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Germany May 2024: Negative market (-4.4%), Opel Astra at highest in over 7 years

The Opel Astra is up to #4 in Germany in May.

The German new car market recedes slightly in May at -4.4% to 236,044 sales. The year-to-date tally remains in positive however at +5% to 1,172,725 units. Volkswagen (+8.7%) goes against the general negative trend with a solid uptick leading to a 20.2% share vs. 19.5% so far this year. The three following brands – the premium 3 – all lose significant ground year-on-year with double-digit drops: Mercedes is off -28.9%, BMW is at -32.5% and Audi at -17.7%. Skoda on the other hand improves 32.9% to 7.4% share in 5th place. Opel (+29.3%) and Seat (+53.3%) are also in fantastic shape just below. Further down, Peugeot (+70.9%), Volvo (+64.9%) and MG (+51.6%) stand out whereas Tesla (-64%) implodes.

Over in the models charts, the VW Golf (+65%) continues to catch up on lost sales but sees its share drop vs. the past few months at 3.8% vs. 4.5% year-to-date. The T-Roc (+29.8%) and Tiguan (-5%) reproduce the podium of last month and YTD. The performer of the month is the Opel Astra surging 230.5% year-on-year to reach a stellar 4th position. This is the nameplate’s highest ranking in Germany since March 2017 (#3). The Skoda Octavia (+36.9%) is also very dynamic at #5 and ranks #4 so far this year vs. #10 over the Full Year 2023. The Seat Leon (+79.6%), Audi A4 (+44.4%) and Fiat Ducato (+36.8%) also make themselves noticed in the remainder of the Top 10.

Previous month: Germany April 2024: VW Golf, Opel Astra highlight market up 19.8%

One year ago: Germany May 2023: BMW at highest in five years, VW T-Roc best-seller

Full May 2024 Top 63 All brands and Top 340 All models below.

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