German Auto Market in January was shy. Volkswagen Golf fell 20%.

German Auto Market

German Auto Market in January reported a shy increase despite VW Golf fell 20% pushing Volkswagen down 8%. Outstanding performance scored by Opel, advanced in 5th place with the Astra doubling sales.

Economic Outlook

German economic growth ticked up from 1.6% in 2014 to 1.7% in 2015. The slight pickup came largely on the back of outstanding private consumption, which recorded the largest gain in 15 years, fueled by a buoyant labor market, low oil prices, low inflation and the ECB’s expansionary monetary policy.

Surging public spending, which was partly related to the strong influx of refugees last year, also supported growth. Conversely, fixed investment slowed and performance in the external sector was subdued, partly due to faltering demand from emerging markets. In addition, Germany’s fiscal surplus widened slightly last year and fiscal reserves were built up in order to cope with the expected increase in expenses for accommodation, food and integration measures for refugees in the coming years.

More recent indicators sent somewhat mixed signals at the outset of 2016. Consumer confidence was healthy in January and February, but business sentiment fell to a nearly-one-year low in January and the composite PMI moderated. Regarding political developments, the assaults in Cologne have heightened unease about immigration and Chancellor Angela Merkel remains under pressure over the handling of the surge in refugees.

Market Outlook

According to data released by the V.D.A. (Verband der Automobilindustrie) and the V.D.I.K. (Association of International Motor Vehicles Manufacturers), in January the car passenger’s sales have been 218.365 up 3.3% from the correspondent period last year.

Volkswagen registered a fall of 8.8% at 47.147 units while the second place was taken by Audi thanks to a +22% at 21.741 units, just ahead of Mercedes with 20.300 (+0.7%) and BMW with 17.146 (+3.4%).

Great start of the year for Opel  and Ford, respectively 5th and 6th with 16.549 (+21.9%) and 14.945 (+19.2%)

The top model Volkswagen Golf was reported down 20.9% at 16.455. The second, Volkswagen Passat was down as well by 16.2% while only the third Volkswagen on the podium reported a black number, +10% and it was the Polo.

The last generation Opel Astra boomed volume jumping in 4th place with 5.888 sales (+98.0%), ahead of the Mercedes C Class with 4.807 (-8.7%), the Audi A3 with 4.444 (+3.9% and the Volkswagen Tiguan with 4.426 (+3.7%).

To see the best-selling cars ranking, you can read the dedicated report with the top 100 models ranking and data.

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 JanRank 2015BrandJanJan VarJan Share2015Share 2015
11Volkswagen47.147-8,8%21,6%685.66921,4%
23Audi21.74122,5%10,0%269.0478,4%
32Mercedes20.3000,7%9,3%286.8839,0%
44BMW17.1463,4%7,9%248.0627,8%
55Opel16.54921,9%7,6%229.3527,2%
66Ford14.94519,2%6,9%224.5797,0%
77Skoda9.904-7,3%4,5%179.9515,6%
88Renault6.206-9,4%2,8%110.2393,4%
910Seat5.589-2,2%2,6%94.6733,0%
109Hyundai5.5829,3%2,6%108.4343,4%
1112Nissan5.259-8,1%2,4%69.8352,2%
1214Mazda4.66320,1%2,1%58.2161,8%
1311Fiat4.1174,1%1,9%70.7192,2%
1413Toyota3.8965,1%1,8%65.9392,1%
1515Kia3.7887,1%1,7%55.6891,7%
1618Dacia3.634-2,8%1,7%45.3481,4%
1716Peugeot3.554-6,6%1,6%54.2591,7%
1817Citroen3.35010,3%1,5%46.3921,5%
1922Mitsubishi2.73422,1%1,3%34.4431,1%
2019Mini2.678-2,5%1,2%39.7141,2%
2120Smart2.100-22,0%1,0%37.8081,2%
2221Volvo2.058-1,3%0,9%36.1201,1%
2325Honda2.01580,9%0,9%21.0720,7%
2426Land Rover1.94546,8%0,9%18.2160,6%
2524Porsche1.920-4,3%0,9%28.5430,9%
2623Suzuki1.776-2,0%0,8%30.9031,0%
2727Jeep873-8,7%0,4%14.8190,5%
2829DS513-1,3%0,2%5.4370,2%
2928Subaru49014,0%0,2%6.5490,2%
3030Jaguar39268,2%0,2%4.9870,2%
3131Alfa Romeo184-8,0%0,1%2.8000,1%
3232SsangYong18085,6%0,1%2.4760,1%
3333Lexus127-1,6%0,1%1.6820,1%
3437Infiniti9610,3%0,0%1.0570,0%
3535Lada88-11,1%0,0%1.1810,0%
3636Maserati8021,2%0,0%1.0970,0%
3741Bentley48140,0%0,0%5250,0%
3839Ferrari4528,6%0,0%6590,0%
3934Tesla39-31,6%0,0%1.5820,0%
4038Chevrolet30-9,1%0,0%6990,0%
4142Iveco2652,9%0,0%5170,0%
4241Alpina220,0%0,0%5250,0%
4344Cadillac215,0%0,0%2250,0%
4447Rolls-Royce16700,0%0,0%1160,0%
4545Lamborghini157,1%0,0%2230,0%
4543Aston Martin1515,4%0,0%3090,0%
4646Lotus833,3%0,0%1420,0%
4748Morgan2-75,0%0,0%840,0%
Rank JanRank 2015GroupJanJan ShareJan Var2015Share 2015
11Volkswagen86.36439,6%-1,7%1.258.63139,3%
22Mercedes Daimler22.40010,3%-1,9%324.69110,1%
33BMW19.8629,1%2,6%288.4179,0%
44General Motors16.6007,6%21,8%230.2767,2%
55Renault-Nissan15.2837,0%-7,4%227.6607,1%
66Ford14.9456,8%19,2%224.5797,0%
77Hyundai-Kia9.3704,3%8,4%164.1235,1%
88PSA7.4173,4%0,8%106.0883,3%
99FCA5.3252,4%0,6%91.4822,9%
1011Mazda4.6632,1%20,1%58.2161,8%
Rank 2016Rank 2015ModelsJan SalesJan Var.Jan Share20152015 Share
11Volkswagen Golf16.455-20,9%8,0%270.9529,0%
22Volkswagen Passat6.386-16,2%3,1%97.5863,3%
33Volkswagen Polo5.88821,4%2,9%69.8672,3%
48Opel Astra4.81898,0%2,4%56.0791,9%
54Mercedes C Class4.807-8,5%2,4%67.5492,3%
67Audi A34.4443,9%2,2%57.8581,9%
75Volkswagen Tiguan4.4263,7%2,2%58.9782,0%
821Volkswagen Touran3.889-0,3%1,9%37.0981,2%
917BMW 2 Series3.46096,1%1,7%42.9161,4%
106Skoda Octavia3.371-11,1%1,6%57.9071,9%
1110Audi A43.358-2,2%1,6%52.4931,8%
129Opel Corsa3.253-13,8%1,6%52.7411,8%
1312BMW 1 Series3.0484,5%1,5%46.3401,5%
1416Audi A62.8627,4%1,4%44.0951,5%
1515BMW 3 Series2.816-0,9%1,4%44.6371,5%
1611Ford Focus2.76210,1%1,4%51.6771,7%
1718Seat Leon2.75711,1%1,3%42.1251,4%
1819Mini2.678-2,5%1,3%39.7141,3%
1932Audi Q32.58633,2%1,3%24.1100,8%
2020Volkswagen Up!2.498-12,3%1,2%38.8771,3%
2114Skoda Fabia2.3801,6%1,2%45.0181,5%
2231Audi A12.19840,4%1,1%24.6750,8%
2325Mercedes A Class2.094-16,3%1,0%32.6581,1%
2497Mercedes GLC1.9731,0%7.5260,3%
2513Ford Fiesta1.955-11,2%1,0%45.4241,5%
2622Mercedes E Class1.912-5,0%0,9%36.1491,2%
2727Ford Kuga1.9113,2%0,9%28.5291,0%
2833Opel Adam1.908-5,8%0,9%23.5900,8%
2924BMW 5 Series1.883-30,8%0,9%33.1081,1%
3028Nissan Qashqai1.854-13,5%0,9%27.5290,9%
3154BMW X11.84852,9%0,9%16.4060,5%
3226Opel Mokka1.818-1,8%0,9%31.0371,0%
3338Ford C-max1.79269,4%0,9%22.0860,7%
3457Skoda Superb1.67461,3%0,8%15.5490,5%
3544Ford Mondeo1.62514,3%0,8%20.0450,7%
3623Mercedes B Class1.612-48,1%0,8%35.1121,2%
3741Mercedes CLA1.608120,0%0,8%21.0920,7%
3837Renault Clio1.60726,4%0,8%22.4060,7%
3939Audi Q51.54925,1%0,8%21.3790,7%
4048Audi A51.52566,1%0,7%17.6640,6%
4030Seat Ibiza1.525-0,3%0,7%25.0930,8%
4129Hyundai i301.3657,4%0,7%27.1610,9%
4288Audi Q71.332623,9%0,7%8.4020,3%
4351Mazda CX-51.326-1,4%0,6%17.0560,6%
4462Opel Meriva1.31023,0%0,6%14.6470,5%
4553Dacia Sandero1.2640,0%0,6%16.4930,6%
4668Mitsubishi Space Star1.257-4,2%0,6%13.4660,4%
4734Smart Fortwo1.253-27,7%0,6%23.4930,8%
4872Kia Sportage1.19845,7%0,6%12.7520,4%
49126Mercedes GLE1.1790,6%5.3970,2%
5050Mercedes GLA1.178-3,8%0,6%17.1500,6%

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