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VW T6 Multivan sales are halted in Germany due to high nitrogen oxide emissions

It has only been a few days since Oliver Schmidt, former Volkswagen executive, was handed a maximum possible sentence by US District Judge Sean Cox. He will have to spend seven years in prison and pay a fine of $400,000. And on December 8, Volkswagen has again been put on the spot. The German automaker urgently had to stop their sales of the T6 Multivan in Germany because it was discovered that the van emits way more nitrogen oxide than what is allowed by local emissions limits.

Der Spiegel magazine said that the findings have already been reported to the KBA, Germany’s motor transport authority. This had been quoted by Automotive News.

What happened is that Volkswagen set the “adjustment factor” too low when they submitted documents to the KBA to have the T6 Multivan’s sales approved, says the German publication. To defend their name, a Volkswagen spokesperson from the commercial vehicle division said that incorrect engine management software is ruled out as a possible reason for these uncertainties.

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Emission issues now affecting Mercedes-Benz E350d models, sales stopped in Germany

Emissions, emissions, emissions. We have been hearing a lot about this issue lately, and we know that automakers dread it too, as it is the worst thing that could happen right now for their business.

This time, the victim of emissions would be Mercedes-Benz and now they have to halt the production of their E350d in Germany. This is because they have to implement some changes to the 3.0 liter V6 turbodiesel so it produces less NOx emissions. The company's plan is too fit in a selective catalytic reduction system with more surface area, maximizing the company's AdBlue after-treatment fluid, but Mercedes will still inject the same amount of AdBlue in the system.

Autocar said that it will take a few weeks for Mercedes to do the engine tweaks. Currently, the 3.0 liter V6 produces 258 horsepower (192 kilowatts) and 457 pound feet (620 Newton metres) of torque. The company makes it clear that the only affected engines are the ones on sale in the market since May.

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Germany new-car sales up by 9% in March, improvements also seen in rest of Europe

Sales in Germany of new cars climbed 9% in March 2015 due to an extra sales day and a strong optimism experienced by the largest economy in Europe. Sales in key markets in the region, including France and Italy, also went up last month. It appears that the gradual recovery in this region is continuing.

German motor transport authority (KBA) said last Thursday that in Germany, registrations increased to 323,039 vehicles.

Consumer morale is robust – evident in the 4.6% increase year-on-year of sales to private customers (which make up 35.8% of the market). Sales in the first quarter grew 6.4% to 757,630 units. KBA records also show that the 9% sales boost in March is the widest monthly jump in at least the last 15 months.

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Germany needs to offer more incentives to achieve EV volume target of 1 million cars

Germany will have to offer more incentives to achieve a goal of having 1 million electric cars on its streets by the end of the decade, according to Chancellor Angela Merkel. She remarked that further subsidies are necessary to achieve her bid to have 1 million EVs plying German roads by 2020.

She, however, is nowhere near that goal partly since government is hesitant to offer incentives similar to what France has been granted to its EV buyers. The incentives in France have led to sales of 14,400 EVs in 2013, while demand in Germany last year was just at around 7,600.

Matthias Wissmann, president of German auto-industry lobby VDA, noted that EV sales have surged 68 percent so far this year, Germany is yet far from being a “leading market for electromobility." He remarked that the German government needs to act" to stimulate by providing corporate tax breaks for electric cars.

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As part of its target of having 1 million electrified vehicles on its roads by 2020, Germany will offer drivers of battery-powered cars, fuel cell vehicles and some plug-in hybrids certain privileges like parking and the right to use bus lanes. The Environment Ministry said in a statement that a bill enabling municipalities to offer such privileges have receiving the backing of the German cabinet.

Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said in the statement that EVs will have their own labels to make them recognizable to everyone. The statement also said that hybrids that emit less than 50 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer or have an electric range of more than 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) are eligible for the benefits, which would take effect in spring 2015.

The target of selling 1 million EVs by the end of the decade is aimed at highlighting German’s auto-making prowess and at cutting greenhouse gas emissions to achieve climate-protection goals. The amount of carbon dioxide emitted by vehicles has dropped from 161 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2001 to 140 million metric tons in 2012.

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Passenger-car registrations in Germany surged 5 percent to 274,804 in May, providing a glimmer of hope that the auto industry is still recovering in the country. Other European markets like France and Spain also logged higher year-on-year car sales in May. In the first five months of 2014, German registrations rose 3 percent to 1.26 million units.

Local brands like Porsche and Opel posted growths of 11 percent and 9 percent, respectively, helping boost registration figures in the country, according to the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA).

On the other hand, luxury brands Mercedes-Benz and BMW logged drops of 0.5 percent and 5 percent, respectively, in German registrations, as they review the cost structure of their German business and stopped short of heavy discounting. Volkswagen-brand saw its sales in May jump 2 percent.

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Germany posted higher new-car sales in March 2014, raising hopes that the European auto market’s recovery is gaining headway. New-car registrations in the country surged 5 percent to 296,408 in March, boosted by gains from major German brands except for Porsche and Smart, according to the Federal Motor Transport Authority KBA.

Sales to private buyers during the month surged 3 percent. New-car registrations in the first quarter of 2014 jumped almost 6 percent to 711,753. Car sales in France hiked 9 percent to 179,871 in March as the country's stop-and-start recovery seems to be taking hold.

New-car registrations in Spain surged registrations jumped 10 percent to 79,929 in March, marking its seventh consecutive monthly growth. Registrations in Italy jumped 5 percent to 139,337 vehicles in the month. Despite indications of recovery, industry watchers remained cautious.

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New car sales in Germany in January surged 7 percent to 206,000 cars. According to market analyst LMC Automotive, such a strong increase in German car sales in January bodes well for western Europe for 2014. The seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) of sales as indicated by figures in January suggests that Germany may likely grow 6 percent, bringing the market back above the 3 million mark.

LMC believes that the rebound will be backed by a solid recovery in the German economy and consumer confidence. On the other hand, the car market in the United Kingdom saw sales in January surge 8 percent year-on-year to 155,000 units. UK’s growth is also being supported by low interest rates, improved consumer confidence and better economic activity.

The French vehicle market, meanwhile, only grew 1 percent to 125,000 units, while the Italy market rose 3 percent to 118,000 units. Analysts are more pessimistic about the French and Italian car market, noting that the SAARs for both reflect difficult economic conditions.

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Tesla Motors is targeting to sell around 10,000 cars annually in Germany by 2015 as it adds to its networks of charging stations in the country, Tesla chief executive Elon Musk told Welt am Sonntag said in an interview. He said he has confidence in the German consumer. He disclosed that Tesla’s fast charging stations should cover around half of Germany by the end of March 2014 and the entire European country by the end of 2014.

He added that he expects around 25 Tesla dealerships in Germany by the end of 2014. Tesla started selling its Model S electric vehicle in Europe in August 2013, and was able to surpass the Volkswagen Golf as the bestselling car in Norway in September.

However, sales of 10,000 vehicles only represent a small fraction of the German car market that is expected to post deliveries of 2.9 million and 3.0 million cars this year, according to industry association VDA.

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New car sales in Germany dropped only by 1 percent to 247,199 vehicles in September 2013, according to the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). The decline could be an indication that the sales slump in the European vehicle market is finally slowing down, with sales in August declining by 5 percent. New car sales in the first nine months of 2013 dropped 6 percent year-on-year to 2.22 million units.

It should be noted that September 2013 has one less working day than in September 2012. The slower rate of decline in Germany, as well as rising vehicle sales in France (3 percent) and Spain (29 percent) in September, further fueled hopes that the car maker in Western Europe is on the way to a slow recovery. Volker Lange, president of the Germany's VDIK import brands association, remarked that he expected the country's vehicle market to continue to stabilize, helped by stronger consumer confidence.

In a statement, Lange said that current forecasts are citing an accelerating economy with the continued consumer willingness to spend. He expects the stabilization could continue in the fourth quarter.

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New-car sales in Germany surged 2 percent in July 2013, boosting yearnings that the vehicle market slump in Europe has already reached rock bottom. Germany joins France and Spain in reporting new-car sales growth in July 2013. According to Germany’s KBA federal transport authority, car registrations in the country in July totaled 253,146 vehicles.

New-car sales in Germany for the first seven months of 2013, however, dropped 6.7 percent to 1.76 million units. Among those which reported double-digit increase in new-car sales in Germany is GM’s Opel unit, which posted almost an 11-percent climb in July, boosted by new models like the Mokka sports utility vehicle and Cascada convertible.

Other carmakers posting double-digit increase in new-car sales are Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar, Mazda and Chevrolet as well as Skoda and Seat. Ford logged a 1.7-percent jump in sales in Germany. On the other hand, the core Volkswagen brand and Audi posted drops in sales at 5 and 10 percent, respectively.

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In an attempt to boost sales in Germany, Bmw is planning to expand Web-based sales to include all its models. Moreover, the Bavarian manufacturer is looking to house calls by sales personnel in order to improve sales in Germany. These words cam from BMW’s head of German sales, Roland Krueger. Krueger also told WirtschaftsWoche magazine: “We can well imagine that Internet sales could be expanded to all models.”

Still, Bmw dealers are opposing company’s plans. BMW's German dealer head Werner Entenmann told WirtschaftsWoch that they cannot accept direct sales channels.

Krueger tried to calm down dealers by telling the magazine that dealerships will remain the “backbone” of Bmw sales. In an official press release, Bmw said today that it will sell the i3 through the Internet and by using sales people who will visit customers in their homes or selected dealers.

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With the rising auto sales in Germany and Spain last April, there are speculations that the slump in Europe’s auto industry has bottomed out and that it may be on its way to recovery. Last Friday, we learned from national industry body data that Spanish car sales climbed by 11% while Germany registrations increased by 4% -- its first climb in the past six months.

These figures support data that indicate that the decrease in France’s auto sales slowed to 5% in April from a 16% decline in March. Last month’s auto sales in Italy decreased by 11% but the market is cautiously optimistic with the perception that its political situation has improved. According to Germany's VDIK association of car importers, the increase in April was partly due to a 5% rise in demand from private buyers and the added business day compared with March.

The VDIK said that are indications that consumer confidence is strengthening. A spokesman said that this may just be the start of an eagerly awaited stabilization. Morgan Stanley said the sales in April will assuage worries of a sustained decline in the German market that developed after a 17% drop in March. A 7% decrease in April was anticipated. In a note, Morgan Stanley analyst Stuart Pearson said that as this is the highest selling rate since last August, this will “ease fears” that that have sprouted in the market.

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Italian carmaker Fiat is offering bigger discounts in Germany compared to other carmakers as it tries to increase its sales in the country. Fiat is seeing Germany as its chance to offset expected losses in its Italian home market, where vehicle deliveries are seen to drop to its lowest level in 47 years. Italy accounts for around 56 percent of Fiat total sales.

As Italian consumers shun from buying expensive items like vehicles, Fiat’s dealerships also suffer from deepening losses, forcing them to close shops. Low demand for new vehicles has also forced Fiat to have its plants operate just at half capacity.

Things are further aggravated by the political turmoil that resulted from an inconclusive election more than five weeks ago, as Fiat sees its sales tumble further. Gian Primo Quagliano, head of automotive researcher CSP in Bologna, said that vehicles sales this year in Italy could shrink by up to 21 percent to 1.11 million cars, the lowest since 1966.

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Even if the demand in Europe for cars has plunged, record sales are likely to be posted by BMW, Volkswagen Group and Mercedes-Benz. The automakers can credit part of this success to Deutsche Telekom AG, which is the largest phone company in Germany. The company has about 38,000 vehicles in its domestic country, which means that there’s one vehicle for every two employees.

Deutsche Telecom is one of several corporate car buyers that took advantage of tax breaks that have supported the auto market. KBA, the motor vehicle office in the country, said that with the weakening of private demand, cars purchased by companies to be used by employees made up for 32% of German auto sales last year. This is about 27% higher than in 2010.

Due to the demand from corporate fleets, sales in Europe's largest auto market were kept relatively steady, falling 2.9% last year even if the demand in Europe fell to its lowest level in nearly two decades.

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Germany has managed to counter the car market situation in Europe by posting a slight increase in new car sales for the first six months of 2012, according to industry association ACEA. In contrast to Italy and France, which car markets shrank 20 percent and 14 percent respectively, Germany, the largest car market in Europe, posted a 0.7-percent surge.

While the positive figure may look promising for Germany, the actual customer demand is a far cry from the posted numbers as carmakers record sales regardless of whether customers are really interested in buying through a process called self-registrations. According to data from German auto-dealer group ZDK, 87,454 vehicles in Germany were registered in June 2012 to dealers and carmakers, rather than to consumers.

The number represents roughly 29 percent of the market. For the first half of 2012, self-registrations were up 11 percent to 479,385, compared to the figure reported for the same period in 2011.

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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.

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Due to the strong sales registered by Audi, it appears that China will soon replace Germany as its biggest market in 2011 “at the latest,”. These words came from Audi’s CFO Axel Strotbek, who also added that the German manufacturer will deliver one million vehicles in China over the next three years.

Furthermore, Audi expects to outsell its main rivals, Bmw and Mercedes-Benz. For those who don’t know, Audi’s sales in Germany and China in 2010 are neck-and-neck, and the manufacturer already announced that its 11-month Chinese sales surged 50 percent to 209,800.

2011 will also be a new year of record sales for Audi, said the same Strotbek. Audi is targeting worldwide deliveries of more than 1.08 million units in 2010, which means a rise of 14 percent from 2009.

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The German carmakers' association (VDA) says that German car sales may climb 6.9 percent in 2011 as falling unemployment and rising payrolls in Europe's largest economy boost demand. VDA's head Matthias Wissman says that deliveries in Germany may increase to 3.1 million vehicles in 2011 from 2.92 million in 2010.

Unemployment in Germany fell for a 17th month in November while business confidence surged to a record, helping to boost demand. Carmakers like Marcedes-Benz., BMW AG, and General Motors Co.'s Opel brand are shortening Christmas breaks at factories to meet surging demand.

Wissmann, a former transportation minister, says domestic orders at German-based carmakers have been growing “steadily and at a gathering pace” since September 2010.

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In September, new car registrations in Germany dropped at a significantly slower rate than in August – a trend that supports the VDA industry body’s belief that the German car market will return to growth towards the end of 2010. September’s new car registrations dropped by 17.8% to 259,748 vehicles.

Meanwhile, August’s new car registrations fell by 27% due to a high comparison with August 2009 that was distorted by the scrapping scheme. Last Monday, VDA President Matthias Wissmann said that the trend has changed with the coming in of new orders from domestic customers and that bookings increased by over 10%.

Wissman expects to see “rising registration figures in the domestic market” by the end of the year. According to Barclays Capital economist Julian Callow, the new-car demand is “encouraging” and may boost his estimate of a 0.3% rise in German private consumption in the third quarter over the second quarter.

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