Best sales figures for January and February since 2000 – German manufacturers start year well on US market
In February 243,600 passenger cars were newly registered in Germany (-3 percent). However, last month had one working day less than February 2016. So far this year, the domestic market for passenger cars has grown by nearly 4 percent to around 485,000 new vehicles. This resulted in the highest sales ever recorded for the first two months since 2000. Domestic orders decreased by 7 percent in February and this, too, was affected by the lower number of working days.
February’s passenger car exports reached a volume of 380,700 units (-5 percent). Production in Germany decreased accordingly to 492,100 vehicles (-7 percent). Year-to-date exports and production have both risen. Orders arriving from abroad showed a fall of 5 percent in February.
On the US light vehicle market the German brands far outperformed the overall market last month. While the total market lost 1 percent, down to a good 1.3 million light vehicles, the German manufacturers increased their sales of new vehicles by 7 percent to over 94,600 units. The German OEMs did better than the market as a whole in both passenger cars and light trucks. A similar development can be seen for the year so far (January to February): the German producers pushed up their light vehicle sales by 7 percent, whereas the combined market shed just over 1 percent.
|February 2017||January - February 2017|
|Passenger cars *)||Volume||Change
17/16 in %
17/16 in %
|German makes incl. group makes||168,800||-7||343,300||1|