3 with 6,883 sales. It overtakes its archenemy the BMW 3 Series year-to-date at #6 and 54,708 sales vs. 51,978. The 3 Series is hit full frontal by the success of the new generation C-Class: it is down a very painful 36% year-on-year to a paltry 15th place, its lowest Germany ranking since July 2012. Despite sales down 25% YOY, the Skoda Octavia is back inside the Top 10 most popular nameplates in Germany at #9.

Opel Astra Germany November 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.de…even outselling the Opel Astra for the first time.

The Opel Mokka surges by an astounding 182% year-on-year to reach its best-ever ranking (#17), volume (3,373) and market share (1.3%) at home. For the very first time, it outsells its stablemate the Opel Astra, down 26% to #21 and 3,113 units. In fact, this is only the second time the Astra nameplate – once upon a time the Golf’s biggest threat for the overall Germany pole position –  sinks outside the monthly Top 20 this year and ever after January (#25). More bad news for the Astra: this month it is outsold by the Seat Leon for only the second time in history after last August, meaning it is outsold by all its Volkswagen Group competitors: the Golf, Audi A3, Skoda Octavia and Seat Leon.

Renault Captur Germany November 2014First Top 50 ranking in Germany for the Renault Captur

Notice also the BMW X1 up 92% YOY to #19, the Hyundai i20 up 51% to #29, Renault Twingo up 26% to #32 and Hyundai i10 up 20 spots on October to #34. The Renault Captur breaks into the German Top 50 for the first time at #49 and the BMW 2 Series is boosted by the Active Tourer MPV variant up to a best-ever #52 with 1,395 sales. As always, German car buyers are faithful to their home brands: if we exclude Skoda and Seat, 100% owned by Volkswagen, there are only two true foreigners in the Top 30: the Fiat 500 at #27 and Hyundai i20 at #29.

Suzuki Celerio Germany November 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deSuzuki Celerio

Among recent launches, the Smart Forfour takes off, gaining 181 spots on October to #106 with 546 sales, the Jeep Renegade is up a further 22% and 18 spots on last month to #116, the Peugeot 108 is up 27% and 20 ranks to #118, the Nissan Pulsar up 14% and 11 spots to #121, the Suzuki Celerio up 134 ranks to #155 and the Lexus NX300h up 5 to #207. We welcome one all-new entrant in the German sales charts this month: the Lexus RC F landing at #261 with 14 units sold.

Previous month: Germany October 2014: VW Polo and Mercedes C-Class shine

One year ago: Germany November 2013: VW Golf hits highest share in 4 years

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Germany Private Sales November 2014: Opel Mokka shines

December 25th, 2014 No comments

Opel Mokka Germany November 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frOpel Mokka

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81.777 new cars were purchased by private buyers in Germany in November, a 32.7% Private Sales (PS) ratio, frankly below the year-to-date level of 36.4%. The podium is back to its year-to-date 100% Volkswagen self with the Golf in the lead at 28.9% PS ratio, above the Polo (48.6%) and the Tiguan (45%), all PS ratio being lower than their YTD levels. The Mercedes C-Class is up one further spot to step into 4th place and now ranks 5th year-to-date despite a low 33.3% November PS ratio. It is followed by the A-Class (55.6%) while the Opel Mokka is up 9 spots on October to a fantastic 7th place with 1,423 sales even though its PS ratio (42.2%) is over 10 percentage points below its YTD level (54.4%). The Mokka was purchased privately more than twice as often any other Opel: the Corsa is #30 at 658 deliveries and the Astra #45 at 532. Finally, the Seat Leon leads ‘foreigners’ at #11 ahead of the Skoda Octavia (#12), Seat Ibiza (#13), Nissan Qashqai (#16), Skoda Yeti (#17), Fabia (#19), Dacia Sandero (#22) and Duster (#23).

Previous month: Germany Private Sales October 2014: One true foreigner in Top 20

One year ago: Germany Private Sales November 2013: VW Tiguan in third place

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