By on August 3, 2010

Official numbers for July sales in Germany are out now, and did we mention that the Verband der Importeure VDIK (German Association of Car Importers) is usually reliable? They said 237.500 cars in July. The official number, as reported by the Kraftfahrtbundesamt, is 237.428. The official drop is 30.2 percent.

As the graph about shows, not only are July sales way below 2009, they are also  9.8 percent below July 2008. That’s the alarming part. The summer of 2009 was distorted by cash-for-clunker money.

What is interesting is a looks at the segments. The mini car segment took a 50 percent nosedive.  Speed and displacement are on the rebound: The upper middle-class grew by 21.8 percent.  SUVs, formerly pronounced dead, emerged from the grave to the tune of plus 37.8 percent. Sports cars increase their sales by 18.6 percent.

The brands echo this trend: Porsche up 14.3 percent. Mercedes up 8.1 percent, BMW up 3.7 percent. The volume producers mirror the mediocre market: Opel -43.5 percent, Ford -38.6 percent, VW -33.9 percent. Bloodbath in Nippon:  Suzuki –59.4 percent. Toyota -46.7 percent.

Miracle of the month: Land Rover +96.1 percent.

All data (in German, but numbers and graphs speak their own language) can be downloaded here.

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2 Comments on “Germany In July 2010, Official: Down 30.2 Percent...”

  • avatar

    What those graphs also show is that, in Germany, cash-4-clunkers actually did increase the new market. During the program, most people were screaming that all it would do is pull sales forward, but overall the increase in 2009 makes up for way more than the decrease in 2010. Combined with the now increasing globald demand, I’d call it a success…probably killed the used market last year though… ;)

    Oh, and I crunched some numbers for some other board, if anyones interested: Selected manufacturers compared from July 2008 to July 2010. (Numbers in brackets are Jan-Jul 2010/2008), to get some of the AWP-distortions out…)

    Market: -9,5% (-10%)

    Audi: -12% (-11%)
    BMW, Mini: -10,5% (-10%)
    Fiat: -5% (-11%)
    Ford: -8% (-7%)
    Mercedes: -13,5% (-20%)
    Opel: -14,5% (-20,8%)
    Skoda: -17% (+2%)
    Toyota, Lexus: -18% (-34%)
    VW: -15,5% (+-0%)

    • 0 avatar

      I never believed the pull-forward theory on the German program. I lived by (and from) German sales numbers for more than 30 years. I know the behavior of the German buyer. Owners of cars 10 years and older rarely buy new. They buy used. What this program did was replace the sale of used cars with the sale of new cars. That’s born out by numbers as well. 2009 would have been a disaster without the program. Instead, it was such a success that 2010 numbers look awful.

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