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German Private Sales (PS) data is always a little controversial because of the definition of a ‘private sale’ in Germany. 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 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 March, 110,560 vehicle were sold to private buyers in Germany, a 37.5% PS ratio. Volkswagen continues to dominate the PS rankings with the Golf, Tiguan and Polo in the lead.
Hero of the month in the overall ranking, the Mercedes C-Class also impress by its above average PS ratio: 41.9%, earning it a 4th place here. The Mercedes B-Class continues to be a hit with private buyer at 66.5% in 6th place, as is the Skoda Fabia at 60.7% in 8th and the Mercedes A-Class at 59.4% in 9th. First ‘true’ foreigner (Skoda excluded), the Nissan Qashqai is by far the performer of the month with German private buyers: it is up 10 spots on last month to break into the Top 10 at #10 with 1,921 sales and 67.2% ratio. Notice also the Mazda CX-5 at an outstanding 15th place (62.2%), the Hyundai i20 at #34 (72.8%) and the Mazda3 at #36 (71.8%). Reversely the VW Passat is #56 (8.7%).
Previous month: Germany Private Sales February 2014: Skoda Fabia up to #4
Full March 2014 Top 100 models Ranking Table below.