German car industry: April 2012 sales up 2.9%.BMW is booming

The economic indicators for Germany are still positive while South European Countries are putting in place the tough restrictive policies imposed by German Government to the rest of Europe. Germany continues benefitting from strong export in the rest of Europe, in spite Spain, Italy, Portugal, and Slovenia joined Greece inside the “technical” recession. German export continues to be strong towards Asia, China and South America and the automotive sector is among the strongest exporter.

Early May Greece’s elections represents a good news for Europe, increasing the possibility that the country will leave the Euro currency area as its own decision, without affecting the European Community credibility and strengthen euro vis a vi the financial market

Holland victory in France is good news as well. Now Germany can not avoid accepting an economic less restrictive as proposed by the Italian Government and now probably supported by France as well. If Europe will adopt this new economic approach, Germany will be the first to take advantage and its GDP could be higher than expected already in 2012.

In this new scenario, focus2move.com forecast for German car industry is changed. We believe that German car industry will benefit from economy and the actual “stable outlook” could be improved from August 2012 in “positive outlook”, with a year on year market increase between 5 and 8 pct.

As consequence, focus2move full year forecast has been improved at 3.260.000 up 3% on 2011, with a further growth in the next year

April Data

Last month German manufacturer’s quota of market peaked to 66.2 pct.

Indeed it was the performance of German manufacturer to push up the industry in April. The 66.2 of share is not only far better then March, but also above the 65.7 of April 2011 and the 64.7 of the full 2011.

This growth was propelled by the German premium Brands achieving an amazing 29.1 pct. of the total sales; and among them the all new BMW 1 was pulling the group.

In terms of Customer purchase capacity Germany is definitely unmatched in Europe.

Volkswagen Group further improved its share touching in April 37.5 per cent: this is the best result from April 2010!

Mercedes Group was at 10.7, up 0.8 on full year 2011 and BMW Group was also up to 9.9.

Among domestic Brands only Opel performed below full year 2011 share.

Foreign brands have lost, starting from Japanese’s summing up only 7.5% in April 2012; such behaviour is explainable as many registrations have been anticipated from April to close the fiscal year at the end of March. This is true for Nissan in particular as we have underlined also in USA and Brazil markets; Nevertheless for Japanese manufacturers in Germany this is the worst April we have seen from many years.

Also Koreans are showing some hesitations in the irresistible growth they have shown recently: Hyundai Group was unable to perform as in Q1 2012, anyhow confirming full year 2011 share.

In the table below the Top 20 Brands ranking updated to April 2012:

Rank

Brand

Apr

YTD 2011

YTD 2012

J

F

M

A

YTD 2011

YTD 2012

1

Volkswagen

61.111

227.432

233.974

23,8

22,4

21,4

22,3

22,1

22,3

2

BMW

27.185

90.518

93.385

8,1

8,1

9,1

9,9

8,8

8,9

3

Mercedes

25.820

84.184

91.389

9,1

8,7

8,0

9,4

8,2

8,7

4

Audi

24.790

78.063

83.644

7,1

8,0

7,7

9,0

7,6

8,0

5

Ford

18.299

75.296

73.538

7,2

7,0

7,2

6,7

7,3

7,0

6

Opel

18.907

80.769

73.359

6,5

7,7

7,0

6,9

7,8

7,0

7

Renault/Dacia

12.587

53.637

50.950

4,9

4,7

5,2

4,6

5,2

4,9

8

Skoda

12.464

45.942

48.182

4,0

5,1

4,7

4,5

4,5

4,6

9

Hyundai

8.447

29.761

34.584

3,6

3,4

3,3

3,1

2,9

3,3

10

Toyota

5.775

29.117

28.730

2,5

2,3

3,7

2,1

2,8

2,7

11

Peugeot

7.368

27.102

25.774

2,4

2,3

2,4

2,7

2,6

2,5

12

Fiat

7.393

26.628

25.320

2,3

2,3

2,4

2,7

2,6

2,4

13

Nissan

4.274

25.423

23.652

2,2

2,1

3,0

1,6

2,5

2,3

14

Citroen

5.394

22.300

22.757

2,9

2,0

2,0

2,0

2,2

2,2

15

Seat

4.523

18.729

19.483

1,9

1,9

1,9

1,7

1,8

1,9

16

Kia

4.302

11.230

17.730

1,9

1,9

1,5

1,6

1,1

1,7

17

Mazda

3.175

16.559

16.310

1,2

1,6

2,1

1,2

1,6

1,6

18

Volvo

3.258

11.652

11.583

1,1

1,2

1,0

1,2

1,1

1,1

19

Suzuki

2.819

12.085

11.186

1,4

1,0

0,9

1,0

1,2

1,1

20

Smart

3.471

10.201

10.633

1,0

1,0

0,8

1,3

1,0

1,0

As far as model ranking, April data will be available in the next days. We can give a look to the Q1 trend. No surprises in the Top 5. Behind great performances were registered by Audi A6/A7 (from 18th last year to 6th), Volkswagen Tiguan (from 19th to 7th), Mercedes B Class (from 28th to 12th). The new Volkswagen Up! was 26th.

In the table below the Top 30 best selling models, Year to date March 2012:

 

Rank

Model

Jan

Feb

Mar

YTD Mar

Share

2011 Ranking

1

VW Golf/Plus/Jetta

17.796

18.764

26.481

63.041

8,1%

1

2

Volkswagen Polo

7.391

6.596

10.352

24.339

3,1%

3

3

Volkswagen Passat

7.154

6.618

8.860

22.632

2,9%

2

4

Opel Astra

4.787

4.528

8.522

17.837

2,3%

4

5

Mercedes C Class

5.061

5.485

6.568

17.114

2,2%

5

6

Audi A6, A7

4.442

4.537

5.540

14.519

1,9%

18

7

Volkswagen Tiguan

4.363

3.912

6.102

14.377

1,9%

19

8

BMW 1

3.203

3.198

7.123

13.524

1,7%

15

9

Ford Focus

4.249

3.852

5.382

13.483

1,7%

9

10

Volkswagen Touran

3.986

3.911

5.505

13.402

1,7%

12

11

Opel Corsa

4.873

2.523

5.698

13.094

1,7%

6

12

Mercedes B Class

4.082

3.482

5.200

12.764

1,6%

28

13

BMW 3

3.990

2.639

6.086

12.715

1,6%

7

14

Ford Fiesta

3.615

2.450

6.013

12.078

1,6%

13

15

Skoda Octavia

3.687

3.183

5.031

11.901

1,5%

17

16

BMW 5

3.401

3.432

4.914

11.747

1,5%

10

17

Mercedes E Class

3.436

3.270

4.956

11.662

1,5%

8

18

Skoda Fabia

3.660

2.160

5.294

11.114

1,4%

16

19

Audi A3

3.513

2.345

4.476

10.334

1,3%

14

20

Volkswagen Transporter

2.914

3.009

3.387

9.310

1,2%

24

21

Nissan Qashqai

2.232

1.705

5.211

9.148

1,2%

27

22

Audi A4

2.441

1.936

4.656

9.033

1,2%

11

23

Hyundai i30

3.182

2.128

3.680

8.990

1,2%

26

24

Mini

2.494

2.023

4.095

8.612

1,1%

22

25

Opel Zafira

2.189

2.163

3.972

8.324

1,1%

47

26

VW Up!

1.910

2.153

4.003

8.066

1,0%

140

27

Seat Ibiza

2.442

1.616

3.685

7.743

1,0%

32

28

Smart Fortwo

2.321

2.131

2.710

7.162

0,9%

29

29

Ford C-Max

1.475

2.173

3.368

7.016

0,9%

33

30

Mercedes A Class

2.130

1.817

2.988

6.935

0,9%

20

 

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