Germany’s new-car sales go up even as the primary markets in Europe are on a downward trend. Germany’s new-car sales climbed 8.1 percent to 280,689 units last month. From January to September, sales improved 10.8 percent to 2.4 million compared with the same period a year ago, the KBA federal registrations agency revealed on Wednesday.
The VDIK German auto importers association explained that this positive result stemmed from a five-percent gain in private registrations as well as a 15-percent rise in commercial registrations. High-margin huge vans, luxury sedans and sports utility vehicles stimulated the market demand.
The KBA related that there have been slower sales of compact vehicles famous during a subsidy-induced growth, down 14 percent in the January-September duration in an industry that increased 11 percent.
Amongst the leading automakers in September were Volkswagen with a 17 percent rise and its high-class brand Audi with a 20 percent leap. Porsche increased 64 percent while Ford gained sales by a fifth. In comparison, sales of Japanese vehicle manufacturers Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Mazda and Subaru dropped greatly. The increasing value of the yen couldn't be held responsible since Honda and Nissan both had strong months.
Other information furnished by Germany's automotive industry group VDA revealed production growth trailed new registrations in September, indicating that about 50 percent of new sales were imports and hinting that German domestic demand was encouraging business activities in other countries. German vehicle exports rose by 6 percent last month, somewhat beneath the prior year-to-date number.
However, the VDA reported that foreign demand held up nicely as new orders from overseas improved 11 percent. VDA President Matthias Wissmann commented that growth is "slowing down somewhat," but it is already evident that they are above the level of the previous record year from 2007 and will hit a new export record in 2011. The VDA President further disclosed that German production facilities were operating nearly flat out.