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Germany March 2011: Opel Astra and Skoda Fabia shine

April 13, 2011 1 comment

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The German car market is definitely back on track, up 11% in March at 327,911 registrations. Unsurprisingly, the VW Golf is in the lead at 7.5% share, and it is followed this month by the Opel Astra, up 2 spots on February with 9,242 sales and 2.8%.

The VW Polo at #3 and Passat at #4 are slightly weaker this month, and the Opel Corsa is stable in 5th place. The Skoda Fabia delivers the best performance of the month, up 12 spots at #6 with 7,075 sales and 2.2% share. The Mercedes B-Class is also handling extremely well at #9 with 6,212 units.

Mercedes B Class

The only foreign model in the Top 20 is the Nissan Qashqai, up 4 spots at #20 with 4,638 sales, the Hyundai i30 (#22) and Toyota Yaris (#31) follow. Notice the Ford C-Max up 27 spots at #27 with 3,056 sales. A few all-new models appear in the ranking: the Toyota Verso-S at #117 with 625 sales, the Citroen DS4 (17 sales), Audi Q3 (13), Hyundai Veloster (4) and Lexus LFA (3).

Full Top 200 Ranking Table below.

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Germany February 2011: Volkswagen monopolises podium again Now with the Top 200 best selling models

March 21, 2011 3 comments

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German car sales are up for the second month in a row at +15% and 224,226 units. Volkswagen monopolises the podium again with the Golf at #1 (7.6%), the Passat at #2 (3.8%) and the Polo at #3 (2.8%). Plus this month it places the Tiguan at #7 (1.9%), with sales starting to see the effect of the new generation arriving in concessions.

The Opel Astra stays strong at #4 (2.7%) as does the BMW 5 Series at #6 (2.1%). The Hyundai i30 is in the Top 20 at 3,096 sales (1.4%) and the Honda Jazz gains 65 spots over January at #31 and 1,858 sales. Notice the new Peugeot 508 up 117 spots at #75 with 742 sales.

Full Top 200 Ranking Table below.

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Germany January 2011: new Passat up to #2, BMW 5 Series #5 Now with Top 200 best selling models

February 9, 2011 Leave a comment

VW Passat

At 211,056 registrations, the German market is up a very healthy 16% this month. Volkswagen monopolises the podium: below the Golf at 8%, the Passat benefits from its renewal with 8,888 sales and a strong 4.2% share, and the Polo is solid at 3.5%, above its 2010 share.

Other recently renewed VWs fare extremely well: the Touran is #6 at 2.2%, the Tiguan #10 at 1.7% and the Sharan gains 22 spots at #20. The BMW 5 Series continues its amazing progression, now in 5th place with 5,278 sales and 2.5% of the German market, well ahead of the Mercedes E Class at #14.

The Nissan Qashqai is the best-selling import at #18 with 2,452 sales (1.2%), ahead of the Renault Megane at #26, the Hyundai i30 at #29 and the Dacia Duster at #31.

Full Top 200 Ranking Table below.

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Germany Full Year 2010: Golf #1 ahead of Polo & Astra

January 15, 2011 Leave a comment

The German market returns to normal this year after being artificially boosted by scrappage schemes last year. It is down 23% on 2009 at 2,916,260 registrations and down 6% on 2008. Encouragingly, December was up 7% at 230,371 sales.

The VW Golf is #1 again (as it has been since 1975) with a very strong 8.6% share, ahead of the VW Polo at 3.3%. Thanks to a solid December (#2 at 3.1%), the Opel Astra finishes the year in 3rd (2.5%).

In 4th, the Mercedes C-Class is up 4 spots, the BMW 3 Series is up 5 in 5th and the best performer of the year, the Mercedes E-Class is 6th with 67,409 sales (+22 spots, +33%). The BMW 5 Series is up 13 spots at #16 with 46.014 sales.

The best selling foreign model (excluding Skoda and Seat) is the Hyundai i30 at #24 (+9) followed by the Renault Megane at #29 (+11) and Nissan Qashqai at #31 (+16).

More commentaries, December Top 50 and Full Year 2010 Top 150 below.

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Germany November 2010: Mercedes C Class #2, BMW 5 Series #6

December 20, 2010 Leave a comment

There is a light at the end of the tunnel for the German car market: November sales (262,262) are down only 6% year-on-year.

Behind the VW Golf (slipping 0.5 point to 7.7% share), the Mercedes C Class continues its great run and improves its market share again to 3.3%. It is 3rd Year-to-date, now ahead of the Opel Astra. The VW Polo slips to #3 but stays 2nd YTD at 3.4%.

The BMW 5 Series is the other very strong performer this month in 6th at 2.4%, the best-selling BMW model for the second month in a row. The Audi A1 is up 16 spots at #28 with 2,537 sales and 1% of the market (Mini: 2,624).

Apart from the two Skodas and the Seat Ibiza (99.5% owned by VW), the only foreign model in the Top 30 is the Nissan Qashqai (#30), the Dacia Duster coming at #3 in 33rd place.

For the full Top 150 (yes, 150!!) Ranking table, click on ‘Read more’ below.

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Germany October 2010: C Class now #4 YTD, BMW 5 Series #9

November 18, 2010 Leave a comment

The German market is still in decline in October with 256,775 registrations and -20% vs. Oct 09, which is actually a little bit better than the year-to-date situation at -27% (2,423,627 sales).

Well behind the VW Golf (8.2%), the Polo regains its #2 spot (3.2%) but the Mercedes C Class continues to be very strong and even betters its (already brilliant) September market share at 3.1%. This allows it to jump from #7 to #4 in the year-to-date ranking.

In extremely good shape again this month, Mercedes places 3 models in the Top 8 with the E Class in 5th (both in October and YTD) and the A Class in 8th. In comparison, the best-selling BMW is “only” 9th but it is the 5 Series which is actually a great performance for the model, at 2.2% market share.

The new gen can’t come soon enough for the Passat, only 11th this month and dropping 2 spots in the YTD rankings in 6th. Strong performers in October also include the VW Tiguan in #14, the BMW X1 in #22, the Dacia Duster in #41 and the Audi A1 in #44.

Full Top 50 ranking table below.

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Germany September 2010

November 2, 2010 Leave a comment

This year the German market is taking a hit due to the phasing out of the scrappage scheme. September is at -18% vs. 09 (259,748 sales) and the market is at -27% over the first 9 months of the year.

No surprise, the VW Golf leads the pack as it has for the last 30 years or so in the country. After a lukewarm summer its market share shoots up again to reach 8.9% thanks to 23,205 units sold (the Golf Plus and Jetta are included in this figure).

#2 most of this year, the VW Polo drops one spot behind the Mercedes C Class which delivers September’s best performance at 3% of the market and 7,912 sales.┬áIt’s a very strong month for Mercedes which places 2 more models in the Top 10: The E Class is 5th, followed by the A Class, both with 2.3% market share.

Full ranking table and more commentaries below.

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