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German passenger car market expands in September

Berlin, 02 October 2019

Production and exports up on last year – Incoming orders also rise

Last month 244,600 passenger cars were newly registered in Germany. This was 22 percent more than in September last year, when the result was exceptionally low owing to the switch to the WLTP testing procedure. Furthermore, September had one more working day this year than in 2018. Year-to-date new registrations have now risen to just over 2.7 million units (+2 percent) – the highest level since 2009.

Incoming orders from Germany in September were 26 percent up on the 2018 result, while the year-to-date figure showed a 6 percent increase. Orders arriving from other countries last month grew by 2 percent, but their total volume since January has lost 4 percent.

In September the German OEMs built 415,500 passenger cars at their facilities in Germany (+4 percent). During the first nine months of this year, nearly 3.6 million brand new cars rolled off the production lines (-9 percent). Exports eased off somewhat, with 320,800 passenger cars supplied to customers around the world in September (+2 percent). Since the beginning of 2019, 2.7 million cars have been exported from plants in Germany, i.e. 12 percent less than in the same period last year.

  September 2019 Jan. - Sept. 2019
Passenger cars *) Units Change
19/18 in %
Units Change
19/18 in %
New registrations

244,600

22 2,740,100 2
  of which
    German makes incl. group makes 166,500 29 1,921,300 3
    Foreign Makes 79,100 10 818,800 2
Export 320,900 2 2,692,000 -12
Production 415,500 4 3,574,600 -9

*) Estimate

Source: VDA/KBA

Eckehart Rotter
Eckehart Rotter Head of Department Press

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