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Germany 1st Half 2015: Golf, Passat & Polo further VW domination

July 10th, 2015 No comments

VW Passat Germany June 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deVW Passat sales are up 34% year-on-year so far in 2015 at home.

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The German new car market is up a solid 5% year-on-year halfway through 2015 to 1.618.949 units. Demonstrating a further segmentation of Europe’s largest new car market, only 3 manufacturers in the Top 20 outpace the market enough to improve their market share year-on-year: Volkswagen up 9% to further cement its domination at 21.7% of the market, Nissan up 10% to #12, Mini up 27% to #19 and Smart up 57% to #20 thanks to the return of the Forfour. The entire Top 10 brands are unchanged on H1 2014 with Mercedes (+4%), Audi (+6%), BMW (+3%), Opel (+1%) and Ford (+2%) following VW, Skoda (+4%), Renault (-1%), Hyundai (+4%) and Seat (+5%) rounding up the Top 10. Other great performers over the period include Suzuki, Porsche (+21%), Lexus (+40%), Jeep (+74%), Mitsubishi (+81%) and Ssangyong (+132%).

VW Golf Sportsvan Germany June 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Sportsvan boosts VW Golf sales up 19%.

In the models ranking, all Top 4 best-seller improve at at least twice the pace of the market: the VW Golf is boosted 19% by the Sportsvan variant to 8.4% share, the Passat benefits fully from the arrival of the new model, up 39% to 2.9% and the Polo enjoys facelift-spruced sales up 10%. The Mercedes C-Class is a total success: up 20% to 4th place overall with a splendid 33.623 sales. The Skoda Octavia gains two spots year-on-year and on its FY2014 ranking to a best-ever #7, the Opel Astra makes a surprising return inside the Top 10 thanks to sales up 7% while the Skoda Fabia (#16) and Seat Leon (#18) brilliantly break into the Top 20.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Germany June 2015. Picture courtesy of automobilesreview.comThe BMW 2 Series is up to #24 at home.

The most impressive progression atop the ranking is delivered by the BMW 2 Series now including the Active Tourer MPV variant: up 10-fold on a year ago to #24 and just above 18.000 deliveries. Notice also the Ford Kuga up 19% to #30, the Opel Adam up 22% to #34, Hyundai ix35 up 35% to #40, BMW 4 Series up 43% to #41, Hyundai i10 up 38% to #43, Ford Mondeo up 45% to #46, VW Sharan up 24% to #47, the Mercedes V-Class jumping into the Top 50 exactly one year after its launch and the Mercedes CLA up 60% to #57. The Nissan Pulsar is the only all-new nameplate to manage a Top 100 ranking – just: at #99.

Previous post: Germany June 2015: Mercedes C-Class and Skoda Octavia shoot up

Q1 2015 update: Germany 1st Quarter 2015: VW Golf and Passat help lift market up 6%

Full Year 2014 updates:

Germany Full Year 2014: VW Golf celebrates 39 years in top spot, Audi A3 shines

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

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

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

July 8th, 2015 6 comments

Mercedes C Class Germany June 2015. Picture courtesy auto-news.deMercedes C-Class sales are up 79% year-on-year at home.

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Like the rest of Europe, the German new car market enjoys strong gains in June at +12% to 313.539 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total halfway through 2015 to 1.618.949 units, up 5% or 80.000 sales on 2014. Volkswagen follows the market at +13% yet its market share is frankly below its YTD level at 20.3%, Mercedes (+22%) and Audi (+23%) show brilliant improvements but BMW (+4%) is passed by Opel (+9%) even though both manufacturers lose market share vs. a year ago. Seat gains two spots on May to rank 8th overall with 10.448 sales, Mini is up 43% to #18, Mitsubishi up 116% to #20, Smart up 74% to #22, Land Rover up 60% to #25, Jeep up 56% to #27, Tesla up 120% to #31 and Ssangyong up 207% to #32.

Skoda Octavia Germany June 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Skoda Octavia is up to 5th overall in Germany in June.

Over in the models ranking, the VW Golf flies up 20% year-on-year to 23.742 sales and 7.6% share above the VW Passat pushed up 56% to 9.416 units and 3% thanks to the new generation and the Mercedes C-Class up an even more impressive 79% to 7.468 deliveries, knocking the VW Polo (+12%) down to #4. The Skoda Octavia is up 23% to land in 5th place, the nameplate’s highest ever monthly ranking in Germany, also hit in September and December 2013. The Opel Astra, now in runout mode before the arrival of the new generation, sticks to the 6th spot to reached last month vs. #10 year-to-date. The Ford Fiesta (+40%) and Audi A4 (+57%) also shine inside the Top 10.

VW Passat Germany June 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe new generation pushes VW Passat sales up 56% on June 2014.

Outside the Top 10 best-sellers, the Mini is up 9 spots on May to #13, the BMW 2 Series lodges its second-ever German Top 20 ranking after last February (#16) at #17 and 4.202 sales, the Seat Ibiza is up 67% year-on-year and 10 ranks on May to #20, the Opel Mokka is up 63% to #23, the BMW X1 up 85% to #24, Hyundai ix35 up 65% to #30, VW Sharan up 75% to #31 and the Mercedes V Class, one month after breaking into the German Top 50 for the first time at #48, improves its record ranking by 10 ranks to #38.

Opel Karl Germany June 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deGood start for the Opel Karl at home: already ranking #82.

As far as recent launches are concerned, two nameplates make their grand entrance inside the German Top 100 this month: the Opel Karl is up 114 spots on last month to #82 with 1.142 sales and the Mazda CX-3 is up 118 ranks to #93 with a round 800 deliveries. Further down, the Renault Kadjar is up a spectacular 141 spots to #112 with 673 units, the Land Rover Discovery Sport is up 16 to #150, the Jaguar XE lands at #185 with 198 sales, the Ssangyong Tivoli appears at #245 with 37 units and the Honda HR-V arrives at #264 with 20 deliveries for now.

Previous month: Germany May 2015: VW monopolises Top 4 for third time ever

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

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

June 11th, 2015 2 comments

VW Polo Germany May 2015. Picture courtesy flickrThe VW Polo is up 42% year-on-year in Germany in May.

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The German new car market is down a disappointing 7% year-on-year in May to 256.385 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 1.305.410 units, still up 3.5% on 2014. If some analysts see in this decline the sign that the European recovery is not yet a sure thing, the reality is it is mainly due to less selling days this month than in May 2014. Volkswagen fares slightly better than the market at -4% and 21.8% and places 4 models in the Top 4 this month and only for the third time in the manufacturer’s 77-year long life along with January and February 2014: the Golf (+6%), Passat (+2%), Polo (+42%) and Tiguan (-14%).

Ssangyong Korando Germany May 2015. Picture courtesy auto-motor-und-sport.deSsangyong German sales more than triple year-on-year in May.

Mercedes reclaims the #2 brand spot it holds year-to-date off Audi with sales down just 2% to 23.744 and thanks to the C-Class back up to #5 (+23%) while the Audi A3 is down to #7 (-23%) and Audi drops 13% to #3 in the brands ranking. BMW (-9%), Opel (-20%) and Ford (-13%) suffer, while impressive carmakers include Porsche (+6%), Nissan (+13%), Land Rover (+19%), Mini (+20%), Jeep (+52%), Lexus (+56%), Tesla (+61%), Smart (+70%), Mitsubishi (+83%) and Ssangyong (+240%).

Opel Astra K Germany May 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Opel Astra surges to #6 in the wake of its new generation launch.

Model-wise, below the Top 5 mentioned above, the Opel Astra uncharacteristically leaps back up to #6 which seems to be a periodical event as it also ranked #6 in May 2014. The current generation Astra has also now entered runout mode after the new gen was unveiled last month. The Skoda Octavia is back inside the Top 10 at #8, the Skoda Fabia is up two spots to #13, the Seat Leon up 3 to #14, Fiat Ducato up 5 to #16, Seat Ibiza up 14 to #30, the Hyundai i10 up 38% year-on-year to #34, the Hyundai ix35 up 13% to #37, the Ford Mondeo up 65% to #44, Mercedes CLA up 11 ranks to #47, Mitsubishi Space Star up 16 to #49 and the Mercedes V-Class breaking into the German Top 50 for the first time at #48.

Mercedes V Class Germany May 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deFirst Top 50 ranking for the Mercedes V-Class in Germany.

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

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

Previous month: Germany April 2015: Opel Karl and Renault Kadjar land

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

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Germany April 2015: Opel Karl and Renault Kadjar land

May 8th, 2015 1 comment

Opel Karl Germany April 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deOpel Karl

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New car sales in Germany are up a robust 6% year-on-year in April to 291.395 registrations, bringing the 2015 total after 4 months to 1.049.025 deliveries, also up 6% on 2014. The Top 4 brands are identical to the year-to-date ranking but while Volkswagen (+4%), Audi (+5%) and Mercedes (-4%) are lagging the market, only BMW outperforms with sales up 9% to 22.015. Ford (+13%) and Opel (+7%) are starting to catch up and could reclaim the #2 and #3 spot longer term if their respective recovery strategies bear fruit. At the tail end of the Top 10, Skoda (+10%), Renault (+18%), Hyundai (+10%) and Seat (+12%) all post very strong result. Further down, notice Nissan (+28%), Mini (+39%), Smart (+49%), Jeep (+79%) and Mitsubishi (+106%) take off.

Audi A6 Germany April 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Audi A6 is among the 10 most popular nameplates in Germany in April.

As it has been the case for the past couple of months, the VW Golf (+15%) and Passat (+27%) deliver outstanding results atop the models ranking, the former thanks to the addition of the Sportsvan variant over the course of the past year (separate sales not indicated) and the latter due to the arrival of the much-improved new generation. Despite sales down 4% on April 2014, the Audi A3 is back onto the podium, dislodging the VW Polo while the Ford Focus (+23%) and Opel Corsa (+16%) get a boost from the new model. The Opel Astra is back up 17% to #9, the Audi A6 brilliantly breaks into the overall Top 10 (+32%), the Skoda Fabia is up 47% at #15 and the Seat Leon up a further 19% to #17 and 3.805 deliveries. Finally 3 new nameplates make their entrance in the German ranking in April: the Opel Karl lands at #243, the Mazda CX-3 at #253 and the Renault Kadjar at #261.

Previous post: Germany 1st Quarter 2015: VW Golf and Passat help lift market up 6%

Previous month: Germany March 2015: Opel Corsa and Mazda3 impress

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

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Germany 1st Quarter 2015: VW Golf & Passat help lift market up 6%

May 2nd, 2015 No comments

VW Passat Germany March 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe new model lifts VW Passat sales up 41% on 2014.

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Still the engine of the European market despite the UK stepping up, the health of German sales has a large impact on how the continent fares as a whole. 2015 is a very solid year so far in Germany: up 6% over the first 3 months of the year to 757,630 deliveries. As if Volkswagen’s domination of its home market wasn’t implacable already, the German manufacturer posts the largest year-on-year improvement in the entire Top 18, with registrations up a whopping 14% to 169.058 and 22.3% share vs. 20.9% a year ago. The 3 luxury brands follow as they did last year but Audi (65.627) is now getting dangerously close to Mercedes (65.878) for the #1 luxury spot while BMW is a step below (58.875).

Audi Q3 Germany March 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frAudi is now threatening Mercedes for the #1 luxury brand title at home.

Opel, Ford, Skoda and Renault all get distanced and lose market share, while Hyundai (+10%), Fiat (+10%), Suzuki (+43%), Porsche (+36%), Smart (+49%), Mitsubishi (+58%) and most spectacularly Jeep (+91%) all deliver outstanding results inside the Top 30. Further down, notice Infiniti (+87%) and Lamborghini (+155%) at markedly higher levels than in 2014.

VW Golf Sportsvan Germany March 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Sportsvan variant enables the VW Golf to post a 26% sales gain.

Over on the models side, Volkswagen’s stunning improvement becomes clear: boosted by the new Sportsman variant (separate sales unavailable), the Golf is up 26% to 8.7% share – almost 3 times any other nameplate, while the new generation Passat lifts the nameplate up 41% to 2nd place overall with 23.090 deliveries and 3% share. The Mercedes C-Class (+14%) and Opel Corsa (+16%) also benefit from their recent updates, the Skoda Octavia inches up one spot to #8 which would be its best-ever national ranking if it can keep it up until the end of the year, and the Audi A4 is getting a second wind, up 12% to re-enter the Top 10 at #9, overtaking the BMW 3 Series at #12 (-20%) – the latter in harsh decline mainly due to its coupe/convertible variants now being sold under the 4 Series nameplate (+79%).

Suzuki Swift Germany March 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Swift takes off in Germany, lifting Suzuki sales up 43%.

Apart from the C-Class, other Mercedes best-sellers are struggling so far in 2015: the B-Class is stable, the E-Class down 14% and the A-Class down 21%. Reversely, with the Active Tourer MPV now in full bloom, the BMW 2 Series jumps to #25, the Ford Kuga (+27%) and Opel Adam (+39%) have finally found their market at home and the Swift (up a spectacular 137%) along with the arrival of the Celerio (#171) and Vitara (#181) are behind Suzuki’s strong gains this year in Germany.

Citroen C4 Cactus Germany March 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frGood start for the Citroen C4 Cactus in Germany.

Removing Skoda and Seat nameplates owned by the Volkswagen Group, there are just 3 foreigners inside the German Top 40: the Fiat 500 (#28), Nissan Qashqai (#31) and Renault Clio (#40). Notice also the clear improvement of the Mazda3 cracking the Top 50 at #41 (+26%), as well as Hyundai placing 3 models inside the Top 50 vs. just one a year ago: the i10 (+47%), ix35 (+36%) and i30 (+5%). The Mercedes V-Class leads newcomers at #53 followed by the Smart Forfour at #69, Nissan Pulsar at #94 and Citroen C4 Cactus at #111.

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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.

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

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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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