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The German new car market is up a shy 1% year-on-year in October to 278.372 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 2.686.310 units, up 5% or almost 130.000 delivers over the same period in 2014. Embroiled in a deepening crisis worldwide, the Volkswagen Group continues to be supported by strong consumer activity at home: the Volkswagen brand is down just 1% to 22.1% share which is above its year-to-date level at 21.5%.
Volkswagen even has four nameplates atop the models ranking: the Golf (-4%), Passat (+41%), Polo (-22%) and Tiguan (+13%)… Audi is up 1% to 8.6% share, climbing back to #2 luxury brand in the country below Mercedes and Porsche is up 7% to just under 1% market share. Only Skoda (-13%) and Seat (-16%) take a hit. In other brand news, Ford (+12%) overtakes Opel (+6%) to 5th place, Toyota drops 20%, Mazda is up 33%, Smart up a whopping 257%, Mitsubishi up 24%, Land Rover up 27%, Jaguar up 44%, Ssangyong up 102% and Tesla up 7-fold on October 2014.
Model-wise, the Opel Corsa manages to remain in 5th position, overtaking the Mercedes C-Class (-15%) while the BMW 3 Series is back up 6 spots to #7 and the Skoda Octavia down two to #8. The Ford Focus is up 27% to #11, the Seat Leon is down 15% but up to #14, the BMW 2 Series is up 3-fold on October 2014 to #14 and the Smart Fortwo is up 163% to #25. Among recent launches, the Mercedes GLC is up 10 spots on last month to #47, the Mazda CX-3 up 16 to #55 and already the brand’s best-seller in Germany, the Renault Kadjar is up 56 ranks to #60 vs. #58 for the Captur, the Mercedes GLE is up two to #62 and the Opel Karl up 22 to #69.
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Full October 2015 Top 50 brands and Top 328 models below.