September 2013 saw a total of 247,200 passenger cars newly registered in Germany. This slight fall of 1 per cent means that in the first three quarters of the year new registrations sank by 6 per cent (2.2 million units). Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), declared, “We can see that the German market is picking up. This development is in line with our expectations.”
Last month the German manufacturers exported 389,000 passenger cars. That represents a year-on-year rise of 15 per cent and puts the export volume during the first three quarters equal to last year’s level (3.14 million).
At the same time, incoming orders from abroad climbed by another 9 per cent. Since the beginning of the year, therefore, 5 per cent more orders have arrived from foreign customers.
The German passenger car manufacturers have once again increased their production in Germany. The September figure came to 515,200 cars, i.e. 14 per cent more than in the same month last year. So total assembly since January now also equals last year’s result. Wissmann said, “Our companies are currently benefiting from their presence in the growth centres and from the stabilisation that is becoming apparent on the Western European market. Unfortunately this stabilisation is still taking place at a relatively low level.”
|September 2013||January - September 2013|
|Passenger Cars *)||Units||Change 13/12 in %||Units||Change 13/12 in %|
|German makes incl. group makes||176.600||0||1.588.100||-4|