German car registrations: SUV’s and diesel
Car registrations in Germany are on the rise again after a not so bright end of 2018 marked with important drops. In May, 332.962 cars were registered, representing a 9,1% market increase. More importantly, SUVs have seen their numbers grow by 32,3% to exceed a market share of 20%. Despite having fallen out of love, diesel gained 16% for a total market share of 33,3%.
Car registration numbers in Germany are starting to regain health. After a few difficult years following the Dieselgate scandal came 2018 and the WLTP. The introduction of the new European standard disrupted the market with some manufacturers experiencing difficulties to comply with the tests.
Since the beginning of the year, the car market of Europe’s biggest economy has been growing erratically. For May, it gained 9,1%. According to consultancy firm EY, this evolution is due in part to the calendar and the two additional workdays.
BMW records the biggest growth with 41,9% and 26.995 cars. It’s followed by Mercedes, which gained 9,5% and sold 29.793 cars. Audi and VW fall back with respective drops of 4,3% and 4,6%. Yet, the Wolfsburg brand still detains the biggest market share of the country (18,3%).
SUVs and diesel
SUVs and other sorts of crossovers have seen their registrations climb by 32,3%. This allowed them to exceed the 20% market share mark, on par with compact cars (20,5%), which increased by 1,6%.
In spite of difficult times, diesel still managed to find some love in Germany. Compared to last year, 16% more diesel-powered cars have been registered. In total, the fuel accounts for 33,3% of the market, still way less than it used to be before the Dieselgate scandal.
Electric cars record huge progress of 100% with 4.630 units registered. But, they still only represent a rather small market share of 1,4%. Hybrid cars don’t fare much better with a 5,8% market share according to KBA numbers.