Germany market report. Full Year 2016

German Auto 2016 Infiniti-QX30-2017

German Auto 2016 moderately positive albeit the leader Volkswagen has lost sales. The Automotive sector is still pulling the German economy up. Infiniti was the best performer brand.

Market Outlook

The abrupt slowdown in the German economy in Q3 was confirmed by more complete data released by the Statistics Institute in November. Continued strong private consumption growth, which benefitted from record pension increases, healthy wage growth and low inflation, was not enough to overcome the negative contribution to growth from net trade.

Exports contracted in Q3, brought down by increased uncertainty in the international trading environment. Early data for Q4 paint a mixed picture with consumer confidence and retail sales trending downwards, while business confidence and industrial production stay robust and exports improve.

The automotive, industry, the largest in the country, arrived at the end of a new almost positive year, with both production, export and domestic sales up from the previous year.

According to data released by the V.D.A. (Verband der Automobilindustrie) and the V.D.I.K. (Association of International Motor Vehicles Manufacturers), the car passenger’s sales in December have been 256.533, up 3.7%, with the entire year sales at 3.351.000, up 4.1%, the third growth in series. Data are still far from the record hit in the 2009 at 3.8 million.

The light commercial vehicles sector was almost positive with sales up 8.7% at 257.000 (preliminary) with a total light vehicles figure of 3.6 million, the World’s fourth market.

Competitive Arena

Among the best selling 20 brands only two have ended the year down from 2015: Volkswagen, the leader, down 4.3% with 656.000 units and Hyundai, 9th with 107.000 sales, down 1.1%.

The best performance year on year was reported for Infiniti (+107%) hat did better than Jaguar, Lexus, Land Rover.

As far as the models ranking, the Volkswagen Golf was of course in first place selling 235.935 units (-12.9%) followed by the Volkswagen Passat with 77.000 units (-20.9%) and the Volkswagen Polo with 75.000 sales (+7.4%).

Behind the Mercedes C Class with 68.000 units (+1.6%), the Opel Astra with 65.000 (+16.1%) and  the Volkswagen Tiguan with 61.000 (+3.8%).

In the table below, the top 40 models while the full year best-selling cars ranking, with the top 100 models are available in this report.

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Below, you can sort our interactive tables to see data regarding Brands, Groups and Models. Please bear in mind that sales data are subject to adjustments as sources will update their information. This report is updated at the publishing date and will not be modified while the next on this subject will always have the year to date data updated.

Rank DecRank 2016BRANDSales DecemberSales 2016 FYVariation DecemberVariation 2016 FYShare DecemberShare 2016
11Volkswagen42.761656.025-16,0%-4,3%16,7%19,6%
32Mercedes22.037311.2867,7%8,5%8,6%9,3%
63Audi18.158289.61711,1%7,6%7,1%8,7%
24BMW22.544261.5640,3%5,4%8,8%7,8%
45Opel19.148243.7921,8%6,3%7,5%7,3%
56Ford18.731239.766-5,0%6,8%7,3%7,2%
77Skoda15.428186.17224,8%3,5%6,0%5,6%
88Renault14.223125.30019,3%13,7%5,6%3,7%
99Hyundai8.339107.228-11,6%-1,1%3,3%3,2%
1010Seat8.18497.58512,7%3,1%3,2%2,9%
1311Fiat4.99877.3363,8%9,4%2,0%2,3%
1412Nissan4.89472.547-13,1%3,9%1,9%2,2%
1113Toyota7.04471.78342,9%8,9%2,8%2,1%
1614Mazda4.61363.31028,6%8,8%1,8%1,9%
1515Kia4.72260.5225,6%8,7%1,8%1,8%
1816Peugeot4.00356.7604,9%4,6%1,6%1,7%
1717Dacia4.53449.12432,7%8,3%1,8%1,5%
2118Citroen3.27948.726-2,6%5,0%1,3%1,5%
1919Mini3.67644.0108,1%10,8%1,4%1,3%
1220Volvo5.19539.92330,6%10,5%2,0%1,2%
2021Smart3.65037.29931,2%-1,3%1,4%1,1%
2422Mitsubishi2.42237.22818,6%8,1%0,9%1,1%
2223Suzuki2.49531.371-0,8%1,5%1,0%0,9%
2324Porsche2.45130.20380,2%5,8%1,0%0,9%
2625Honda1.61625.331-19,0%20,2%0,6%0,8%
2526Land Rover2.03822.79922,7%25,2%0,8%0,7%
2727Jeep1.12414.78215,2%-0,2%0,4%0,4%
2828Jaguar5578.71356,5%74,7%0,2%0,3%
3029Subaru4386.96313,5%6,3%0,2%0,2%
3230DS2804.377-32,7%-19,5%0,1%0,1%
2931Alfa Romeo4714.293126,4%53,3%0,2%0,1%
3432SsangYong2233.39743,9%37,2%0,1%0,1%
3133Lexus3492.45664,6%46,0%0,1%0,1%
3834Infiniti712.197-5,3%107,9%0,0%0,1%
3335Tesla2711.90815,8%20,6%0,1%0,1%
3636Lada1531.68686,6%42,8%0,1%0,1%
3537Maserati1631.654154,7%50,8%0,1%
3738Bentley131909211,9%73,1%0,1%
4039Chevrolet39752-15,2%7,6%
4240Ferrari28709-6,7%7,6%
4341Iveco2664836,8%25,3%
3942Alpina41527-14,6%0,4%
4543Cadillac22318-37,1%41,3%
4644Lamborghini12253200,0%13,5%
4444Aston Martin232539,5%-18,1%
4145Rolls-Royce3220245,5%74,1%
4746Lotus9151125,0%6,3%
4847Morgan2700,0%-16,7%
4948Lancia10-98,5%

Rank DecRank 2016GROUPSales DecemberSales 2016 FYVariation DecemberVariation 2016 FYShare DecemberShare 2016 FY
11Volkswagen87.1251.260.764-1,3%0,2%34,1%37,7%
32Mercedes Daimler25.687348.58510,5%7,4%10,0%10,4%
23BMW26.293306.3031,3%6,2%10,3%9,2%
44Renault-Nissan23.875250.85413,0%10,2%9,3%7,5%
55General Motors19.209244.8621,7%6,3%7,5%7,3%
66Ford18.731239.766-5,0%6,8%7,3%7,2%
77Hyundai-Kia13.061167.750-6,0%2,2%5,1%5,0%
88PSA7.562109.863-0,5%3,6%3,0%3,3%
109FCA6.81099.43211,2%8,7%2,7%3,0%
910Toyota7.39374.23943,8%9,8%2,9%2,2%

Rank DecRank 2016ModelSales DecemberSales 2016Variation DecemberVariation 2016
11Volkswagen Golf13.266235.935-23,7%-12,9%
215BMW 1 Series5.92646.632-1,7%0,6%
32Volkswagen Passat5.48980.900-24,5%-17,1%
45Opel Astra5.37465.1731,2%16,2%
53Volkswagen Polo5.33372.017-13,1%3,1%
66Volkswagen Tiguan4.99063.979-0,3%8,5%
78Skoda Octavia4.88758.68321,1%1,3%
819Ford Fiesta4.46143.8879,4%-3,4%
910Opel Corsa4.08655.191-1,7%4,6%
1013Skoda Fabia4.07849.94722,2%10,9%
1114Ford Focus3.85747.990-6,6%-7,1%
1217Mini3.67644.0108,1%10,8%
1312BMW 2 Series3.49850.6809,2%18,1%
147Audi A43.30261.50724,9%17,2%
1518BMW 3 Series3.25643.986-13,0%-1,5%
1627Opel Mokka3.01732.05225,3%3,3%
1716Seat Leon2.97446.010-12,9%9,2%
1811Volkswagen Touran2.96152.560-27,6%41,7%
1920Mercedes E Class2.93141.48637,7%14,8%
2031BMW X12.88828.40026,8%73,1%
2122Volkswagen Transporter2.80840.8754,0%21,0%
2251Renault Mégane2.77819.872151,2%35,2%
239Audi A32.74157.176-13,1%-1,2%
244Mercedes C Class2.65766.898-39,3%-1,0%
2538Renault Clio2.60024.69511,6%10,2%
2626Volkswagen Caddy2.56532.19111,3%17,2%
2723Volkswagen Up!2.46636.592-29,3%-5,9%
2821Audi A62.45941.341-18,3%-6,2%
2924Ford Kuga2.44034.676-3,2%21,5%
3029BMW 5 Series2.33030.055-8,6%-9,2%
3135Smart Fortwo2.32025.76830,3%9,7%
3269Mercedes GLE2.24915.09677,1%179,7%
3330Nissan Qashqai2.22928.496-2,0%3,5%
3446Renault Captur2.18121.19463,5%30,0%
3552Renault Twingo2.14919.853-4,6%-6,1%
3633Audi Q52.12226.72777,7%25,0%
3740Skoda Superb2.02924.1459,4%55,3%
3834Mercedes GLC1.99026.2550,5%248,9%
3941Opel Adam1.95223.26132,1%-1,4%
4073Volvo XC601.92914.52528,8%3,5%

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