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German passenger car market eases off in April

Berlin, 03 May 2017

Three working days less due to Easter

A total of 290,700 passenger cars were newly registered in Germany in April (-8 percent). However, the month had three working days less this year than in 2016. Taking two months together provides a better comparison, as Easter was in April this year instead of March. New passenger car registrations rose by almost 2 percent in the months March and April to 650,400 units. Since January 1.1 million passenger cars have been newly registered in Germany, which is an increase of nearly 3 percent and the largest market volume in the first four months of any year since 2009.

New registrations of diesel passenger cars lost 19 percent in April. Their share of the market came to 41.3 percent (47.0 percent in April 2016). During the first four months of this year it was 42.3 percent (47.3 percent in the same period last year).

Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), stressed, “The trend on the diesel market reflects customers’ feeling of uncertainty. We urgently need a more objective debate. Modern Euro 6 diesels are clean and economical. We need them for reaching the climate protection targets. If we want to reduce the CO2 emissions, modern diesels are indispensable.”

April’s fewer working days led to a marked fall in passenger car production. Last month 452,100 units were produced in Germany (-18 percent). Exports fell accordingly by 17 percent to 346,100 passenger cars. A year-on-year comparison of the last two months taken together shows that car production dropped by 5 percent, and exports by 3 percent.

Domestic incoming orders this year so far are slightly down on 2016 (-1 percent), whereas foreign incoming orders are slightly above last year’s figure (+1 percent).

  April 2017 January - April 2017
Passenger cars *) Volume Change
17/16 in %
Volume Change
17/16 in %
New registrations 290,700 -8 1,135,400 3
  of which
    German makes incl. group makes 202,300 -11 790,600 -1
    Foreign makes 88,400 1 344,800 11
Export 346,100 -17 1,510,700 -1
Production 452,100 -18 1,966,600 -3
*) Estimate
Eckehart Rotter
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