Largest market volume this decade – June has three working days less this year – Impacts on production and exports
The German passenger car market has returned positive results for the first half of this year. In the first six months, a good 1.8 million passenger cars were newly registered (+1 percent). This is the largest first-half-year volume this decade. Of the newly registered vehicles, 32.9 percent had a diesel engine – slightly above the level from the same period last year (32.1 percent). A total of 325,200 passenger cars were newly registered last month (-5 percent). However, June this year had three working days less than June 2018.
Orders from domestic customers also showed positive development, with year-to-date orders rising by just over 4 percent. Yet last month’s figure was 11 percent down on June 2018 as a result of the fewer working days. Orders from abroad showed a fall of almost 6 percent in the first half-year, but in June orders from customers in other countries were up by 3 percent.
As three out of four passenger cars built in Germany are exported, the decrease in orders from abroad impacted on production and exports in the first half-year. The German car makers produced 2.5 million passenger cars in the first six months (-12 percent). In June the number of cars rolling off the production lines in Germany came to 374,700 (-24 percent), partly affected by the number of working days. The export figures moved in parallel, totaling nearly 1.9 million new cars since January (-15 percent), and 273,000 cars in June (-25 percent).
|June 2019||Jan. - June 2019|
|Passenger cars *)||Units||Change
19/18 in %
19/18 in %
|German makes incl. group makes||226,600||-6||1,295,400||0|