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German new car sales are once again frankly above their year-ago level in February at +7.4% or roughly 18.000 units to 261.749 registrations, leading to a year-to-date volume up 9.5% to 531.178. For once, brand leader Volkswagen beats the market with a 12% year-on-year gain to 18.3% share, yet this is almost two percentage points below its January level of 20.2%. Audi (-4%) overtakes Mercedes (+1%) despite remaining in negative territory but remains #3 year-to-date while Ford and Opel (each up 7%) both pass BMW (-1%) to rank 4th and 5th respectively, in the case of Opel the brand’s best ranking at home since last October. Skoda (+18%), Renault (+12%), Hyundai (+10%) and Seat (+21%) all post very satisfying gains but remain at the tail end of the German Top 10. Beyond, Peugeot surges 44%, Smart is up 36%, Dacia up 31%, Volvo up 23%, Citroen up 19% and Porsche up 10%. Among smaller carmakers, DS (+129%) and Lamborghini (+41%) shine.
Model-wise, the VW Golf manages a stunning 5th consecutive month above +20% at +21% to 6.9% share and is followed like in January by the VW Tiguan (+11%) distancing the VW Passat (+6%). The Ford Focus surges 36% to 4th place, the nameplate’s highest ranking in Germany in over 7 years, since October 2010! The Audi A4 is up 13% to #5, the VW Touran up 38% to #7, the Skoda Fabia up 28% to #12 with the Audi Q2 (+48%), BMW X1 (+30%), Fiat 500 (+28%), Mercedes GLC (+26%), VW Caddy (+26%), Mercedes E-Class (+20%) the most dynamic in the Top 30. Notice also the Opel Insignia up 72% thanks to the new generation, the Citroen C3 up 83% (including the C3 Aircoss), the Dacia Duster up 57% and the Peugeot 3008 up 86%. Once again the VW T-Roc disappoints at a low 58th spot selling 1/4 of the more expensive Tiguan and beaten among recent launches (<12 months) by both the Skoda Karoq (#54) and Opel Crossland X (#57). Both the Seat Arona (#58) and Hyundai Kona (#89) break into the German Top 100 for the first time this month.
Full February 2018 Top 48 brands and Top 320 models below.