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The German new car market is up 0.5% year-on-year in October to 259,529 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 2,618,327 units, down 2% on 2011. For the first time since last July and the 4th time in the last 12 months, the podium is monopolised by Volkswagen. The Golf (8.5%), Passat (3.2%) and Polo (2.6%) are all at slightly higher market shares than their year-to-date levels. In fact this month there are no less than 6 Volkswagens in the German Top 12 vs. just one Opel, the Astra at #7…
The Touran is up 6 spots on September to a fantastic 6th place, its highest ranking in the country since January 2011, with 5,264 sales and 2% while the Tiguan is up 4 to break into the Top 10 at #9 for the 6th time in the last 12 months. But the most impressive of the lot is the VW Up!, aptly named this month as it is up a solid 9 ranks to #12 with 4,490 sales and 1.7% share, which are German ranking, volume and share records for the model launched late last year. Previous bests were #13 (July), 4,449 (May) and 1.6% (July).
Other great performers this month include the Audi A4 back up to #4 vs. #9 year-to-date, the Ford Fiesta up 17 spots on September to #5, the Audi A3 up 3 to #15, the Mercedes A-Class up 9 to #18, the nameplate’s highest ranking in one year thanks to the new model, the Audi Q5 up 21 to #30, the Seat Mii up 15 to a best-ever #61, the Ford B-Max up 186 to #71 which is lower than in France for example and the Dacia Lodgy back up to #74 like in August. Other notable recent launches include the Opel Mokka down 9 to #104, the Skoda Rapid landing at #109 with 496 sales and the Mercedes Citan up 128 ranks to #168.
As far as foreign models are concerned, if we exclude the Skoda Octavia (#21), Fabia (#24) and Seat Ibiza (#28), only ‘half-foreign’, there are absolutely no imports in the Top 25 with the Nissan Qashqai leading the charge at #27, followed by the Renault Megane at #31, the Fiat 500 at #34, the Hyundai ix35 at #38 and the Renault Twingo at #40. That’s only 5 true foreign cars in the German Top 40…
Previous month: Germany September 2012: Mercedes B-Class on podium!
One year ago: Germany October 2011: Audi A1 hits highest position yet
Full October 2012 Top 309 All-models Ranking Table below.