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Germany December 2014: Mercedes C-Class up 80% to 2nd place

Mercedes C-Class Germany December 2014. Picture courtesy of largus,frMercedes C-Class

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New car sales in Germany are up a very robust 7% year-on-year in December to 229,700 registrations, bringing the final 2014 tally above 3 million units. Below Volkswagen up 1% to 21.6% share, both Mercedes (+16%) and BMW (+17%) lodge outstanding results and hold 8.8% and 8.7% share respectively, leaving Audi (+6%) a fair bit behind at 7.6%. The rest of the Top 10 brands are identical to November with Ford impressive at +11% and Skoda surprisingly down 14%.   Seat confirms it has now reached blockbuster level in Germany with sales up 20% year-on-year at #10, Nissan is up 15% to #11, Citroen up 33%, Mini up 36%, Volvo up 52%, Jeep up 94% and Smart up 115% thanks to the arrival of the Forfour up 40 spots to #66 this month.

VW Passat Germany December 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frVW Passat

Below the VW Golf falling back to more normal levels at 8.5% share, the Mercedes C-Class lodges another very impressive month thanks to the much improved new generation: up 80% year-on-year to snap the 2nd place off the VW Passat itself up 25% as the new model spreads across dealerships. It is the first time since June 2011 that the C-Class ranks that high at home. Boosted by discounts before its facelift, the BMW 1 Series is up 22% on December 2013 and 8 spots on November to #4, with the VW Tiguan (+34%), VW Touran (+51%) and Seat Leon (+32%) also very impressive.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Germany December 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frBMW 2 Series Active Tourer

If we consider Skoda and Seat as part of Volkswagen, there is only one foreign nameplate in the German December Top 30: the Fiat 500 at #29, and its sales are in fact the addition of the 500 and 500L. The Renault Clio (#32) and Nissan Qashqai (#33) follow. The BMW 2 Series benefits from the addition of the Active Tourer in its monthly tally to jump 18 ranks on November and break into the monthly Top 50 at home for the first time, landing directly at #34. Notice also the Volvo XC60 up 88% to #44, the Mercedes V-Class up 11 spots to #58 and the Jeep Renegade up 13 to #103.

Previous month: Germany November 2014: Mercedes C-Class on podium

One year ago: Germany December 2013: VW Up inside Top 10 for the first time

Full December 2014 Top 50 brands and Top 330 All-models below.

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