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Germany July 2014: Mercedes E-Class in Top 10

August 7th, 2014 14 comments

Mercedes E Class Germany July 2014Mercedes E-Class

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When Germany sneezes, the European market catches a cold, and reversely when the German new car market is up 7% year-on-year to 270,249 registrations like it is the case in July, then all is good in this world. The year-to-date total now stands at 1,808,517 units, up 3% on 2013. The Top 8 most popular brands in the country return to exactly the same state as the year-to-date ranking, with Volkswagen leading the way by far (+10%) ahead of Mercedes (stable), Audi (+12%), BMW (+11%), Opel (+6%), Ford (+8%), Skoda (up an impressive 25%) and Renault (-7%). Seat shines at +12% in 9th position, as do Citroen (+25%), Volvo (+35), Porsche (+41%), Land Rover (+39%), Infiniti (+564%) and Maserati (+387%).

Mercedes V Class Germany July 2014First Top 100 ranking for the Mercedes V-Class at home.

Model-wise, Volkswagen monopolises the podium with the Golf (+18%), Passat (-4%) and Tiguan (+26%) while the Audi A3 is very solid again in 4th place (+14%) ahead of a weak VW Polo (-20%). Last discounted models for the Opel Corsa at #6 (+33%), an 8 spot jump on June for the VW Touran into #8 both this month and year-to-date (making it 5 Volkswagens in the Top 8), and the Mercedes E-Class in summer form at #10, its first Top 10 ranking since last November and to be compared to the #5 spot it hit one year ago in July 2013. Further down, the Seat Leon continues to amaze at #19 (+36%), the Ford Kuga is up 43% to #29, the Skoda Rapid is up 11 spots to #39 and the VW Beetle up 16 to #44.

BMW i8 Germany July 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.com54 BMW i8 found a buyer in Germany this month.

Among recent launches, the Mercedes V-Class is up 33 ranks on last month to #78, the BMW 2 Series is up 18 to #99, both breaking into the monthly German ranking for the very first time, the Porsche Macan is up 15 to a best-ever #95 and now only 8 units below the Porsche 911 for the title of Porsche’s best-seller at home, the Peugeot 108 lands directly at #115 with 491 sales, the BMW i3 is up to #158 with 211 units and the BMW i8 up 35 spots to #228 at 54 sales.

Previous month: Germany June 2014: VW Golf, Passat and Audi A3 on top

One year ago: Germany July 2013: Mercedes E-Class up to #5

Full July 2014 Top 300 models and Top 50 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Germany Private Sales July 2014: Ford Fiesta up to 4th place

August 7th, 2014 3 comments

Ford Fiesta Germany July 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deFord Fiesta

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German Private Sales (PS) data is always a little controversial because by definition: are counted as private the cars sold to private buyers. Demo cars, rental cars and long-term leases are not counted as private along with cars sold to companies. This explains the fact that as cars become more expensive, their PS ratio tends to drop: a lot of them are actually on a long-term lease, which can be argued is also a private ‘sale’. In June there were 103,235 new Private Sales in Germany, a 38.2% PS ratio, exactly the same as in June. The year-to-date Private Sales total stands at 644,577 out of an overall market at 1.8 million, or a 37.3% PS ratio.

Mercedes GLA Germany July 2014Outstanding 57% Private Sales ratio for the Mercedes GLA vs. a market average of 38.2%.

As it is the case in the overall ranking (albeit with one other model), Volkswagen monopolises the Private Sales podium with the Golf (34.1% PS ratio), Polo (61.1%) and Tiguan (48.4%) but this month the Ford Fiesta establishes itself in 4th position with private buyers thanks to 2,479 sales and a 57.7% PS ratio much stronger than the one it displays year-to-date (44.4%). Mercedes places no less than 4 models inside the Top 12: the B-Class (#5), C-Class (#7), A-Class (#8) and E-Class (#12) while Audi only has one (the A3 at #6) and BMW none, with its best performer at a low #17 (the 1 Series). Finally, notice the Mini at #15, the VW Beetle at #27 and the Mercedes GLA at a best-ever #33.

Previous month: Germany Private Sales June 2014: BMW 1 Series up to 5th place

One year ago: Germany Private Sales July 2013: Adam Opel’s best-seller

Full July 2014 Top 100 models Ranking Table below.

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Germany Private Sales June 2014: BMW 1 Series up to 5th place

July 12th, 2014 4 comments

BMW 1 Series Germany June 2014BMW 1 Series

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German Private Sales (PS) data is always a little controversial because of its definition in this country: are counted as private the cars sold to private buyers. Demo cars, rental cars and long-term leases are not counted as private along with cars sold to companies. This explains the fact that as cars become more expensive, their PS ratio tends to drop: a lot of them are actually on a long-term lease, which can be argued is also a private ‘sale’. In June there were 106,049 new Private Sales in Germany, a 38.2% PS ratio, higher than in May (37.3%). Volkswagen monopolises the podium once again with the VW Golf in the lead (30.9% PS) above the Tiguan (56.5%) and Polo (47.1%) like in the year-to-date ranking.

Honda CR-V Germany June 2014The Honda CR-V reaches an excellent 78.5% Private Sales ratio this month.

The Skoda Fabia is up one spot on May to 4th place (61.5% PS) while the performer of the month is the BMW 1 Series up 9 ranks on last month to a brilliant 5th place with 2,447 sales and 46.5% PS ratio. Other great performers include the Mercedes C-Class up 11 to #7, the Mini up 12 to #14, BMW X3 up 22 to #29 and Mercedes GLA up 10 to #40. Highest PS ratios in the Top 100 are delivered by the Dacia Sandero (92.7%), Dacia Duster (88.9%), Dacia Logan (84.6%), Honda CR-V (78.5%), Suzuki Jimny (76.5%), Fiat Punto (70.8%) and BMW 2 Series (70.7%).

Previous month: Germany Private Sales May 2014: Podium 100% Volkswagen

One year ago: Germany Private Sales June 2013: Dacia Sandero at 93%

Full June 2014 Top 100 models Ranking Table below.

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Germany June 2014: VW Golf, Passat and Audi A3 on top

July 11th, 2014 12 comments

VW Passat Germany June 2014The 2014 VW Passat has just been unveiled.

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New car sales in Germany are down 2% year-on-year in June to 277,614 registrations, and as the biggest market in the continent, this means the European recovery everyone is talking about is still a little shaky for now. Year-to-date, Germany is up 2% to 1,538,268 units. In the models ranking, the podium is unchanged on last month with the VW Golf in the lead (-13%) ahead of the VW Passat (-9%) and Audi A3 (-2%) while the BMW 3 Series is up one spot on May to #4 in spite of sales down a harsh 13% on June 2013. The VW Polo returns to its traditional 5th spot just above the Opel Corsa boosted by runout prices for the old generation (+21%). The Ford Focus also does very strong business this month, up 19% year-on-year in 7th place.

Hyundai i30 Germany June 2014The Hyundai i30 is the best-selling ‘true’ foreigner in Germany this month.

Other great June performers in Germany include the BMW 1 Series up 10 ranks to #8, the VW Up up to #11 vs. #17 year-to-date, the Skoda Fabia up to #14 vs. #22, Seat Leon up a spectacular 38% year-on-year at #17, the Hyundai i30 up 11 spots to #23 and most popular ‘true’ foreigner in the country (that is if you remove Skoda and Seat nameplates), the Fiat 500 up 20% to #27, Ford Kuga at #29, Hyundai i20 up 86% to #31 and BMW X3 up 33 ranks on May to #36.

Renault Captur Germany June 2014Renault sales in Germany are up 39% year-on-year in June.

Brand-wise, below Volkswagen (-15%) and Mercedes (-8%), BMW climbs back from #6 in May to third place with sales up 7% year-on-year to 22,729 units and 8.2% share, overtaking Audi (-6%), Opel (up a splendid 11%) and Ford (-5%). Skoda remains 7th with a strong 16,851 sales and 6.1% share vs. 5.7% year-to-date, Hyundai is up two spots on May to #8 with 4% share vs. 3.1% so far in 2014, Renault is up a spectacular 39% to 9,685 sales, Seat up 14%, Fiat up 8%, Nissan and Dacia up 9%, Mitsubishi up 18%, Land Rover up 22%, Jaguar up 21% and Maserati up 272%.

Previous month: Germany May 2014: Seat Leon shoots up to record 13th place

One year ago: Germany June 2013: Mercedes E-Class at highest in almost 2 years

Full June 2014 Top 300 models and Top 50 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Germany May 2014: Seat Leon shoots up to record 13th place

June 12th, 2014 4 comments

Seat Leon Germany May 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deSeat Leon

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The German new car market is back into positive in May at +5% year-on-year to 274,804 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,260,654 units, up 3% on 2013. Below the VW Golf at 7.3% share, the VW Passat is back up 2 spots on April to reclaims the #2 ranking both this month and year-to-date, overtaking the VW Tiguan. The Audi A3 remains on the podium thanks to sales up 23% on May 2013 to 6,161 and passes the VW Polo year-to-date to now rank #4. The Opel Astra is up a spectacular 9 ranks on last month and vs. its year-to-date ranking to #6 and 5,219 units with the Ford Focus up 4 to #7 and the Skoda Octavia up 47% year-on-year to #9.

Opel Astra Germany May 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deIt’s very rare these days that the Opel Astra performs at home – so let’s salute it when it happens.

But the biggest achievement of the month is without a doubt achieved by the Seat Leon: up 9 spots on April and 55% year-on-year to hit an all-time high 13th spot with 4,328 sales and 2.2% share, smashing its previous ranking record of #19 from last March. The VW Up is up 7 ranks to #14 and amazingly overtakes the VW Polo down 10 to a paltry #16. The Fiat Ducato continues to shine thanks to campervan sales at #23, the Fiat 500 is up 31% to #26, the Ford Kuga up 63% to #31, Opel Insignia up 54% to #32, Renault Clio up 45% to #36 and the Dacia Duster up 43% to #49.

BMW X4 Germany May 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deFirst appearance inside the German Top 200 for the BMW X4 this month.

Among recent launches, the Mercedes GLA is down 9 spots to #57, the BMW 4 Series down 12 to #58, the Porsche Macan down 8 to #106, the Mercedes V-Class up 119 to #123, BMW 2 Series down 4 to #137, Ford Ecosport up 86 to #151, BMW X4 up 96 to #174 and BMW i8 up 22 to #264.

Mercedes V Class Germany May 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deMercedes V Class

Brand-wise, below Volkswagen regular at 21.1% share, Mercedes is back to the #2 spot it holds year-to-date with 24,327 sales and 8.9%, overtaking Audi at 8.8% while Opel (7.7%) and Ford (7.4%) pass BMW to rank #4 and #5 respectively. Skoda is up 23% to #7, Seat up 16% to #8, Renault up 33% to #9, Citroen up 22%, Nissan up 37%, Mazda up 27%, Volvo up 30%, Infiniti up 641% and Maserati up 203%.

Previous month: Germany April 2014: VW Tiguan reaches record #2, also #2 year-to-date

One year ago: Germany May 2013: BMW 3 Series back on podium

Full May 2014 Top 300 models and Top 50 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Germany Private Sales May 2014: Podium 100% Volkswagen

June 12th, 2014 1 comment

VW Tiguan Germany May 20146 in every 10 VW Tiguan purchased in Germany is a Private Sale.

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As an appetiser before the overall May data is published, we explore the sales to private buyers in the country, which traditionally paints a very different picture. German Private Sales (PS) data is always a little controversial because of its definition here: are counted as private the cars sold to private buyers. Demo cars, rental cars and long-term leases are not counted as private along with cars sold to companies. This explains the fact that as cars become more expensive, their PS ratio tends to drop: a lot of them are actually on a long-term lease, which can be argued is also a private ‘sale’. In May there were 102,502 new Private Sales in Germany, a PS ratio of 37.3%, almost identical to April (37.5%).

Skoda Fabia Germany May 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Skoda Fabia is the 5th most popular car with German Private Buyers so far in 2014.

Volkswagen monopolises the PS podium in May with the VW Golf at 5,149 sales and 25.6% PS ahead of the Tiguan at 3,491 and 58.7% and the Polo at 2,248 and 55.9%. In fact the entire Top 5 is identical to the year-to-date ranking, demonstrating an extreme stability in German private consumers’ tastes. The Mercedes B-Class ranks 4th at 63.2% PS and the Skoda Fabia is back up 4 spots on April to #5. The Audi A3 is up 5 to #6, the VW Up is up one further spot to reach a brilliant 7th spot while the Ford Focus is up 10 to #8 and the Mercedes E-Class up 2 to #10.

Peugeot 2008 Germany May 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.de72.2% of Peugeot 2008 buyers are private vs. a national average of 37.3%.

The models with the highest PS ratio inside the Top 100 are the Dacia Sandero at 89.7% (#15) , Dacia Duster at 88.1% (#16), Dacia Logan at 77.4% (#53), Skoda Yeti at 72.8% (#13), Peugeot 2008 at an astounding 72.2% (#49) and the Fiat Punto at 70.2% (#87). At the other end of the scale, we have the VW Passat at 7.3% (#68), Audi A4 at 12.1% (#56), Audi A6 at 13.1% (#69) and the BMW 5 Series at 13.6% (#65).

Previous month: Germany Private Sales April 2014: Mercedes B-Class back up to #4

One year ago: Germany Private Sales June 2013: Dacia Sandero at 93%

Full May 2014 Top 100 models Ranking Table below.

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Germany Private Sales April 2014: Mercedes B-Class back up to #4

May 12th, 2014 4 comments

Mercedes B Class Germany April 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frMercedes B-Class

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after going through overall German sales for April, we explore the sales to private buyers in the country, painting a very different picture once again. German Private Sales (PS) data is always a little controversial because of the definition of a ‘private sale’ in Germany. Are counted as private the cars sold to private buyers. Demo cars, rental cars and long-term leases are not counted as private along with cars sold to companies. This explains the fact that as cars become more expensive, their Private Sales ratio tends to drop: a lot of them are actually on a long-term lease, which can be argued is a private ‘sale’. In April 104,705 new cars were purchased by private buyers in Germany in April, that’s a 38.2% PS ratio compared to 37.5% in March.

Peugeot 2008 Germany April 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frTwo-thirds of Peugeot 2008 were bought by private consumers in April in Germany.

The VW Golf still dominates the charts with 6,557 private sales in spite of a low 30% PS ratio, but the VW Tiguan is catching up at 4,169 and 60.7%, followed by the Mercedes C-Class at 2,638 and 47.6% and the B-Class back up to #4 with 2,394 private units and 63.2%. Notice also the Ford Fiesta up 7 spots on March to #6, the Fiat Ducato also up 7 to an amazing 7th place, the VW Up up 4 to #8 and the Mercedes E-Class up 14 to #12. Once again best performers in the PS ratio game include almost the entire Dacia range with the Sandero at 91.3%, Duster at 89.1% and Logan at 81.5%. The Skoda Yeti at 73.5% and Peugeot 2008 at 67.7% also impress.

Previous month: Germany Private Sales March 2014: Nissan Qashqai in Top 10

One year ago: Germany Private sales April 2013: Opel Mokka in Top 10

Full April 2014 Top 100 models Ranking Table below.

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Germany April 2014: VW Tiguan reaches record #2, also #2 ytd

May 10th, 2014 12 comments

VW Tiguan Germany April 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deVW Tiguan

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It’s not quite full-on recovery territory for Germany yet with sales down 4% year-on-year in April to 274,097 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 985,850 units, up 3% on 2013. Below the VW Golf reigning supreme at 8% share, the VW Tiguan is up one spot on last month to a best-ever #2 ranking thanks to 6,869 sales and 2.5%. After jumping on the monthly German podium for the very first time in February and repeating that feat in March, it’s the first time the Tiguan has only the Golf above it in the German sales charts. It gets even more historical: this performance enables the Tiguan to rank #2 year-to-date as well with 23,292 units vs. 22,749 for the VW Passat and 22,464 for the VW Polo. It also means Volkswagen monopolises the Top 4 best-sellers year-to-date, and the VW Group monopolises the Top 5 with the Audi A3 at #5.

Audi A3 Limousine Germany April 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deAudi A3 Limousine

Talking about the Audi A3, it is up 4 ranks on March to land on the third step of the podium this month with 6,834 sales and 2.5% share. This is only the second time since its original launch in 1996 that the A3 ranks on the German podium with August 2013 when it ranked #2. The recently relaunched Mercedes C-Class maintains itself inside the Top 5 at #5 with 5,542 units and 2% while below the VW Polo at #6 the VW Touran makes it 5 Volkswagens in the Top 7 and 6 VAG Group models in the Top 7. The Skoda Octavia remains in the Top 10 at #10 thanks to sales up 29% year-on-year.

BMW 4er Germany April 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe BMW 4 Series breaks into the German Top 50 for the first time in April.

Further down, the Fiat Ducato is boosted by camper van sales, up 15 spots on March to reach #16 vs. #34 year-to-date and #51 over the Full Year 2013, the Seat Leon remains very solid at #22 (and #3 foreigner), the Renault Clio is up 9 ranks on last month to #27 and the Opel Insignia up 78% year-on-year to #30. Two recent German premium launches break into the Top 50 at the same time: the BMW 4 Series is up 8 spots to #46 with 1,846 sales and the Mercedes GLA is up 15 to #48 at 1,737 units.

BMW i8 Germany April 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deFirst appearance in the German sales charts for the BMW i8

The Peugeot 308 is up 32 spots to #73, the Renault Captur up 4 to #74 and the Peugeot 2008 up 13 to #78 while the Suzuki SX4 is up 24 to #80. As it has been the case in most countries I have covered April sales for so far, the Porsche Macan is an instant success for the brand: up 151 ranks on March to already break into the Top 100 at #98 with 712 sales, only 75 units short off becoming Porsche’s best-seller (the 911 is #90) as soon as its first full month of sales in the country. Finally let’s welcome the BMW i8 in the ranking at #286 with 7 sales.

Porsche Macan Germany April 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Porsche Macan breaks into the German Top 100 for its first full month of sales.

Brand-wise, below Volkswagen at 22.1% share, Audi passes Mercedes to rank #2 with 25,796 sales vs. 25,717, both brands grabbing a 9.4% market share. BMW is down 3% year-on-year at #4 as is Opel at #5 while Ford is down 1% to #6. Excellent hold of Skoda up 12% in 7th place with 14,337 sales, followed by Renault up 5% to 10,027 units. Other gainers among the Top 20 most popular carmakers include Fiat up 2% at #10, Kia up 3% at #13, Nissan up 20% to #15, Mazda up a wonderful 35% on April 2013 (mainly due to the CX-5 doubling its sales year-on-year) and Porsche up 22% to #18 thanks to the arrival of the Macan. Chevrolet is down 86% and Maserati up 194%.

Previous month: Germany March 2014: Mercedes C-Class up 31% to #4

One year ago: Germany April 2013: Audi A3 and Mercedes E-Class up

Full April 2014 Top 300 models and Top 50 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Germany Private Sales March 2014: Nissan Qashqai in Top 10

April 10th, 2014 12 comments

Nissan Qashqai Germany March 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe new Nissan Qashqai is a big hit with German private buyers.

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German Private Sales (PS) data is always a little controversial because of the definition of a ‘private sale’ in Germany. Are counted as private the cars sold to private buyers. Demo cars, rental cars and long-term leases are not counted as private along with cars sold to companies. This explains the fact that as cars become more expensive, their Private Sales ratio tends to drop: a lot of them are actually on a long-term lease, which can be argued is a private ‘sale’. In March, 110,560 vehicle were sold to private buyers in Germany, a 37.5% PS ratio. Volkswagen continues to dominate the PS rankings with the Golf, Tiguan and Polo in the lead.

Mazda CX-5 Germany March 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Mazda CX-5 ranks 15th with Germany private buyers this month.

Hero of the month in the overall ranking, the Mercedes C-Class also impress by its above average PS ratio: 41.9%, earning it a 4th place here. The Mercedes B-Class continues to be a hit with private buyer at 66.5% in 6th place, as is the Skoda Fabia at 60.7% in 8th and the Mercedes A-Class at 59.4% in 9th. First ‘true’ foreigner (Skoda excluded), the Nissan Qashqai is by far the performer of the month with German private buyers: it is up 10 spots on last month to break into the Top 10 at #10 with 1,921 sales and 67.2% ratio. Notice also the Mazda CX-5 at an outstanding 15th place (62.2%), the Hyundai i20 at #34 (72.8%) and the Mazda3 at #36 (71.8%). Reversely the VW Passat is #56 (8.7%).

Previous month: Germany Private Sales February 2014: Skoda Fabia up to #4

One year ago: Germany Private Sales March 2013: Mercedes E-Class and Opel Mokka up

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

April 6th, 2014 2 comments

Mercedes C Class Germany March 2014The arrival of the new model boosts the Mercedes C-Class up to 4th place.

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New car sales in Germany satisfy this month at +5% to 296,408 registrations, bringing the First Quarter total to 711,753 units, up 6% on 2013. Brand-wise, below Volkswagen unassailable at 19.8% share, Mercedes reclaims the #2 spot it held over the Full Year 2013 and year-to-date in 2014 off Audi thanks to 26,456 sales and 8.9% vs. 24,435 and 8.2% for Audi while BMW remains 4th at 23,724 units and 8%. Skoda is creeping up closer to Ford at #7 with 17,735 sales and 6% vs. 19,742 and 6.7%, Renault is strong at 3.9% share, as are Hyundai at 3.4% and Nissan at 3%.

Seat Leon Germany March 2014The Seat Leon breaks its monthly ranking record in Germany this month.

Volkswagen monopolises the models podium for the 5th consecutive month with the Golf in the lead at 6.9% share (-7%) ahead of the Passat at 2.3% (+7%) and the Tiguan at 2.2% (+12), equalling the best-ever ranking in the country it reached last month for the first time. But the big event in the Top 10 is the arrival of the Mercedes C-Class in 4th place, up 6 spots on February and 31% year-on-year to 6,424 units and 2.2% share, missing out on a podium ranking for only 62 sales, thanks to the new models now spreading across Mercedes dealerships all over the country. Its archenemy the BMW 3 Series suffers: down 17% to #6 this month.

Mercedes GLA Germany March 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deInstant success: the Mercedes GLA ranks #63 for its first full month of sales.

Mercedes V Class Germany March 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deFirst appearance in the German ranking for the new Mercedes V-Class at #225.

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

One year ago: Germany March 2013: Skoda Octavia hits highest ever ranking

Full March 2014 analysis, Top 293 models and Top 50 brands Ranking Tables below.

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