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Germany May 2012: Mercedes B-Class hits highest ranking ever – VW Up! in Top 20 for the first time, hurts Polo

Mercedes B-Class

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In May the German new car market is down 5% year-on-year to 289,977 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,337,679 units, up just 0.3% on 2011. The VW Golf predictably holds the top spot at 7.6% share but the rest of the Top 10 is reshuffled. The VW Passat reclaims the #2 it held over the Full Year 2011 both this month and year-to-date at 2.9%. Helped by sales of the GTC version, the Opel Astra is up 2 spots on April to #3 at 7,410 units, followed by the BMW 3 Series at 7,052 and the Mercedes C-Class at 6,959.

The best performer this month is the Mercedes B-Class up 6 ranks to a fantastic 6th place with 6,006 sales and 2.1% share. This is by far the highest ranking the B-Class has ever reached in Germany since the nameplate launched in 2005, its previous record being #9 in March 2011. It is only the 4th time ever the B-Class sells upwards of 6,000 units in a single month, after March 2006 (6,272), November 2006 (6,364) and March 2011 (6,212). Finally it is the B-Class second best market share with its record still standing at 2.2% in August 2006.

VW Up!

The VW Up! also shines in May and breaks into the German Top 20 for the very first time at #19 thanks to 4,449 sales for a 1.5% market share. The Up! seems to eat into its big sister Polo’s sales, with the latter down a worrying 4 spots to #8, its worst ranking in the country since September 2009. Notice also the Audi A4 up 7 ranks to #9, its first time in the Top 10 since last October. The ranking is more than ever dominated by locals: if we count Skoda and Seat as local brands (controversial I know), there are only 2 foreign models in the Top 40! The Fiat Ducato is #27 and the Nissan Qashqai #39…

VW Beetle

Three models break into the German Top 100 for the first time this month: the VW Beetle new generation up 50 spots to #72 with 1,046 sales, the Seat Mii up 59 to #89 and 779 units and the Skoda Citigo up 121 to #91 with 761 sales. There are also 3 newcomers in the ranking: the Peugeot 4008 at #181 and 169 units, the Lexus GS at #225 with 56 sales and the Lancia Fulvia at #260 and 24 units.

Previous month: Germany April 2012: BMW 3 Series at highest in 4 years

One year ago: Germany May 2011: VW Passat over 10,000 sales

Full May 2012 Top 300 Ranking Table below.

Germany May 2012:

PosModelMay%Apr2012%Pos2011
1VW Golf/Plus/Jetta22,1717.6%1107,6698.0%11
2VW Passat8,5292.9%339,0102.9%22
3Opel Astra7,4102.6%531,4452.4%44
4BMW 3er7,0522.4%227,6742.1%67
5Mercedes C-Klasse6,9592.4%630,0352.2%55
6Mercedes B-Klasse6,0062.1%1223,4201.8%928
7Opel Corsa5,6642.0%1722,9471.7%106
8VW Polo5,3631.8%436,1562.7%33
9Audi A45,2661.8%1618,5091.4%2011
10Ford Fiesta5,0881.8%1421,6111.6%1413
11VW Tiguan4,9601.7%924,2871.8%819
12BMW 5er4,8611.7%2020,5641.5%1610
13Audi A6, A74,8401.7%824,4781.8%718
14VW Touran4,6111.6%1122,6741.7%1212
15Ford Focus4,5861.6%1522,2931.7%139
16Skoda Octavia4,5551.6%1820,4671.5%1717
17BMW 1er4,4981.6%1022,7461.7%1115
18Mercedes E-Klasse4,4981.6%1320,6901.5%158
19VW Up!4,4491.5%2316,1841.2%21140
20Audi A34,2611.5%719,7331.5%1814
21VW Caddy3,9441.4%2513,9731.0%2523
22Mini3,6791.3%2116,0631.2%2222
23Skoda Fabia3,5791.2%1918,6881.4%1916
24VW Transporter3,4131.2%2715,7231.2%2324
25Opel Zafira3,2671.1%2614,6821.1%2447
26BMW X12,9421.0%3711,7040.9%3325
27Fiat Ducato2,9221.0%2810,0170.7%3857
28Audi A12,9181.0%3212,0750.9%3130
29Opel Meriva2,7701.0%3411,4420.9%3421
30BMW X32,7490.9%3311,3160.8%3544
31Mercedes A-Klasse2,7150.9%2213,3321.0%2720
32Opel Insignia2,6780.9%459,8670.7%4034
33Smart Fortwo2,6210.9%2413,2541.0%2829
34Ford C-Max2,4880.9%2912,0920.9%3033
35Audi Q32,3790.8%359,9590.7%39153
36Audi A52,3740.8%3010,4660.8%3638
37Seat Ibiza2,2020.8%3811,9760.9%3232
38Skoda Yeti2,2020.8%409,3300.7%4248
39Nissan Qashqai2,1760.8%4213,1211.0%2927
40Seat Leon/Altea2,1090.7%597,2250.5%5449
41Ford Kuga1,9760.7%518,7770.7%4650
42Hyundai i301,9310.7%3113,4671.0%2626
43Toyota Yaris1,9140.7%449,8190.7%4146
44Renault Scénic1,8940.7%507,9560.6%4943
45Renault Mégane1,8910.7%3910,0870.8%3731
46Hyundai ix351,7980.6%537,6430.6%5261
47Renault Twingo1,7410.6%369,1280.7%4341
48Audi Q51,7160.6%477,7770.6%5142
49Ford Mondeo1,7080.6%418,8330.7%4537
50VW Sharan1,6570.6%487,8360.6%5040
51Renault Clio1,6270.6%469,0800.7%4445
52Dacia Duster1,6120.6%438,2760.6%4735
53Fiat 5001,5720.5%528,1250.6%4851
54Peugeot 2071,5140.5%547,5260.6%5336
55Skoda Superb1,4880.5%567,0400.5%5552
56Fiat Panda1,4880.5%496,3290.5%5754
57Kia Cee’d1,4660.5%635,3090.4%6781
58Peugeot 3081,3280.5%616,0690.5%6056
59Kia Sportage1,3230.5%764,8210.4%7185
60Citroen C41,3060.5%625,9030.4%6153
61Skoda Roomster1,3040.4%695,3800.4%6665
62VW Touareg1,2940.4%674,6250.3%7377
63Fiat Punto1,2800.4%705,2590.4%6839
64Hyundai i101,2310.4%576,1270.5%5959
65Dacia Sandero1,1780.4%665,5550.4%6270
66Citroen C31,1780.4%755,5460.4%6469
67Honda Jazz1,1770.4%744,4870.3%7563
68Ford S-Max1,1360.4%556,4070.5%5655
69Mercedes ML-Klasse1,1230.4%715,5060.4%65104
70Chevrolet Spark1,0910.4%784,4640.3%7662
71Mercedes GLK1,0600.4%645,5470.4%6358
72VW Beetle1,0460.4%1222,4600.2%113192
73Hyundai i201,0390.4%606,2160.5%5864
74Toyota Aygo1,0290.4%894,3020.3%8366
75Ford Transit, Tourneo9660.3%914,3390.3%8179
76Citroen Berlingo9440.3%815,2000.4%6971
77Mitsubishi Colt9250.3%923,9740.3%8883
78Toyota Auris8840.3%974,7340.4%7260
79Suzuki Swift8830.3%794,2070.3%8573
80Ford Ka8500.3%954,4390.3%7775
81Mercedes Viano8440.3%724,3800.3%7867
82Mercedes SLK8420.3%584,2180.3%8488
83Nissan Juke8350.3%1074,3360.3%8276
84Porsche Cayenne8280.3%853,5930.3%92114
85Hyundai ix208230.3%863,6280.3%9193
86Mitsubishi ASX8110.3%934,0220.3%8778
87Toyota Avensis7990.3%804,0960.3%8686
88Kia Rio7880.3%904,8330.4%70135
89Seat Mii7790.3%1481,1120.1%164322
90Citroen C17720.3%963,3820.3%9684
91Skoda Citigo7610.3%2121,1400.1%163318
92Peugeot 5087560.3%733,7180.3%9092
93Audi TT7560.3%1042,3670.2%119116
94Volvo XC607550.3%654,3700.3%8082
95Peugeot 30087390.3%1132,7150.2%107105
96BMW X57250.3%823,4420.3%9580
97Peugeot 2087220.2%682,1260.2%129 –
98VW Scirocco6910.2%1082,3100.2%121102
99Seat Alhambra6860.2%1003,0520.2%102117
100Volvo S/V606850.2%883,5160.3%9474
101Hyundai i406760.2%842,8450.2%104187
102Citroen DS36560.2%1192,6540.2%111108
103Nissan Micra6540.2%1034,5460.3%7468
104Mercedes Vito6540.2%1142,7840.2%105106
105Peugeot Partner6300.2%1392,0240.2%132137
106Toyota Verso6290.2%1103,5360.3%93100
107Dacia Logan6110.2%983,2450.2%98103
108Suzuki SX46050.2%1092,6910.2%10998
109Porsche 9116020.2%833,1310.2%100109
110Kia Venga6010.2%1242,3840.2%11897
111Toyota Verso-S5870.2%1322,6870.2%110124
112Honda Civic5850.2%1201,9590.1%13494
113Chevrolet Orlando5780.2%1152,4060.2%117139
114Ford Galaxy5550.2%1022,9370.2%10395
115Alfa Romeo Giulietta5190.2%1272,4600.2%112111
116VW Eos5180.2%1052,1550.2%128110
117Nissan Note4990.2%1332,2450.2%123120
118Citroen C54990.2%1312,2190.2%125119
119Volvo V504850.2%942,4390.2%115145
120Chevrolet Cruze4850.2%992,2330.2%124134
121Mazda CX-54840.2%772,4160.2%116 –
122Peugeot 1074700.2%1502,0760.2%130121
123Honda CR-V4670.2%1302,4500.2%114118
124Kia Picanto4570.2%873,2190.2%99107
125Renault Kangoo4510.2%1213,0580.2%10199
126Range Rover Evoque4260.1%1232,2130.2%126201
127Toyota RAV44210.1%1402,7020.2%10896
128Audi Q74170.1%1381,5450.1%148132
129Porsche Panamera4040.1%1411,8470.1%138148
130Subaru Forester4010.1%1522,1750.2%127149
131Peugeot 50084010.1%1061,9930.1%133115
132Hyundai Veloster3820.1%2239720.1%169217
133Mercedes CLS3790.1%1371,6350.1%144112
134Seat Exeo3770.1%1462,2540.2%122113
135Opel Antara3770.1%1551,1780.1%160183
136Audi A83760.1%1451,6480.1%140128
137Volvo C/V703710.1%1541,6440.1%141144
138Chevrolet Aveo3670.1%1431,6430.1%142126
139Mazda23660.1%1113,9370.3%8989
140Peugeot 206+3630.1%1122,7350.2%10687
141Renault Laguna3600.1%1441,6150.1%145125
142Honda Accord3550.1%1781,0220.1%167155
143Mazda33530.1%1014,3710.3%7972
144Chevrolet Captiva3510.1%1161,9140.1%136152
145Opel Vivaro3400.1%1571,5960.1%146142
146Mercedes S-Klasse3370.1%1171,5660.1%147127
147Mercedes SL-Klasse3340.1%1281,0370.1%166228
148Suzuki Grand Vitara3250.1%1291,8610.1%137129
149Mercedes Sprinter3170.1%1531,4000.1%152147
150Suzuki Jimny3010.1%1342,0280.2%131136
151Citroen DS53010.1%1621,0490.1%165293
152Mitsubishi Outlander2970.1%1601,5060.1%151130
153Kia Sorento2880.1%1611,3860.1%153150
154Jeep Grand Cherokee2860.1%1561,1570.1%161191
155Suzuki Splash2850.1%1361,5320.1%149154
156Renault Modus2790.1%1351,7060.1%139123
157Fiat Freemont2720.1%1591,3250.1%155205
158Mazda52680.1%1263,2910.2%9790
159Nissan Pixo2670.1%2079270.1%174156
160BMW 7er2560.1%1711,5230.1%150122
161BMW 6er2500.1%1651,3050.1%156182
162BMW X62480.1%1181,6380.1%143133
163Toyota Prius2470.1%1689670.1%171170
164Mazda62440.1%1472,3370.2%12091
165Mazda MX-52430.1%1581,2500.1%159158
166Renault Koleos2400.1%1908660.1%182167
167Mitsubishi Lancer2290.1%1749640.1%172146
168BMW Z42270.1%1251,9560.1%135131
169Opel Agila2260.1%1491,1450.1%162138
170Nissan NV2002260.1%1679670.1%170168
171Porsche Boxster, Cayman2240.1%1847630.1%188165
172Renault Trafic2190.1%1709570.1%173160
173Toyota Land Cruiser2190.1%1769060.1%178172
174Suzuki Alto2110.1%1661,2810.1%157143
175Citroen DS41910.1%1511,2700.1%158159
176Peugeot RCZ1910.1%1649880.1%168162
177Jeep Wrangler1820.1%1729170.1%176196
178Alfa Romeo MiTo1770.1%1738760.1%180164
179Ford Fusion1760.1%1838720.1%181141
180Range Rover Sport1690.1%1899150.1%177177
181Peugeot 40081690.1% –1690.0%250 –
182Volvo XC901660.1%1928320.1%183163
183VW Phaeton1630.1%1699180.1%175161
184Fiat Doblo1590.1%1757470.1%190157
185Renault Espace1510.1%1867760.1%185171
186Hyundai Santa Fe1510.1%1817590.1%189173
187Jeep Compass1470.1%1975810.0%197211
188Volvo C301460.1%2026440.0%195186
189Toyota iQ1430.0%1937830.1%184174
190Nissan X-Trail1370.0%1857350.1%191178
191Land Rover Discovery1340.0%1956980.1%194194
192Citroen Jumpy1330.0%2284850.0%207207
193Mercedes G-Klasse1290.0%1985470.0%203197
194Jaguar XF1270.0%1998810.1%179175
195Opel Ampera1260.0%1914930.0%206262
196Opel Combo1230.0%1421,3750.1%154235
197Mitsubishi Pajero1230.0%1777700.1%187176
198Land Rover Freelander1220.0%2185700.0%200189
199Lada Niva1200.0%2005770.0%198181
200Citroen Jumper1130.0%1805450.0%204212
201Fiat Fiorino1130.0%2034980.0%205179
202Hyundai H1-Starex1120.0%1875700.0%199193
203Dacia Lodgy1090.0%2821180.0%262 –
204Mazda CX-71080.0%1967730.1%186151
205Lancia Voyager1070.0%2193780.0%217270
206Mercedes R-Klasse1050.0%2144660.0%208166
207Chevrolet Camaro1040.0%2312630.0%229305
208Mercedes SLS AMG990.0%2044510.0%210206
209Volvo XC70900.0%1825490.0%202195
210Fiat Ulysse, Scudo890.0%2133160.0%223204
211VW Crafter860.0%1944410.0%211203
212Nissan Pathfinder860.0%2214310.0%212209
213Subaru Trezia840.0%2413260.0%220214
214Lexus CT800.0%2167020.1%192188
215Audi R8800.0%2013480.0%218232
216Fiat Sedici790.0%2053420.0%219184
217Renault Wind750.0%2204550.0%209169
218Peugeot Boxer740.0%2113240.0%221221
219Lexus RX740.0%2393120.0%224222
220Subaru Legacy680.0%2176360.0%196210
221Kia Soul670.0%2104180.0%214198
222Range Rover650.0%2154220.0%213213
223Fiat Bravo640.0%2273890.0%216190
224Subaru XV590.0%2085610.0%201 –
225Lexus GS560.0% –570.0%280 –
226Lancia Ypsilon530.0%1796980.1%193202
227Nissan 370Z510.0%2323120.0%225240
228Peugeot Expert510.0%2372400.0%233223
229SsangYong Actyon, Korando500.0%2401940.0%240257
230Suzuki Kizashi480.0%2292440.0%232216
231Lancia Delta440.0%2302450.0%231226
232Lancia Musa440.0%2441810.0%244253
233Iveco Daily440.0%2521720.0%248245
234Peugeot 807430.0%2421940.0%239225
235Volvo S40420.0%2361780.0%247259
236Bentley Continental410.0%2531580.0%253264
237Ferrari 458 Italia400.0%2222710.0%227247
238Alfa Romeo 159, Brera390.0%2253190.0%222180
239Kia Optima380.0%2263030.0%226 –
240Renault Fluence360.0%2382290.0%234218
241Volvo S80360.0%2431500.0%256249
242Renault Master350.0%2452200.0%236261
243Infiniti FX340.0%1633950.0%215227
244Nissan Leaf330.0%2331680.0%251321
245Daihatsu Cuore310.0%2461560.0%254200
246Honda Insight300.0%2551510.0%255269
247Honda CR-Z290.0%2501880.0%243219
248Mercedes CL-Klasse290.0%260940.0%268246
249Citroen C8280.0%2481950.0%238229
250Daihatsu Terios270.0%2491910.0%241215
251Mercedes GL-Klasse260.0%2242200.0%235199
252Nissan Murano260.0%2541800.0%246239
253Citroen C-Crosser260.0%2351640.0%252236
254Opel Movano260.0%2591040.0%267284
255Hyundai ix55250.0%2341910.0%242238
256Lexus IS250.0%2721410.0%258241
257Peugeot Bipper250.0%2561390.0%259258
258Lancia Thema250.0%267910.0%271285
259Jaguar XK240.0%2472140.0%237231
260Lancia Flavia240.0% –240.0%296 –
261Jaguar XJ230.0%2511700.0%249230
262Nissan Primastar230.0%280650.0%277274
263Peugeot iOn220.0%2651130.0%263267
264Peugeot 4007210.0%2611350.0%260237
265Citroen Nemo210.0%2621050.0%266243
266Kia Carens200.0%275920.0%270233
267Daihatsu Sirion190.0%2571190.0%261185
268Nissan GT-R180.0%263880.0%272282
269Citroen C-Zero170.0%2091800.0%245268
270Ferrari FF150.0%270720.0%275n/a
271Ferrari California150.0%264680.0%276271
272Alpina D3150.0%276580.0%279283
273Hyundai Coupé140.0%1882670.0%228234
274Toyota Urban Cruiser140.0%285630.0%278251
275Maserati GranTurismo130.0%258930.0%269263
276Aston Martin V8130.0%268770.0%273273
277Renault Latitude130.0%269750.0%274265
278Citroen C6130.0%295330.0%287294
279Morgan 4/4120.0%279320.0%291287
280Alpina D5110.0%273410.0%282n/a
281Subaru Impreza100.0%2661060.0%265208
282Mitsubishi i-Miev100.0%274460.0%281224
283Lamborghini Gallardo90.0%286410.0%284295
284Wiesmann Roadster90.0%278410.0%285288
285Infiniti M80.0%2711110.0%264266
286Infiniti EX30D70.0%300330.0%288300
287Cadillac Escalade60.0%277410.0%283289
288SsangYong Rexton60.0%288320.0%292297
289Saab 9-360.0%281280.0%293248
290Cadillac CTS40.0%294320.0%289n/a
291Lamborghini Aventador40.0%289240.0%295323
292Bentley Mulsanne40.0%304110.0%308n/a
293Corvette30.0%290360.0%286272
294Maserati Quattroporte20.0% –180.0%299306
295Dodge Nitro20.0%302150.0%301299
296Lotus Elise20.0%296150.0%302308
297Rolls-Royce Ghost20.0%293130.0%305301
298VW Fox10.0%2971450.0%257101
299Alfa Romeo 8C10.0% –60.0%312n/a

Source: www.kfz-betrieb.vogel.de, many thanks to Steam for the tip!

This Post Has 7 Comments
  1. Peugeot is fighting back, the 208 is doing well, Auto Express, the UK’s top selling car magazine, rated it as the best car in its class even above the mighty Fiesta. Fords are made in many European countries including Spain, Belgium, Poland, soon Romania and I believe Portugal and the Transit van is made in the UK. I saw a new Mercedes “B” class the other day and I agree with Miguel it is horrible, but it well sell well here because we British will buy it for the badge.

  2. I can’t believe that Peugeots don’t rank higher. I go to Germany regularly and it always seems like there are more Peugeots than any other non-German car.

  3. I do not agree with you Steam. opel is a typical German marque with more than 100 years old. This marque is included in the American group General motors that shares almost 80% oi it. What concerns to Ford, is obviously an American marque with American patent but Ford europe established in Germany in 1948 produces actually the whole Ford Europe range in Koln, Germany. All the components of the Ford Fiesta, Focus, Mondeo, Kuga… are German made.

  4. There are some more import-cars in the top-30: Opel Astra, Corsa, Zafira, Meriva, Ford Fieta and Focus. Both brands are owned by american companies so these are import-cars – if we regard Skoda and Seat as german brands. 😉

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