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German passenger car market ends a strong 2016

Berlin, 04 January 2017

Production and exports showed double-digit growth in December

In December, 256,600 passenger cars were newly registered in Germany. That translates into growth of 4 percent as compared with the same month last year. The result was boosted by one additional working day. The market volume for 2016 thus totaled nearly 3.4 million new registrations (+5 percent).

Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), stressed, “Today we see that the overall results for the German passenger car market are positive: 2016 was a strong automotive year. New registrations rose for the third time in succession, which pushed the market volume up to the highest level so far in this decade.”

Domestic incoming orders were slightly down on the previous year’s figures both for December and for 2016 as a whole (-1 percent in both cases). Orders from abroad, on the other hand, climbed by a good 7 percent in December, and during the entire year almost 3 percent more orders arrived from other countries.

In December 2016, passenger car production in German plants amounted to 365,100 units (+11 percent), far exceeding the value in the same month last year, which however was comparatively low. During the year as a whole, a good 5.7 million units were built in Germany – a rise of 1 percent.

Exports showed a corresponding increase in December, totaling 308,300 new cars (+11 percent). Over 2016 as a whole, 4.4 million passenger cars were supplied to customers abroad, which matched the volume recorded in the previous year.

  December 2016 January - December 2016
Passenger cars *) Volume Change
16/15 in %
Volume Change
16/15 in %
New registrations 256,600 4 3,351,700 5
  of which
    German makes incl. group makes 175,500 1 2,377,100 3
    Foreign makes 81,100 10 974,600 8
Export 308,300 11 4,415,300 0
Production 365,100 11 5,743,400 1
*) Estimate
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