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.

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

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).

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

The VW Arteon makes its first appearance in the German sales charts.

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Handicapped by less selling days than last year, German new car sales are down 8% in April to 290.697 units but the year-to-date total is still in positive territory at +2.5% and 1.135.381. The Top 8 marques all lose ground vs. April 2016, led by Volkswagen (-12%), Mercedes (-10%) and Audi (-10%) while Ford takes advantage from a slimmer 7% decline to overtake BMW and Opel, both down 14%. Skoda (-9%) and Renault (-4%) complete the Top 8 with Fiat the only Top 10 brand to gain ground year-on-year at +25%. Further down, Toyota (+12%), Dacia (+21%), Jeep (+22%), Land Rover (+23%), Suzuki (+43%), Tesla (+129%) and Alfa Romeo (+153%) are among the most dynamic.

In the models ranking, below the VW Golf down a harsh 15%, the Mercedes C-Class jumps 3 spots on March to land in 2nd position overall with deliveries up 2%. The VW Tiguan continues to benefit from the launch of the new generation with sales up 40% to #3. Volkswagen also places the Passat (-31%) and Polo (-18%) inside the Top 5 and despite deep drops. The hero of the month is the Fiat Ducato up 15% to a stunning 10th place: these are camper-van sales in preparation for the summer season. Among recent launches, the Audi Q2 is down 6 spots on last month to #39, the Seat Ateca is down 3 to #62 and the Toyota C-HR up 7 to #69. Finally, this month we welcome the VW Arteon – replacing the VW CC – in the German sales charts at #209.

Previous month: Germany March 2017: Opel, Renault up, largest Q1 volume this decade

One year ago: Germany April 2016: Market up 8%, Volkswagen up 3%

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Germany March 2017: Opel, Renault up, highest Q1 volume this decade

Opel sales are up 18% year-on-year in March. Picture autobild.de 

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It’s a very dynamic March for new car sales in Germany with volumes up 11% year-on-year to 359.683 units, lifting the first quarter total up 844.684 sales, up 7% on the same period in 2016 and the largest Q1 volume since 2009 (868.090) when scrappage schemes sent the market up 24% over the Full Year. Market leader Volkswagen struggles to keep up with the market’s fast pace with a timid 1% year-on-year improvement. Yet VW is still selling over double the amount as the next best-seller, Mercedes in great shape at +14% while just below, Audi (-2%) and BMW (+6%) both lose market share compared to a year ago.

Renault sales are up 39% in March and the new generation Koleos has landed.

Seat (+13%), Ford (+16%), Opel (+18%) and Renault (+39%) are the other carmakers posting double-digit gains inside the Top 10. Below, the list of high performing carmakers is long: Volvo (+22%), Peugeot (+25%), Mitsubishi (+27%), Fiat (+37%), Toyota (+37%), Citroen (+44%) and Dacia (+51%) post the largest improvements inside the Top 20, while among smaller brands, Jeep (+30%), Land Rover (+35%), Alfa Romeo (+90% thanks to the Giulia and the arrival of the Stelvio), Jaguar (+91%), Lotus (+144%), Tesla (+151%) and Bentley (+153%) are some of the best performers.

The Q2 is Audi’s best-selling crossover in March.

Model-wise, below the VW Golf in difficulty at -9%, the VW Polo rallies back up 39% year-on-year and four spots on last month to snap the 2nd position it now also holds year-to-date, but the VW Passat tubes down 43% to 4.471 and from #2 in February to #18 this month. The Opel Astra nudges up one spot to #3 thanks to sales up 19%, ahead of the VW Tiguan (+26%) and Mercedes C-Class (+18%) both also beating the market growth. Further down, notice the Ford Kuga (+35%), VW Touran (+41%), Mercedes E Class (+56%) and Renault Megane (+166% thanks to the new generation) all posting spectacular gains. The Audi Q2 is now Audi’s best-selling crossover at #33 ahead of the Q3 at #43 (-17%) and the Q5 at #65 (-26%). This month we welcome three new nameplates in the German sales charts: the Alfa Romeo Stelvio (#211), Subaru Outback (#251) and the new generation Renault Koleos  (#272).

Previous month: Germany February 2017: Audi snaps 10% share of falling market

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

Full March 2017 Top 48 brands and Top 321 models below.

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