Domestic market buoyant in first five months
As May had two working days less this year than in 2017, new registrations of passenger cars in Germany were 6 percent down on last year, at 305,100 units. In the first five months of the current year, 1.5 million passenger cars were newly registered, which equates to a rise of nearly 3 percent. This kept the domestic market at a high level.
The proportion of diesel vehicles among the new passenger car registrations came to 32.3 percent during the first five months (41.9 percent in 2017), and the May figure was 31.3 percent (40.4 percent in 2017). Orders arriving from Germany in May showed a slight year-on-year fall (-4 percent). This year domestic incoming orders have so far remained stable.
Exports and production were also affected by the number of working days in May. In all, 347,500 cars were supplied to foreign customers (-5 percent). The German manufacturers exported a good 1.8 million passenger cars in the period from January to May (-2 percent). Three out of four cars built in Germany are destined for export, and so passenger car production in May was also down on the same month last year, at 442,800 units (-8 percent). During the first five months of 2018, almost 2.4 million cars were produced (-4 percent).
|May 2018||January - May 2018|
|Passenger cars *)||Volume||Change
18/17 in %
18/17 in %
|German makes incl. group makes||215,400||-3||1,043,200||3|