D he December 2018 did not contribute to a better annual balance. New car registrations fell by 6.7% to 237,058 cars compared to December 2017. Total new registrations also fell in the last month of the year by 7.6% to 275,326 vehicles.
Important data on new registrations in 2018
- Percentage of petrol: 62.4% (2017: 57.7%)
- Share diesel: 32.3% (2017: 38.8%)
- Share hybrid drive: 3.8 percent (plus + 53.8%)
of which 0.9% plug-in hybrids (+ 6.8%; 31,442 models) and 1.0% electric cars (+ 43.8%; 36,062 models)
- Number of natural gas vehicles: 10,804 (+190.2%; share: 0.3%)
- Number of LPG vehicles: 4,663 (+ 6.0%; share: 0.1 percent)
- The preferred colors 2018: gray (29.5%), black (24.8%) and white (20.9%)
Tesla is the big loser 2018
The bottom line is that the past year is mixed up. 2018 was a positive year for 18 automakers, 16 had negative signs in their annual balance sheet. Tesla suffered the most significant losses. Here it went down by 42.8%. Behind it are Nissan with 26.0% fewer new registrations and Land Rover with a decrease of 23.3%.
Among the winners of the year are Jeep with plus 27.9%, Mitsubishi with 17.1% growth and Dacia with 14.5% more registrations.
Audi with almost 10 percent decline
The German automakers managed the difficult year with driving bans, WLTP conversion, NOx and CO2 discussions also not quite positive. Volkswagen, the trigger for the diesel scandal, has risen this year and can with an increase in registrations ofComplete 1.5%. The Wolfsburgs had 643,518 new registrations in 2018. Also positive: BMW with 1.2% (265,051 new registrations), Ford with plus 2.3 percent and a total of 252,323 new registrations and Smart with 11.9 percent and 41,094 registrations. All other German carmakers are in the red: Audi (-9.9%; 255,300 registrations), Mercedes (-2.2%; 319,163 new registrations), PSA subsidiary Opel (-6.5%; 227,967 registrations) and Porsche (- 2.0%; 28,695 new registrations).
Negative balance among used vehicles
The used car market also posted a negative result from 2018. In December there were 470,583 car ownership transfers ( -9.4%) and 515,768 vehicle descriptions (-9.0%) in total. The annual balance for used vehicles is also negative. In 2018, 7,192,411 cars changed hands (-1.5%), and the KBA recorded a total of 8,185,356 vehicle ownership transfers for 2018 (-1.1%). The used market was again more than twice as large as the new car market.