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Germany First Half 2018: VW Tiguan #2, VW Group monopolises Top 6

The VW Tiguan is up 16% to step up to 2nd place overall below the VW Golf.

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The German new car market is headed towards its biggest year so far this decade with deliveries up 2.9% over the First Half of 2018 to 1.839.031 units. It’s a very healthy gain with private sales vastly outpacing the overall market at +12.7% to 696.993 units and 37.9% share vs. 34.6% over the same period a year ago. Brand leader Volkswagen triples its home market growth at +9% to 19.7% share, almost one percentage point above its year-ago level (18.6%). In contrast, its nearest follower, Mercedes, skids down 3% to 8.8% and Audi is down 2% to round up the podium. Going against the premiumisation trend of the last few years (/decade), Ford rallies back up 6% to overtake BMW (-1%) for the 4th place overall. Opel (-7%) and Renault (-3%) suffer but Seat (+16%), Hyundai (+11%) and Skoda (+8%) excel. Outside the Top 10, Dacia (+25%) is very impressive, gaining 3 spots to #13, passing Peugeot (+13%), Mazda (-1%) and Nissan (-17%). Further down, Lamborghini (+30%), DS (+29%), Jeep (+19%), Smart (+18%), Ferrari (+14%), Iveco (+13%) and Honda (+10%) are the only carmakers delivering a double-digit gain.

Along with the Audi A4, the Skoda Octavia makes it 6 VW Group nameplates in the Top 6.

In the models ranking, unsurprisingly it looks like a 38th consecutive win is in store for the VW Golf up 4% to remain at 6.4% share. The VW Tiguan gains 16% thanks to the addition of the AllSpace 7-seat variant to step up to 2nd place which, if sustained until the end of the year, would be a new record for the nameplate. Counter-intuitively, the VW Passat about to be facelifted is up 3% to also overtake the VW Polo, down a worrying 9% despite the arrival of a brand-new generation. With the Audi A4 (+9%) in 5th place and the Skoda Octavia (+12%) in 6th, the Volkswagen Group monopolises the Top 6 in a historical first. It even trusted the entire Top 8 in May for the first time in German history. Propelled up 36% by heavy discounts on the outgoing generation, the Ford Focus posts the largest gain in the Top 30 and slices its ranking in two to #7. The VW Touran (+4%) and Audi A3 (+2%) replace the Opel Astra (-24%) and Mercedes E-Class (-3%) in the Top 10.

The VW T-Roc lands directly in 30th place and is the most popular newcomer in Germany.

Further down the ranking, the Opel Crossland X (+468%), Skoda Kodiaq (+134%), Dacia Duster (+80%), Opel Insignia (+425), Hyundai i20 (+33%), Mercedes GLC (+26%), Ford Kuga (+20%), Toyota Yaris (+20%) and BMW 5 Series (+19%) lodge the largest gains in the remainder of the Top 50. The most popular recent launch (<12 months) is the VW T-Roc landing directly at #30 and breaking into the Top 20 for the first time in June. It is followed by the Skoda Karoq (#58), Seat Arona (#64) both of which broke into the Top 50 in June, the Hyundai Kona (#99), Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross (#100), Kia Stonic (#109), BMW X2 (#139), Volvo XC40 (#189) and Jaguar E-Pace (#197), making the 9 best-selling newcomers and all newcomers ranking inside the Top 200 solely SUV nameplates.

The Dacia Sandero remains the most popular foreigner with private buyers at #6.

Over in a very vigorous private sales channel, the podium is identical to the FY2017 order with the VW Golf surging 36% to go from 26% Private Sales Ratio (PSR) to 33.9%, the VW Tiguan soaring 25% from 47.7% to 51.1% PSR but the VW Polo down 2% but improving its PSR from 52.8% to 56.6%. The Skoda Octavia scores the most impressive uplift in the Top 10 with Private volumes up 70%, a PSR going from 26% to 39.6% and a ranking going from #19 a year ago to #4. The Skoda Fabia (+7%) remains in 5th place meaning the VW Group monopolises the Top 5. The Dacia Sandero (+12%) matches the channel’s growth and remains the most popular foreigner with German private buyers at #6 but is now also the best-selling non-VW Group model. The Ford Kuga (+27%) and VW Touran (+54%) also shine in the Top 10 while the Fiat Ducato (+6%) makes it two foreigners in the Top 9. Dacia could be even headed towards 2 nameplates in the German Top 10 by the time 2018 comes to an end with the Duster up 81% and a staggering 15 spots to #12. The VW T-Roc lands at #13, much stronger than in the overall market, similarly the Skoda Karoq is at #27 and the Seat Arona at #34.

Previous post: Germany June 2018: 8 VW Group nameplates in Top 9, market up 2.9%

One year ago: Germany First Half 2017: Mercedes up, Volkswagen down but trusts Top 4

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Germany June 2018: 8 VW Group nameplates in Top 9, market up 2.9%

Audi A4 sales soar 32% year-on-year in Germany in June.

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New car sales in Germany gain 4.1% year-on-year in June to 341.308 units, lifting the year-to-date tally up 2.9% to 1.839.031. Brand leader Volkswagen flatly beats its home market with a 10% surge to 19.5% share, way more than double the sales of #2 Mercedes (-10%) in difficulty. Below, Audi (+10%), BMW (+12%) and Ford (+9%) all excel while Opel (-5%) struggles. Hyundai (+14%) and Seat (+12%) shine in the tail end of the Top 10 unlike Renault (-13%). Dacia surges 49% to pots its third largest monthly volume ever at 7.957 (its record volumes were achieved in scrappage scheme-boosted 2008: 13.571 in May 2009 and 11.194 in April 2009), DS (+75%), Jaguar (+51%), Jeep (+43%), Ferrari (+37%), Porsche (+36%), Lexus (+31%), Alfa Romeo (+20%) and Subaru (+15%) also post impressive gains. At the other end of the stick, Infiniti (-56%), Maserati (-48%), Cadillac (-44%), Bentley (-42%), Aston Martin (-37%) and Chevrolet (-30%) all freefall.

The Duster surges 196% year-on-year to lift Dacia to a new all-time volume record.

After monopolising the Top 8 for the first time in history last month, the Volkswagen Group brilliantly manages its second best performance ever in June with 6 models in the Top 6: the VW Golf (-2%), Polo (+4%), Tiguan (+35%), Passat (+12%), Audi A4 (+32%) and Skoda Octavia (+14%). The Mini family is up 13% year-on-year and four spots on May to #7, its highest ranking since last December (#6). Unfortunately, models split is unavailable for the Mini lineup in Germany. The VW Transporter (+33%) still benefiting from bottlenecked sales from earlier in the year and the Audi A3 (+10%) ensure there are 8 VW Group nameplates in the June Top 9.

The Hyundai i20 gains 70% to become the best-selling foreigner in Germany in June.

Other great performers further down the ranking include the Dacia Duster (+196%), Ford Ecosport (+185%), BMW X1 (+113%), Hyundai i20 (+70%), Hyundai Tucson (+63%), Nissan Qashqai (+52%), Ford Fiesta (+42%), Mercedes A-Class (+39%) and Audi A5 (+25%). The VW T-Roc tops all recent launches again, breaking into its home Top 20 for the first time at #17 and distancing the Seat Arona at #33 (+19), Skoda Karoq at #42 (+13), Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross at #92 (+14),  Hyundai Kona at #96 (-9) and BMW X2 at #104 (+21).

Previous month: Germany May 2018: VW Group monopolises Top 8 for first time in history

One year ago: Germany June 2017: Renault and Seat shine in market down 3.5%

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Germany May 2018: VW monopolises Top 5, VW Group monopolises Top 8 for first time in history

The Tiguan leaps up 20% to #2, helping VW monopolise the Top 5 for the first time. Picture autobild.de

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The German new car market balances out its robust 8% gain in April with a disappointing 6% drop in May to 305.057 registrations, yet the year-to-date volume remains in positive at +2.6% to 1.497.723 units, at its highest at this stage of the year since 2000. Undisputed brand leader Volkswagen reverses the market decline to post a 6% gain to 20.9% share, its highest since February 2016 and over one percentage point above its YTD level of 19.7%. The news are not so great at Mercedes skidding 13% to 8.9% while Audi (-0.4%) manages to remain stable in 3rd place. Ford (-6%) follows the market but BMW (-16%) and Opel (-15%) are in great difficulty this month.

The VW Transporter continues to catch up on lost sales earlier in the year.

Skoda (-3%), Renault (-1%) and Seat (+10%) all outpace the overall decline and complete a Top 9 brands identical to the YTD order. Further down, Alpina (+50%), DS (+45%), Ferrari (+32%), Jeep (+29%), Morgan (+23%), Rolls Royce (+20%), Subaru (+13%) and Dacia (+11%) are the only manufacturers managing a double-digit year-on-year gain in May whereas the list of imploding brands is long, led by Aston Martin (-60%), Bentley (-54%), Land Rover (-50%), Nissan (-43%), Cadillac (-39%), Tesla (-38%), Maserati (-35%), Jaguar (-33%), Mazda (-22%), Ssangyong (-22%), Lexus (-21%) and Mitsubishi (-19%). Reborn Alpine is up one spot on April to #47 but down 14% to 18 sales.

The new 7 Crossback helps DS sales lift up 45% in Germany in May.

Over in the models ranking, the VW Golf posts a third consecutive 4% drop but remains ultra-dominant at 6.4% share, 2.5 times the amount of the #2, the VW Tiguan in excellent shape at +20% to 2.6%. It is the fourth #2 finish of 2018 for the Tiguan, reflected in a 2nd spot YTD which would be an all-time record if sustained until the end of 2018. The VW Polo (-13%) and Passat (-19%) disappoint while the VW Transporter (+57%) continues to catch up on a bottleneck of sales due to a stop-sale order on it diesel variants which affected an estimated 10.000 to 15.000 vehicles in January and February. You have read this right: the Top 5 best-sellers are 100% Volkswagen in Germany for the first time in its 80 year-history. The brand’s previous best was 4 models in the Top 4, a performance it managed 6 times in the past: in January 2014February 2014, May 2015October 2015October 2016 and January 2017. VW missed out on monopolising the FY2017 Top 4 because of the Polo (#5) but is on track to do so in 2018 (Golf/Tiguan/Passat/Polo).

Along with the Audi A4 and A3, the Skoda Octavia enables the VW Group to monopolise the May Top 8.

But the Volkswagen Group does even better, monopolising the Top 8 for the first time in history according to BSCB files with the Audi A4 (+3%) at #6, the Audi A3 (+7%) at #7 and the Skoda Octavia at #8 (+8%). The Group’s most recent best performance was a much less impressive 5 nameplates in the Top 5 in November 2015February 2016, April 2016May 2016 and July 2016. The Mercedes C-Class (-22%) and Ford Focus (+17%) are the only non-VAG nameplates in the May Top 10. Only a dozen models manage double-digit gains in the remainder of the Top 50: the Opel Insignia (+93%), Audi Q5 (+63%), Dacia Duster (+31%), Skoda Kodiaq (+28%), Ford Kuga (+26%), Ford C-Max (+22%), Renault Clio (+21%), Fiat 500 family (+18%), Toyota Yaris (+12%), Audi Q2 (+17%) and Audi A5 (+10%). The VW T-Roc remains the most popular recent launch but is still relatively shy at #22, distancing the Seat Arona at #54 (+9), Skoda Karoq at #55 (+11), Hyundai Kona at #87 (+23) and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross at #106 (+12).

Previous month: Germany April 2018: VW Transporter soars to highest-ever 2nd place

One year ago: Germany May 2017: YTD Top 4 now 100% Volkswagen

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Germany April 2018: VW Transporter soars to highest-ever 2nd place

After a stop sales on diesel variants, the VW Transporter is catching up on lost time.

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New car sales in Germany are up a very robust 8% year-on-year in April to 314.055 registrations, lifting the YTD volume up 5% or 57.000 units to 1.192.666, its highest level at this stage of the year since 2000. Brand leader Volkswagen almost doubles its country’s growth rate with a very impressive 15% year-on-year uplift to 20.6% share, its highest in over two years: since the 20.9% hit back in February 2016. The Top 7 brands replicate the YTD order, with Mercedes (+8%), Audi (-1%), Ford up a cool 15% and BMW (+5%) rounding out the Top 5 and Opel (+3%) and Skoda (+12%) below. However it’s Seat (+37%) and Hyundai (+19%) that post the largest year-on-year upticks in the Top 10. Below, Rolls-Royce (+80%), Honda (+32%), Peugeot (+28%), Dacia (+26%), DS (+25%), Kia (+24%), Lada (+24%) and Smart (+23%) also perform strongly while Alpine is reborn at #48.

…its ancestor, the VW Kombi, ranked #3 in 1950

Over in the models ranking, below the VW Golf in difficulty at -4%, the VW Transformer shoots up 97% on April 2018 and a staggering 29 spots on March to land directly in 2nd place with 7.365 sales, now ranking at #27 YTD vs. #22 over the FY2017. There is one explanation behind this madness: a delivery stop on all diesel Transporters affected an estimated 10.000 to 15.000 vehicles in January and February, waiting to be approved and delivered. As a result Transporter sales logically sank at the start of 2018: -66% in January (787), -79% in February (512) and -23% in March (3.052). April sales are a mere catchup on lost time that should extend to May and June figures. This performance isn’t due to high sales of campervan-ready models as we previously mentioned. Still, this is the highest ever monthly ranking by the legendary Kombi, as its ancestor, the first generation Bus peaked at #3 annually in 1950.

The Duster (+92%) helps Dacia up 26% in Germany in April.

The Tiguan (+18%) completes a podium 100% VW, cementing its 2nd place YTD (+11%) above the Passat, down to #5 in April but up 7% year-on-year. At #4, the Ford Focus (+53%) continues to evolve at its highest level in a decade, benefitting from generous discounts on the outgoing generation. The Skoda Kodiaq (+122%), Opel Insignia (+113%), Dacia Duster (+92%), BMW 5 Series (+74%), Seat Ibiza (+61%), Mercedes GLC (+60%), Ford Fiesta (+57%), Ford Kuga (+38%), Skoda Octavia (+34%), Hyundai i20 (+32%) and Hyundai i30 (+32%) register the largest gains in the remainder of the Top 50. The VW T-Roc betters its highest ranking by 9 spots to hit #23 this month, by far topping recent launches (<12 months) ahead of the Opel Crossland X at #51 (-8), the Seat Arona at #63 (+4), Skoda Karoq at #66 (-10) and Opel Grandland X at #71 (-19). Finally, we welcome the Jaguar i-Pace at #270, the Alpine A110 at #279 and the Ferrari Portofino at #315.

The new generation boosts Opel Insignia sales up 113% year-on-year.

Previous month: Germany March 2018: VW T-Roc takes off, Ford Focus at highest in 14 years

One year ago: Germany April 2017: VW, Mercedes, Audi struggle in market down 8%

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Germany March 2018: VW T-Roc takes off, Ford Focus at highest in almost 14 years

The VW T-Roc finally breaks into its home Top 50 without hurting the Tiguan, but the Golf is down.

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The German new car market is down 3.4% year-on-year in March to 347.433 registrations, yet at 878.611 units the year-to-date volume is at its highest since 2000, up 4% on the same period in 2017. Weak diesel sales, down 25% to just 31.4% share this month, have pulled the overall market down whereas petrol sales are up 9% to hit 64% share. Last month, a court decision gave German cities the authority to decide whether to ban diesel vehicles from their streets, likely to have dampened even further German buyers’ interest in diesel cars. Premium and luxury brands are hit the hardest this month with Bentley (-64%), Infiniti (-54%), Aston Martin (-39%), Tesla (-36%), Rolls-Royce (-35%), Maserati (-33%), Lotus (-31%), Volvo (-25%), DS (-19%), Lexus (-16%), Porsche (-14%), Audi (-13%), Jaguar (-11%), BMW (-5%) and Mercedes (-5%) all losing significant ground while among mass brand Opel (-23%) and Renault (-16%) in great difficulty.

The Ford Focus hasn’t ranked that high in Germany since September 2004.

Market leader Volkswagen bucks the overall trend for once with a 2% improvement, just like Hyundai (+11%), Seat (+5%) and Skoda (+4%) in the Top 10. Below, Mitsubishi (+43%), Honda (+22%), Smart (+16%), Alfa Romeo (+13%), Jeep (+10%), Dacia (+9%) and Peugeot (+8%) are the best performers among mass brand while Lamborghini (+90%), Cadillac (+88%), Chevrolet (+38% and Alpina (+15%) top small-volume brands. Over in the models ranking, the VW Golf puts an end to five consecutive months of 20%+ year-on-year gains with a 2% drop to 6.4% share, still 3 times as much as the next best-seller, the VW Tiguan up 5%. Likely boosted by generous discounts just as the new generation of the model is about to be revealed in China, the Ford Focus edges up one spot further to climb onto the monthly German podium for the first time in almost 14 years, since September 2004 when it ranked #2.

The Opel Grandland X hits a record #52 in Germany in March. Picture largus.fr

The VW Passat surges 41% to #4 but the VW Polo isn’t benefitting from its new generation with a steep 26% drop at #5, ahead of the Skoda Octavia (+5%) and VW Touran (+2%). Further down, the Mitsubishi Space Star (+77%), Mercedes GLC (+46%), Hyundai i20 (+42%), Nissan Qashqai (+30%), BMW X1 (+22%), Hyundai Tucson (+22%) and BMW 2 Series (+21%) impress. The VW T-Roc finally gets its break: up 26 spots on last month to break into its home Top 50 for the first time – and by far – at #32, also becoming the most popular new launch in the country. Looking at the Golf and Tiguan behaviours (see above), there doesn’t seem to be any cannibalisation happening just yet, but we will pay special attention to Golf figures in the coming months. The T-Roc is now followed by the Opel Crossland X at a best-ever #43 (+14), also hit last November, the Opel Grandland X also breaking its ranking record at #52 (+14), the Skoda Karoq at #56 (-2) and the Seat Arona at a record #67 (+13).

Previous month: Germany February 2018: Ford Focus at highest in over 7 years, market up 7.4%

One year ago: Germany March 2017: Opel, Renault up, largest Q1 volume this decade

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Germany February 2018: Ford Focus at highest in over 7 years, market up 7.4%

The Ford Focus ranks 4th in Germany, it highest since October 2010. 

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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.

The 3008 (+86%) helps Peugeot up 44% in Germany. Picture autobild.de

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.

Previous month: Germany January 2018: VW above 20% share, T-Roc weak, market up 11.6%

One year ago: Germany February 2017: Audi snaps 10% share of falling market

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Germany January 2018: VW above 20% share, T-Roc weak, market up 11.6%

The VW T-Roc hasn’t yet cracked the Top 50 at home. Picture autobild.de

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The German new car market starts 2018 with a fantastic 11.6% year-on-year gain in January – almost 30.000 additional units – to 269.429 registrations. 5 of the Top 6 best-selling carmakers trail the market though, with the Top 10 identical to the FY2017 order. Volkswagen gains 10% to 20.2%, its first time above 20% in one year,  Mercedes is up 8% to 9.8%, Audi down 3% to 7.8% and BMW up 2% to 7.7%. Hyundai (+30%), Renault (+24%), Seat (+24%), Skoda (+17%) and Ford (+16%) post the largest year-on-year improvements in the Top 10. Below, Alfa Romeo (+64%), Cadillac (+58%), Jeep (+42%), Kia (+41%), Rolls Royce (+38%), Lada (+37%), Porsche (+37%), Toyota (+37%), Peugeot (+34%), Lamborghini (+31%), Dacia (+29%), Land Rover (+26%), Citroen (+25%), Smart (+23%) all at least double the market’s growth.

The BMW 5 Series is up 122% in January thanks to the new generation. 

Model-wise, the VW Golf (+31%) impresses with a 4th consecutive month of double-digit gains, followed by the Tiguan (+11%) and Passat (-12%), Volkswagen monopolising the podium like it did over the FY2017. The rest of the Top 7 is identical to the FY2017 order: Mercedes C-Class (-1%), VW Polo (-5%), Audi A4 (+12%) and Skoda Octavia (+14%). The BMW 5 Series (+122%), Mercedes GLC (+65%), Ford Focus (+63%), BMW 1 Series (+54%), Ford Kuga (+52%) and Audi A6 (+34%) post the largest gains in the Top 15.

The Dacia Sandero is the #1 “true” foreigner in Germany this month. 

Further down, the Dacia Sandero (+40%) is the best-selling “true” foreigner at #28 (removing Skoda and Seat nameplates), with the Citroen C3 (+98%), Audi Q2 (+92%), Opel Insignia (+83%), Mazda CX-5 (+76%) and Renault Captur (+48%) also making themselves noticed in the Top 50. The Opel Crossland X (#49) is the only recent launch (<12 months) inside the Top 50 this month, with the VW T-Roc up 59 spots on December to a lukewarm 57th place, nowhere near the levels it has already reached in markets such as Austria (#6). The Opel Grandland X is up 22 ranks on last month to #66, the Skoda Karoq up 24 to #74, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross up 203 to #82, the VW Arteon up 26 to #101, the Seat Arona up 68 to #103, the Kia Stonic up one to #106 and the Hyundai Kona up 52 to #110.

Previous post: Germany Full Year 2017: VW places Golf, Passat and Tiguan on podium

One year ago: Germany January 2017: Mercedes above 10%, BMW X1 up to record #7

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Germany Full Year 2017: VW places Golf, Passat and Tiguan on podium

The VW Tiguan signs its very first annual podium while the Skoda Kodiaq is the #1 newcomer.

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New car sales in Germany are up for the fourth year in a row at +2.7% in 2017 to 3.441.262 units, the largest annual volume this decade, since scrappage scheme-boosted 2009 (3.807.175). Once again, market leader Volkswagen loosens its grip on the brands ranking with a 3% decline leading to a market share down 1.2 percentage point on 2016 to 18.4%. Mercedes on the other hand grows slightly faster than the market at +5% to 9.5% share in 2nd place, hitting an all-time high of 10.6% in August. Audi drops 2% to 8.2% while BMW is up just 0.02% to 7.6% share, peaking at 9.8% in December.

The Mercedes E-Class is up 29% to return to the Top 10. Picture autobild.de 

Ford (+3%) overtakes Opel (-0.03%) for 5th place overall while Skoda (+4%), Renault (+8%), Hyundai (+1%) and Seat (+11%) keep the remainder of the Top 10 identical to 2016. Below, Tesla (+75%), Lada (+57%), Cadillac (+56%), Aston Martin (+50%), Bentley (+46%), Alfa Romeo (+42%), Chevrolet (+36%), Lotus (+32%), Dacia (+28%), Peugeot (+25%), Lexus (+22%), Suzuki (+22%), Lamborghini (+16%), Mitsubishi (+16%) and Toyota (+13%) post some of the largest year-on-year gains whereas Infiniti (-44%), Alpina (-43%), DS (-24%) and Honda (-20%) are the hardest hit.

The VW Golf has now been the best-selling car at home for 42 years.

The VW Golf celebrates 37 consecutive years in the German pole position despite a 3% drop to 6.6% share vs. 7% a year ago. The Golf’s decline would have been much steeper if it weren’t for a rallying back of sales during the last quarter: +22% in October, +24% in November and +28% in December. The Golf has now rank as the annual best-seller in Germany for 42 years: every single year since 1975 apart from one interruption in 1980 by the Mercedes W123. In comparison, the VW Beetle ‘only’ topped the Germany market for 29 consecutive years from 1946 to 1973. In spite of its decline, the Golf tightens its grip on the models ranking: it sells 3.15 times as much as the #2, the VW Passat (-10%) vs. 2.92 times in 2016 and 2.78 times in 2015.

The BMW 5 Series is up 43% thanks to the new generation. 

The VW Tiguan soars 12% and three spots to land on the annual podium for the first time in the history of the nameplate, hitting a record 71.437 units. The Mercedes C-Class (+3%) remains at #4 while the VW Polo (-15%) drops two ranks to #5 and both the Audi A4 (-3%) and Skoda Octavia (+1% to an all-time high 59.147 sales) take advantage of a dismal performance by the Opel Astra (-14%) to rank #6 and #7 respectively. Thanks to the new generation, the Mercedes E-Class surges 29% and 11 spots to #9, the BMW 5 Series is up 43% to #18, the Mercedes GLC is up 50% to #21, with the BMW X1 (+23%), Opel Insignia (+24%) and Dacia Sandero (+35%) also posting spectacular gains in the Top 50.

Boosted by a leasing offer, the Peugeot 208 breaks into the German Top 10 in December.

Boosted by a leasing offer by Sixt at 99€/month, the Peugeot 208 shoots up 445% to #9 in December (an all-time record) and 54% to #56 over the Full Year. Launched in late 2016, the Audi Q2 (+950%) ends its first full year on the German market at #43 while the Toyota C-HR (+1014%) ranks 82nd. The Skoda Kodiaq (#72) is the best-selling all-new launch in Germany for 2017, peaking at #42 in August and September, followed by the Opel Crossland X (#93) peaking at #43 in November, the VW Arteon (#171), Opel Grandland X (#182) and Skoda Karoq (#192).

The Dacia Sandero is up 41% to #6 private sale in Germany in 2017. 

Private sales only represent 35.6% of the total German market in 2017, that’s just 1.225.089 registrations. The VW Golf remains the most popular nameplate with private buyers yet it is down 6% to a weaker 27.9% Private Sales (PS) ratio. The VW Tiguan is up 16% to #2 and 47.6% PS, knocking the VW Polo (-21%) down to #3 at 51.9% PS. The Mini is up 9% to #4 with private buyers, ahead of the Mercedes C-Class (+8%) and the Dacia Sandero up 10 spots and 41% to #6 with a 91.6% PS ratio. The Ford Kuga is up 33% and 11 ranks to #9 with a strong 49.8% PS ratio, the Fiat Ducato is up 12% to #11, the VW Touran up 19% to #13, the Mitsubishi Space Star up 24% to #17, the Audi Q2 lands at #25 for its first full year in market, the Seat Ateca is up 182% to #31 and the Dacia Dokker is up 69% to #48.

Previous month: Germany November 2017: VW Golf up 24% in market up 9.4%

Previous year: Germany Full Year 2016: VW down, Mercedes up in strongest market in 7 years

Two years ago: Germany Full Year 2015: VW Golf celebrates 40 years in pole position

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Germany November 2017: VW Golf up 24% in market up 9.4%

The VW Golf posts a second 20%+ year-on-year gain in a row at home.

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New car sales in Germany are up a very healthy 9.4% year-on-year in November to 302.636 registrations, lifting the year-to-date volume up 3% to 3.187.312 with only one month left in 2017. For once Volkswagen manages to almost match the market growth at +8% to 19.2% share, nearly one percentage point above its YTD level of 18.4%. Mercedes remains comfortably in 2nd place with an almost two percentage point-advantage over its followers but trail the market at +1% to 9.5% share. Audi follows in third place with a market-beating 12% gain to 7.6% ahead of Ford (+17%) remaining at #4 for the second month running. Ford is now only 109 units below Opel year-to-date. Skoda advances 12% at #7 and Seat leaps up 26% to #9. Peugeot delivers the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 30 at a magnificent +72%, due to an on-going fleet offer on the 208 (up 246% with only 6.4% private sales in Nov), with Dacia (+53%), Alfa Romeo (+43%), Mazda (+30%), Kia (+25%), Jeep (+22%), Citroen (+20%) and Smart (+20%) also impressive. Among smaller brands, Aston Martin (+122%), Tesla (+98%), Rolls Royce (+59%), Lada (+48%), Lexus (+47%) and Ssangyong (+39%) also perform extremely well.

Over in the models ranking, after 13 straight months of year-on-year declines, the VW Golf impressively posts a second consecutive month of 20%+ gains at +24% to 7.3% share, the nameplate’s largest improvement since March 2016. With the Passat up 6% and the Tiguan up 12%, Volkswagen now monopolises the YTD podium as it did in 2016. The Mercedes C-Class drops 7% but is back up three spots to #4, followed by the E-Class up 27% to #5. The Skoda Octavia is solid at #6, while the next seven best-sellers all beat the market with double-digit gains: the VW Touran (+34%_), Audi A4 (+21%), Ford Focus (+23%), Fiesta (+26%), Skoda Fabia (+14%), Seat Leon (+16%) and Mercedes GLC, scoring the largest improvement of all at +72% but out of the Top 10 for the first time since last July. The BMW 5 Series (+40%), Ford Kuga (+100%), Seat Ibiza (+46%), Opel Insignia (+86%) and Dacia Sandero (+39%) also lodge spectacular gains in November. The Opel Crossland X continues to lead recent launches, improving to #43 and followed by the Skoda Kodiaq (#45), VW T-Roc up 123 ranks to #81 and the Skoda Karoq up 48 to #86.

Previous month: Germany October 2017: VW Golf up 22%, Ford Fiesta up to #4

One year ago: Germany November 2016: Mercedes hits high point at 10.3% share

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Germany October 2017: VW Golf up 22%, Ford Fiesta up to #4

The Ford Fiesta hits its highest ranking in Germany since November 2012. 

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New car sales in Germany are back up 3.9% year-on-year in October to 272.855 units, leading to a year-to-date volume up 2.3% or 66.000 sales to 2.884.676. Once again Volkswagen trails its home market with a 2% gain and posts a market share identical to its YTD level at 18.4%. Mercedes is up 7% to remain at a strong 9.8% but Audi is down 7% to 7.9% vs. 8.4% so far in 2017. Fallen down to a rare 7th place in September, Ford rallies back up 13% this month to #4, distancing Opel (-1%), BMW (-9%) and Skoda (+12%). Seat (+15%) is the third Top 10 manufacturer to post a double-digit gain in October. Beyond, Peugeot surges 38% to #11, Kia is up 16% to #13, Mazda up 15% to #15, Dacia up 40% to #17 and Mini up 16% to #19. Among smaller brands, Land Rover (+14%), Volvo (+14%), Alpina (+20%), Iveco (+32%), Suzuki (+35%), Cadillac (+50%), Lada (+65%), Tesla (+79%) and Bentley (+94%) make themselves noticed.

First Top 100 at home for the Opel Grandland X. Picture largus.fr

Over in the models ranking, the VW Golf speeds up a very robust 22% year-on-year to 20.343 sales and 7.5% share, almost one percentage point above its YTD level. This ends 13 consecutive months of year-on-year declines for the Golf and marks its largest gain since March 2015. The podium is unchanged on September with the Tiguan (-1%) in 2nd place and the Passat (-4%) in third, the latter snapping the 2nd spot YTD off the Mercedes C-Class down 1% to #7 in October. A revenant: the Ford Fiesta is up 8% year-on-year and a whopping 35 spots on September to #4, the nameplate’s first Top 10 in 2016 and its highest ranking in almost five years, since November 2012 when it ranked #4 also.  The Fiesta is at #21 so far in 2017.

The BMW X2 has landed. 

The Skoda Octavia remains at a cool 5th place and climbs up to #7 year-to-date, the Mercedes E-Class is up 29% to become the brand’s best-seller at home while the GLC posts a third consecutive month inside the Top 10 at #10 thanks to deliveries up 79% on October 2016. The BMW 5 Series is up 6% year-on-year but down 13 ranks on last month to #17, the Peugeot 208 justifies the brand’s surge with sales up 3-fold thanks to an aggressive fleet promotion (only 5.3% private sales this month) and the Opel Insignia doubles its sales year-on-year (+99%) thanks to the new model. The Opel Crossland X breaks into its home Top 50 for the first time to lead recent launches at #44, ahead of the Skoda Kodiaq (#51) and Toyota C-HR (#76) while the Opel Grandland X breaks into the Top 100 at #92. The Skoda Karoq is up 60 spots on September to #134, the Kia Stinger up 62 to #182 and the VW T-Roc up just 3 to #204. We welcome no less than four new nameplates in the German ranking this month: the Hyundai Kona directly at #125, the Seat Arona at #195, the BMW X2 at #289 and the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross at #296.

Previous month: Germany September 2017: BMW 5 Series and Skoda Fabia shine

One year ago: Germany October 2016: Volkswagen drops 20% but monopolises Top 4

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