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Germany's most popular SUV: new registrations in April 2017

Hans-Dieter Seufert
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M or more than every fifth vehicle registered in April belonged to to SUVs and off-road vehicles, the registration figures for SUVs rose by +9.1 percent. This is remarkable in two ways. Because the market as a whole went backwards in April, losing 8.0 percent compared to the same month last year. And: The compact class, which has always been the segment with the highest turnover, even lost 13.2 percent. With a total of 64,937 SUVs registered for the first time, the 'golf class' (70,446 new registrations) are gradually coming within striking distance of the off-roaders. The Wolfsburg-based company went down by -12.5 percent, but the Tiguan is still proving to be a bank, increasing by a solid +40 percent compared to the previous year. In general, it was mainly compact SUVs that won in April. And in return, it is mainly the large luxury devices that are on the loser's bench.

The Volvo XC90 lost almost 75 percent, the Porsche Cayenne and the Mercedes GLS both went downhill by over 56 percent - these three models lead the way Loser hit list. It is also worth mentioning the decline in the extroverted designed Jeep Cherokee (-51%), whose sales figures are likely due to the upcoming introduction of the not much smaller Jeep Compass. Fiat-Chrysler is hoping for a lot from this. The Italian-American group is also making the negative round more bearable with the Jeep Renegade, whose registration numbers have doubled compared to last April - the largest increase in registrations in the segment overall.

Large SUVs among the top losers

The fact that diesel engines are currently in the public eye and that the diesel engines' market shares are on the decline among new registrations continues to promote alternative drives. Kia Niro and Lexus RX were only registered as hybrids in April, with the other models of the Toyota group also having a huge proportion of double-hearted drives. In the SUV shooting star of the Japanese, the C-HR, the proportion of models with the hybrid powertrain of the Toyota Prius is 70 percent. And with the Toyota RAV-4, once the classic diesel SUV, the hybrid share now even reaches 81 percent.

A small market anecdote from the upper class at the end: The SUV everby brand are not a sure-fire success, the Bentley Bentayga shows. Almost 70 percent of Bentley customers would rather spend their money on the classic Continental than on the over-SUV.

We show you the exact sales figures and placements of the new SUV registrations in April 2017 in our Photo show.

Note: The registration statistics are official information from the Federal Motor Transport Authority in Flensburg. The division into the respective classes is carried out by the manufacturer using a key number. The statistics can also show models that are not available on the German market or that are no longer being built. This peculiarity can occur with the KBA statistics if e.g. foreign vehicles are registered in Germany for the first time or vehicles have a new ID number. received.

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