V above all the commercial buyers are currently visibly holding back, as the latest figures from the Federal Motor Transport Authority show. Their share of new registrations fell by almost five percent in September. For private buyers, the decline was only -0.3 percent. SUVs are not only benefiting from the general boom in this category, but also from the fact that this segment has always had the largest share of private buyers.
In figures: The 288,035 new registrations in September 2017 means a loss of -3.3 percent compared to the same month of the previous year, while new registrations for SUVs rose by +18.9 percent. A total of 72,109 off-road vehicles and SUVs were registered for the first time in September. And once again it has to be pointed out that by no means all models have been taken into account, as several manufacturers typify individual SUV series for passenger cars - for example in the compact class or for vans - and therefore do not appear in these statistics.
Losing German luxury SUVs
In September, a trend of the past few months has solidified: the demand for large luxury SUVs, especially from German manufacturers, is falling. The aforementioned reluctance on the part of institutional buyers may contribute to this, but also the uncertainty after the diesel debate. Model changes are partly responsible for this (e.g. Porsche Cayenne, -69 percent in September), but the trend is clearly visible. That the VW Touareg in September drives strongly forward, is currently a singular outbreak, in the course of the year so far the largest SUV of the Wolfsburg-based company is down -15 percent.
Against this background, it is remarkable that Mercedes is almost leading the way with the not necessarily inexpensive GLC for the second time in a row and only has to give way to the all-time winner Tiguan. The increase compared to September 2016 is almost 93 percent. Only the Seat Ateca (+93.3 percent) and the Jeep Compass (+301 percent) grew faster, but the Seat did not go on sale until 2016, the Compass in the new, considerably more attractive version only made its debut this summer /p>
New SUV registrations: Skoda strong
Other new additions are also attracting attention. With almost 2,000 new registrations, the Skoda Kodiaq moves up the table, while the smaller Skoda Karoq celebrates its premiere in the registration statistics with 184 first deliveries. Also taking part for the first time this month: the Kia Stonic and the VW T-Roc. In the future, you will certainly see even more of these three models than the cautious first registrations before the official market launch at dealers.
We will show the exact sales figures and placements of the new SUV registrations in September 2017 You 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.