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German passenger car market remains weak

Berlin, 03 May 2013

In April 2013, 284,500 new passenger cars were registered in Germany. This represents year-on-year growth of around 4 per cent. However, this year April had two more working days than it did in 2012. Since the beginning of the year new registrations have fallen by nearly 9 per cent to 958,500 units.

This relatively weak start to the year is doubtless connected with the continuing uncertainty surrounding the European debt crisis. Southern Europe is generating additional difficulties. The discussion during the last two years about development in the euro zone is unsettling and makes many customers hesitant to purchase a new car, and this trend was reinforced by the unusually long winter. Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), commented: “We are indeed assuming that the situation on the German market will improve in the second half-year. Given this difficult background, for the year as a whole we expect to see sales between 2.9 and 3 million units.”

In April incoming domestic orders hovered around the previous year’s level. Since January of this year, however, 4 per cent fewer orders have been received from German customers than in the same period last year.

Last month’s exports showed a year-on-year rise of 11 per cent, reaching 367,300 units. Wissmann said, “This growth is a positive signal, but the markets in Western Europe remain weak.” Outside Europe the German manufacturers are continuing their success: incoming orders from abroad increased by more than 10 per cent in April.

Passenger car production in Germany rose by 17 per cent in April to 500,800. Since the beginning of the year around 1.8 million passenger cars have been produced at plants in Germany, which is a fall of around 5 per cent.

  April 2013 January - April 2013
Passenger Cars *) Units Change 13/12 in % Units Change 13/12 in %
New registrations 284.500 4 958.500 -9
of which
German makes incl. group makes 205.700 4 681.200 -7
Foreign makes 78.800 4 277.300 -12
Export 367.300 11 1.402.600 -4
Production 500.800 17 1.832.100 -5
*) Estimate
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