N after the first traditional seasonal high point in March, new vehicle registrations went hardly back in April. In figures, this means an increase of + 8.4 percent compared to April of the previous year with a total of 315,921 first-time registrations. 60,307 of these were off-road vehicles and SUVs in April, which gave them a market share of 19 percent; new registrations for SUVs rose by +24.3 percent compared to April 2015.
Some Japanese are faltering
The poor performance of several Japanese compact SUVs in April is noticeable, some of which are considerably below their usual level. The success-spoiled CX models from Mazda went downhill compared to the previous month, as did the new Suzuki Vitara and the Nissan Qashqai, which is usually at the top Ten - dominated by German models this month - a head-to-head race, in some cases only a few individual registrations decide on the placement.
Jaguar takes off
The extent to which SUVs can now make a difference over the weal and woe of a brand is illustrated by the example of Jaguar. In April, the British luxury brand posted a growth rate of a remarkable +125 percent compared to the same month last year. The reason is the new Jaguar F-Pace, which is in second place in Jaguar's internal sales statistics as early as the second month on offer. And that's certainly just the beginning.
Compact models from Korea are also very much in vogue in April. The siblings Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson, both of which have only recently been available in a new generation, will have over 4,500 new registrations in April. With less than 50 percent commercial buyers each, the two have a dream start, especially in the private market.
We show you the exact sales figures and placements of new SUV registrations in April 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 vehiclesare registered for the first time in Germany or vehicles have a new ID number. received.