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Germany Private Sales Full Year 2013: Mercedes A-Class up 67%

Mercedes A Class Germany Full Year 2013. Picture courtesy of autobild.deMercedes A-Class

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As is now the tradition on BSCB I share with you today detailed Private Sales (PS) data for Germany. As you know these rankings are always a little controversial because of the definition of ‘private’ in Germany. 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 explains the fact that as cars become more expensive, their Private Sales ratio tends to drop: a lot of them are actually on a long-term lease, which can be argued is a private ‘sale’. In any case, 72,778 new vehicles were sold to private buyers in Germany in December, that’s a 33.8% PS ratio, down from 35.5% in November and 38% in October. In the Full Year, the German Private Sales total stands at 1,118,971 units, a 37.9% PS ratio to be compared to roughly 50% in France, an all-time low for that market.

Dacia Sandero Germany 2013. Picture courtesy of Auto Motor und SportThe Dacia Logan is among the 10 most popular vehicles in Germany in December.

Great December performers include the BMW 1 Series up to third position with 2,268 sales, the Dacia Sandero up 14 spots on November to #8 at 1,343 units and 91.1% PS ratio, the BMW X1 up 30 to #15, Opel Mokka up 26 to #17 and the brand’s best-seller with private buyers, the Mercedes GLK up 30 to #26, the Renault Captur beating the Clio at #38 vs. #44 and the Peugeot 2008 beating the 208 at #42 vs. #52. Other high PS ratios include 82.8% for the Dacia Logan, 76.6% for the Fiat Punto, 72.5% for the Dacia Logdy, 68% for the Toyota Auris and 63.8% for the Mazda3.

VW Tiguan Germany 2013. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe VW Tiguan is up to #3, enabling Volkswagen to monopolise the podium.

Over the Full Year 2013, the VW Golf remains the preferred choice of private buyers in Germany thanks to sales up 8% to 82,312 and despite a PS ratio still shy at 33.7%. It is followed like in 2012 by the VW Polo down 13% to 40,801 units and 59.6% PS ratio, while the VW Tiguan is up one spot to make the Private Sales podium 100% Volkswagen, passing the Mercedes B-Class (-26%). The best performance in the Top 20 is delivered by the Mercedes A-Class up a fantastic 67% and 10 spots on 2012 to #5 with 27,557 sales and 56.2% PS ratio.

Ford Fiesta Germany 2013. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Ford Fiesta sees its PS ratio go from 28% to 43.2% in 2013.

Other great gainers include the Skoda Fabia up 15% to #6, Ford Fiesta up 37% to #8 and seeing its PS ratio go from 28% to 43.2%, the Audi A3 up 59% and 20 ranks to #12, Ford Focus up 15% to #16, Dacia Sandero up 33% to #17, and the Toyota Auris, Opel Mokka and Seat Leon making their appearance inside the Top 30.

Previous month: Germany Private Sales November 2013: VW Tiguan in third place

One year ago: Germany Private Sales Full Year 2012: Toyota Yaris and VW Up shine

December and Full Year 2013 Top 100 models Ranking Tables below.

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