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Passenger car production and exports rise in August

Berlin, 03 September 2013

In August 2013 a total of 214,100 passenger cars were newly registered on the German market. That represents a fall of 5 per cent in comparison with the same month last year. However, August this year had one less working day than August 2012. After seasonal adjustment, the volume of registrations is roughly equal to that seen last year. Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), emphasised, “The stabilisation on the domestic passenger car market which could already be made out in July has obviously continued into August. It is good news that incoming orders from Germany have increased again – by 2 per cent.”

At the same time, exports climbed by 3 per cent to 293,900 units. Since the beginning of the year, German manufacturers have exported 2.74 million passenger cars built in German production plants to foreign customers.

In August the German car makers also expanded their assembly within Germany. In all, the German plants produced 397,150 cars, which was a year-on-year rise of 9 per cent. This strong growth is, however, partly a result of the varying timing of factory holidays. In a two-month comparison for July and August, the increase comes to around 3 per cent. Since January of this year 3.58 million units have rolled off the production lines.

  August 2013 January - August 2013
Passenger Cars *) Units Change 13/12 in % Units Change 13/12 in %
New registrations 214.100 -5 1.969.900 -7
of which
German makes incl. group makes 150.000 -5 1.411.300 -5
Foreign makes 64.100 -7 558.600 -10
Export 293.900 3 2.737.700 -2
Production 397.150 9 3.581.200 -2
*) Estimate
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