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The German new car market is up a solid 5% year-on-year halfway through 2015 to 1.618.949 units. Demonstrating a further segmentation of Europe’s largest new car market, only 3 manufacturers in the Top 20 outpace the market enough to improve their market share year-on-year: Volkswagen up 9% to further cement its domination at 21.7% of the market, Nissan up 10% to #12, Mini up 27% to #19 and Smart up 57% to #20 thanks to the return of the Forfour. The entire Top 10 brands are unchanged on H1 2014 with Mercedes (+4%), Audi (+6%), BMW (+3%), Opel (+1%) and Ford (+2%) following VW, Skoda (+4%), Renault (-1%), Hyundai (+4%) and Seat (+5%) rounding up the Top 10. Other great performers over the period include Suzuki, Porsche (+21%), Lexus (+40%), Jeep (+74%), Mitsubishi (+81%) and Ssangyong (+132%).
In the models ranking, all Top 4 best-seller improve at at least twice the pace of the market: the VW Golf is boosted 19% by the Sportsvan variant to 8.4% share, the Passat benefits fully from the arrival of the new model, up 39% to 2.9% and the Polo enjoys facelift-spruced sales up 10%. The Mercedes C-Class is a total success: up 20% to 4th place overall with a splendid 33.623 sales. The Skoda Octavia gains two spots year-on-year and on its FY2014 ranking to a best-ever #7, the Opel Astra makes a surprising return inside the Top 10 thanks to sales up 7% while the Skoda Fabia (#16) and Seat Leon (#18) brilliantly break into the Top 20.
The most impressive progression atop the ranking is delivered by the BMW 2 Series now including the Active Tourer MPV variant: up 10-fold on a year ago to #24 and just above 18.000 deliveries. Notice also the Ford Kuga up 19% to #30, the Opel Adam up 22% to #34, Hyundai ix35 up 35% to #40, BMW 4 Series up 43% to #41, Hyundai i10 up 38% to #43, Ford Mondeo up 45% to #46, VW Sharan up 24% to #47, the Mercedes V-Class jumping into the Top 50 exactly one year after its launch and the Mercedes CLA up 60% to #57. The Nissan Pulsar is the only all-new nameplate to manage a Top 100 ranking – just: at #99.
Full Year 2014 updates:
One year ago: Germany June 2014: VW Golf, Passat and Audi A3 on top
Full H1 2015 Top 50 brands and Top 320 models vs. Full H1 2014 figures below.