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Germany January 2016: Volkswagen caught up by emissions scandal?

VW Golf Germany January 2016. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukVolkswagen sales drop 9% at home in January. 

* See the Top 48 All-brands and Top 300 All-models by clicking on the title *

The German new car market starts 2016 in a very healthy way: up 3% 218.365 registrations in January. After resisting fairly well over the past few months, local behemoth Volkswagen stalls in January: down 9% to 21.6% share. Are German consumers starting to lose patience in the face of continuing (worsening?) emissions scandal? The January 2015 base was particularly high (24.5% share) so we won’t come to rushed conclusions just yet. If Seat (-2%) and Skoda (-7%) are also in difficulty, Audi recovers from a paltry 6th place in December with sales up 22% year-on-year to 21.741 and 10% share, distancing Mercedes (9.3%) and BMW (7.9%). Opel (+22%) and Ford (+19%) confirm their return to form, joining Mazda (+20%), Mitsubishi (+22%), Land Rover (+47%), Jaguar (+68%), Honda (+81%) and Ssangyong (+86%) among carmakers posting double-digit gains in January.

Opel Astra Germany January 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Opel Astra hits its highest ranking in almost four years.

Despite losing significant ground for the first time since the emissions scandal, Volkswagen monopolises the models podium as it did over the Full Year 2015 with the Golf (-21%), Passat (-16%) and Polo (+21%) in the lead. Big news in 4th place: the Opel Astra takes full advantage of the new generation to double its sales year-on-year (+98%) to 4.818. This is the Astra’s best ranking in Germany since May 2012, but the real test will be to see whether the Astra can break into the Volkswagen-ruled podium, and stay there.

Infiniti Q30 Germany January 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Infiniti Q30 makes its first appearance in the German sales charts this month.

Lifted up 96% by the Active/Gran Tourer, the BMW 2 Series is up to #9, with the Audi Q3 at #19 (+33%), the Audi A1 at #24 (+40%) and the Mercedes GLC at #27 (+68% on the GLK a year ago) also posting strong results. The Mercedes CLA (+120%) and Audi Q7 (+624%) take off, while further down the Ford Mustang is up 65 spots on December to #109 and we welcome the Infiniti Q30 in the German sales charts at #279.

Previous post: Germany Full Year 2015: VW Golf celebrates 40 years in pole position

Previous month: Germany December 2015: Audi down 6% to #6 in market up 8%

One year ago: Germany January 2015: Mercedes B-Class and Mini up

Full January 2016 Top 48 All-brands and Top 300 All-models below.

Germany January 2016 – brands:

PosBrandJan-16%/15DecFY15
1Volkswagen47,14721.6%-9%11
2Audi21,74110.0%22%63
3Mercedes20,3009.3%1%32
4BMW17,1467.9%3%24
5Opel16,5497.6%22%55
6Ford14,9456.8%19%46
7Skoda9,9044.5%-7%77
8Renault6,2062.8%-9%88
9Seat5,5892.6%-2%1010
10Hyundai5,5822.6%9%99
11Nissan5,2592.4%-8%1112
12Mazda4,6632.1%20%1714
13Fiat4,1171.9%4%1311
14Toyota3,8961.8%5%1213
15Kia3,7881.7%7%1415
16Dacia3,6341.7%-3%1818
17Peugeot3,5541.6%-7%1616
18Citroen3,3501.5%-3%2017
19Mitsubishi2,7341.3%22%2322
20Mini2,6781.2%-3%1919
21Smart2,1001.0%-22%2120
22Volvo2,0580.9%-1%1521
23Honda2,0150.9%81%2425
24Land Rover1,9450.9%47%2526
25Porsche1,9200.9%-4%2624
26Suzuki1,7760.8%-2%2223
27Jeep8730.4%-9%2727
28DS5130.2%new2829
29Subaru4900.2%14%2928
30Jaguar3920.2%68%3030
31Alfa Romeo1840.1%-8%3331
32SsangYong1800.1%86%3432
33Lexus1270.1%-2%3233
34Infiniti960.0%10%3637
35Lada880.0%-11%3535
36Maserati800.0%21%3736
37Bentley480.0%140%4042
38Ferrari450.0%29%4239
39Tesla390.0%-32%3134
40Chevrolet300.0%-9%3938
41Iveco260.0%53%4543
42Alpina220.0%0%3841
43Cadillac210.0%5%4145
44Rolls-Royce160.0%700%4349
45Aston Martin150.0%15%4444
46Lamborghini150.0%7%4747
47Lotus80.0%33%4848
48Morgan20.0%-75%5050
Others4590.2%-5%

Germany January 2016 – models:

PosModelJan-16%/15DecFY15
1VW Golf16,4557.5%-21%11
2VW Passat6,3862.9%-16%22
3VW Polo5,8882.7%21%33
4Opel Astra4,8182.2%98%58
5Mercedes C-Klasse4,8072.2%-9%74
6Audi A34,4442.0%4%197
7VW Tiguan4,4262.0%4%65
8VW Touran3,8891.8%0%1021
9BMW 2er3,4601.6%96%1817
10Skoda Octavia3,3711.5%-11%126
11Audi A43,3581.5%-2%2410
12Opel Corsa3,2531.5%-14%89
13BMW 1er3,0481.4%4%412
14Audi A62,8621.3%7%2116
15BMW 3er2,8161.3%-1%1315
16Ford Focus2,7621.3%10%911
17Seat Leon2,7571.3%11%1518
18Mini2,6781.2%-3%1619
19Audi Q32,5861.2%33%4736
20VW Transporter2,5551.2%-3%2325
21VW Up!2,4981.1%-12%1420
22Skoda Fabia2,3801.1%2%1714
23VW Caddy2,2531.0%31%3031
24Audi A12,1981.0%40%3635
25Fiat 5002,1591.0%18%2224
26Mercedes A-Klasse2,0941.0%-16%3127
27Mercedes GLK, GLC1,9730.9%68%3757
28Ford Fiesta1,9550.9%-11%1113
29Mercedes E-Klasse1,9120.9%-5%3522
30Ford Kuga1,9110.9%3%2629
31Opel Adam1,9080.9%-6%5037
32BMW 5er1,8830.9%-31%2526
33Nissan Qashqai1,8540.8%-14%3330
34BMW X11,8480.8%53%3259
35Opel Mokka1,8180.8%-2%2828
36Ford C-Max1,7920.8%69%4042
37Skoda Superb1,6740.8%61%3962
38Ford Mondeo1,6250.7%14%5449
39Mercedes B-Klasse1,6120.7%-48%4223
40Mercedes CLA-Klasse1,6080.7%120%4346
41Renault Clio1,6070.7%26%2941
42Audi Q51,5490.7%25%6343
43Audi A51,5250.7%66%6254
44Seat Ibiza1,5250.7%0%5134
45Hyundai Tucson/ix351,5200.7%29%5733
46Hyundai i301,3650.6%7%2732
47Audi Q71,3320.6%624%9895
48Mazda CX-51,3260.6%-1%6756
49Opel Meriva1,3100.6%23%9267
50Mitusbishi Space Star1,2570.6%-4%7674
51Smart Fortwo1,2530.6%-28%4138
52Mercedes V-Klasse1,2500.6%9%5352
53Dacia Sandero1,2470.6%-1%6058
54Kia Sportage1,1980.5%46%8378
55Mercedes ML-Klasse, GLE1,1790.5%39%5883
56Mercedes GLA1,1780.5%-4%7255
57VW Sharan1,1290.5%27%7750
58Opel Karl1,1150.5%new44103
59Skoda Yeti1,1090.5%-21%6539
60Toyota Auris1,1080.5%62%4868
61Ford S-Max1,1030.5%333%70130
62BMW X31,0950.5%-23%6664
63BMW 4er1,0890.5%-18%6448
64Renault Captur1,0700.5%0%5660
65Dacia Duster1,0670.5%-4%5570
66Opel Insignia1,0500.5%-5%4547
67Mazda CX-31,0300.5%new91114
68Hyundai i101,0190.5%3%2040
69Audi TT1,0040.5%82%15797
70Renault Twingo9670.4%-19%3445
71Nissan Micra9310.4%-19%8787
72Peugeot 20088940.4%10%8088
73Renault Kadjar8940.4%new46110
74Citroen C48730.4%36%9689
75Mitsubishi ASX8600.4%68%10684
76Nissan Juke8500.4%39%8296
77Peugeot 2088500.4%42%7579
78Skoda Rapid8500.4%-19%8953
79Smart Forfour8470.4%-11%7469
80Mazda38460.4%-32%10875
81Peugeot 3088190.4%-22%8465
82Toyota Aygo8180.4%18%7982
83Hyundai i208080.4%36%6163
84Honda Jazz8010.4%239%133141
85Seat Alhambra7890.4%17%8181
86Volvo XC607840.4%-19%4971
87Toyota Yaris7760.4%-8%7151
88Mazda27610.3%142%11794
89Fiat Ducato7520.3%22%10544
90Ford Transit, Tourneo7450.3%-12%5272
91VW Touareg7330.3%-17%9485
92Opel Zafira7240.3%-14%8673
93BMW X57150.3%0%9086
94Suzuki Vitara6940.3%new85128
95Citroen Berlingo6830.3%40%9793
96Nissan X-Trail6820.3%101%115129
97Kia Picanto6690.3%112%103113
98Fiat Panda6530.3%2%101105
99Range Rover Evoque6350.3%10%116127
100Ford B-Max5890.3%-20%9391
101Ford Ecosport5870.3%54%99122
102Kia Cee’d5850.3%-21%10080
103Citroen C15670.3%-20%121100
104Dacia Dokker5640.3%59%112137
105VW Beetle5580.3%-10%12777
106Porsche 9115410.2%4%12898
107Renault Mégane5380.2%-58%6866
108Skoda Citigo5070.2%-12%6976
109Ford Mustang5000.2%new174193
110Mercedes S-Klasse4840.2%0%120106
111Range Rover Sport4820.2%36%137144
112Honda CR-V4800.2%74%95104
113Citroen C34770.2%33%149115
114Renault Scénic4730.2%-52%3861
115Porsche Macan4680.2%-25%13099
116Volvo XC904620.2%n/a78147
117Citroen C4 Cactus4590.2%-17%111119
118Toyota RAV44400.2%-4%165120
119Ford Galaxy4330.2%287%125169
120Hyundai ix204230.2%-19%138102
121Mazda64180.2%-20%146117
122Seat Mii4130.2%-35%5992
123Porsche Cayenne4110.2%-15%163116
124DS 34070.2%49%161157
125BMW X44060.2%-25%129121
126Mercedes Sprinter4040.2%35%148150
127Dacia Logan3950.2%-42%114108
128Suzuki Swift3720.2%-46%12490
129Honda HR-V3690.2%new140206
130Suzuki Jimny3680.2%15%142149
131Audi A73660.2%-9%172148
132Honda Civic3600.2%-38%110112
133Land Rover Discovery Sport3600.2%5043%136168
134Dacia Lodgy3600.2%9%158160
135Range Rover3590.2%66%155158
136Mercedes Vito3550.2%333%118187
137Ford Ka3490.2%-33%132111
138Opel Vivaro3460.2%66%131143
139Jeep Grand Cherokee3370.2%-5%139138
140Ford Transit Connect3340.2%-9%109125
141Kia Sorento3330.2%2%145140
142Mercedes SLK3300.2%-9%183151
143Audi A83260.1%-17%178156
144Nissan Pulsar3110.1%-63%119101
145Mercedes Citan3060.1%58%134159
146Kia Rio3040.1%-23%122126
147Nissan Note2990.1%-26%126131
148Volvo V402980.1%-5%104109
149Mitsubishi Outlander2970.1%15%164123
150Kia Venga2850.1%-42%153145
151Mazda MX-52680.1%208%162179
152BMW 7er2660.1%81%141171
153Jeep Renegade2620.1%19%152133
154Mercedes CLS2600.1%-17%147134
155Toyota Avensis2580.1%50%102135
156Peugeot Partner2540.1%84%159175
157Mercedes G-Klasse2530.1%86%167182
158Fiat Punto2520.1%-38%151164
159Toyota Verso2490.1%-34%154142
160Peugeot 1082440.1%-51%180139
161Ford Transit Courier2420.1%-11%160161
162Volvo S/V602320.1%-49%113132
163Subaru Forester2290.1%-4%170152
164Suzuki Celerio2270.1%49%156165
165BMW X62260.1%-60%166153
166Mitsubishi Pajero2200.1%76%176186
167Nissan NV2002160.1%98%177173
168Porsche Boxster2130.1%41%198176
169Volvo V702120.1%-7%143155
170Hyundai Santa Fe2060.1%-22%185166
171Renault Kangoo2040.1%-52%135146
172Hyundai i401960.1%-13%88118
173Peugeot 50081730.1%63%200197
174Renault Espace1710.1%328%150174
175Fiat Doblo1690.1%114%194200
176Kia Soul1690.1%-31%73124
177Jaguar XE1640.1%new173195
178Alfa Romeo Giulietta1550.1%9%175177
179Kia Carens1500.1%-12%187162
180BMW i31490.1%8%144180
181Citroen C51400.1%4%192196
182Renault Zoe1340.1%37%123190
183Jeep Wrangler1330.1%-13%181178
184Peugeot 5081300.1%-22%169163
185Mercedes GL-Klasse, GLS1250.1%-15%197204
186Citroen Jumper1240.1%114%188
187Opel Cascada1190.1%14%191172
188Porsche Cayman1150.1%135%219213
189Jaguar XF1140.1%-28%202191
190Mercedes AMG GT1140.1%178%230209
191Jeep Cherokee1120.1%-28%186185
192VW Scirocco1110.1%-59%189167
193Land Rover Discovery1090.0%-22%182194
194Suzuki SX41060.0%-59%107136
195Subaru XV1040.0%-31%235212
196Mitsubishi Lancer950.0%228%218220
197VW Crafter950.0%38%199221
198Peugeot 3008930.0%-26%184199
199Porsche Panamera880.0%-40%201192
200Seat Toledo880.0%69%188203
201Kia Optima870.0%156%241254
202Jaguar F-Type850.0%29%213208
203Toyota Land Cruiser810.0%-31%205217
204DS 4800.0%8%203210
205Infiniti FX800.0%95%220239
206BMW 6er780.0%-34%190183
207Audi R8760.0%181%214235
208Nissan Leaf760.0%181%236224
209Renault Trafic760.0%38%171184
210SsangYong Tivoli760.0%new210236
211Lada Niva740.0%-20%207222
212Fiat Freemont660.0%-72%179181
213Toyota Prius Plus640.0%19%206223
214VW Jetta640.0%-52%204215
215Volvo XC70630.0%-42%193202
216Fiat Fiorino610.0%-5%226249
217Subaru Levorg610.0%new209243
218Maserati Ghibli590.0%23%215228
219SsangYong Korando590.0%-3%223218
220Mercedes SL560.0%-29%224226
221Renault Talisman550.0%new272318
222Lexus NX540.0%-4%195227
223Subaru Legacy530.0%279%216230
224Peugeot Boxer490.0%104%211248
225Bentley Continental470.0%147%225246
226BMW Z4410.0%-41%221201
227Lexus RX410.0%193%244274
228Opel Combo410.0%-15%212229
229Tesla Model S380.0%-33%168198
230SsangYong Rexton340.0%21%222238
231Toyota Corolla320.0%-11%240241
232Hyundai H1-Starex310.0%-14%237253
233Jaguar XJ290.0%n/a242268
234Jeep Compass290.0%-61%264255
235Alfa Romeo MiTo270.0%-53%238247
236Ferrari 488 GTB270.0%new246285
237DS 5260.0%-4%208231
238Toyota Verso-S260.0%-88%228189
239Toyota Prius250.0%-49%248242
240Iveco Daily240.0%n/a249258
241Nissan 370Z220.0%n/a261
242VW Phaeton220.0%-77%234205
243Chevrolet Corvette200.0%n/a227251
244Opel Movano200.0%-9%252264
245Peugeot 4008200.0%18%256262
246Citroen Jumpy190.0%-84%214
247Subaru Impreza190.0%171%275312
248Toyota GT86190.0%n/a232257
249BMW i8160.0%-65%254252
250Peugeot RCZ160.0%-73%243232
251Lamborghini Aventador150.0%7%281269
252Subaru WRX150.0%0%268277
253Lada Granta140.0%n/a253272
254Mazda CX-9130.0%-83%260259
255Renault Master130.0%-46%217256
256Lexus CT120.0%n/a239266
257Maserati Quattroporte110.0%-8%257275
258SsangYong Rodius110.0%n/a261276
259Lexus IS100.0%-52%231263
260Nissan NV400100.0%n/a263290
261Alpina XD390.0%-25%262282
262Cadillac Escalade90.0%50%266297
263Maserati GranTurismo90.0%n/a283283
264Skoda Roomster90.0%-98%229107
265Subaru BRZ90.0%n/a274296
266Alpina D380.0%-20%255281
267Citroen C-Zero80.0%n/a368
268Nissan GT-R80.0%14%302279
269Chevrolet Camaro70.0%n/a265271
270Ferrari California70.0%-30%267273
271Aston Martin DB960.0%n/a279305
272Infiniti Q5060.0%-57%247260
273Lexus GS60.0%n/a269288
274Alpina B350.0%n/a258293
275Aston Martin V850.0%n/a278284
276Cadillac SRX50.0%0%271313
277Fiat Scudo50.0%-90%251219
278Hyundai Coupé50.0%n/a326
279Infiniti Q3050.0%new
280Mitsubishi i-Miev50.0%n/a284286
281Peugeot Expert50.0%-83%277245
282Peugeot iOn50.0%n/a296331
283Volvo S8050.0%-67%233270
284Lotus Elise40.0%n/a287302
285Cadillac CTS30.0%n/a295314
286Rolls-Royce Wraith30.0%n/a270311
287Aston Martin V1220.0%n/a294307
288Aston Martin Vanquish20.0%n/a286301
289Ferrari F1220.0%n/a299
290Ferrari FF20.0%n/a306317
291Lotus Exige20.0%n/a293306
292Morgan 4/420.0%-60%303
293Rolls-Royce Phantom20.0%n/a298332
294Ferrari 458 Italia10.0%-95%301265
295Ferrari 59910.0%n/a351
296Hyundai Veloster10.0%n/a291280
297Lexus LS10.0%n/a309329
298Lotus Evora10.0%n/a307322

Source: KBA

This Post Has 14 Comments
  1. The American Government aiding its companies: GM (Opel) and Ford. The majority of GM and Ford sales are fake sales, they have a poor brand image in Germany compared to the true German companies (VAG, Daimler and BMW).

      1. You’re making personal attacks (“envy”, “hate”, “rude”) just because I gave my opinion. If you do not agree with me, then explain yourself without making personal attacks. Thanks.

  2. Hi Matt, just wanted to let you know that the marketshare for all manufacturers presented here are too low.
    VW 47,147/218.365 = marketshare 21,6%; Audi 21,741/218.365 = 10% and so on.

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