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German passenger car market has strong first half-year

Berlin, 02 July 2019

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 %
Units Change
19/18 in %
New registrations




  of which
    German makes incl. group makes 226,600 -6 1,295,400 0
    Foreign Makes 98,600 -1 553,600 2
Export 273,000 -25 1,865,800 -15
Production 374,700 -24 2,491,600 -12

*) Estimate

Source: VDA/KBA

Eckehart Rotter
Eckehart Rotter Head of Department Press

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