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New SUV registrations in 2016: Germany's most popular SUV

Achim Hartmann
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E it is not a surprise. While there was at best moderate growth in the remaining segments, the SUV warehouse also developed splendidly in 2016. This could already be seen in the respective monthly statistics and manifested itself at the end of 2016 with a dream rate: 25.2 percent plus for the SUV. Expressed in figures: Of the 3,351,607 new car registrations in 2016 (that is an increase of 4.5 percent compared to the previous year), 715,268 new car registrations were for off-road vehicles and SUVs. To put it another way, the SUVs saved the market.

Of course, the manufacturers, who are doing their best to push more and more models into this segment, know that too. 2016 saw a new record number of 86 individual model series, which romp about among the SUVs, despite some departures from the statistics. Some SUVs are not even included in the statistics. Their manufacturers have homologated them in other segments. For example, the Nissan Juke, the Mini Countryman or the Fiat 500X are missing in the table.

New SUV registrations in 2016: Reasonable models in front

For some newcomers who only made their debut later in the year , of course, the annual statistics are not a figurehead. But it was precisely here that special impulses had come onto the market that will really rock in 2017. What can generally be identified as a trend: the compact SUVs dominate the action. They also take the wind out of the sails of the notorious SUV complainers. Because the places 1 to 15 are occupied by affordable, economical SUVs that hardly show up even in city traffic. The first big hit is in the form of the Mercedes GLE in 16th place.

Another indication of the proximity of the SUV to the people: In no other segment is the share of private customers higher. While only one in two SUV cars was registered for a commercial owner (record: Dacia Duster with 83 percent private buyers), all other segments are in some cases significantly higher. The reason for this is easy to explain, because SUVs sell without major subsidies, while even the inexpensive small cars on a larger scale with daily registrations for hidden discounts. Incidentally, this leads to a considerably better value retention of SUVs compared to other segments, which is also a reasonable purchase argument.

Let's look at the winners and losers of the year. At the top of theThere are three models for growth rates that only a few probably expected. But Honda HR-V (+ 368%), Lexus NX (+ 188%) and Ssangyong Tivoli (+ 130%) found a rapidly growing group of buyers.

Demand exceeds supply

Looks If you deduct the losses from the models that only came onto the market via free imports or sporadic promotions (for example the Opel Antara or the Mazda CX-9), the loser hit list is led by one of the last real SUVs. The Jeep Wrangler recorded a decrease in registrations of minus 46 percent. However, this is not due to the reluctance of buyers, but rather to the delivery situation - the dealers could sell considerably more Wranglers if the production of the cult SUV, which is running at the limits of its capacity, were not almost completely evaporated on the US market.

Another traditional brand called Land Rover, on the other hand, can deliver, with a plus of over 25 percent the British are tracing the market pretty closely. And at Toyota, which has also been in the off-road business for decades, there is currently a real SUV hype. This is due to a special feature of the Japanese, their range of hybrid models. The Toyota RAV4 (+47 percent in 2016), but also the recently launched C-HR, are benefiting from the waning diesel euphoria in Germany. According to Toyota, around 75 percent of each of the two models will be ordered with hybrid drive.

We will show you the exact sales figures and placements of the new SUV registrations in December and for the whole of 2016 in our photo show.

Note: The registration statistics are the 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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