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SUV Registration Numbers June 2015: The Tops & amp; Flops with the SUV

Hans-Dieter Seufert
SUV registration numbers June 2015
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D this June was a blast: after the heavy one Slump in the previous month, the registration numbers shot up all the more forcefully. The number of new car registrations rose by 12.9 percent - thus improving the half-year balance by +5.2 percent compared to the first half of 2014. Off-road vehicles and SUVs make up a not to be underestimated share of this: Of the 1.61 million cars -New registrations between January and June are 296,252 off-roaders. This is just the number according to the official classification - popular models like the Mini Countryman, the Nissan Juke or the Fiat 500X, but also veterans like the Land Rover Defender or crossover like the Fiat Freemont are hidden in other classes.

New SUV registrations rise sharply

However, it is noticeable that the number of commercial registrations has increased significantly. Behind this are not only registrations for company fleets, but also the tactical registrations of the brands - classic daily registrations at dealers, but also, for example, heavily discounted fleet deals with car rental companies. The number of commercial registrations increased significantly not only in the overall market (from 62.9 to 64.2 percent within just one month). In the case of SUVs, traditionally marketed with comparatively little manufacturer support, the increase was considerably more drastic: between May and June it rose from 47.7 to 55.2 percent.

The sometimes sharp growth of the individual SUV models within one However, limiting the month to such sales tactics only tells a small part of the story. Because both the percentage increases and the improvement in sales figures according to the number of units are dramatic for some models.

Examples? Kia tripled the sales figures for the Sorento within a month. Hyundai can sell over 1,000 ix35 more than in the previous month. The new Renault Kadjar shows a twenty-fold increase. And so it goes on happily. The increases in terms of number of units are naturally particularly drastic at the top of the registration statistics. With the exception of the all-time winner VW Tiguan, who follows its lane alone and unimpressed, all other models in the top ten made strong gains. An additional 1,500 Opel Mokka, an increase of 2,000 units for the BMW X1 within a month - these are real success numbers.

Half-year balance sheet for SUV registration figures

If you take a half-year balance sheet for the various off-road vehicles and SUVs, these short-term effects have less weight and the order of the best-selling SUVs in Germany changes something, and the Tiguan wins here too, of course. With 29,195 VW Tiguan sold, the Wolfsburg-based company has as many new registrations as its two rivals Opel Mokka and Ford Kuga combined. But at least: new Tiguan registrations fell by over 15 percent in the first six months . The half-year balance also shows not only at the top of the SUV league whose hour has struck (Mercedes GLK), but also at the end of the table.

Long-term companion such as the Land Rover Freelander (successor: Land Rover Discovery Sport) or the Suzuki Grand Vitara (successor: none) are leaving the market - classics like the Lada Niva or unloved family members like the Opel Antara threatens to disappear into insignificance: Opel was able to sell just 481 Antara in the first half of the year, the class competitor Tiguan manages this number within two and a half days. On the other hand, it creates space for newcomers: Ssangyong, for example, has now achieved more than respectable successes, the Korando has established itself in the hit list with stable, three-digit sales figures.

Some old friends also impressively succeeded in the first half of the year. At Mitsubishi, the half-year figures have risen by an impressive 81 percent, more than any other brand in Germany. Part of the success is not just the Outlander and the ASX, which are selling splendidly. Even the oldie in the range, the Pajero, increased by almost 40 percent in the first half of the year compared to January-June 2014. At Jeep, the brand with the second highest rate of increase in the first half of the year (+ 74.5%), it is above all the renewed model range with Cherokee and Renegade that creates a cheerful atmosphere at the German headquarters. In their wake, the number of the well-known Grand Cherokee and Wrangler models is also increasing in double digits, only the Compass will be withdrawn from the sales program without an extension.

If we look at the 'losers' at the top, three brands fall in particular on: Dacia loses more than 10 percent in Duster sales in the first half of the year, the BMW X1 and the Mazda CX-5 each lose over 15 percent of their customers. In general, BMW: the X3 and X5 are also down in double digits, while arch-rival Audi can increase sales of Q3, Q5 and Q7, in some cases significantly. And Mazda is sweetening the losses in the CX-5 by the strong start of the newcomer CX-3.

So there is still a lot of movement in the segment of off-road vehicles and SUVs. We show you the exact sales figures and placements of new SUV registrations in June and in the first half of 2015 in our photo show.


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