By on March 4, 2013

Bad omen for Europe: The German car market, considered one of the healthier in Europe, was down 10.5 percent in February, compared to the same month in the prior year. News from other European volume markets are worse.  

Germany’s Kraftfahrtbundesamt, which keeps track of registrations, reports a continuation of a strange and somewhat scary trend:  Compact and mid-sized cars, usually the bread and butter of the German market see losses of more than 20 percent. Growth is in mini-cars (up! 20.6 percent) and in the Upper Class (+ 13 percent).

Among the German brands , Opel (-21.2 percent) and Ford (-19,4  percent) were loss-leaders (the KBA counts Opel and Ford as German, they have been there longer than Volkswagen.)

 

New car sales in Italy were down 17.1 percent in February, Reuters reports. Sales in Spain were down 9.8 percent, those in France dropped 12 percent.

German data (in German) can be downloaded here.

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8 Comments on “Germany In February 2013: Going South...”


  • avatar
    th009

    Have Alfa and Lancia (nee Chrysler) stopped selling cars in Germany altogether? I don’t know what else would explain a 60% drop, and just 300 cars delivered between the two brands.

    Can it really make sense to maintain a dealer network in Germany if you’re only selling about 100 mid-priced cars each month? These are not Ferraris or even Maseratis with fat margins …

  • avatar
    Da Coyote

    Given my recent experience with the “electronics” in my C-class, Germany will not expect any further purchases from me either.

    Back to Japan, where they actually hire real engineers.

  • avatar
    Sundowner

    “Compact and mid-sized cars, usually the bread and butter of the German market see losses of more than 20 percent. Growth is in mini-cars (up! 20.6 percent) and in the Upper Class (+ 13 percent).”

    the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and the overall economy suffers for it. It’s a story as old as money itself.

  • avatar
    Vega

    How much of that middle ground lost is due to the Golf model change?

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Jaguar is doing very well in Germany, are the locals just sick of MB/BMW/VAG?

    • 0 avatar
      th009

      Considering that Audi+BMW+Mercedes together sold 50,000 cars in January, and Jaguar sold 286, any such movement is (at least not yet) statistically significant.


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