Germany October 2016: VW down 20% but monopolises Top 4

VW Tiguan Germany October 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Tiguan helps Volkswagen monopolise the Top 4 models in October. 

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The German new car market is down 6% year-on-year in October to 262.724 units on less selling days, yet the year-to-date tally remains frankly in positive territory at 2.818.507 registrations, up 5% or 132.000 sales over the same period in 2015. Despite a harsh 20% decline, Volkswagen remains by far the market leader at home with 49.441 sales and 18.8% share, distancing Mercedes at 9.5% (-2%), Audi at 8.9% (-3%) and BMW at 7.8% (-3%). Below, Opel, Ford, Skoda, Renault, Hyundai and Seat make the Top 10 exactly in the same order as year-to-date. Double-digit+ gainers are rare and include Toyota, Peugeot, Land Rover (all at +12%), Jaguar (+116%), DS (+11%), Alfa Romeo (+79%), Lexus (+61%), Maserati (+36%) and Infiniti (+61%).

Audi Q2 Germany October 2016. Picture courtesy largus,frThe Audi Q2 ranks at #130 in October at home. 

Over in the models ranking, Volkswagen defies the odds and manages to monopolise the Top 4 for only the fifth time in history after January 2014February 2014, May 2015 and October 2015. The Golf is tops again but fireballs 36% as potential buyers await the nameplate’s facelift, the Tiguan is up 16%, the Passat down 33% and the Polo down 8%. The Opel Astra surges 44% year-on-year to land in 5th place, with other great gainers including the Ford Fiesta (+37%), VW Touran (+41%), VW Transporter (+26%), VW Caddy (+29%) and BMW X1 (+105%). Among recent launches, the Hyundai Tucson (#41) keeps the lead but the Seat Ateca is up 34 ranks on September to land at a very solid 56th place, while the Audi Q2 gains 35 spots to #130 and the Hyundai Ioniq is up 109 to #159.

Previous month: Germany September 2016: Mercedes soars 26% in market up 9%

One year ago: Germany October 2015: Top 4 is 100% Volkswagen despite crisis

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

Mercedes-AMG GT R ( C 190), 2016Mercedes sales are up 26% year-on-year at home in September. 

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German new car sales are up a very satisfying 9% year-on-year in September to 298.002 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up 6% or almost 150.000 units to 2.555.783. Market leader Volkswagen gains less ground than the market at +2%, resulting in a reduced 19.5% market share vs. 20% year-to-date. It distances Mercedes soaring 26% to 28.700 deliveries and 9.6% share, BMW up 9% to 8% and Audi up a disappointing 3% to just 7.6% share vs. 8.9% so far this year. Year-to-date, Mercedes widens the gap with Audi at 235.828 sales vs. 227.684 with BMW at a fair distance (196.193).

vw-tiguan-seat-ateca-germany-september-2016-picture-courtesy-autobild-esThe VW Tiguan is up 22% to #2 while its twin the Seat Ateca breaks into the Top 100. 

In the mass market brand fight, Opel (7%) is back above Ford (+18%) with Skoda slower at +4. Hyundai (-21%) disappoints and Renault surges up 47% to #9. Further down, Smart (+17%), Mitsubishi (+22%), Toyota (+23%), Kia (+23%), Dacia (+30%), Mini (+35%). Fiat (+36%) and Land Rover (+60%) take off, while among small-volume brands Alfa Romeo (+131%) gets a Giulia-induced boost, Tesla (+183%) is lifted by the Model X, Infiniti (+190%) by the Q30 and Bentley (+159%) by the Bentayga.

volvo-v90-germany-september-2016-picture-courtesy-autobild-deThe Volvo 90 Series is now just outside the German Top 150. 

Volkswagen monopolises the models podium for the 5th time this year but the first time since last May with the Golf plunging 17% to 22.244 sales ahead of the Tiguan up 22% to 7.660 and the Passat down 3% to 6.778, remaining above the Mercedes C-Class at 6.752 (+9%). The VW Polo (+22%) and Opel Astra (+10%) are solid just below whereas the Audi A4 disappoints at just +4% despite a new generation. The Skoda Fabia gains 13% to remain inside the Top 10, the Mini (all models) is up 35% year-on-year and 10 spots on last month to #11 with the BMW 3 Series up 13 to #12 and the brand’s best-seller above the 1 Series (#14) and 2 Series (#17).

audi-q2-germany-september-2016-picture-courtesy-autobild-deThe Audi Q2 makes its first appearance in the German charts. 

Spectacular gainers inside the Top 50 include the VW Touran up 165% to #13 thanks to a new generation, the Ford Kuga up 174% to #15, Mercedes A-Class up 69%, VW Transporter up 76%, Mercedes GLC up 92% on the GLK, BMW X1 up 15-fold on its September 2015 score, Hyundai i20 up 91%, Renault Mégane up 146% and Renault Clio up 93%. Among recent launches, the Seat Ateca breaks into the Top 100 for the first time at #90 (+82 on August), the Volvo S/V90 is up 79 ranks on August to #152, the Alfa Romeo Giulia is up 26 to #188, the Toyota Proace up 71 to #189 and the Tesla Model X up 55 to #195, all three making their first appearance inside the German Top 200. We welcome four newcomers in the German sales charts in September: the Audi Q2 leads the way at #165 but should climb much further up the ranking very shortly, the Citroen C-Elysee lands at #216, the Cadillac XT5 at #279 and the Cadillac CT6 at #291.

Previous month: Germany August 2016: Mercedes > Audi but A4 beats Passat and C-Class

One year ago: Germany September 2015: Podium 100% VW, Hyundai Tucson shoots up

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

Mercedes C Class Audi A4 Germany August 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deMercedes passes Audi to snap the YTD luxury crown in Germany. 

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New car sales in Germany are up by a robust 8% year-on-year in August to 245.076 units, lifting the year-to-date tally up 5.7% to 2.257.781. For once market leader Volkswagen advances at double the pace of the market with deliveries gaining 16% to reach 48.851 and 19.9% share, just below the round 20% it holds year-to-date. Mercedes also shines with sales up 13% to 24.817 and crossing the symbolic 10% share mark at 10.1%. This score enables Mercedes to reclaim the #1 spot in the 2016 luxury race thanks to 207.128 units so far (+8%) vs. 205.125 (+11%) for Audi and 172.286 (+7%) for BMW. Ford (+8%) is back down to #5, followed by Opel (-3%) and Skoda (-7%), having now graduated into a mass market brand as we detail below. Just outside the brands Top 10, Fiat (+33%), Toyota (+27%) and Dacia (+29%) take off, while among smaller brands Land Rover (+27%), Jeep (+28%), Tesla (+32%), Alfa Romeo (+60%), Lexus (+60%), Ssangyong (+67%), Lada (+93%) and Maserati (+178%) step up on the gas.

Auto Bild Skoda OpelAuto Bild 19/08/2016. Top to bottom: Opel Monza, Skoda Kodiaq Coupé, Skoda Polar. 

Whereas only a decade ago the mass market race clearly opposed Volkswagen, Opel and Ford with the Golf always pitted against the Astra and Focus, the situation is a lot different now. Opel, a favourite of business fleets, has lost a lot of its shine with private customers. Meanwhile, Czech brand Skoda, once a mocked low-cost lilliputian, has spectacularly stepped up its game in recent years. To the point when #1 car mag Auto Bild regularly pits it against Opel, now its true enemy, as it was the case in the August 19 issue (see above). In the article, titled Fight for mass market, Auto Bild details the 10 models the two brands are launching by 2020, setting the next gen Skoda Octavia vs. the next Opel Insignia, the next Citigo vs. the next Adam, the Polar (Fabia-based crossover) vs. the Adam X crossover, the Kodiaq Coupé vs. the Monza and the Meriva-replecement Corsa X vs. the next Yeti… Check out the Auto Bild online video article here.

VW Tiguan Germany August 2016. Picture courtesy auto.ndtv.comThe new generation pushes VW Tiguan sales up 117% in August. 

Over in the models aisle the VW Golf continues to reign supreme at 18.665 sales, three times the level of its closest opponent which this month is a very impressive VW Tiguan boosted up 117% year-on-year to 6.135 units by its new generation and now back in positive year-to-date (+4%). The next three nameplates are all mid-size sedans fitting in all competing for bragging rights in the segment. The Audi A4 (+24%) manages to outsell the traditional segment leader, the VW Passat (-17%), for the first time since August 2013 but by just 10 units, with the Mercedes C-Class (-2%) only 17 units below that. The new generation is working well for the A4 which ranked #24 last December when the Passat was #2.

Bentley Bentayga Germany August 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deBentley Bentayga 

Below the Skoda Octavia at #6 (+5 on July), the Opel Astra disappoints at -14% despite the new model, while the VW Touran is up 5-fold to #8 overall. The Opel Corsa (+23%), Ford Kuga (+87%), Fiat 500 family (+24%), VW Transporter (+99%), Hyundai i20 (+78%), Audi Q5 (+61%), BMW X1 (+392%), Mercedes GLC (+235% on the GLK) and Dacia Sandero (+40%) are among the best performers inside the Top 50. Beyond, notice the Mercedes GLE up 88% on the M-Class, the Toyota RAV4 up 118%, Ford Ecosport up 183% and BMW i3 up 273% thanks to new legislation in favour of green cars.

Toyota Proace Germany August 2016. Picture courtesy welt.deToyota Proace

Among recent launches (<12 months), the Hyundai Tucson is far ahead at #41 with 1.681 sales, distancing the Fiat Tipo at #94 with 722 , the Renault Talisman at #159 with 267 and the Jaguar F-Pace at #162 and 262 units. Both the Kia Niro (#170) and Seat Ateca (#172) break into the German Top 200 for the very first time, while the Fiat 124 Spider (#224) and Maserati Levante (#225) slowly creep up the charts. We welcome two new nameplates in Germany in August: the Bentley Bentayga at #253 with 30 deliveries and the Toyota Proace at #260 with 27.

Volkswagen Beetle DuneThe VW Beetle remains a favourite of German private buyers (#8).

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Only 35.3% of all new cars sold in Germany so far in 2016 were purchased by a private person, one of the lowest ratios in Europe. Although it went up to 38.1% in August, that’s still just 93.374 private sales and 796.997 year-to-date. The thing is, ‘real’ people tend to buy vastly different cars than businesses. If the VW Golf remains in the lead with 6.514 private sales followed by the Tiguan (3.227) and Polo (2.197), the Skoda Fabia manages a flamboyant 4th place and the Dacia Sandero an even more impressive 6th position. The Hyundai i20 and VW Beetle are also among the 10 vehicles favoured by German private buyers in August.

Previous month: Germany July 2016: Audi A4 and VW Tiguan step up

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Germany July 2016: Audi A4 and VW Tiguan step up

VW Tiguan Germany July 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe VW Tiguan is up 13 spots on June to #5 in July. 

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The German new car market marks a pause in July with sales down 4% year-on-year to 278.866 units but the year-to-date total is still frankly in positive territory at +5% to 2.012.705. Once again, Volkswagen underperforms with deliveries down 13% to 56.958 and 20.4% share, while Audi resumes its premium market domination thanks to sales up 1% to 26.386 vs. 25.442 for Mercedes (-6%) and 19.924 for BMW (-3%). Ford (+12%) is up two spots on June to #4 with 7.7% share whereas Opel is down 9% at #6 and Skoda down 11% to #7. Renault (+8%), Dacia (+11%), Toyota (+12%), Fiat (+13%), Mini (+14%), Suzuki (+28%), Alfa Romeo (+30%), Jaguar (+36%), Maserati (+41%), Lexus (+83%) and Infiniti (+189%) all impress but Seat (-16%), Mitsubishi (-17%) and Porsche (-18%) disappoint.

Model-wise, the Volkswagen Group monopolises the Top 5 with the Golf (-28%), Passat (-35%), Audi A4 (+8%), VW Polo (-4%) and Tiguan (+8%) on top. The VW Touran (+205%) is up to #8, the VW Transporter up 46% to #12, BMW 3 Series up 36%, Ford Kuga up 30%, Audi Q3 up 38%, BMW X1 up 185% and Mercedes GLC up 608% on its predecessor the GLK’s sales a year ago.

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

VW Tiguan Germany June 2016Volkswagen is counting on the Tiguan to return to growth at home over the remainder of 2016. 

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It’s a very robust First Half of the year for new car sales in Germany, up 7% or 116.000 units to 1.733.839. Market leader Volkswagen struggles with sales down 1% to 346.188 and loses almost two percentage points of market share, going from 21.7% to 20%. Even though the emissions scandal it has been embroiled in since last September hasn’t truly damage the opinion Germans have of the brand, the manufacturer has had to slow its release schedule to focus on fixing the affected engines and getting regulators’ approval, a process that is still far from being complete. This, more than any kind of boycott by consumers, explains the brand’s decline in market share at home so far this year.

Audi A4 Germany June 2016Audi (+13%) places the A3 at #4 and the A4 at #7. 

Audi for its part is stronger than ever at +13% to 159.501 sales and 9.2%, distancing Mercedes at 9% and BMW at 7.8%, both up 10%. Opel (+13%), Ford (+11%) and Renault (+15%) also beat the market in the Top 10, while Mazda (+17%), Kia (+11%), Mini (+10%) and Mitsubishi (+13%) do so in the Top 20. Among smaller brands, Lexus (+25%), Alfa Romeo (+29%), Land Rover (+30%), Honda (+50%), Ssangyong (+62%), Infiniti (+80%) and Jaguar (+100%) all post spectacular gains compared top the same period in 2015.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Germany June 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frBMW is up 10% and places the 2 Series at #11. 

The Volkswagen Group places four models in the Top 4 best-sellers over H1 2016: the VW Golf is unreachable at 128.932 sales despite dropping 5% and one full percentage point of market share to 7.4%, and is followed by the VW Passat (-9%) and VW Polo (+7%) while the Audi A3 gains 8% to overtake the Mercedes C-Class (-0.2%) and rank 4th overall. The VW Touran (+29%), Opel Astra (+26%) and Audi A4 (+21%) post the biggest gains in the Top 10, all helped by new models. Below, the BMW 2 Series still rides on the success of the Active and Gran Tourer MPV variants (+56%), the VW Tiguan drops 6 spots to #12 as the new generation slides into the starting blocks, and the Skoda Fabia (+16%) and Seat Leon (+15%) make it three “foreigners” in the Top 15 along with the Skoda Octavia (#8).

Hyundai Tucson Germany June 2016The Hyundai Tucson is by far the most successful new nameplate of 2016.

Outstanding and immediate success of the Hyundai Tucson landing directly at #36 with 13.454 sales and totally dominating new nameplate launches: the next bests are the Ford Mustang (#121), Fiat Tipo (#178) and Renault Talisman (#181). Notice also the Skoda Superb up 75% to #37, the Mercedes GLC up 61% on the GLK a year ago to #38, the Kia Sportage up 54% to #52, Audi Q7 up 124% to #82, Ford S-Max up 386% to #68, Mazda CX-3 up 721% to #72 and Renault Kadjar up 813% to #79, the latter two being only just over one year old.

Skoda Fabia Germany June 2016. Picture carkeys.co.ukThe Skoda Fabia is the third best-seller in Germany with private buyers.

Exclusive to BSCB, we can also share with you the best-selling models with private buyers over H1 2016. This is a very different ranking as the general one, given such strong sellers as the VW Passat (#3 overall) are purchased at 90% by fleet, and therefore don’t make it into the Top 50. The VW Golf remains on top despite a low 28.3% Private Sales ratio, ahead of the VW Polo (57.6%) and Skoda Fabia (53.4%). The Mini (48.2%) shoots up to #6, the BMW 1 Series is up to #7, the Fiat Ducato at #9, the Mercedes B-Class at #11 and the Mercedes A-Class at #12. The BMW X1 is up to #15, the Hyundai Tucson up to #17, Dacia Sandero up to #18 and Mitsubishi Space Star up to #19. Reversely the Opel Astra drops to #13, the Audi A3 to #14 and the Opel Corsa to #29.

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

Opel Astra Germany June 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Opel Astra ranks #3 in Germany in June. 

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The German new car market gains a robust 8% year-on-year in June to 339.563 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 7% or 116.000 additional sales to 1.733.839. Last month, market leader Volkswagen was the only brand to lose ground in the Top 35, and this month the emissions scandal-embattled marque once again posts a disappointing result at +0.2% to 63.722 units and 18.8% share vs. 20.3% a year ago. Mercedes surges 13% to snap the overall 2nd spot away from Audi (+1%) while BMW displays even more dynamic growth at +17% in 4th place. Opel (+6%) holds Ford (+12%) at bay above Skoda, Renault (+30%), Hyundai (+13%) and Seat (-7%). Outside the Top 10 Suzuki (+21%), Dacia (+22%), Land Rover (+23%), Mazda (+24%), Jeep (+27%), Honda (+61%), Infiniti (+78%), Ssangyong (+81%), Jaguar (+101%) and Alfa Romeo (+119%) make themselves noticed, all improving at least twice as fast as the market.

VW Touran Germany June 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deVW Touran sales are up 138% year-on-year this month.

The VW Golf unsurprisingly retains the models crown but drops a worrying 7% to 21.995 units while the VW Passat crumbles 26% to 7.006 but remains #2. Boosted by the new generation, the Opel Astra is up 6 spots on May to land in third position: this is the nameplate’s first podium ranking in Germany since May 2012. The Audi A4 continues to catch up on lost time with its new model, up 23% to #4, while the VW Touran (+138%) and BMW 2 Series (+50%) post fantastic gains inside the Top 10. Just below, notice the BMW 1 Series (+16%), Skoda Fabia (+20%) and VW Up (+51%) all in great shape while further down the Skoda Superb (+100%), Hyundai i30 (+147%) and Mercedes GLC (+248% on the GLK) make themselves noticed. The Captur (+62%) is Renault’s best-seller in Germany this month ahead of the Megane (+44%) and Clio (+13%).

Tesla Model X Germany June 2016. Picture courtesy auto-motor-und-sportThe Tesla Model X has landed in Germany. 

The Hyundai Tucson is by very far the most successful recent launch at #35 with 2.719 sales this month, distancing the Fiat Tipo at #122 (+65 on May), the Renault Talisman at #148 (+3) and the Ford Edge at #149 (+55). We welcome no less than seven new nameplates in the German ranking in June, led by the Seat Ateca at #126 with 652 units sold, above the Fiat 124 Spider (#191), Alfa Romeo Giulia (#205), Hyundai Ioniq (#253), Maserati Levante (#259), Infiniti QX30 (#267) and Tesla Model X (#271).

Previous month: Germany May 2016: Volkswagen only brand down in Top 35, Audi up 28%

One year ago: Germany June 2015: Mercedes C-Class and Skoda Octavia shoot up

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Germany May 2016: VW only brand down in Top 35, Audi up 28%

VW Passat Audi A4 Germany May 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deVolkswagen and Audi are going in opposite directions in Germany.

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The German new car market is up an encouraging 12% or 30.000 units year-on-year in May to 286.931 registrations, leading to a year-to-date tally up 7% to 1.394.276 units after five months. Once again market leader Volkswagen frankly underperforms: it is the only brand in the Top 35 that loses ground year-on-year at -1% to 55.472 sales and 17.6%, as the manufacturer remains embroiled in a seemingly never-ending diesel emissions scandal that has triggered numerous political interventions and acute scrutiny on all manufacturers’ emissions levels.

Skoda Superb Germany May 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Skoda Superb is up 92% in Germany in May. 

It is however the only brand in the Volkswagen Group truly affected sales-wise, as Audi is up a flamboyant 27% to return to #2 overall with 26.713 sales and 8.5% share, overtaking Mercedes (+6%). Skoda and Porsche are up 8% and Seat up 6%, all losing share but still in positive. Opel (+26%) leapfrogs past BMW (+15%) and Ford (+14%) to reach 4th place overall. Renault (+38%), Peugeot (+21%), Kia (+24%), Mazda (+26%), Mini (+23%), Suzuki (+23%), Land Rover (+20%) and Honda (+43%) all post fantastic gains while further down Jaguar takes off at +156%.

Ford Edge Germany May 2016The Ford Edge has landed in Germany.

Model-wise, despite its drop Volkswagen monopolises the podium with the Golf (-2%), Passat (-4%) and Polo (+12%). The Audi A3 (+33%) and A4 (+45%) round up the Top 5 and both post spectacular gains. Not as spectacular though as the Opel Corsa (+70%) and VW Touran (+71%) inside the Top 10, whereas the Opel Astra posts a rather muted 13% increase. The Skoda Fabia (+32%) breaks into the German Top 10 for the first time since last November and the Seat Leon (+33%) is up 9 spots on April to hit #11, its second best-ever ranking below the #10 it reached last August.

BMW 7 Series Germany May 2016The new generation boosts BMW 7 Series sales up 254% at home.

Further down, the Skoda Superb gains 92% to #33, the BMW X1 is up 67% to #37, the Renault Captur takes off 113% to #40, the Hyundai Tucson holds strong at #41, the Kia Sportage is up 65% to #44 and the Mercedes GLC is up 45% on its predecessor’s score, the GLK, in May 2015. The Peugeot 2008 leaps 72% to become the brand’s best-seller in Germany, the Ford Ecosport is up 4-fold to 1.310 deliveries and the BMW 7 Series up 254% thanks to the new model. Among recent launches, the Renault Talisman is up 76 spots on April to #151 and the Suzuki Baleno up 42 to #158, while we welcome three new nameplates in the charts: the Ford Edge at #194, the Volvo S/V90 at #259 and the Rolls-Royce Dawn at #265.

Previous month: Germany April 2016: Market up 8%, Volkswagen up 3%

One year ago: Germany May 2015: VW monopolises Top 4 for third time ever

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Germany April 2016: Market up 8%, Volkswagen up 3%

VW Polo Germany May 2015. Picture courtesy flickrThe VW Polo is up 22% year-on-year in Germany in April.

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April sales in Germany are up by a very robust 8% year-on-year to 315.921 units, lifting the year-to-date total up 6% to 1.107.345. As its emissions scandal draws into its 8th month with still a lot of finger pointing happening both internally at Volkswagen and externally in Germany and worldwide and a long way towards a resolution, VW continues to underperform but is in positive at +3% to 64.577 sales and 20.4% share vs. -2% and 20.5% so far in 2016. Mercedes overtakes Audi to rank #2 thanks to volumes up a striking 22% to 30.075, yet Audi also outperforms the market at +10% to 29.770. Fiat is up 19% to claw its way back inside the Top 10, with Toyota (+10%), Kia (+20%), Mini (+25%) and Mazda (+34%) also posting double-digit gains inside the Top 20. Further down and in ranking order, Volvo (+21%), Honda (+90%), Land Rover (+29%), Jaguar (+125% thanks to the F-Pace), Ssangyong (+81%), Infiniti (+181% thanks to the Q30) and Bentley (+98%) also shine.

Audi A4 Germany March 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe all-new Audi A4 now leads its segment in Germany. 

Model-wise, the VW Golf is once again miles ahead of the competition but dips 1% to 24.927 units, with VW back to monopolising the podium as it did in 2015 and is doing so far in 2016 with the Passat (+2%) and Polo (+22%). The VAG Group even monopolises the Top 5 this month with the Audi A3 at #4 and the Audi A4 boosted 48% by the new model to #5 and 6,345 sales, now leading its segment. The Mercedes C-Class is not hit, and far from its: up 17% to #6, but the BMW 3 Series sinks 9% to #22. Also bolstered by a new generation, the Mercedes E-Class is up 68% to break into the Top 10 at #10 vs. #23 so far this year.

Infiniti Q30 Germany April 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Infiniti Q30 is now the brand’s best-seller in Germany. 

The Skoda Octavia (+23%), Mini (+25%) and BMW 2 Series (+52%) also posts very strong results this month, as do the BMW X1 (+63%), Skoda Superb (+57%), Mercedes GLC (+49% on the GLK last year) and Kia Sportage (+96%). Among recent launches, the Hyundai Tucson leads the way at #37, the Honda HR-V (#106) and Ford Mustang (#108) are just outside the Top 100 and we welcome three new nameplates into the German Top 200 in April: the Infiniti Q30 is up 69 spots on last month to #175 with 241 sales, becoming the brand’s best-seller above the QX70 (#239), the Jaguar F-Pace is up 97 ranks to #179 and 221 units, already getting very close to the brand’s favourite the XF (#171) and outselling the XE (#190) and finally the Suzuki Baleno up 77 notches to #200 and 146 deliveries.

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Germany March 2016: Volkswagen down, Audi up in flat market

Audi A4 Germany March 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe all-new Audi A4 is only 17 sales off leading its segment in March. 

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The German new car market is flat in March: down 0.04% year-on-year to 322.913 registrations but a strong start of the year lifts the first quarter result up 4.5% to 791.424 units. Once again Volkswagen, handicapped by a deepening emissions scandal, sees its sales drop at -6% to fall below the symbolic 20% market share at 19.5% and 20.5% year-to-date (-4%). Its luxury division Audi isn’t affected though: volumes are up 10% in March and 15% in the first quarter in 2nd place. Mercedes remains #3 despite sales down 1% just as BMW gains 8% in 4th position. Ford (+4%), Opel (+1%) and Skoda (+5%) post limited gains but Renault (+10%), Mini (+10%), Volvo (+11%), Honda (+13%), Nissan (+16%), Land Rover (+21%) and Mitsubishi (+23%) are more dynamic, with Jaguar lifted up 57% by the XE and Ssangyong pushed up 99% by the Tivoli. On the other hand, Hyundai (-10%), Peugeot (-10%), Toyota (-12%), Fiat (-13%), Citroen (-24%) and Suzuki (-26%) all struggle.

VW Polo Germany March 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe VW Golf, Passat and Polo are all down in March at home. 

Model-wise, the VW Golf (-5%) and Passat (-9%) lead but lose ground, while just below the Audi A3 (+7%), Skoda Octavia (+23%) and most impressively the BMW 2 Series (+80%) all gain ground. The VW Polo (-9%) drops three spots to #6, the Opel Astra (+21%) ranks 7th and the Audi A4, up 14% to 5.811 sales, is already teasing its direct competitor the Mercedes C-Class, down 8% to 5.827 units whereas the BMW 3 Series has already lost the battle: down 21% to 4.028 deliveries. The Seat Leon gains 28% to #12, its second best-ever monthly ranking in Germany below the #10 it hit last August, the Fiat Ducato is up 30 ranks on February to #20 now that rental companies are starting to purchase camping cars in preparation for summer – a German sales specialty.

Seat Leon Germany March 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Seat Leon ranks at a high #12 in March in Germany. Picture autobild.de

The Nissan Qashqai (+30%) is the most popular ‘true’ foreign model (Skoda and Seat excluded), followed by the Hyundai Tucson at a splendid #35 with 2.403 sales. Notice also the BMW X1 up 97% to #34 and the Skoda Superb up 64% to #47, the Ford Mustang getting ever closer to the German Top 100 (#107), the Jaguar XE up 34 spots on last month to #136. Three new nameplates make their first appearance in the German sales charts in March: the Fiat Tipo lands at #173 with 270 sales, the Jaguar F-Pace arrives at #276 with 10 units sold and Suzuki Baleno comes in at #277 with 8 deliveries.

Previous month: Germany February 2016: Volkswagen continues to lose share

One year ago: Germany March 2015: Opel Corsa and Mazda3 impress

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Germany: Nameplates Records now updated with 2015 data

The VW Golf sold 414,132 units in Germany in 1992 – a record year.

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We can now share with you an updated ranking of the the best-selling nameplates in Germany, ranked based on their record year in volume, since records began in 1946. Only 28 nameplates managed to sell upwards of 100,000 units in a single year over the entire period, among them only one foreign model: the Skoda Fabia. Only three nameplates delivered at least one year above 300,000 sales: the VW Golf, Beetle and Opel Astra, and only six were above 200,000: adding the Opel Kadett, VW Passat and Mercedes W123.

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The VW Beetle’s record year was 1961 with 348,929 sales

Among foreign models, the Renault 19 is #2 with a record 97,262 units in 1991 but it never managed to break into the annual German Top 10, peaking at #11 in 1992. The legendary Renault 4 is #3 and was the best-selling import in Germany for a whopping 14 consecutive years between 1967 and 1980, peaking at 84,900 sales in 1970 for an estimated 5th place overall that year. This is estimated to the be the highest ranking ever hit by a foreign nameplate in Germany, equalled by the Skoda Fabia in 2009.

The Renault 4 was the best-selling import in Germany without interruption from 1967 to 1980 

Peugeot is also very well represented with the 206 holding the record for the brand’s highest single model annual sales volume at 63,426 units in 2003 (#12), ahead of the 205 (61,220 in 91) and 207 (58,222 in 09). Fiat’s highest seller is the Punto with 60,197 units in 1995. The Toyota Corolla leads all Japanese models with a high of 52,870 in 1991, followed by the Mazda 323 and 626.

Skoda Octavia Germany 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Skoda Octavia beats its annual volume and ranking records in Germany in 2015. 

Records beaten in 2015 include the Skoda Octavia stepping up both its volume (57.907) and ranking (#6) bests, the Seat Leon improving to 42,125 sales and the Fiat 500 to 33,908 sales and #24, making its entrance within the Top 40 most successful foreign nameplates in Germany at #35.

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