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German passenger car market expands in October

Berlin, 02 November 2017

More incoming orders, but special effects prevent comparisons of production and exports

New passenger car registrations in Germany rose by nearly 4 percent in October, reaching 272,900 new cars. This year so far, almost 2.9 million passenger cars have been newly registered in Germany, which is an increase of 2 percent.

Domestic incoming orders showed a year-on-year rise of a good 7 percent in October. During the first ten months of this year, over 1 percent more orders arrived from customers in Germany.

Some unusual statistical effects (more inventory days than in the same month last year) meant that at some plants production and exports were not recorded in full for October. The missing figures will feed into the November statistics. Reliable assessments of the trends in production and exports will therefore be possible only using combined figures for October and November.

Exports from Germany last month came to 315,000 units (-11 percent). Since January this year the German car manufacturers have supplied 3.6 million passenger cars from Germany to foreign customers (-2 percent).

In October 9 percent more orders arrived from abroad; in the first ten months of 2017 the increase was a little over 3 percent.

Production totaled 414,100 passenger cars (-11 percent) in October. In the first ten months of the current year 4.7 million passenger cars were produced (-3 percent).

  October 2017 January - October 2017
Passenger cars *) Volume Change
17/16 in %
Volume Change
17/16 in %
New registrations 272,900 4 2,884,700 2
  of which
    German makes incl. group makes 191,000 2 1,999,300 0
    Foreign makes 81,900 8 885,400 9
Export 315,000 -11 3,616,200 -2
Production 414,100 -11 4,690,300 -3
*) Estimate
Eckehart Rotter
Eckehart Rotter Leiter Abteilung Presse

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