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381,000 cars with H plates in Germany

Berlin, 05 April 2017

Classic cars remain popular – double-digit growth

The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) has published the latest statistics about classic cars in Germany right on time for the opening of the Techno Classica, Europe’s largest indoor trade show for classic cars, held in the German town of Essen. The overall number of classic passenger cars has again risen strongly (+10.8 percent) to reach a figure of 381,027 vehicles as of January 1, 2017. The total number of historic vehicles, including motorcycles and commercial vehicles, climbed to 430,590 (+10.9 percent).

Classic vehicles in Germany have experienced a real boom during recent years. For example, the number of passenger cars registered with H plates has increased by 163 percent since 2007, while the whole passenger car fleet added only 11 percent during the same period. Yet classic cars make up only 0.83 percent of all passenger cars on the roads. Obviously classic-car lovers are especially interested in German brands, as nearly 70 percent of all vehicles older than 30 years were made by German firms.

However, most recently Japanese passenger cars are appearing more often on the enthusiasts’ wish lists. The share of these vehicles from the Far East has risen by 31.5 percent, which was the highest growth rate. The popularity of German vehicles with H plates is reflected in the brand ranking. The order in which the manufacturers appear in the top places has remained unchanged for years: Daimler (92,048 cars) leads, ahead of Volkswagen (71,210 cars) and Porsche (25,120 cars).

The VW Beetle has topped the ranking of the most popular classic vehicles for many years. The 34,643 cars from Wolfsburg demonstrate clearly that acquiring a classic car is not necessarily a huge expense. The Mercedes-Benz Type W123 has consolidated its second place, currently with 18,578 vehicles. The largest growth by a long way (a rise of almost 34 percent, putting it in third place) was achieved for the first time by Porsche’s Type 911 and Type 912. The 14,052 of these vehicles with H plates are making a dream come true for many sports car fans.

Every year the VDA evaluates the figures from the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) to give its members from the automotive industry the statistics they need to provide a comprehensive aftersales service. In addition, the VDA works to ensure smooth political conditions for using classic vehicles in Germany.

Eckehart Rotter
Eckehart Rotter Head of Department Press

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