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As an appetiser before the overall May data is published, we explore the sales to private buyers in the country, which traditionally paints a very different picture. German Private Sales (PS) data is always a little controversial because of its definition here: 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 May there were 102,502 new Private Sales in Germany, a PS ratio of 37.3%, almost identical to April (37.5%).
Volkswagen monopolises the PS podium in May with the VW Golf at 5,149 sales and 25.6% PS ahead of the Tiguan at 3,491 and 58.7% and the Polo at 2,248 and 55.9%. In fact the entire Top 5 is identical to the year-to-date ranking, demonstrating an extreme stability in German private consumers’ tastes. The Mercedes B-Class ranks 4th at 63.2% PS and the Skoda Fabia is back up 4 spots on April to #5. The Audi A3 is up 5 to #6, the VW Up is up one further spot to reach a brilliant 7th spot while the Ford Focus is up 10 to #8 and the Mercedes E-Class up 2 to #10.
The models with the highest PS ratio inside the Top 100 are the Dacia Sandero at 89.7% (#15) , Dacia Duster at 88.1% (#16), Dacia Logan at 77.4% (#53), Skoda Yeti at 72.8% (#13), Peugeot 2008 at an astounding 72.2% (#49) and the Fiat Punto at 70.2% (#87). At the other end of the scale, we have the VW Passat at 7.3% (#68), Audi A4 at 12.1% (#56), Audi A6 at 13.1% (#69) and the BMW 5 Series at 13.6% (#65).
Previous month: Germany Private Sales April 2014: Mercedes B-Class back up to #4
One year ago: Germany Private Sales June 2013: Dacia Sandero at 93%
Full May 2014 Top 100 models Ranking Table below.