Light on the horizon or just a brief flicker of life? New registrations in the sports car segment will pick up again in February 2022. A total of 1,814 sports cars received a number plate for the first time in the reporting month.
The Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) in Flensburg recorded a total of 200,512 new car registrations in February 2022. This means that the registration rate is 3.2 percent higher than in the same month last year. The sports car segment is also slightly on the upswing, albeit at a lower level than the market as a whole.
Market share slightly up in February
In January 2022, the sports car market share was only 0.8 percent, which means that the historic lows from summer and autumn were reached again, but there was a slight upswing to 0.9 percent in February. In absolute figures, this means that a total of 1,814 sports cars will be given a license plate for the first time this month in Germany. The proportion of commercial keepers is 62.8 percent - and is therefore slightly below the overall market.
As usual, Porsche dominates this segment in this country. The 911 is at the top by a wide margin: With 672 new registrations, the classic achieved a value more than three times as high as the second-placed BMW Z4 and a market share of 37.0 percent within its class. In addition, the Zuffenhausen-based company was able to place two other models in the top ten with the Boxster and Cayman. The neighbors from Untertürkheim and Affalterbach are also on the road: the discontinued model Mercedes-AMG GT can place itself on the podium again shortly before the final end of its career, while the E-Class Coupé finishes sixth.
Hardly any position movements in the top ten
Compared to the first month of 2022, there are generally few movements in the top third of the new registration charts. The Audi TT has to give up its 141 new registrations on the podium, just behind the Mercedes-AMG GT (154). The Porsche Boxster and the Mercedes E-Class Coupé only swap places with each other. In addition, everything stays the same among the top ten. And the shifts behind them only play a minor role due to the very low absolute number of registrations. For detailed figures, please refer to the table at the bottom of the article.
Note: The registration statistics are the official information from the Federal Motor Transport Authority in Flensburg. The division into the respective classes is based on a key number via the manufacturer. Models that are not available on the German market or that are no longer built can also appear in the statistics. This peculiarity can occur in the KBA statistics if, for example, foreign vehicles are registered in Germany for the first time or vehicles receive a new identification number.
All the same: The sports cars will experience an upswing in February 2022, even if it is rather a mild breeze. In view of the current overall situation in the world, which continues to be shaped by the corona pandemic and more recently by the Ukraine war, the future for this segment does not look too rosy. Against this background, the clientele who are willing to buy a model that is generally not exactly fuel-efficient in the shadow of persistently high fuel prices or extremely long delivery times is likely to shrink rather than grow.