I In the first month of the new year, 241,399 cars found their way into German Streets. In total, the KBA recorded 270,618 new vehicle registrations in January 2017, an increase of 9.0% compared to the same month last year.
The SUVs (+39.4%) and upper mid-range (+21.6%) segments %) experienced a significant increase compared to the same month last year. Sports cars (-42.8%), luxury cars (-11.9%) and minis (-4.9%) fell. The compact class formed the largest segment in January 2017 with a share of 23.2 percent.
More than half of the new car registrations were petrol engines (+16.4%) with a share of 52.2 percent. Diesel vehicles followed with a share of 45.1 percent (+ 2.4%). E-cars were able to gain a whopping 177.4%. With only 1,323 vehicles, this only accounts for 0.5% of new registrations.
Many winners, few losers
For most brands, the new year starts as the old year ended has - with growth. The Citroën Nobel brand DS (-55.4%), Honda (-27.3%), Land Rover (-14.9%) and Nissan (-5.9%) are well below the previous year's result. The Kia and Jeep are only slightly below the previous year with a minus of 2.6% each.
Tesla (+ 287.2%) and Lexus (+ 148.0%) are very far ahead of the winners at the start of 2017 %). The KBA also recorded substantial increases at Alfa Romeo (+ 49.5%), Jaguar (+ 75.8%), Ssangyong (+ 60.6%) and Toyota (+ 30.2%).
The used car market is also up
The used car market at the start of the year cannot quite follow the momentum of new registrations. With 566,414 car ownership transfers, the KBA reports an increase of 2.9% compared to the previous year. A total of 620,099 vehicles changed owners in January 2017, which corresponds to an increase of 2.8% compared to January 2016.