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German passenger car market starts year well

Berlin, 02 February 2018

Stable production and exports

In January 2018, 269,400 new passenger cars were registered in Germany, which represents year-on-year growth of 12 percent. Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), stressed: “This is a good start to the year. However, one should not attach too much importance to the result. January is usually the month of the year with the fewest new registrations. We don’t expect this dynamic growth to be maintained.” Sales of diesel passenger cars are still falling. In January the proportion of diesels came to about 33 percent, well below last year’s figure of around 45 percent.

Domestic incoming orders in January were a long way above the 2017 level. Customers in Germany ordered 9 percent more passenger cars. Growth was less strong in foreign business with its much larger volume. Orders arriving from other countries were up by 4 percent.

The German passenger car makers started the year by building 458,700 cars in January – roughly the same as one year ago. Exports showed a similar trend: in January 353,700 brand new cars were delivered to customers around the world, which was a year-on-year rise of a good 1 percent.

  January 2018 January - January 2018
Passenger cars *) Volume Change
18/17 in %
Volume Change
18/17 in %
New registrations 269,400 12 269,400 12
  of which
    German makes incl. group makes 189,500 9 189,500 9
    Foreign makes 79,900 19 79,900 19
Export 353,700 1 353,700 1
Production 458,700 0 458,700 0
*) Estimate
Eckehart Rotter
Eckehart Rotter Head of Department Press

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