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Germany September 2014: New Renault Twingo strikes a chord

October 14th, 2014 10 comments

Renault Twingo VW-Kaefer Germany September 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deRenault Twingo and first generation VW Beetle

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New car sales in Germany are up an encouraging 5% year-on-year in September to 260.062 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 2.281.671 units, up 3% on 2013. Brand-wise, Volkswagen outperforms the market with sales up 9% on September 2013 to 54,939 units for a 21.1% market share, ahead of Mercedes (-1%), Audi (+10%) and BMW (+2%). Mass brands Opel and Ford (both at +3%) continue to lose market share and are threatened by Skoda up to 6.2% share this month. Hyundai impresses just under 4% share thanks to 10.228 sales, Renault is up 12%, Seat up 19%, Mazda up 29%, Mitsubishi up 36%, Jeep up 50% and Maserati up 265%.

VW Golf Sportsvan Germany September 2014. Picture courtesy of automibile-magazine.frThe Sportsvan lifts the VW Golf nameplate to its best market share in 5 years.

Boosted by strong sales of the Sportsvan variant (separate data isn’t available), the VW Golf jumps above 10% share for the second time in the past 10 months at 10.6% and 27,575 units, up a gigantic 37% year-on-year. This is the Golf nameplate’s strongest market share at home in almost 5 years: since November 2009 when it hit 11.6%. The Audi A3 also does exceptionally well: up 3 spots on August and 24% year-on-year to land in 2nd place with 6,382 sales, dislodging the VW Passat while the Opel Corsa remains at a better-than-usual 4th spot thank to cut-throat prices on the outgoing generation. The VW Polo (+40%), Mercedes C-Class (+19%) and BMW 1 Series (+22%) follow and all shine.

Seat Leon Germany September 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frSeat Leon

Yet another outstanding month for the Seat Leon up 40% year-on-year to #14 with 3,676 sales even though it is back below the Opel Astra (#11). This is the Leon’s 2nd best ranking ever in Germany below the #13 it reached last May. The Mini, helped by the third generation now widely available, is up 5 ranks on last month and 19% year-on-year to #17, the Fiat 500 is up 3 spots to #23 and Renault can finally report excellent news in Germany with the thunderous arrival of the Renault Twingo, lifted by the new model, inside the Top 25 at #25 and 2,623 sales, up 176% year-on-year. The local press even linked it with the first generation VW Beetle as they both sport their engine in the boot. That will definitely not hurt sales of the mini Renault nameplate which has been struggling in Germany since its original launch over 20 years ago.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Germany September 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Active Tourer boosts the BMW 2 Series up to #59.

Further down, let’s salute Hyundai placing no less than 3 models inside the Top 35: the i30 at #28, i10 at #31 and ix35 at #35, the Opel Mokka up 63% to #29, Mazda CX-5 up 12 ranks on August to #37, the Skoda Rapid up 9 to an all-time high #38 (also hit last December), the Ford Mondeo up 34 to #54, the BMW 2 Series breaking its ranking record at home for the third straight month at #59 with 1,300 units thanks to the arrival of the Active Tourer (separate data not available), the Porsche Macan still the brand’s best-seller at home at #110, BMW X4 up 19 spots to #111 and the Ford Ecosport up 17 to #125.

Mercedes AMG GT Germany September 2014First appearance of the Mercedes AMG GT in the German rankings.

Finally, in September we welcome an unusually high number of newcomers in the models ranking: five. They are led by the Ford Transit Courier landing directly at #155 with 235 sales, ahead of the Nissan Pulsar at #160 and 220 units. The Lexus NX300h instantly becomes the brand’s best-seller in Germany thanks to 57 units sold at #227, the Mercedes AMG GT arrives at #255 (25 sales) and at the complete opposite end of the price scale the Suzuki Celerio ranks 264th with 19 units sold.

Previous month: Germany August 2014: Hyundai i10 best-selling ‘true’ foreigner

One year ago: Germany September 2013: Skoda Octavia up to all-time high #5

Full September 2014 Top 311 models Ranking Table below.

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Germany Private Sales September 2014: BMW X1 shoots up

October 14th, 2014 No comments

BMW X1 Germany September 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frBMW X1

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As an appetiser for overall German sales data, I give you the Private Sales rankings. German Private Sales (PS) data is always a little controversial, as the definition of a private sale isn’t 100% accurate. Are counted as private the cars sold to private buyers, not the ones actually used by private buyers. Long-term leases for example are counted as non-private, and it explains the fact that as cars become more expensive, their PS ratio tends to drop: a lot of them are on a long-term lease, so used privately but not counted as a private sale. In September there were 88,941 new Private Sales in Germany, a 34.2% PS ratio, in sharp decline compared to August (37.8%) and year-to-date (37%).

Below the traditional leaders  – VW Golf at 24.6% PS ratio and VW Polo at 54.5%, the BMW 1 Series jumps 7 spots on August to round up the podium with 2,804 private sales for a 54.1% PS ratio. The Skoda Fabia is up one spot to #4, the Mercedes C Class up 3 to #5 and the B Class up one to #6. Other great performers this month include the Mini up to #11 vs. #21 year-to-date, the BMW X1 up to #13 vs. #31, Mazda CX-5 up to #16 vs. #35, Hyundai i30 up to #19 vs. #32 and the Mitsubishi Space Star up to #29 vs. #69.

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

One year ago: Germany Private Sales September 2013: 3 Skodas in Top 8

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Germany August 2014: Hyundai i10 best-selling ‘true’ foreigner

September 20th, 2014 2 comments

Hyundai i10 Germany August 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deHyundai i10

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The locomotive of European new car sales, Germany is still not frankly on the road to recovery with a market down down 0.4% year-on-year in August to 213,092 registrations. This brings the year-to-date total to 2,021,609 units, up 3% on 2013.  We have an extremely stable manufacturer ranking this month: the entire Top 7 is identically to July and year-to-date, with Volkswagen (21.6%) leading the way ahead of Mercedes (9%), Audi (8.2%), BMW (8%) and Opel (7%). The biggest year-to-date gainers in the Top 15 are Mazda (+20%), Nissan (+18%), Skoda (+15%) and Seat (+10%).

Dacia Duster Germany August 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deDacia Duster – Dacia outsells Peugeot and Citroen this month.

Further down, we witness an interesting move: for the second time in the past 12 months after last December, Renault’s budget brand Dacia manages to outsell both Peugeot and Citroen in 16th place with 3,900 sales and 1.8% vs. 3,510 and 3,472 respectively, In the models ranking, the VW Golf is boosted by the new Sportsvan (included by the KBA in the nameplate total) with sales up 27% year-on-year to reach 9.2% share vs. 7.7% year-to-date, while the Passat is up 30% to 5,367 sales, potentially thanks to runout prices on the current gen mixed with the first dealer units of the new gen being delivered. This surge earns the Passat a spot inside the European Top 10 for the first time in almost two years.

Seat Leon Germany August 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Seat Leon outsells the Opel Astra for the first time in Germany this month.

The VW Polo rounds up the podium, making it 100% Volkswagen for the first time since last March, the Opel Corsa delivers an excellent result: up 24% to #4 and the Ford Focus is up an outstanding 53% on August 2013 and 6 spots on last month to #6. Below we have a historical milestone unfolding before our eyes: the Seat Leon is up a further 4 spots on July to reach #15 (its 2nd best ever ranking below the #13 it reached last May), meaning it outsells its competitor the Opel Astra for the very first time in history this month. Gven the Astra used to be the Golf’s main competitor, the fact that it is now below the Golf’s premium (the A3), budget (Skoda Octavia) and sporty twins speaks volumes. This event seemed unthinkable only a year ago: the Leon ranked #35 vs. #6 for the Astra in February 2013, but it is now done and the long-term trend is in favour of the Leon so chances are it will happen again.

Mercedes GLA Germany August 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Mercedes GLA smashes its ranking record in Germany this month.

The Hyundai i10 delivers a remarkable performance at #25: it doubles its sales year-on-year and is up 16 spots on July to become the country’s best-selling ‘true’ foreigner (discarding Skoda and Seat), just above the Fiat 500 down 12% to #26. Notice also the BMW X1 up 20 ranks to #28, the Toyota Auris up 23 to #34, the Mercedes GLA smashing its ranking record at #38 (previous best: #48 last May), the Dacia Duster up 24 to #44, Mitsubishi Space Star up 22 to #60 vs. #104 year-to-date and the BMW 2 Series beating its ranking record for the 2nd month in a row at #83 (+16).

Smart Forfour Germany August 2014First appearance of the new Smart Forfour in the German ranking this month.

Among recent launches, let’s salute the Citroen C4 Cactus up 163 spots on July to #119 with 366 sales and already #4 for the brand below the C4 (#748, C3 (#81) and Berlingo (#93), the BMW i8 up a shy 4 ranks to #224 and the new Smart Forfour making its very first appearance in the German ranking at #255 with 22 sales.

Previous post: Germany Full Year 2013: Now with all models splits and pick-ups!

Previous month: Germany July 2014: Mercedes E-Class in Top 10

One year ago: Germany August 2013: Audi A3 up to record 2nd place

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

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Germany August 2014: Cologne Photo Snapshot

September 4th, 2014 2 comments

1. Seat Leon Germany August 2014Seat Leon in Cologne, Germany – August 2014

After France and Spain (Barcelona), we continue on our quick snapshot tour of Europe and our last stop is Cologne in Germany. I was only in town for a few days so once again this is not meant to be exact science, just a few observations on the local car landscape. And first just an impression, based on conversations I overheard and  various taxi rides. One year ago I published an article entitled “Will the European new car market ever grow again?” focusing on alternate means of transportation (bicycle, tram…) encouraged by various government, the French in particular. If in Southern Europe (see my recent Photo reports for Naples Italy, Barcelona and France), the population still tends to hold onto their car for dear life, with the result sometimes being a flow of battered cars only just fit for circulation as it is the case in Naples in Italy.

2. Dodge Ram Germany August 2014Dodge Ram in Cologne, Germany – August 2014

None of this in Germany. A large part of the Cologne population has opted for no car and happily use public transportation, not only inside town but also for intercity trips. Germany’s rail network is tightly woven and enables travel within Germany by train very quickly and conveniently. In this context, the car is elevated to a more premium use. Remember there is almost no speed limitation across Germany, which makes it a comfortable and fast alternative to train travel.

Mercedes C Class Germany August 2014Not my photo – but I already spotted quite a few new generation Mercedes C-Class in Cologne.

Most taxis are Mercedes (the E and B Class are most frequent) and travel at 70 kph within town – a stark contrast with the standstill occurring in Paris and speed limitations being reduced to 40kph in some French cities. With the premium trio Mercedes/Audi/BMW holding 25% of the German market so far in 2014, Volkswagen (21%) moving up-market and Porsche at highest-ever levels thanks to the Macan, over half of new car sales in Germany now belong to the premium segment, and it shows on the streets.

5. Ferrari F12 Germany August 2014Ferrari F12 in Cologne, Germany – August 2014

3. Jaguar E Type Germany August 2014Jaguar E-Type and a very questionable choice of shoe colour in Cologne, Germany – August 2014

Cologne is definitely a Mercedes city, with Stuttgart less than 400km away. The current generation A Class is way more frequent in the streets than the latest Opel Astra, the B-Class is also very popular as is the E-Class notably in its station wagon robe. I spotted a few new gen C Class as well as some CLA. The BMW 1 Series is not far below, as is the 3 Series, however the 5 Series is rarer.

4. VW Golf Fiat Doblo Germany August 2014VW Golf and Fiat Doblo in Cologne, Germany – August 2014

At 7.5% market share year-to-date, the VW Golf is head and shoulders above all other models on sale in Germany this year, as it has been the case pretty much since the nameplate’s original launch 40 years ago. Even though the Cologne car landscape is definitely looking premium, the 7th generation Golf is here in droves, including in its convertible and station wagon variant. I also spotted one Golf Sportsvan.

6. Skoda Rapid Spaceback Germany August 2014Skoda Rapid Spaceback in Cologne, Germany – August 2014

Finally, a few other striking elements in the Cologne car landscape include the Ford Ka, Seat Leon and Ibiza in more numbers than expected, a large proportion of station wagons (I observed this in Frankfurt also last year), the Skoda Octavia now a truly integral part of the landscape with many new generations spotted, my first Rapid Spaceback and the “SUVsation” of the German market at play with the Q3 and Q5 now as common as any solid selling sedan and the Porsche Cayenne well installed in the landscape. Finally, I noticed a lot of Fiat Doblo, by far the most frequent Fiat model in town, a surprise as LCV data is almost never available for Germany.

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Germany Full Year 2013: Now with model splits and pickups!

August 29th, 2014 3 comments

Citroen C4 Picasso Germany 2013. Picture courtesy of autobild.deFinally 2013 German sales of the Citroen C4 Picasso are known.

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Although it has improved somewhat in 2014 with the VAG Group finally sharing some splits (Golf, Leon, A6…), one of the most frustrating things about German new car sales published monthly by KBA is that some models have their sales counted together whereas they are actually very different cars. Happily, thanks to Florian today I can share with you for the 2nd consecutive year a German models ranking for the Full Year 2013 with these models all split-up (better late than never). Not only that but this year I can also give you pickup sales for the first time since 2012. This is extremely rare information that you will only find on BSCB, so enjoy!

BMW 3 Series GT Germany 2013. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe BMW 3 Series GT makes its first appearance in an annual German ranking this year.

The VW Golf remains of course the best-seller at home with sales up 4% to 192,799 units while the Golf Plus is back inside the Top 10 for its last full year in market in spite of sales down 2% to 49,775. Fragmentation is ever increasing in Germany with the #2 model (the VW Polo, overtaking the Passat) only holding a meagre 2.3% market share… The Audi A6 takes a beating at -8 spots and 22% to #23, the Mini remains #32 in spite of sales down 8%, the Seat Leon is up a gigantic 84% and 30 ranks to #33, the Fiat 500 up 24% to #36 while its SUV variant is up 294% to #109. Further down, notice the BMW 3 Series GT landing at #110, the Citroen C4 Picasso up 13% to #131 and the Seat Toledo up 169 spots to #176.

VW Amarok Germany 2013. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe VW Amarok is, logically, the best-selling pickup in Germany.

As far as pickups are concerned, logically the VW Amarok rules the roost at home at #138 with 4,465 sales ahead of the Ford Ranger at #168, Nissan Navara at #183, Toyota Hilux at #207, Mitsubishi L200 at #224 and Isuzu D-Max at #231. Finally, let’s salute the Renault Twizy at #237 with 834 sales, the Tesla Model S landing at #298 with 191 units for its first appearance in a German annual ranking and the VW XL1 at #347 with 11 units sold.

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One year ago: Germany Full Year 2012: Now available with model splits!

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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

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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%

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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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